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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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Abdulsalam Oganla It's not everyday that we experience a life changing opportunity that gives us a taste of what the real world has to offer and at the same time shape and prepare us for what's to come. The ACM Chicago program not only offer this, but also instill the character of responsibility and community as well as identifying life changing decisions on a daily basis. It helped me realize the love I have for Chicago and cities in general as well as helping me make a ton of career networking connections

—Abdulsalam Oganla, Chicago: Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Urban Studies, Spring 2015

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