Liberal Studies Program > First-Year Program > Chicago Quarter
Offered in the fall, Chicago Quarter courses acquaint first-year students with the metropolitan community, its neighborhoods, cultures, people, institutions, organizations and issues. It is through these classes that students make first contact with the university's
urban identity and
Vincentian mission. Students also learn about university life, resources, and how to be a successful student.
At the core of the class is
experiential learning—first-hand observation, participation, personal discovery, reflection, discussion, and guest lectures—with the city itself serving as classroom, text, and subject of inquiry. Class is led by a
teaching team consisting of a faculty instructor, staff professional, and Chicago Quarter Mentor (CQM).
From an array of
more than 100 course offerings, students select a particular Discover or Explore Chicago focusing on a Chicago-related topic ranging...
Both Discover and Explore Chicago feature
Common Hour, a kind of College Life 101 designed to address issues of transition for first-year students and introduce them to the
keys to college success. Led by each team's staff professional and CQM, Common Hour covers a range of essential topics:
Features of Discover Chicago
All first-year students are required to take a Discover or an Explore Chicago course during the Autumn Quarter of their first year. These courses are available only to first-year students. Students will receive credit for only one Chicago Quarter course.
Students in the university-wide Honors Program select from designated sections of Discover and Explore Chicago. Honors Program students may not register for non-Honors sections of Chicago Quarter courses. For further information, please contact the Honors Program, 990 W. Fullerton, Suite 1300, or Lewis Center 1620 (25 E. Jackson Blvd.), 773-325-7302,
The Office of the First-Year Program may be reached at 773-325-7573, email@example.com, or via the live chat option.