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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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Nancy Epling The ACM Chicago Program was one of the best experiences of my college career. I gained so much knowledge about the city and myself while I was living, working, and studying there. I gained a stronger sense of confidence in all aspects of my life. Experiencing life in the big city has drastically increased my sense of self-reliance and independence. Overall the program has been very beneficial to my growth as a person. It has opened up future career possibilities and connected me with amazing people in the professional art world. I plan on going back to Chicago in the near future.

—Nancy Epling, Chicago Program (Arts), Fall 2012

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