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Advising Category: Special Courses

School of Professional Studies Courses

Northwestern University School of Professional Studies (SPS) offers evening and weekend programs that are primarily intended to meet the educational needs of working adults. Under special circumstances, students may want to enroll in an SPS course. SPS courses may be applied to a SoC degree if they are similar to classes taught in the six

Chicago Field Studies

Chicago Field Studies (CFS) is a for-credit internship program through the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, but open to undergraduate students from any college within Northwestern. Students may apply to CFS for a quarter of their choosing, including the summer. Once accepted, students work with a CFS advisor to be matched with an internship

Student Organized Seminars

A Student Organized Seminar (SOS)  is a credit-bearing, P/N elective course initiated by a small group of School of Communication (SoC) students who wish to explore a well-focused topic not already covered in existing SoC courses but deemed appropriate to the School of Communication curriculum. SOS are supervised and sponsored by one or more SoC


Opportunities sometimes arise for a student to assist with research, teaching, and/or a production in collaboration with a faculty member. Sometimes faculty will invite students to participate in a practicum, but students may also approach a professor whose activities or area of expertise particularly interests them. The number of practicum credits that may count toward


Internships allow students to gain valuable organizational experience and apply theoretical knowledge to situations outside of the classroom. A total of 4 units of internship credit is permitted to count toward the undergraduate SoC degree. However, additional restrictions may apply depending on a student’s other coursework, such as practica or independent studies, so students should consult with their SoC advisor

Independent Studies

Independent Study in SoC  Independent study in SoC is available by petition to juniors and seniors who have a minimum 3.0 grade-point average. Sophomores who have a compelling academic rationale to do so are encouraged to petition to take an independent study.  This course opportunity involves independent investigation of topics not normally covered by the