Students visit Covanta, a company that produces energy from municipal trash, during a 2019 career trek to Boston.

Students visit Covanta, a company that produces energy from municipal trash, during a 2019 career trek to Boston. (Photo courtesy Office of Career Advancement)

What’s new in the College

Un plus grand Centre à Paris? Mais oui!

Expanded Center in Paris

Last November UChicago held a groundbreaking ceremony to launch the expansion of its Center in Paris. The new facility, designed by Chicago architectural firm Studio Gang, will be nearly triple the size of the current Center, allowing 100 additional undergraduates to study in Paris each year.

Scheduled to open in January 2024, the Center will be located at 39–45 Rue des Grands Moulins in the 13th Arrondissement, close to the French National Library. The site is part of one of Europe’s leading civic projects, focused on developing former industrial sections of Paris’s Left Bank.

The building’s amenities will include an amphitheater, laboratory classrooms, a small library, and a vertical courtyard of gardens. The current Center, located two blocks away, will close once the new building is completed.

Rendering of the new University of Chicago Center in Paris
The new Center in Paris, seen here in a rendering, was designed by Chicago’s Studio Gang. (Rendering courtesy Studio Gang)

Divinity School faculty develop a Core SOSC sequence

This academic year, for the first time, students can study religion for their Core social sciences requirement. The new sequence, Religion: Cosmos, Conscience, and Community, has been unexpectedly popular, with five sections offered. The Autumn Quarter syllabus focused on myths and creation stories. Winter Quarter will center on religious responses to suffering, and Spring Quarter on the political dimensions of religion. The course is global in scope, with texts from ancient China, medieval Spain, contemporary Iran, and more.

Preparing students for 21st-century engineering careers

Careers in Engineering is the latest specialized preprofessional program offered by the Office of Career Advancement, in partnership with the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering. Careers in Engineering prepares aspiring engineers for success with design immersions, hands-on engineering projects, personalized career advising, networking opportunities, and internships with a diverse range of employers. The program is open to students of all years and majors.

College advising moves to Alumni House

During Autumn Quarter a new College Academic Advising Center opened in Alumni House, 5555 South Woodlawn Avenue. The center, which replaces the old advising offices in Harper Memorial Library, will have space for the College’s 25 academic advisers, as well as student lounges and shared workspaces. Outdoor space at the Center will be used for hosting picnics and other social events when the weather is nice.