Students take nine credits in the Columbia Experience section of the Columbia Core (one "Big Chicago" course, one Creative World course, and one course in Communication, Business, and Technology)
- "Big Chicago" (First-semester Experience): Connect with the city of Chicago in fundamental ways while working with a cohort of student peers-led by some of Columbia's top scholars and professionals.
- Creative World: Explore creativity from multidimensional perspectives. Creative World courses also include an intentional focus on written and other communication competencies that build upon the community engagement principles in the "Big Chicago" courses.
- Communication, Business, and Technology: Learn the advanced business, technological, and entrepreneurial skills necessary to create a portfolio that demonstrates your professional preparedness and adaptability.
Students can speak with their academic advisor for more specific information on fulfilling these requirements.