We offer credit and noncredit learning opportunities in a variety of subjects, from more traditional disciplines such as literature and philosophy, to business-oriented courses, to master’s degrees. Our courses are conveniently located in-person at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center and NBC Tower in downtown Chicago, and are primarily in the evening and on weekends, to fit the schedule of working adults. We also offer online courses, for those not located in Chicago, or who wish to study from home.
This course emphasizes detailed study of some formative works dealing with the organization of human societies; the patterning of cultures and culture as an instrument of continuous human creativity; and the adaptation of persons and personalities to life in ordered communities. Fulfills the Social Science requirement.
The course will delve into the ideas of Adam Smith, Karl Marx, and Max Weber – three foundational thinkers in the social sciences. Their ideas have helped us define the modern predicament, and shape how we think about inequality, freedom, and work.
We will read both historical and ethnographic accounts – investigating the lives of the “left behind,” estranged, and resentful; tracing the decay of democratic norms and growth of white nationalism; and considering the possibility of a more civic community. You will be asked to read a book a week over the course of our ten weeks together.
Human Origins: From Early Primate Beginnings to Evolutionary Medicine course fulfills the Biological Science requirement.
This course will focus on the nervous system, how the nervous system produces behavior, how we use our brain every day, and how neuroscience can explain the common problems afflicting people today.
This course will explore the nature of science, the basic laws that govern the physical world, and how we discovered them, from Democritus and atoms to Einstein and quantum mechanics.
This course presents America's major writers of short fiction in the 20th century. This course fulfills the Humanities requirement.
Sad, but true. Many folks who enjoy reading fiction, drama, and memoirs feel considerably less comfortable with poetry. Our course will address this anxiety head on. Through close-textual analyses and strategic contextual sorties, we will examine and experience why poetry has provided pleasure to peoples throughout human history.
This course will consider the theological problem of evil, starting with the Book of Job. We will next investigate the problem from the perspectives of St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas, for whom evil was the major, stumbling block in the proof of God’s existence.
This course offers an introduction to advanced study in the Humanities across a range of fields, including poetry, philosophy, fiction, and film.
This course will trace the development of our view of the universe starting with the Earth-centered cosmology of Aristotle, through the Sun-centered universe in the Copernican revolution, to the modern big bang theory, and recent speculations about a quantum origin of the universe. Fulfills the Physical Science requirement.
This class considers how sickness, care, and wellbeing have been differently understood and embodied over time and between different cultural settings.
This course draws primarily on perspectives from the anthropology, sociology, and history of medicine and health to examine a range of questions raised by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
This course will introduce students to the practice of ethnographic field work, or participant observation research. Fulfills the Social Science requirement.
This course focuses on questions of ethics, leadership, and happiness on the journey home.
The project of nation building, of bringing a national identity into existence, is often regarded as a defining aspiration of many ancient and modern epic poems.
In this course we will study ten of the most powerful classical Greek performance texts as we view and discuss a set of film adaptations spanning more than fifty years of cinema history and ranging from “faithful” attempts to recreate Athenian performance conventions in masks and gowns, to imagined “historical” recreations in the sword and sanda
This course provides key perspectives on how the Liberal Arts can bring value to business in several classic areas: Leadership development, Organizational Behavior and Management, Advertising and Marketing, and Strategy.
This course is an introduction to the study of poetry, providing both the technical knowledge and tools useful for appreciating poetry, as well as an overview of the history of world poetry. We will read and discuss some of the finest and most memorable poems ever written. Fulfills the non-Western requirement.
This course examines pivotal issues and moments in U.S. history, where morals, justice and power took on heightened urgency, becoming focal points of public debate.
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