Two or three courses will be offered each semester, which ideally draw upon the vast resources and fascinating history of Chicago. Academic topics are numerous and may fulfill Carthage Symposium, Global Heritage, Writing Intensive, and a variety of distribution requirements. Carthage in Chicago welcomes applicants from all academic disciplines.
Students may elect to pursue a major project instead of an internship, such as a service-based learning experience, research project, or independent study. This option is available only through the appropriate faculty and administrative approval. The major project will receive up to eight credits, depending upon its scope.
Below, please find the approved courses for Fall 2016 (courses for Fall 2018 have not yet been finalized). Please note that each course must maintain a minimum enrollment in order to be offered.
Fall 2016 Courses
Politics and Play in Chicago
Course Number: ENG200T or POL200T
Faculty Members: Maria Carrig and Christopher Lynch
Distribution Credits: Carthage Symposium, HUM if registered under English
Course Fee: Approximately $150 for tickets to performances; $20 for course texts
Course Description: Chicago is famous for its theatrical culture; it is also legendary for its politics. This Carthage Symposium will explore politics and “play” in Chicago, both separately and as they intersect. We will study some of the institutions and important figures in Chicago politics that provide both background and material for Chicago’s theatrical as well as literary worlds, and also consider some of the political issues facing Chicago’s neighborhoods through readings, public lectures at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, visits to neighborhoods and conversations with residents. From the theatrical and literary perspective, we will attend performances at several theaters; attend lectures at the Chicago Humanities Festival; and read some classic stories about Chicago. Students will each pursue a project on some aspect of Chicago’s theater or literature as well as the Chicago politics that constitute both the background and much of the substance of the novels and plays.
Latin America Global Heritage
Course Number: MLA200T
Faculty Members: Matthew Borden
Distribution Credits: Global Heritage (GH)
Course Fee: Approximately $60 for tickets/entries, and $60 for course texts
Course Description: In this course, we will examine intercultural relations with Latin America and Spain, and eventually the United States. We will begin with pre-Conquest traditions, continue with the Spanish Conquest, and explore the development of Latin American cultures up to the present. A number of intercultural questions will be raised, for instance: Do we think of ourselves as Americans and them as someone else? And when we interact with Latin Americans, do we see them as coming from a singular culture or as from a variety of cultures? We will use a variety of readings, explore the city by visiting people and places of Hispanic origin or with strong connections to Latin America, and engage in discussions and activities to examine these issues.