We offer credit and non-credit 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 at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center 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.
NEW in Autumn 2018: in addition to our in-person classes, this course can now be taken Online.
The Year 2 seminar is devoted to three great plays: Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, Euripides’ The Bacchae, and Shakespeare’s Anthony & Cleopatra. A close reading of Aristotle’s Poetics will enhance our understanding of the nature of tragedy as a dramatic genre.
In the Year 3 Seminar we will read some of the fundamental and groundbreaking works in the history of science. Each of these texts challenges the way we think about the structure and operation of the universe and our own place in it.
Instructor: Amy Thomas Elder
Moby-Dick is our American epic—not only the white whale but the book itself are among the most over-determined and pervasive symbols of our culture, both higher and popular. It “contains the cosmos,” says Harold Bloom, adding, somewhat more controversially, that he “would not change one sentence...”
This first course in a three-quarter sequence will examine the History of Western Civilization, focusing on the relation between technology and “wisdom.” Instead of a political framework, this year’s sequence will examine how changes in technology, primarily information technology, impacted the philosophical and spiritual ideas of a particular
This course aims to give a general introduction to the various ways Buddhism was understood and practiced in the religion’s first thousand years in China.
In this workshop we will explore the craft issues related to flash nonfiction. Writing short-form creative nonfiction pieces of 700-1,000 words will allow you to work on intensity of language, wrapping an idea in a compelling story, and exploring structure, word choice and voice.
This course provides an introduction to good clinical practice (GCP) in clinical research according to FDA regulations and International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) guidelines.
This course is suitable for continuing education students interested in China in general, as well as those who are thinking of traveling or doing business there.
What makes a piece of art great? What makes it deep, interesting, and meaningful? Just as we learn how to read fiction, we must learn the basic principles of visual art in order for the interaction to be worthwhile.
Mesopotamia, “the land between two rivers,” occupies an essential place in human history; it is the site of the earliest urbanized societies, agricultural and barter economies, the development of writing, religion, astronomy, astrology, and scientific inquiry in the natural world through empirical observation.
Every day, it seems, another MFA program is born. How do you choose among them and how do they choose their students? In this class, you will learn about full-time, part-time, and low-residence programs in the U.S. and abroad.
A series of case studies ranging from the Elgin Marbles debate to the confrontations over confederate monuments to the designation of a "whistling language" and the struggle over whether tribes or scientists should have control of the body of an ancient Native American.
You want to write a novel. Do you have an idea? An outline? Twenty pages you kinda like? Maybe a hundred pages you once loved but can’t get back into? If you answered yes to any of the above, this eight-week class is for you.
This course is designed to give students the foundation they need to create effective, accurate tables, graphs, and figures.
Amitov Ghosh’s acclaimed Ibis novels: Sea of Poppies (2008), River of Smoke (2011) and Flood of Fire (2015) immerse the reader in the British Empire at a pivotal moment. Impressively researched, the trilogy begins in the 1830s Bengali opium fields and concludes in China with British victory in the First Opium War (1839-42).
William H. Gass’s In the Heart of the Heart of the Country, Willie Masters’ Lonesome Wife and Habitations of the Word
Not only is the history of opera supremely entertaining, it offers a unique cultural mirror, a barometer of European and American societal evolution. This class examines the great operas, singers, and productions, assessing the operatic canon from musical, historical, and social viewpoints.