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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 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:

Chicago Program: Arts, Entrepreneurship, & Social Justice

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David Rao The best part of the ACM Chicago Program was how much of the city of Chicago was actively integrated into all aspects of the program. In class, field trips or meetings in different neighborhoods were common, which forced us to take our minds out of the classroom and have dynamic conversations about urban studies in real-life situations. I really appreciated (and continue to appreciate!) my relationships with all the professors and I feel their expertise and knowledge of the city and their respective fields is a huge reason why I enjoyed the program so much.

—David Rao, Chicago Program (Urban Studies), Fall 2012

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