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Chicago Program: Arts, Entrepreneurship, & Social Justice

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 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:

Chicago Program: Arts, Entrepreneurship, & Social Justice

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Hillary Jensen My Chicago Urban Studies semester was a wonderful learning experience. I not only grew academically, but more importantly, this experience helped me to grow personally. The Urban Studies program exposed me to many different social issues and organizations, provided me with valuable information, and great connections. Overall, my ACM Chicago experience was a very positive and beneficial one.

—Hillary Jensen, Chicago Program (Urban Studies), Spring 2010

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The Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) is a consortium of independent, liberal arts colleges in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Colorado.