The Course Catalog

Each quarter, we offer lifelong learners access to more than 70 courses at the University of Chicago. Explore all of our course offerings below.

Use the filters in the left-hand column below to search for courses in specific program areas or at specific days and times.

Quarter
Day(s)
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 Year 3 Seminar we will read some of the fundamental and groundbreaking works in the history of science. Each of these texts challenges the way we think about the structure and operation of the...

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...

Camus, Weil, and Arendt
BASC50099 Autumn

Beyond Tradition I: The Crisis of Modernity: Making Sense of Our Historical Situation Beyond Tradition I: The Crisis of Modernity: Making Sense of Our Historical Situation

“Sense,” Santayana says, “is the foundation of everything.” The task of “making sense” of things is a distinctively modern enterprise, the effect of our having lost a unified, coherent, if sometimes...

People walking on a crosswalk
WRIT51804 Autumn

Create Diverse Characters with Nuance and Sensitivity Create Diverse Characters with Nuance and Sensitivity

Today’s readers—as well as agents, editors, and publishers— expect stories that include diverse characters authentically portrayed. We’ll explore how to reach outside our own identities and...

Chicago Theatre
HUAS80032 Autumn

Eight Plays By and About Chicago Eight Plays By and About Chicago

What do the playwrights Tracy Letts, Lorraine Hansberry, Bertolt Brecht, David Auburn, Rohina Malik, Keith Huff, August Wilson, and Joe Mantegna have in common? They have all written plays set in...

Tools and working table for making felt hats and slippers at the Ethnographic Museum in Krujë, Albania.
MLAP 33501 Autumn

Ethnographic Traditions Ethnographic Traditions

This class will introduce students to the practice of ethnographic field work, or participant observation research. Students will read works on the practice of ethnography and actual ethnographic...

A novel lit up with string lights
WRIT31800 Autumn

Fiction Writing Essentials Fiction Writing Essentials

Explore essential aspects of fiction writing such as plot, voice, dialogue, character, and point of view. Every week, students will read published stories and generate new work in response to writing...

Person writing a notebook
WRIT42804 Autumn

Flash Nonfiction: A Generative Workshop Flash Nonfiction: A Generative Workshop

In this workshop, we will explore the craft issues related to flash nonfiction. Writing shorter pieces of 700-1,000 words, will allow you to work on intensity of language, wrapping an idea in a...

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WRIT32406 Winter | Spring | Summer | Autumn

Focus on Fiction Focus on Fiction

This course will advance your understanding of fiction writing through lecture, discussion, eclectic readings, in-class and at-home writing exercises, as well as discussions of your own and your...