Student listening and egaged in class. We offer a variety of noncredit certificates, individual courses, lectures, and events. Further your professional career, study a new subject, and engage with a new intellectual community.

Choose from certificates in both professional and personal development. Certificates consist of 4-12 courses, some in sequence, and classes are offered in the evenings and on weekends, as well as during the day, to accommodate all schedules. Most certificates can be completed within 18 months.

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Talk about ideas, not just opinions. Make meaningful connections with others who share your passion for knowledge. Finally study the subjects you missed out on in college. Our liberal arts noncredit courses are open to everyone, no application required. Courses are four to ten weeks long, and offered during the day, evening, and on weekends in downtown Chicago to accommodate all schedules.

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Try out the Graham School in convenient and short seminars from 1-3 days in length, or attend a weekend event or a lunchtime lecture. Study abroad with an academic bent, and learn about the history and culture behind some of Europe’s finest cities.

Civic Knowledge Project (1 day to 3-week courses)

Know Your Chicago (annual lecture and tours)

Basic Program Lecture Series and Events

National Museum Publishing Seminar (2 days, biannual)

Travel Study (1–2 weeks)