Common freshman course on the history and culture of Chicago?
February 3, 2010 10:50 AM   Subscribe

Is there a common course at one of the big universities in Chicago, that all of the freshmen take, which focuses on Chicago history and culture? Perhaps called something like "the Chicago experience"? I thought that this was done at the University of Chicago, but I cannot find it on their website. Could it be another school?
posted by tnygard to Education (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: DePaul?
posted by quodlibet at 11:03 AM on February 3, 2010 [1 favorite]

I don't know if all freshmen take this but is this what you mean?
posted by violette at 11:08 AM on February 3, 2010

There's also this.
posted by violette at 11:16 AM on February 3, 2010

For Orientation there's Chicago Life meetings, but those are like Orientations everywhere; they talk about what to do in an emergency, who to ask if you have trouble with your roommate, how to get around, stuff like that. I went to the U of C and I'm pretty sure that I didn't take a course on Chicago history and culture.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 11:18 AM on February 3, 2010

Seconding Mrs. Pterodactyl--I also went to the University of Chicago and there wasn't any "Chicago" course that all freshmen took. There were some Chicago-specific architecture and history classes, but they weren't mandatory.
posted by guybrush_threepwood at 11:31 AM on February 3, 2010

Best answer: University of Illinois at Chicago has an extracurricular (but with incentives and a certificate) Chicago experience course. It involves service learning. Their Great Cities ( program also has a lot of interesting course and non-course Chicago experience things.

(Sorry, it's not letting me insert links today.)
posted by eleanna at 12:24 PM on February 3, 2010

Yeah, I remember my first year at Chicago being comprised of core curriculum classes on classics, classics and more classics with absolutely no reference to anything after the 4th century AD.
posted by The Straightener at 12:35 PM on February 3, 2010

I'm seconding DePaul. All freshman are required to take Discover or Explore Chicago, which sounds more like what you're getting at than the Illinois @ Chicago thing. Each class has a different subject, but they revolve around Chicago in some way whether it's the actual physicality of it, its culture, or its history.
posted by bibbit at 1:45 PM on February 3, 2010

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