Wheaton in Chicago presents all undergraduate students with the opportunity to spend a semester living and learning in the city of Chicago.
While many Wheaton students visit Chicago during their university years for various ministry, service, or cultural events, Wheaton in Chicago offers an opportunity to get past the “visitor” mindset and explore the contours of the city from the inside. During the semester, students intern at various organizations throughout the city while also taking Wheaton courses specifically tailored to the program’s unique location in Chicago. Students live in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood (just south of the University of Chicago), intern in neighborhoods all over the city, and worship in the city.
Through a combination of discipline-specific internships and courses such as Engaging Arts in the City, Chicago, Theologies of Transformation, and Race, Poverty, and Reconciliation, students gain insight into some of the issues shaping life in Chicago and other cities around the world.
Wheaton in Chicago is foundational for many students pursuing future careers in fields such as urban planning, economic development, ministry, legal services, healthcare, teaching, social services, counseling, and communications, just to name a few.
The Aequitas Program in Urban Leadership (the Aequitas Program) is a four-year, cohort-based, experiential program that educates Wheaton College students to promote just, sustainable, and flourishing urban communities through academic study, experiential learning, immersion programs, and Christian service.