The University of Chicago empowers scholars and students to ask big questions, cross boundaries, and challenge conventional thinking in virtually every field. From the University’s inception, its academic structure broke with the status quo, combining an English-style liberal arts education with a German-style approach to graduate research. This became a model for many leading American universities.

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Established the fields of ecology and sociology. Albion Small, a father of the academic discipline of sociology, helped found the University’s Department of Sociology in 1892.
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UChicago is a leader in continuing education, having offered at our founding programs designed to bring college-level course material to those who could not attend classes on campus. The Graham School and online learning continue that tradition. Professor David Archer taught one of the University’s first massively open online courses (MOOCs), Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast.
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Françoise Meltzer and W. J. T. Mitchell

Our academic programs are known for their emphasis on critical thinking and interdisciplinary exposure to foster intellectual discovery. Faculty members Françoise Meltzer (Comparative Literature, Divinity School) and W. J. T. Mitchell (English, Art History, Visual Arts), editor of the interdisciplinary journal Critical Inquiry, cotaught a course on mental illness and visual culture that drew students from medicine, divinity, psychiatry, English, comparative literature, and art history.
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UChicago’s first president, William Rainey Harper, believed a great research university should have the scholarly study of religion as one central occupation. This commitment led him to bring the Morgan Park Seminary of the Baptist Theological Union to Hyde Park, making the Divinity School the first professional school at the University of Chicago.
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Law and economics as a distinct discipline was pioneered by Nobel Laureate and Law School professor Ronald Coase. The Law School’s Coase-Sandor Institute for Law and Economics continues to promote the understanding and dissemination of the economic approach to law. The institute's annual summer school draws scholars from all over the world.
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UChicago continues to break new academic ground with the degree-granting Institute for Molecular Engineering, which is helping to define a nascent field, allowing faculty and students to conduct research at the intersection of chemical engineering, bioengineering, and materials science.
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Chicago Booth

UChicago forever changed business education with the first executive MBA program, in 1943. Today, Chicago Booth’s Executive MBA Program is offered on three continents, bringing together experienced executives from around the world.
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