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Newberry Seminar: Research in the Humanities

Chicago, Illinois

United States

Join a vibrant research community

Spend a semester immersed in a research community while living in one of the most culturally dynamic cities in the US. Join a group of highly passionate and motivated students and conduct your own research project in a premier humanities library.

 Watch students and faculty describe what immersive research experiences are really like.

Join a community of scholars

“This program allowed me to have a test experience of the research side of academia.”

—Benjamin Kern, Colorado College, international political economy major

You’ll be treated as a visiting scholar at the Newberry Library, working alongside professors and fellow academics to develop your research abilities. Watch yourself grow as a researcher over the course of the semester!

Access a collection of rare humanities resources

“I found that the pure desire to unearth something that has never been examined before is a reward beyond any praise or recognition.”

—Kelsey Cole, Monmouth College, English major

From cartographic catalogues to 16th century political pamphlets, use some of the world’s finest primary resources to develop your research topic.

Live in a vibrant, culturally diverse city

“It’s impossible to overemphasize the amazing location of the program – I still glow when I talk about my semester in Chicago.”

Jennie Morrison, Kenyon College, American studies major

Experience life in the city of Chicago! When you’re not researching a topic that you’re passionate about, you’ll explore Chicago’s history, food, museums, theater, music, architecture, and everything in between.

Fall 2017 Seminar Theme

Nature and Culture in the Metropolis

“Nature” vs. “Civilization” represents one of the fundamental dichotomies of the Western tradition. The fall 2017 seminar will explore nature, culture, and the metropolis to foster rich, challenging seminar discussions using the Newberry’s collections and Chicago’s setting.

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Once-in-a-lifetime experiences

Jennie Morrison
Kenyon College

As I got more and more involved in my research at the Newberry, I found myself bouncing ideas off of a variety of individuals, from classmates to professors to librarians. Moreover, scholars within the library are unbelievably accessible.

Katrina Jagodinsky
Lawrence University

The Newberry Seminar was an excellent preparation for making the transition from undergraduate to graduate scholar. Even now, as a PhD candidate in history, I am using skills learned at the Newberry Library to facilitate research at national repositories.

Nicole Helregel
Beloit College

The Newberry's resources are truly unique, and everyone you meet is willing to help you with your project. I had a great time, and I would recommend it to anyone who is genuinely interested in humanities research.

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Fall semester (early September–mid-December)

Who can apply

Undergraduates from any four-year US college or university

Host institution

The Newberry Library in Chicago, IL


Recommended credit is 16 semester credits or the equivalent


Students live in furnished apartments near the Newberry Library in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood.

Language requirement

No prerequisites

Application deadlines

Fall semester 2017 deadline

March 15, 2017

Fall semester 2018 deadline

March 15, 2018

If the deadline has passed and you are interested in applying, contact the ACM Office immediately. Late applications may be accepted on a space-available basis.


Marlee Stein
Off-Campus Study Program Coordinator
11 E. Adams Street, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312.561.5933

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