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Chicago Program: Arts, Entrepreneurship, & Urban Studies

Chicago, Illinois

Independent Study Project (ISP)

Students in the Chicago Program pursue an Independent Study Project (ISP) related to their academic and professional goals.  Ideally, these will be projects that draw on the city’s resources to create something original, such as a research paper, a service project, a work of art, or a feasibility analysis for a business.  For the first half of the program, students will meet regularly in their ISP groups to develop skills and exposure to practicioners in the city.  Students may also find ways to link their ISP with their internship.  All students will share their final products at the end of the program. (Note: The fall and spring trimester options do not include an independent study project.)

Independent Study Projects may be related to almost any academic area.  Many students have projects that relate more closely to the three seminar topics—Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Urban Studies.  Here are examples of some recent projects in those areas:

  • Recent Independent Study Projects related to the Arts
  • Recent Independent Study Projects related to Entrepreneurship
  • Recent Independent Study Projects related to Urban Studies

Chicago Program: Arts, Entrepreneurship, & Urban Studies

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Alison Meinert When starting the ACM Chicago Program, I was looking for a change – to get off campus and experience a more diverse city. I was also really looking forward to hands-on experience. With my semester in the Chicago Urban Studies program, what I got was so much more. Chicago is definitely diverse and I love the city life. The field trips we took and speakers we had were all eye-opening experience- I now have so many connections here. Learning about Chicago and its issues was intriguing, and I also had a great internship experience. It was also the people in the program that made is so much more enjoyable- not only students, but also the staff. It was great being with people interested in the same issues I was.

—Alison Meinert, Chicago Program (Urban Studies), Spring 2009

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