Your Interests Are What Make You Interesting
Go deeper into what you love. Whether you're looking to grow as an empathetic leader or take evening classes for pure enjoyment, the Graham School is a partner throughout your lifelong learning journey.
Let knowledge grow from more to more; and so be human life enriched.
For over one hundred years, the Graham School has made a University of Chicago education accessible to people who see pursuing knowledge as essential to living well.
Learn How to Think, Not What to Think.
A liberal arts education cultivates skills for life.
Rather than learning how to find one right answer, our students examine ideas from multiple points of view. They read deeply, listen closely, think critically, and communicate effectively. In our evolving, interconnected world, they see the big picture, and where they fit in.
A lecture has been well described as the process whereby the notes of the teacher become the notes of the student without passing through the mind of either.
Browse our programs and courses
A foundational liberal education with a flexible schedule, led by tenured UChicago faculty
Can be completed within one year
Part-time, discussion-based study of core works in the Western canon.
4-year certificate program
A diverse range of noncredit courses held over four to ten weeks in small, lively groups.
Noncredit writing classes and manuscript consultations for writers of all genres.
Spend two weeks studying in an ancient center of scholarship.
Courses dedicated to the investigation and appreciation of visual arts.
There's no such thing as the typical Graham student—and we like it that way.
We welcome adults of all ages from a wide range of professional and educational backgrounds. Their life experiences converge at our seminar tables, enriching conversations for the benefit of all. While some students may have bachelor's degrees, many of our courses require neither transcripts nor grades.
Speak Your Mind in a Supportive Setting.
Our leading faculty and instructors guide small groups through a broad spectrum of scholarly thought. Students learn how first principles inform modern discourse, and how to apply them to their own lives. They engage in spirited debate, earning the confidence to express their opinions in the classroom and beyond.
Lead with Humanity
Our graduates' experience at Graham enhances their organizations. They bring a new interdisciplinary approach back to the workplace. They are empathetic managers, thoughtful contributors, and value-based leaders. They solve complex business problems by joining the dots in ways others may overlook.