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Learning Objectives & Outcomes

All ACM colleges are grounded in the liberal arts tradition, and this educational commitment extends to ACM off-campus study programs. By participating in one of these programs, you’ll benefit from studying in a new location that combines experiential, place-based learning with academic purpose similar to your home campus as you pursue the program's learning goals.

In each program you’ll enjoy small class sizes, allowing you to work closely with faculty and other students. You’ll also live in housing and participate in activities that provide everyday opportunities to connect course-based learning with the local community and culture.

You’ll find that the learning objectives and outcomes of each ACM program reflect these liberal arts educational values.

The Chicago Program in the Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Social Justice engages you in questions of community-building, collaboration across public and private enterprise, and creative leadership. In courses and an internship, you will examine this global city through its neighborhoods, local activists, and social entrepreneurs.

Program learning objectives:

  • Understand, through intense interaction with key communities and leaders, how the threads of arts, entrepreneurship, and civic engagement weave together in the complex, tapestry of the city.
  • Develop your understanding of Chicago and the multicultural character of a contemporary global city through immersive living, direct involvement, and structured analysis of neighborhoods and their assets.
  • Develop your skill and confidence in using liberal learning, including independent inquiry and discovery processes, to understand and live productively in an urban environment.

When you complete the program, you should be able to apply your knowledge of the city to identify the creative and collaborative ways in which artists, entrepreneurs, local government, and activists work and plan together to support community; demonstrate progress in attaining professional skills and deepening your knowledge of a particular sector of the city through your internship; and evaluate how to use your liberal learning to live independently and continue learning through an active intellectual, civic, and professional life.