Academic Diversity

Multiculturalism is an integral part of academics at the University of Chicago. In 2003, the University of Chicago’s Provost’s Initiative on Minority Issues asserted, “The production and testing of knowledge for the benefit of all demands intellectual and social restlessness…We must be willing to hear from a variety of sources to determine if our research agendas and priorities suffer from unintended biases rather than reflect a proper estimation of the state of knowledge in our respective fields.” 

The University of Chicago provides several undergraduate academic programs for the interdisciplinary exploration of various cultures and communities. These include individual courses such as Race, Ethnicity, & Human Development and Self, Culture, & Society, as well as programs of study in which students can major or minor, such as Comparative Race & Ethnic Studies and Latin American Studies. Regardless of their major, students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in another culture by studying abroad in twenty countries and by learning one of over forty different languages. Not only are diverse viewpoints incorporated into the curriculum, but students can also take advantage of lectures, workshops, and research opportunities provided by the many research and scholarship centers on campus that explore issues of race and identity in a variety of contexts and disciplines.

Some of the centers for research and scholarship and ongoing projects are listed below:

Centers for Research and Scholarship

Multicultural initiatives