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Chicago Program: Arts, Entrepreneurship, & Urban Studies

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, & Urban Studies

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Katie Rose Brosnan I was talking with a friend who is considering the ACM Chicago Program one night and I wasn't able to stop talking about what a positive, transformative experience it was for me. I participated in the Urban Studies track, and it helped me to recognize the direction and focus of what I want to do with the rest of my life. I got the chance to truly know and appreciate the city that I had grown up in on a much deeper level, and felt completely at home and confident in exploring all parts of Chicago. The program prepared me to go back to my campus as a far more engaged and aware student, which has crossed over into all parts of my life. I can't count the number of times that I've began a sentence in class with, "Well, when I was in Chicago..." and I can't wait to return to the city and make new memories.

—Katie Rose Brosnan, Chicago Program (Urban Studies), Fall 2011

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