The Course Catalog

Each quarter, we offer lifelong learners access to more than 40 courses at the University of Chicago.

Autumn quarter course registration is now open. For questions, please contact grahamregistrar@uchicago.edu or call 773.702.7249.

Day(s)
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BASC50113 Autumn

20th Century: The Crisis of Tonality: Music at an Impasse 20th Century: The Crisis of Tonality: Music at an Impasse

We will look at some of the momentous innovations in classical music in the twentieth century, specifically in respect to tonality and problems of “form”: in the seminar, as viewed by three major...

wood block drawing
BASC65111 Autumn

Alumni Sequence: Asian Classical Traditions Autumn Year 1 Alumni Sequence: Asian Classical Traditions Autumn Year 1

Autumn Seminar:

This course introduces Basic Program alumni to three ancient Indian classics: the Rigveda, the Upanishads, and the Bhagavad Gita. The Rigveda introduces readers to a world rich with...

roman ruins
BASC61211 Autumn

Alumni Sequence: The Romans Year II Alumni Sequence: The Romans Year II

Corrupt politicians, scandalous celebrities, aggressive foreign policy, upheavals in cultural ideas about sexuality and marriage, income inequality, immigration problems, concerns about the...

us flag waving
HUAS32006 Autumn

American Politics and Policy: 1944-2024 American Politics and Policy: 1944-2024

In 2024, the American people will be electing its leaders for the next political cycle. This discussion course is designed to focus on American politics and policy in the post-World War II era, to...

bust of homer
RSEM002 Summer

An Odyssey with Homer - Residential Seminar An Odyssey with Homer - Residential Seminar

Homer the poet was an 8th century BCE blind singer of tales from the Greek island of Chios who might or might not have ever existed. But the works attributed to him—the Iliad, the Odyssey, and a...

portrait of Bach
HUAS78018 Autumn

Bach: Life and Works Bach: Life and Works

One of the towering figures in Western culture, J.S. Bach is the foundation of Classical music, whose influence has permeated the work of virtually all his successors. Whether sacred or secular, vocal...

War of Athens
BASC40101 Autumn

Basic Program Year Four: Autumn Basic Program Year Four: Autumn

The Year 4 Seminar texts cover a wide range time periods and genres, including philosophy, biography, satire, and romance, which connect through the themes of love, character, and humor as they...

Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant's painting, "Antigone at the Bedside of Polynice"
BASC10101 Autumn

Basic Program Year One: Autumn Basic Program Year One: Autumn

Since 1946, the Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults has engaged lifelong learners in reading, discussing, and building community around the foundational texts of literature, philosophy, and...

Alt: A replica of Isaac Newton's second reflecting telescope of 1672.

Photograph © Andrew Dunn.

BASC30101 Autumn

Basic Program Year Three: Autumn Basic Program Year Three: Autumn

In the Seminar, we read two classics texts seeking the ungrounded ground of reason. In the Tutorial we will engage in a close reading of a classic novel. The novel for 2024 is War and Peace, by Leo...

Cleopatra: The oil painting "Cleopatra" by John William Waterhouse (1888). Death Pentheus Louvre: Pentheus torn apart by Agave and Ino on an Attic red-figure cosmetics bowl lid, c. 450–425 BC.
BASC20101 Autumn

Basic Program Year Two: Autumn Basic Program Year Two: Autumn

The Year 2 seminar is devoted to three great plays: Sophocles' Oedipus the King, Euripides' The Bacchae, and Shakespeare's Anthony & Cleopatra. A close reading of Aristotle's Poetics will enhance our...