Students take nine credits in the Columbia Experience section of the Columbia Core (one "Big Chicago" course, one Creative Communities course, and one course in Innovation and Impact.)
- "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 Communities: Explore the creative ecosystem of a community, with a spotlight on the City of Chicago as a socially and artistically relevant location in a global world. Building upon the foundational experience of the Big Chicago classes, these courses also include an intentional focus on strategies and skills for working with interdisciplinary collaborators.
- Innovation and Impact: Learn how focused innovation can drive sustained social, economic, and cultural impact. These courses teach you how to work with an idea from concept to pitch, connecting business, technology, and communications.
Students can speak with their academic advisor for more specific information on fulfilling these requirements.