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September Term at UChicago

Now summer extends into September!

A three-week intensive course option, September Term provides opportunities for second, third, and fourth-year students in the College to fulfill major and general education course requirements at a time when their summer employment, internships, and other activities have ended, but fall quarter courses have not yet begun. As with Summer Quarter undergraduate course offerings, each September Term course is the equivalent of a 100-unit, regular academic year course. 

Students take just one course during September Term, each of which has been designed to take advantage of resources on campus and in the city. Offerings for 2022 include an Urban and Environmental Studies course where your course texts include bike tours of the South Side, a Creative Writing course where students will develop the pilot for a TV series set on the South Side, and a course that will prepare majors in the social sciences – even those with little-to-no programming experience -- to harness the growing digital and computational resources which have become key to cutting-edge research.

All 2022 September Term courses will be taught in person from August 29- September 16, 2022.  No courses will take place on Monday, September 5 due to the Labor Day holiday.  See UChicago Course Search for the individual course days, times, and other details.


September Term Course Offerings

    Through studio work and critical discussions on 2D form, this course is designed to reveal the conventions of images and image-making. Basic formal elements and principles of art are presented, but they are also put into practice to reveal perennial issues in a visual field. Form is studied as a means to communicate content. Topics as varied as, but not limited to, illusion, analogy, metaphor, time and memory, nature and culture, abstraction, the role of the author, and universal systems can be illuminated through these primary investigations. Visits to museums and other fieldwork required, as is participation in studio exercises and group critiques.

    This September Term section (97) runs for three weeks and focuses on painting and drawing.  

    Cultural field trips and art-viewing excursions on campus and around the broader city of Chicago will inform studio work and critical discourse around two-dimensional art. Key principles and practices of art and design will be presented as models, as will methods and materials of the studio. This will occur through a combination of slide lectures and in-person encounters with artwork at museums, galleries, artists’ studios and public spaces. Principles will be put into practice in the studio, studying visual form as a means for communication, self-expression and cultural critique. Topics as varied as illusion, analogy, metaphor, memory, nature and culture, abstraction, the role of the author, and structural systems will be illuminated through studio projects.

    Visits to museums and other city-wide outings will be required, as are participation in studio exercises, presentation of creative work and group discussions.

    The past two decades have witnessed the discovery of planets in orbit around other stars and the characterization of extra-Solar (exo-) planetary systems. We are now able to place our Solar System into the context of other worlds and a surprising conclusion that most planetary systems look nothing like our own. A challenging next step is to find planets as small as the Earth in orbit around stars like the Sun. The architecture of planetary systems reflects the formation of the parent star and its protoplanetary disk, and how these have changed with time. This course will review the techniques for discovery of planets around other stars, what we have learned so far about exoplanetary systems, and the driving questions for the future, including the quest for habitable environments elsewhere. This course includes labs. Although quantitative analysis will be an important part of the course, students will not be expected to employ mathematics beyond algebra.

    Prerequisites: PHSC 10800 or PHSC 10100 or ASTR/PHSC 12700 or ASTR/PHSC 12710.

    This course combined with one of the pre-requisites listed above form a sequence that fulfills the gen ed requirement in the Physical Sciences. It can also be used by students in the Minor in Astronomy and Astrophysics program.


    In this course, you’ll learn the craft of writing for television by collaboratively developing a pilot script for an original television series set in the South Side of Chicago. Modeled on the “writers’ room,” we’ll research and develop the concept, characters, the outline, and create a plan for the series. In addition to being introduced to the fundamentals of storytelling through lectures, discussions, screenings, and script analysis, you’ll also learn to work collaboratively with a team, constructing a daily agenda, brainstorming, researching, pitching, discussing ideas, and composing in screenwriting format. By the end of this hands-on course, you will be armed with a set of techniques and skills that will support your professional development as a writer.

    If you have completed FREN 102 at UChicago or have a FREN 103 placement, the intensive September version of FREN 103 is the perfect time to complete your language requirement and to set yourself up for intermediate-level French courses during the academic year. Our unique method guides students to learn French inductively, through authentic discourse, so that they learn to speak more like native speakers from the very beginning. First-year curricular objectives include helping students build a solid foundation in the basic patterns of written and spoken French, and their use in everyday communication to talk about themselves and their world.

    We’ll draw on the rich Francophone experiences the City of Chicago offers to enhance our learning. Possible cultural activities this September include exhibits at the Art Institute of Chicago, an outing to a Haitian restaurant, Francophone films, and conversations with native French speakers from around the world.

    This course is based on bicycling through the South Side neighborhoods surrounding the University of Chicago. There are readings, but the primary input is from riding—from seeing things at street level and speaking with people who are committed to living in places that often have been abandoned by others. Each ride is organized around a set of key concerns and includes a conversation with a local insider who can help us better understand them. Topics include land rights and exploitation, architecture, town planning, placemaking, urban farming and ecology, sustainability, grass roots organization, labor rights, immigration, social work, and street art.

    Cross-listed with CHST 22211, KNOW 22211.

    Physical requirements of this course will include: 

    • Students must be able to independently ride a bicycle for up to 25 miles in various types of weather, across varying terrains; and 
    • Students must be able to visually observe, describe, and report on focal points and locations from the rides.

    This course will introduce students to the legal architecture of international human rights law. Whilst the legal framing of rights emphasizes universality and the common good, its application reflects the historical compromises and political uncertainties of the times. This course will explore the tensions that are produced when politics meets ‘the law’ and examine the issues, actors, doctrines and practices that make up the human rights project.

    This course presents the science behind the forecast of global warming to enable the student to evaluate the likelihood and potential severity of anthropogenic climate change in the coming centuries. It includes an overview of the physics of the greenhouse effect, including comparisons with Venus and Mars; predictions and reliability of climate model forecasts of the greenhouse world. This course is part of the College Course Cluster program, Climate Change, Culture, and Society. This course covers the same material as PHSC 13400, but is organized using a flipped classroom approach in order to increase student engagement and learning.

    This is an applied course for social scientists with little-to-no programming experience who wish to harness growing digital and computational resources. The focus of the course is on generating reproducible research through the use of programming languages and version control software. Major emphasis is placed on a pragmatic understanding of core principles of programming and packaged implementations of methods. Students will leave the course with basic computational skills implemented through many computational methods and approaches to social science; while students will not become expert programmers, they will gain the knowledge of how to adapt and expand these skills as they are presented with new questions, methods, and data.

    Cross-listed with CHDV 30511, ENST 20550, MAPS 30500, PLSC 30235, PSYC 30510, SOCI 20278, SOCI 40176, MACS 30500.

Program Details

    All students should consult with their Academic Adviser before enrolling in a course.  Beginning March 1, 2022, current College students need to request term activation and can then enroll in September Term courses through MyUChicago.  See the Current UChicago Students page for complete details and instructions and the UChicago Course Search for full course details. 

    September Term courses are not open to incoming College, visiting, or pre-college students.

    Please check course enrollment at Class Search before submitting a Summer 2022 Undergraduate Course Waitlist Request form.  

    This form should only be used to request placement on a waitlist for:

    • current UChicago undergraduate or graduate students wishing to enroll in Summer Quarter courses or
    • current UChicago undergraduate students ONLY who wish to enroll in Summer Language Institute or September Term courses that are full

    Current or incoming UChicago graduate students wishing to enroll in Summer Language Institute courses that are full must submit the 2022 SLI Waitlist for Graduate Students. Contact your Dean of Students office if you have questions. 

    Questions? Contact Val Huston, Enrollment Manager, at

    As with Summer Quarter, costs associated with September Term are not included in the 2022-23 tuition schedule. For details on refund and drop deadlines, see the Summer Quarter page. See below for details on September Term housing and dining costs and eligibility.

    Need-based tuition aid will be available to students and families who qualify. Odyssey Scholars who enroll in a September Term course before August 1 will also receive a supplemental $1,500 award to assist with additional expenses such as housing and dining. Visit Summer Financial Aid for more information.


    Tuition: $4,380 per 100-unit course
    Student Services Fee: $192
    Housing and Dining (optional): $2,400 for three weeks; $600 for gap week between September Term and Autumn Quarter Move-in


    Students enrolled in a September Term course who have also signed a contract with Housing & Residence Life for the 2022-2023 academic year are eligible to apply for on-campus housing and dining during the three weeks of September Term. (Students who have arranged to live off-campus will not be eligible for on-campus housing and dining during this time.) The September Term dining plan will begin with dinner on Sunday, August 28 and end with breakfast on Saturday, September 17. There will be dedicated RAs and activities for students in residence.

    Students who apply for September Term housing will receive more information, including how and when they will move to their regular fall quarter room assignment, as the Term approaches.

    September Term housing and dining costs are billed separately from Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters.

    Please note that there is a one-week gap between the end of September Term housing and returning student move-in for Autumn Quarter. Students in September Term housing will be able to request housing and dining for the week between terms at an additional cost, billed separately from September Term. 

    Apply for Housing

    Housing Application Deadline: July 1, 2022


    September Term housing and dining (Sunday, August 28-Saturday, September 17, 2022): $2,400

    Gap housing and dining (Saturday, September 17-returning student move-in on Friday, September 23, 2022): $600


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