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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:

  • 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, & Social Justice

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Luke Tervola In my experience in the ACM Chicago Program, the educational opportunity presented to me through experiences was truly transformative. For me, the gathering of passionate students around related issues translates into a depth of conversation an experiential sharing that leapfrogs the traditional educational experiences, and forces the learning process to continue outside of the classroom. The aspect of continuing conversations about relevant issues has lacked in my university experience, even though that experience is equally invaluable. The ACM Urban Studies Program fits best for a student who is willing to burst out of the bubble of traditional education into the realm of real experiences, real people, and real communities.

—Luke Tervola, Chicago Program (Urban Studies), Spring 2009

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