UChicago Civics Program

This summer, explore the past, present, and future of U.S. politics through the UChicago Civics Programs generously supported by the Jack Miller Center.

U.S.Capitol building.

The University of Chicago Graham School is pleased to announce two continuing education opportunities this summer for Chicagoland area high school educators who teach courses focused on American History, Government, or Civics.


Jack Miller Center logo.

Thanks to continued generous support from the Jack Miller Center, both of these opportunities are being offered to teachers free of cost.*

Details of the two programs are below. There is an option for both credit and non-credit courses. The non-credit program will meet in person on our Hyde Park campus and the credit-bearing course will meet remotely via Zoom. Teachers may participate in one of the two, but not both. Any questions about either of these Summer options should be directed to Tim Murphy.

*Teachers who enroll in the for-credit course will be required to pay a one-time $75 lifetime transcript fee.


John Trumbull's painting, Declaration of Independence, depicting the five-man drafting committee of the Declaration of Independence presenting their work to the Congress.

Non-Credit Program: Polarization and Political Parties

Monday through Friday, July 18-22
In person, Hyde Park campus

In this five-day sequence, teachers will participate in a total of 10 seminars (morning and afternoon sessions, Monday through Friday) examining the issue of Polarization and Political Parties in American civic life. Individual sessions will cover polarization in Congress, political factions at the time of the Founding, social media in contemporary American life, the state of current political parties, and more.

While teachers who participate in the non-credit course this Summer will not receive any graduate course credit, participants do receive a $200 stipend to help defray cost of attendance in addition to 25 CPDUs.

Teachers interesting in the non-credit course should submit their application no later than Thursday, June 30.


An 1862 diagram depicting the "Executive" branch, the Senate and the House of Representatives representing the "Legislative" branch, and the Supreme Court representing the "Judicial" branch of the federal government.

Credit-Bearing Program: Political Thought of the American Revolution

July 25 - August 5, 10am - 12:30pm
Remote via Zoom

This for-credit course will be run as synchronous, live discussion sessions on Zoom. Upon completion, teachers will earn 100 University of Chicago Units (which translates to 3 1/3 “semester hours” of credit). The course is graded, will have written assessments, and upon completion teachers will receive a UChicago transcript showing the course and their grade.

The American Revolution, 1763-1789

This seminar examines the American Revolutionary experience broadly conceived, from the beginning of the British imperial crisis following the Seven Years' War to the ratification of the Federal Constitution and the launching of the new national government. It considers how and why a revolution to overthrow imperial rule broke out among the lightly taxed, economically prosperous, and politically enfranchised settler population of British North America. It also considers how and why a revolution that took place on the outer fringes of the Western world created the first modern democratic republic, an unprecedented federal union, and liberal and democratic aspirations that transcended the limits of their time. The seminar explores these questions by reading and discussing the writings of those who participated in and shaped these events. The instructor will begin each seminar with a short lecture on the historical context for the readings under discussion that day.

To participate in the American Revolution course and receive graduate credit this Summer, interested teachers should get in touch with Tim Murphy (Tim Murphy) no later than Friday June 24 to express their interest and receive application instructions.

Instructor for American Revolution course