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)
sculpture of Beethoven
HUAS78016 Autumn

Late Beethoven Late Beethoven

The life's summation of perhaps the greatest Classical composer, the valedictory late works of Beethoven include his masterly dissertations on God and man (Missa Solemnis and Ninth Symphony), profound...

book with sparks
HUAS80114 Autumn

Magic, Horror and the Supernatural in the Middle East and North Africa Magic, Horror and the Supernatural in the Middle East and North Africa

This 8-week course will explore works of fiction written by authors of Middle Eastern and North African origin that focus on magical realism, elements of horror and the supernatural. We will explore...

individuals playing cello
HUAS78062 Summer | Autumn

Masterpieces that Changed the World Masterpieces that Changed the World

Each session in this course examines one crucial musical masterpiece that transformed western music. Pieces include Bach's Well-Tempered Klavier, Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, Beethoven's Third and...

old blues musician
HUAS78010 Autumn

Music in American Lives: From Shakers to Suffragists Music in American Lives: From Shakers to Suffragists

“Simple Gifts” and “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” are among America’s most revered folk songs, yet they originated among groups that are now largely forgotten—utopian Shakers of the U.S. northeast and...

woman writing
WRIT32801 Autumn

Novel Writing Workshop Novel Writing Workshop

Stay motivated while writing your novel! This online class will offer craft discussions, instructor feedback on a synopsis, a chance to workshop 20 pages of your work, and opportunities for revision...

ancient sculpture
HUAS80112 Autumn

Once Upon Our Time: Contemporary Retellings of Myths and Tales Once Upon Our Time: Contemporary Retellings of Myths and Tales

In this course, we will consider recent fiction by British and American women writers that mine some of Western culture’s foundational myths and tales for insights into both historical and...

person speaking in room
RSEM003 Summer

Philosophical Reflections on Leadership: From Machiavelli’s Prince to Dr. King’s Drum Major - Residential Seminar Philosophical Reflections on Leadership: From Machiavelli’s Prince to Dr. King’s Drum Major - Residential Seminar

This course explores the ideas of key political thinkers, with a focus throughout on the figure of the leader. What secures someone the status of leader, and how do they maintain it? What are they...

sculpture of aristotle
BASC80038 Summer

Reading Aristotle, On the Soul (De Anima, Peri Psyches) Reading Aristotle, On the Soul (De Anima, Peri Psyches)

In this relatively short but important and foundational work, Aristotle explores the nature of the life force, psyche or soul. Soul, as Aristotle addresses it, is a philosophical and scientific...

chicago flag waving
HUAS90949 Autumn

Reading Chicago Politics: From Harold Washington to the Present Reading Chicago Politics: From Harold Washington to the Present

We will examine the politics of Chicago from Harold Washington to the present, and will consider the interactions and conflicts between key political actors including the Mayor, Aldermen and citizen...

heart hands at sunset
HUAS90916 Summer

Reintroduction to Joy Reintroduction to Joy

The course is designed to deepen your experience and understanding of joy. Texts are drawn from Asian and Western poetic and religious traditions. The course is divided into three parts touching upon...