CHICAGO SEMESTER

The Chicago Semester is an off-campus program sponsored by Trinity Christian College together with five other Christian colleges in the Midwest and administered by Trinity. It offers qualified juniors and seniors (2.5 or higher GPA required) the opportunity to gain a semester’s worth of credit, living and working in Chicago. Program design focuses on leadership training by challenging undergraduate juniors and seniors to integrate their classroom theory with professional work experience. Features of the Chicago Semester curriculum include the following: (1) a complete orientation process that familiarizes each student with the Chicago Semester program, the city of Chicago, and the world of work; (2) internships related to students’ professional interests; (3) seminars on aspects of the urban phenomenon; and (4) extensive cultural exposure through scheduled fine arts activities. Students spend four days a week in an internship related to their career interest and academic major, and participate in seminars one day per week at the Chicago Semester’s Loop Center (11 E. Adams). A student may obtain admission to the program only by special application to Chicago Semester. See the Chicago Semester campus representative for further details.

Note: a pre-application must be filled out at least one year before participating in
Chicago Semester. Please see the Cooper Center for the pre-application.

301 Fine Arts Seminar (Arts In the City)
The seminar investigates urban cultural life as reflected in the arts of Chicago.
Students gather data for exploration by attending plays, concerts, movies, and art
galleries. This primary information is processed through readings, lectures, and
classroom discussion. The seminar operates on the premise that art mirrors the ideas
and values held by a particular society or civilization and that students can be helped
to read this cultural mirror more effectively.
Credit Hours:
3 hours

302 Metropolitan Seminar
An introduction to the city, focusing primarily on the Chicago metropolitan region.
Each semester, the Metropolitan Seminar examines cultural, social, political, and
economic issues that face metropolitan residents. Sectional emphases of the
Metropolitan Seminar focus on globalization and diversity, health, and social policy
and planning and community development.
Credit Hours:
3 hours

303 Values and Vocations Seminar
Students examine the Christian call to social transformation in contemporary urban
America. The course emphasizes reclaiming a Christian concept of vocation as a way
of integrating the meaning of one’s private and public life, and as a framework for
practicing love and justice. The Values and Vocations Seminar’s two sections are
“American Work and Meaning” and “Character, Personality, and Power.”
Credit Hours:
3 hours

304 History of Religion and Society in Urban America
This course examines religious social engagement in America through the lens of
history, beginning in the colonial era and racing to the present. To manage this long
span of time, the class focuses on the city, a battleground for pressing social
questions. Topics of discussion will include religious responses to the market
economy, race relations, gender roles, and the relationship between church and state.
The class is designed for juniors and seniors.
Credit Hours:
3 hours

400 Field Internship
Students enrolled in the Chicago Semester program have a large number of
placements available to them. Students may select internships from a range of
organizations that include art centers, banks, businesses, hospitals, media centers,
newspapers, publishing houses, mental health clinics, churches, schools, social work
agencies, museums, libraries, and zoos. Work internships demand high-quality work
and are supervised on the job and also by Chicago Semester staff members.
Credit Hours: 9 hours

401 Social Work Professional Seminar
This seminar provides students with the opportunity to apply classroom learning in
actual social work practice situations. The seminar aims at promoting a “coming
together” of theoretical perspectives and practicum supervision in a manner
supportive to the efforts of beginning practitioners. Students engage in professional
social work roles and activities to continue developing generalist practice skills and
knowledge of the profession.
Credit Hours:
3 hours

450 Student-Teaching:Elementary
Students enrolled in the Chicago Semester program are placed in a Chicago public
school for a 17-week placement During the student teaching internship the intern
gradually assumes the full responsibilities of the cooperating teacher. Student teaching
requires fulltime commitment for the entire semester. Concurrent enrollment in CSEM
454.
Credit Hours: 10 hours

454 Contemporary Issues Seminar
This course meets weekly during the semester of student-teaching. Discussion topics
include contemporary issues, worldview implications for teaching, interviewing,
classroom management, and preparation for a teaching position. The unique
attributes, assets, and challenges of a specific Chicago neighborhood are also
investigated. Online portfolios will be completed.
Credit Hours: 3 hours

455 Student-Teaching:Secondary
Students enrolled in the Chicago Semester program are placed in a Chicago public
school for a 17-week placement. During the student teaching internship the intern
gradually assumes the full responsibilities of the cooperating teacher/s. Student
teaching requires fulltime commitment for the entire semester. Concurrent enrollment
in CSEM 454.
Credit Hours:
10 hours