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.

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On the left: a photograph of Black Panther director Ryan Coogler. On the right: a photograph of author Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Ryan Coogler by Gage Skidmore. Ta-Nehisi Coates by Gabriella Demczuk.

BASC80022 Summer

Race, Power Dynamics, and Oppression in the Film "Black Panther" Race, Power Dynamics, and Oppression in the Film "Black Panther"

The hugely successful film Black Panther was both entertaining and empowering for black Americans. But the film also connects to themes that go deep in our culture: slavery, oppression, the Black...

Old map of Chicago with lakefront
HUAS90931 Autumn

Reading Chicago: History and Sociology of the City Reading Chicago: History and Sociology of the City

This course will read relatively new books on Chicago history, politics, and sociology.  This session will look at the Chicago Fire of 1871, the administration of Harold Washington, and the problems...

Kant and Critique of Pure Reason
BASC70166 Autumn

Reading Kant's Critique of Pure Reason Reading Kant's Critique of Pure Reason

While Kant’s magnum opus sometimes scares readers off, those who have a guide and persist with it are usually stunned by the consistent logic of the work and the powerful vision and scope of its...

Political theorists
HUAS32003 Autumn

Readings in Political Theory: Foundations of Liberalism and Libertarianism Readings in Political Theory: Foundations of Liberalism and Libertarianism

This course focuses on the foundations of classical liberalism and libertarianism. During the first several weeks, it considers the development of ideas for a liberal society in texts written in the...

Civil rights protest
HUAS10002 Autumn

Recognition, Realization, and Reflection on Race in America Recognition, Realization, and Reflection on Race in America

We will use this time to examine the impacts and implications of race in America. We will leverage literary writings from authors and scholars who have examined race in this country to engage in...

Statue of Aristotle
BASC50103 Autumn

Reprise: Plato’s Meno and Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics Reprise: Plato’s Meno and Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics

Having completed the core curriculum and become better readers and thinkers, many Basic Program students want to revisit key works from the early years in order to find out what they missed the first...

A picture of Seyyed Hossein Nasr next to his book, Man and Nature
HUAS29700 Autumn | Winter

Seyyed Hossein Nasr’s Man and Nature: Classic of Islam and Environmental Ethics Seyyed Hossein Nasr’s Man and Nature: Classic of Islam and Environmental Ethics

In 1968, Seyyed H. Nasr delivered an eminent series of lectures at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. Nasr is a scientist, historian of science, philosopher, and Sufi spiritual thinker...

Burning dry grass on a hillside
MLAP 34001 Autumn

Some Versions of the Apocalypse Some Versions of the Apocalypse

The end of the world is one of the most durable of mankind's obsessions.  From prophetic texts of the ancient world to today's fascination with zombie plagues, environmental disaster, and nuclear...

Black-and-white portrait of Orestes Brownson.
BASC80011 Summer

The American Republic by Orestes Brownson The American Republic by Orestes Brownson

Orestes Brownson's The American Republic is an incredible post-Civil War Tocquevillian take on the founding and destiny of these United States. In a style that blends history, theology, philosophy...

The pyramids of Nubia
HUAS93217 Autumn

The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Nubia The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Nubia

We will examine the development of the art and architecture of the cultures of ancient Nubia, as well as discuss concepts of race and ethnicity in the ancient Nile Valley, particularly Nubia as...