Liberal Arts

A Graham School instructor leads a class in the Master's of Liberal Arts degree.

The Master of Liberal Arts program offers a comprehensive, interdisciplinary liberal arts education. Through lectures, readings, and engaging classroom discussions with renowned UChicago faculty, students study the works of great thinkers in a range of disciplines such as the humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, and biological sciences.

Perfect for you if:

  • You want to go back to college and take the classes you never could.
  • You want to understand how the world fits together.
  • You want the challenge of a UChicago liberal arts education with a flexible schedule.

A Graham School student in the Basic Program engaged in discussion with his fellow peers

The Basic Program offers a rigorous, liberal arts curriculum that draws on the strong Socratic tradition at the University of Chicago and covers the foundations of modern Western political and social thought, as well as its literature. There are no tests, papers, or grades; instead students discuss, disagree, and discover these works just as students in the University of Chicago College do, with the benefit of additional years of insight and experience to add to the conversation. Participants earn a certificate upon completion of the entire four-year curriculum, as well as some of the privileges of University of Chicago alumni.

Perfect for you if:

  • You want a guided tour of the foundations of Western thought and society.
  • You want to join an enthusiastic and dedicated community of thinkers, readers, and debaters.
  • You thrive on the occasional debate over Plato, Marx, or Melville.

The University of Chicago crest and motto represents the school’s dedication to open inquiry and an interdisciplinary education.

Building on its dedication to open inquiry, the Graham School offers a collection of noncredit liberal arts courses with the flexibility of an open enrollment structure, where no applications are required. Courses and events are available in formats such as weekly discussions, free lectures, daylong seminars, and weekend events.

Perfect for you if:

  • You want to explore topics such as writing, literature, philosophy, religion, arts, music, and languages like Greek and Arabic.
  • You want to join a tradition of conversations distinguished by a commitment to critical thinking and the well-being of our common life.
  • You miss talking about subjects that matter to you with a group of passionate people.

The University of Chicago’s Hyde Park campus is an area of continuous academic engagement in the liberal arts.

Our Visual Arts and Arabic Language and Cultures certificate programs aim to enhance individuals’ knowledge in their chosen fields for either career advancement or personal enrichment. In addition to these certificate programs in liberal arts, the Graham School hosts lectures and events either locally or abroad in conjunction with other institutions. Whether it’s through exploring Chicago’s urban culture or attending lectures at Oxford, these programs open new ways for students and alumni to engage with great thinkers and gain unique experiences.