The Open Program offers noncredit courses in the liberal arts to adults seeking to learn from University of Chicago scholars and researchers, accomplished alumni, leading authorities, and gifted teachers. Classes are small, energetic, and diverse. No grades or academic credit are assigned. Open Program courses celebrate lifelong intellectual curiosity.
Continuing a tradition of outreach that began in 1892 when the first classes on our Hyde Park campus opened, the Open Program was designed to extend the intellectual growth and ongoing research of the University to the City of Chicago and beyond. The Open Program offers an agile curriculum that reflects the intersection of leading edge research and popular interest.