Thursday, April 10th through Saturday, April 19th will all have dates that read the same forwards as they do backwards (4 / 1x / 14), making this week a solid block of perfectly palindromic days. New life goal: live life moving forward from now until noon on Friday, and then reverse it until midnight on Sunday!
Do you offer any physics based programs? Preferably those relating to astrophysics?
Indeed, we do offer physics based programs! Graduating with a degree in physics requires classes in introductory and advanced physics, mathematics courses, as well as physics electives that will allow you to pursue specific interests. We also offer a degree program in physics with specialization in astrophysics!
Sound cool? Then you should check out this link courtesy of the UChicago Physics Department:
Want to major in another field of study but also do a minor in physics? You can! The UChicago Core emphasizes a strong liberal arts education, meaning you can decide to pursue physics without forgoing discussions on Hamlet’s inner turmoil or Marx’s commodity fetishism.
Frodo Baggins risked his life in Mordor, Sherlock Holmes continues to fight his nemesis, Moriarty; and Harry Potter struggled from birth against the evil Voldemort. So what exactly makes these “mor”bid monikers so monstrous? Slate explores the linguistic origins behind the common de-name-inator of literature’s vilest villains.
“I loved the House Culture. It was the perfect environment for spontaneous trips—if you kept your ears open, you could get in on an impromptu trip to The Point, or to Target, or to The Med to get their late-night $1 pastries. There was always something going on. My favorite thing to do with the House was to go see Occam’s Razor perform. Those were the best nights.”—Elizabeth C., Class of 2013
What's the craziest/most interesting course you've taken at UChicago?
Craziest/most interesting course I’ve taken at UChicago? Hands-down: “Magic, Science, and Religion,” a course offered by the Religious Studies Department. I took it on a complete whim and have never regretted this decision. When a Professor begins the first class with the question: “Why does Western society continue to have this fascination with ‘magic’ despite growing scientific innovations and understandings with verifiable evidence?” You know you’re in for a fun time! Whether looking at magic in our contemporary context/popular culture (e.g. Harry Potter, The Prestige, UFOs) or tackling Max Weber’s theories on “escaping” the world either by turning to religion or just “sucking it up,” I left this class with an incredibly robust understanding of late 19th-21st century sociology.
“After graduation, I will still be writing and performing slam poetry. I might have cemented myself to this city and it’s ‘beautiful and bleeding’ roots. I might have returned to the Motherland (Japan), and be in the process of navigating life there. Mostly, the only thing I know about the future is that I hope to continuously be helping, meeting, and building meaningful change in the world with the human beings around me.”—Nina C., Class of 2014
First of all, wow! I've been doing a lot of research on UChicago and I'm so excited to apply. Keep doing what you're doing, your school is so unique and full of character. I love the idea of having that family unit feel for residence halls, but I've never heard of resident heads before and it really interested me. I was just wondering, how do you choose the HR couples?
Glad to hear you’re loving UChicago! The Resident Heads (most are couples, but a few houses have single resident heads) are chosen through a relatively competitive application process. Those interested in RH positions need to be affiliated with the university in some way (usually as graduate students or staff, but occasionally as beginning faculty) and have experience working with students. They then interview with members of the housing office and existing RH couples to see if they’ll be a good fit for the work involved. The Resident Head couples are all really nice and come from a variety of backgrounds—for example, my resident heads were a man enrolled in a PhD program in Sociology, his wife who is a social worker working with immigrants seeking asylum, their five and two year old sons, and a cat named Chief. They’re the best! (Especially Chief. <3 you Chief!)