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Arts and Sciences Summer in Chicago

Campus North Residential & Dining Commons

Arts and Sciences is an intensive pre-college summer program for high school students that cultivates critical thinking, innovative problem-solving, and effective communication skills through interdisciplinary work drawing upon material from the sciences, humanities, and the social sciences. Students educated in the liberal arts tradition are distinguished by their ability to successfully navigate a fast-paced world that is increasingly characterized by complexity, diversity, and change. In a program inspired by UChicago’s fabled Core curriculum, academically ambitious high school students will have the opportunity to experience the university’s brand of intellectual engagement in an on-campus program taught by teams of faculty and graduate student instructors from different disciplines.

Prepare for college while getting a first-hand look at the real academic college experience.


Arts & Sciences Chicago: Gender, the Body, and American Culture

In this course, we will explore how biology and culture are inseparable from each other, and together shape our understanding of bodies and gender. There is not merely one way to think about what a “body” is, or what it means to be “female” or “male” – across the world, across different time periods, and even between groups who seem similar to each other, there is great variability in how people approach these questions.


Session I

Arts & Sciences Chicago: Happiness in Western Thought, Art, and Culture

This program will explore “happiness” as a set of ideas, artifacts, and problems in the cultures of Europe and the Americas. We will study works ranging from ancient Greek and Roman philosophy to modern short stories, lyric poems, and films, by authors such as Plato, Aristotle, Epictetus, Seneca, Kant, Mill, Keats, Shelley, and Dickinson.  As we do so, we will examine the different definitions and understandings of happiness put forward by these texts.


Session II

Arts & Sciences Chicago: Imagining the Modern City

The rise of the modern city makes possible new ways of living, new kinds of people, and new kinds of stories presented in texts, films, music, and art. To better understand what forms of life the modern city makes imaginable, we will start by looking at sociologist Georg Simmel’s seminal short essay, “The Metropolis and Mental Life” and the first chapter of Jane Jacobs’ The Death and Life of Great American Cities.


Session I