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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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Rakhi Voria I really enjoyed having the opportunity to work and study in Chicago on the ACM Chicago Program. It was the perfect combination of real-world working experience, city living, and academia. The program gave me exposure to not only business, but also to arts, cultural, and urban studies in Chicago. It gave me a unique and holistic view of the many issues facing our society today.

—Rakhi Voria, Chicago Program (Entrepreneurship), Fall 2009

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