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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:

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Rachel Molenaar During my semester on the ACM Chicago Program, I not only learned about urban settings and issues, but I also learned a lot about myself. Through all four of the program components, both in the classroom and out in the city, I grew not only as a student but as a citizen. The connections that I developed with my instructors, peers, and neighbors are connections that I know will benefit me in the future. I am so thankful for the opportunities that the Chicago program has provided me, and for that I will be forever grateful for the experience of living, working, and learning in Chicago.

—Rachel Molenaar, Chicago Program (Urban Studies), Spring 2013

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