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ACM Chicago Program: Arts, Entrepreneurship & Social Justice


Brenda Tooley

Director, Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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The ACM Chicago Program offers three tracks (Chicago Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Social Justice ) through an innovative integrated semester residential experience. All students complete a core course that not only provides an orientation to the city, but also explores the interrelationships of art, business, and politics, as well as race, class, and ethnicity. An urban internship is a valuable part of the experience. Students enroll in separate seminars for each track. Groups of 2-4 students share a furnished apartment in a Chicago neighborhood. Credits: 4.5 for one semester (Fall or Winter-Spring); 3 for Fall or Spring term programs. 

Arts. Students enter the world of urban arts. Open to students from any major with an interest in any arts discipline. Students attend events, meet and develop artistic talents and visions. The program encourages students to see art in the context of the city, as integrated with issues of politics, economics, social justice, and neighborhood. Program advisor: Prof. Lombard. 

Entrepreneurship. Creativity, innovation and problem-solving, in short, entrepreneurship, are fundamental tools used by successful businesses and organizations of all types. In this program, Chicago becomes a "business lab" in which, among other things, students explore case studies of Chicago entrepreneurs and gain hands-on experience in an internship. Program advisor: Prof. Spittell. 

Urban Studies. The focus is on how neighborhoods and groups negotiate for power and resources, how social change is engineered. Prerequisite: at least three courses from two or more of the social sciences (economics, political science, history, or anthropology and sociology) or from arts and humanities courses with an emphasis on social problems. Program advisor: Prof. Oldfield. 

Learn more about the Chicago Program: Arts, Entrepreneurship & Urban Studies.

Credits: Fall and Spring semester - 4.5 credits upon successful completion

Fall Term - 3 Knox credits; Spring term - 3 Knox credits upon successful completion

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