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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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Timothy Garibay I am known as an outgoing person, but I will admit I was nervous to move to a city as big as Chicago. It seemed intimidating, and almost like starting freshman year of college again, with new settings, new roommates, and unfamiliarity. My first week was a smooth transition, and by the second week, I had landed an internship with an organization downtown. Over the course of the semester on the Chicago Urban Studies program, my eyes were opened to new ideas and issues in my precept, seminar, and core classes. My Independent Study Project wrapped up the off-campus semester of experiential learning. I loved the city so much that I found a summer job, so I could stay.

—Timothy Garibay, Chicago Program (Urban Studies), Spring 2009

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