- SpringJanuary 30 - May 11
- FallAugust 22 - December 7
- SpringJanuary 9 - May 3
- FallAugust 21 - December 6
- SpringJanuary 8 - May 2
Urban Academic Practicum
Our programs allow you to expand your educational experience and live in the great city of Chicago. You can earn college credit and prepare for your career by gaining work experience in our productive internships.
Chicago Center programs are more than simple internships. We’ll take you to theater, spoken word and live music performances, and get you connected with leaders, activists and artists making a difference. Our experienced, dedicated staff and faculty create unforgettable learning experiences that fully explore the city’s resources.
Chicago Communities and Cultures Seminar
This core academic course focuses on the ethnic, religious, racial and economic diversity of Chicago’s populations. You will visit the city’s neighborhoods, be introduced to major political and economic institutions, and meet with community leaders. You’ll get to know the broad range of art forms thriving in Chicago, including blues and jazz, museums, poetry, off-Loop art galleries, dance, film and theater.
The requirements of the Chicago Communities and Cultures Seminar include participation in activities and discussions, a completed journal, written assignments, a group project, and required reading of selected texts and the daily newspaper. The seminar is all day once a week and includes occasional weekend events.
Under the guidance of a Chicago Center instructor, you will design and implement a field study research project. The Directed Study class meets once a week for 2-3 hours. One morning or afternoon a week is set aside for research. As a major part of your study, you will utilize the vast resources of the city to do primary research through interviews, observation, surveys and/or other research methods. Throughout the term, you will engage in various exercises that build toward your final project. Although all students will have a common field design, each student tailors their project to engage with the city in their own way, related to their major and interest areas. Directed Study results are presented at the end of the term. Directed Study credit: For the Chicago Communities and Cultures Seminar, most students receive 3-4 credits from their college. Typical courses students receive credit for include: Race and Ethnic Relations, Cultural Diversity, Responsibilities for the Future and more. For the Directed Study, most students receive 3-4 credits within their major from their campus. Typical courses students receive credit for include: Independent Study or Special Topics. For the internship, most students receive 8 internship credits within their major from their campus. Check with your campus liaison for more information.
|Register for credit on your campus and pay your semester tuition there.||Price of Tuition|
|Or enroll as a ‘Guest Student’ of Millikin University.||Milikin Tuition|
|Chicago Center Program Fee for your shared furnished apartment, internet, phone, utilities, cable tv, food , books, cultural events, in-city transportation including unlimited transit pass.||$5,200.00|
|City Activity Fee (out-of-pocket money for program-related events).||$300|
|Security deposit, refundable.||$100|