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)
An illustration from Don Quixote
BASC70168 Autumn

The Art and Ends of Reading: The Novel I—Don Quixote The Art and Ends of Reading: The Novel I—Don Quixote

Why read Don Quixote? It remains the best as well as the first of all novels, just as Shakespeare remains the best of all dramatists. There are parts of yourself you will not know fully until you know...

Ancient Israel
BASC70162 Autumn

The Biblical Story of the Kingdom of Israel: Joshua through Kings and Chronicles The Biblical Story of the Kingdom of Israel: Joshua through Kings and Chronicles

This course is a close reading of the biblical books of Joshua through Kings, known in scholarship as the Deuteronomic History. This course is open to all who are interested. This deuteronomic history...

On the left: a painting of John Stuart Mill. On the right: itle page of the first edition of On Liberty (1859) by John Stuart Mill.
BASC80021 Summer

The Foundation of Free Speech? John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty  The Foundation of Free Speech? John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty 

Often cited as one of the most celebrated defenses of free speech ever written, John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty makes its case on the basis of utility rather than natural rights. But is Mill’s argument...

A bust of Beethoven
HUAS78037 Autumn

The Heroic Beethoven and the Birth of Musical Romanticism The Heroic Beethoven and the Birth of Musical Romanticism

Beethoven's middle period works (the heroic Beethoven) comprise the single most influential repertory in the history of Western music. The "Eroica" symphony, the mighty Fifth, the "Emperor" piano...

The city of Jerusalem viewed from Mount Scopus.
BASC70170 Autumn

The Holy Land Through the Ages I: Prehistory to the Roman Empire The Holy Land Through the Ages I: Prehistory to the Roman Empire

This three quarter series is a study of the historical geography of the land of the Bible from prehistory to the establishment of the modern State of Israel and the conflict over the Palestinian...

Medici painting
HUAS75004 Autumn

The Medici and Patronage of Renaissance Art The Medici and Patronage of Renaissance Art

For centuries, the name Medici has been practically synonymous with patronage of art. Between the early fifteenth and later sixteenth centuries, the Medici family of Florence rose from the ranks of...

A poster of the sci-fi movie Metropolis
BASC70169 Autumn

The Uses of Science Fiction, Part One: Imagining the Future The Uses of Science Fiction, Part One: Imagining the Future

Where are we headed?  Will our long history of short-sighted choices decimate the planet and leave the few who survive in a wasteland?  Or will developments in technology bring about a near-mastery of...

A World War One-era painted image of a French soldier telling his lover to watch out for the blimps
HUAS90930 Autumn

The World in the 20th Century I 1900-1932 The World in the 20th Century I 1900-1932

This three-quarter sequence will examine the world in the 20th Century, from 1900 through to 2001. The first course will focus on the world of European empires, leading to the crisis of the Great War...

The muse of poetry painted by Raphael
MLAP 32350 Autumn

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Poet? Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Poet?

Sad, but true. Many folks who enjoy reading fiction, drama, and memoirs feel considerably less comfortable with poetry. Our course will address this anxiety head on. Through close-textual analyses and...

One side of a paper book from the late Heian period in twelfth-century Japan.
MLAP 34907 Winter

World Wisdom Literature World Wisdom Literature

How to live and how to lead are questions that every human community has sought to answer. The thinkers on ethics and leadership whose writings we explore in this course come from Europe, Asia, Africa...