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.

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us Supreme Court building
BASC80036 Summer

Supreme Court Review, 2023-24 Term Supreme Court Review, 2023-24 Term

The Supreme Court of the United States will be completing its 2023-24 term this summer. In this course, we will read and discuss a selection of its most important decisions.

whale and boat
BASC70259 Autumn

The Art and Ends of Reading: Moby-Dick 1 The Art and Ends of Reading: Moby-Dick 1

Moby-Dick is our American epic, and one of the most densely written books in our language. It “contains the cosmos,” as Harold Bloom writes; and he adds: “I would not change one sentence.” We will do...

hand with pencil
WRIT32806 Autumn

The Craft of Story: Mood & Tone The Craft of Story: Mood & Tone

Mood is a crucial component of how audiences experience stories. The mood and tone of the opening scenes of a movie or literary work should prime the audience to understand the character, the...

New Testament of the Bible
BASC70260 Autumn

The Four Gospels of the New Testament The Four Gospels of the New Testament

In this autumn course, we will read the four “canonical” gospels as the first part of a three quarter sequence on the New Testament. Matthew, Mark and Luke, the first three gospels, are often called...

Great Depression lines
HUAS90014 Autumn

The Modern Mind in the 20th Century I: 1900-1932 The Modern Mind in the 20th Century I: 1900-1932

This three-quarter sequence will examine the history of ideas in the 20th Century, from 1900 through to 2001. The Autumn course will focus on how ideas come to terms with the new post-Darwinian...

plaque with tom Stoppard quote
HUAS80102 Autumn

The Plays of Tom Stoppard The Plays of Tom Stoppard

An intellectual acrobat and an amazing spinner of words, Tom Stoppard is a playwright who focuses on everything from metaphysics and moral philosophy to the abuse of freedom and the nature of love. He...

vietnam war memorial at night
HUAS90950 Autumn

The Quiet American & The Ugly American The Quiet American & The Ugly American

In this course we will read two of the most highly influential political novels of the 20th century: The Quiet American and The Ugly American. These prescient novels examine the early years of the U.S...

three misanthropes
BASC80035 Summer

Three Misanthropes Three Misanthropes

This course covers three plays focused on misanthropes: two by Shakespeare that are more tragic in tone (Timon of Athens and Coriolanus) and one comedy by Moliere (The Misanthrope). What makes these...

picture of a ethics textbook
HUAS19004 Summer

Three Rival Theories of Ethics Three Rival Theories of Ethics

What is the ultimate standard of morality? Is it the best possible outcome for the most people? Is it dutiful and self-sacrificial adherence to absolute rules? Or should ethics aim at cultivating...

international flags
HUAS32007 Summer

Three Visions of International Politics Three Visions of International Politics

In the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union, three eminent U.S. scholars offered competing views of how the post-Cold War world would work. In the early 1990s, Francis Fukuyama, Samuel...