Students explore inside the ore wall at the historic Southworks site in South Chicago


Study Chicago with Chicago Studies (CHST)

Chicago Studies supports students and instructors in studying Chicago in and beyond the classroom.  We cross-list both Chicago-focused (content is about Chicago) and Chicago-engaged courses (that regularly use Chicago examples, data, or experiences) as Chicago Studies (CHST) classes.  We also sponsor special curricular opportunities like Chicago Studies' new CIV and CIV/ARTS sequences (new in 2025).  All CHST classes count toward the College's interdisciplinary Certificate in Chicago Studies.

For instructors, we support Chicago-based teaching and learning with course/instructional design consultation, content resources, and micro-grants and logistical support for experiential learning.

CHST Classes – Winter 2024

Chicago Studies (CHST) cross-listed classes explore aspects of Chicago's ecology, culture, politics, history, social structure, and economic life, either as their primary focus or as a significant example/case study. Many engage students directly in the life of the city’s communities, cultural institutions, or community organizations through experiential learning and fieldwork.  You can search for Chicago Studies classes when registering -- choose "Chicago Studies" as the department OR look for "CHST" classes in AIS.  Or download our Spring 2024 classes flyer here!

All CHST classes contribute to fulfillment of the academic requirements of the College’s interdisciplinary Certificate in Chicago Studies.

Why take CHST classes?