A program of Urban Studies, Wheaton in Chicago is a semester-long, residential, experiential program of study. During the Wheaton in Chicago semester, students examine the origins and implications of urban issues through course work, internships, and service opportunities. Since the program’s inception, more than 200 students—representing every division and more than 20 majors—have studied downtown. Wheaton in Chicago prepares these students for a lifetime of engagement with the presence and influence of the city in an increasingly urban world ,while requiring that they do so in a way that integrates a faithful Christian worldview.
Students live in apartments located in Uptown—one of Chicago’s most diverse neighborhoods—along Chicago’s north lake front. Renovated to Wheaton College specifications for student life and instruction, the building and its location permit robust instructional and experiential opportunities. Student activities are overseen by the Assistant Director of Urban Studies. Courses are taught both by Wheaton faculty and practitioners from the city, while drawing on a rich array of guest speakers. Students will also receive in-depth exposure to a wide range of Christian ministries and other service organizations in the city. The "Social Life of Cities" course (URBN 114) is a prerequisite for the program.
For more information, please visit Wheaton in Chicago within the Urban Studies Department.