Chicago Studies

Hi everyone!

As you may or may not know by now, there has been a grassroots faculty movement to offer courses with a Chicago Studies emphasis at Harold Washington College.

A few semesters ago faculty members met to discuss the idea, agreed on the terms by which a course could be considered to have Chicago Studies emphasis, and proceeded make the idea official.  This semester the following courses have a CS emphasis:

  • Architecture 202 (Chicago Building Code)
  • Art 200 (Public Art in Chicago)
  • Humanities 203 (Chicago Arts)
  • Combined sections of English 102/History 117

Would you like to offer a course with Chicago Studies emphasis? You can if it meets one or more of the following requirements:

  1. 50% or more of the curriculum will explore one or more topics related to the history of Chicago (political, social, architectural, etc.)
  2. 50% or more of the curriculum will focus on important people, events, or expereinces that have contributed to the growth of Chicago (from frontier outpost to metropolis).
  3. 50% or more of the curriculum uses the city as a resource to compliment your area of study (for example, going on educational field trips to museums and other institutions).

Basically, Chicago Studies builds on the benefits of teaching and learning in, and about, a great American city. It allows the students to learn more about the past and present of Chicago. It gives all participants an opportunity to contribute to the history of Chicago.

So, do you and your students want to study about the environment and use Chicago as your backyard resource? Do you want to read from authors that have called Chicago home? All you have to do is meet the above requirements and add the following statement to your course section:

This course will have a Chicago Studies emphasis

It’s that easy. No paperwork to fill out before or after the course. No fees. Membership is free. Big Brother will not police your classroom. In other words, you are encouraged to adopt Chicago Studies.

Do you have a creative idea but aren’t sure if it meets the requirements?

Feel free to send me an email and we can talk (

I apologize for not communicating this information sooner and I thank The Harold Lounge for allowing me to create this page. More information to follow once I settle into this format.

Ivanhoe Tejeda
Architecture Program Coordinator
Department of Art and Architecture

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