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The Block Plan: eight 3-1/2 week sessions, equivalent to four semester hours each. Students take only one course per block and professors teach only one course per block. Implemented in 1970, the Block Plan allows for intensive study with no interruptions from other academic obligations, extended laboratory and on-location field work, and independent study.


All classes are taught by professors; no teaching assistants or graduate instructors. 179 full-time, 48 part-time. Another 50 visit annually to teach one special topics course. 97% hold highest degree in their field.


Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association,, (800) 621-7440 / (312) 263-0456.

Curriculum and Majors

Double majors are available. Degrees offered in (special tracks in parentheses):

Disciplinary Majors
Anthropology, Art (History; Studio), Biology, Chemistry, Classics, Dance, Drama, Economics (Business), English (Creative Writing; Film Studies), French, Geology, German, History, Mathematics (Computer Science), Music (Ethnomusicology), Philosophy,Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Russian, Sociology, Spanish

Interdisciplinary Majors:
Asian Studies, Biochemistry, Classics-English, Classics-History-Politics, Comparative Literature, Environmental Science, Feminist and Gender Studies, History-Philosophy, History-Political Science, Liberal Arts & Sciences (Independent), Mathematical Economics, Neuroscience, Political Economy (US; International), Romance Languages

Special Programs (thematic minors / possible independent majors):
American Ethnic Studies, International Affairs, North American Studies, Southwest Studies, Studies in War and Peace in the Nuclear Age. 30 other departmental and thematic minors are available.

Significant coursework available in:
Chinese, Education, General Studies, Italian, Japanese, Journalism, Sports Science & Wellness.

Pre-Professional Programs

Business, Dentistry, Education, Law, Medicine, Physical Therapy, Teacher Certification, and Veterinary Medicine.

Cooperative Programs

3-2 Engineering programs are offered with Columbia University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Southern California, and Washington University; Army ROTC available through University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Study Abroad

Approximately 55% of students study abroad before graduating.
Sole sponsor of programs in Germany, Mexico and Russia. Co-sponsor of programs in Costa Rica, Florence, India, Japan, London, Tanzania, Botswana. Programs with: Regensburg University, Germany; Göttingen University, Germany; Kansai Gaidai, Japan; Universidad Federal de Juiz de Fora, Brazil; Fudan University, China; Jönköping International Business School, Sweden; University of Wales at Aberystwyth, Wales; and Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Other foreign study options also available.

Off-Campus Domestic Programs

Off-campus domestic programs include a Washington semester at American University, Oak Ridge Laboratory science semester in Tennessee, Wilderness Field Station in Wisconsin, Newberry Library seminar in Chicago, Chicago Semester in the Arts, and Urban Education and Urban Studies in Chicago.

Academic Facilities and Equipment

Library: 540,276 volumes, 26,233 subscribed periodicals, 278,752 government documents, 131,070 microfilm items, and an extensive inter-library loan program.

Over 350 computers (Mac & PC) with Internet access available for student use. Extensive science facilities with electron microscope, 16-inch reflecting telescope, computerized microscopic interface, varied climate greenhouses. Modern language lab with video disk technology. Mountain cabin (45 minute drive) and conference center (three hour drive) for class retreats and field trips. Several theaters/performance spaces. Extensive art studios and gallery space.

Student Retention and Graduate Study

Excluding students who take a temporary personal leave
80% of students graduate within 5 years.
65% begin graduate work within five years of graduation.