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Liberal Arts Open Courses

Effective Writing for Business and the Professions at the Writer’s Studio

Improve your writing for greater clarity, organization, and persuasiveness for better communication in business and beyond. Learn more >

Gina DiPonio

Gina DiPonio Named One of New City’s Lit 50

Our very own Gina DiPonio was selected as one of New City's Lit 50 for making the Writer's Studio thrive. Read more >

Fred Beuttler speaking to group of people

How to Make Democracy Wise: Liberal Arts as Foundation

Mr. Beuttler observed that the wisdom found in democracy might best be seen as intimately linked to this critical, questioning spirit, particularly at a time when extreme political polarization and experience increasingly determined by algorithms have done much to erode the common ground on which such engaged democratic discussion can be carried out. Read more >

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Why UChicago?

From its founding, the University of Chicago has made a commitment to share its intellectual resources with the public by establishing one of the first continuing education programs in the United States.


The University of Chicago extends its dedication to vigorous inquiry into ideas that matter through noncredit courses in the humanities, arts, and sciences for adults. We aim to provide the foundational liberal arts education to professionals to elevate their understanding of how people, life, and the world work in hopes of creating a truly T-shaped professional. We invite you to become a part of our community, joining a tradition of conversations distinguished by a commitment to critical thinking and the well-being of our common life.

What is A T-Shaped Professional?

A T-Shaped professional is one that has both in-depth knowledge within a particular field (often a technical expertise) as well as a wide breadth of knowledge about many various fields ranging from literature, the arts, history, politics, and writing.

Program Structure

All adults are welcome to register for our open enrollment courses in the liberal arts. No application process or current student status is required. Open enrollment courses offer the flexibility of selecting new courses each quarter as your schedule and interests dictate—an à la carte educational experience.

About the Courses

Our noncredit courses and events in the liberal arts take place in downtown Chicago at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center (with a few exceptions) on weekday mornings and evenings as well as on weekends, and are available in a variety of formats, including:

  • Free lectures
  • Daylong seminars
  • Weekend events
  • 4-week courses
  • 8-week courses