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Division of Social Sciences
With a commitment to free and open inquiry, the Division takes an interdisciplinary approach to research that draws from local and international sources, experimental and theoretical approaches; qualitative and quantitative methods; computational models and pencil-based notebooks. This work transforms the way we understand the world, advancing fields of study, and often creating new ones. The Division is home to eight academic departments: Anthropology, Comparative Human Development, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Social Thought, and Sociology.
Harris School of Public Policy
The mission of Chicago Harris is to understand and influence public policies—both through research and by preparing talented individuals to become global leaders and agents of social change. A liaison between academic policy research and practitioners in the field, Chicago Harris equips students to make an impact on the problems facing people and institutions around the globe.
Chicago Booth School of Business
Founded in 1898, the Chicago Booth School of Business uses a rigorous, discipline-based approach to business education to transform students into confident, effective, respected business leaders superbly equipped to analyze and solve the greatest business challenges of our time.
The University Chicago Law School
The University of Chicago Law School occupies a unique niche among this country's premier law schools, offering a rigorous and interdisciplinary professional education that blends the study of law with the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. The Abrams Environmental Law clinic is run by the school. The clinic attempts to solve some of the most pressing environmental problems throughout the Great Lakes region. On behalf of clients, the clinic sues those who pollute illegally, fights for stricter permits, advocates for changes to regulations and laws, holds environmental agencies accountable, and develops innovative approaches for improving the environment.
Institute for Molecular Engineering
The institute conducts research at the intersection of chemical, electrical, mechanical, and biological engineering as well as materials, biological, and physical sciences. The institute’s work exploring innovative technologies in nanoscale manipulation and design at a molecular scale has the potential for societal impact in such areas as energy, health care, and the environment.
Program on the Global Environment
The Program on the Global Environment is part of the Center for International Studies. Components of the interdisciplinary program include the Environmental Studies BA major and minor, the graduate Workshop on the Global Environment, conferences, lecture series and other events, liaison with student groups and the campus sustainability council, and public education and outreach.
The Computation Institute (CI) is a joint initiative between The University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory that advances science through innovative computational approaches. The CI is both an intellectual nexus and resource center for those building and applying such computational platforms for science. As an intellectual nexus, it brings together researchers from different disciplines with common interests in advancing the state-of-the-art in computing and its applications. As a resource center, it provides expert assistance to scholars whose work requires the most advanced computational methods.
Argonne National Laboratory
Argonne National Laboratory, located just outside of Chicago, is one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s largest national laboratories for scientific and engineering research. Over 1,250 scientists and engineers work to solve the nation’s most important challenges in energy, the environment and national security. Argonne’s mission is to apply a unique mix of world-class science, engineering and user facilities to deliver innovative research and technologies and to create new knowledge that addresses the most important scientific and societal needs of the country.
Marine Biological Laboratory
The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is dedicated to scientific discovery and improving the human condition through research and education in biology, biomedicine, and environmental science. Founded in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, in 1888, the MBL is a private, nonprofit institution and an affiliate of the University of Chicago.
The Paulson Institute aims to advance sustainable growth and environmental protection in the United States and China. It is chaired by former Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson, Jr.
The University Chicago Center in Delhi
The Center in Delhi is an intellectual destination, a place to explore ideas across institutions and disciplines. It expands opportunities for collaboration with Indian universities, research institutes, and cultural organizations; and it serves as a focal point for engaging alumni in India and South Asia. The Center is designed to serve scholars at all levels, and across all disciplines. It serves as a working space for Chicago faculty and students, a gathering place for alumni, and a nucleus for rekindling old relationships and forging of new ones.
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Created in 1945 by scientists, engineers, and other experts who had created the atomic bomb as part of the Manhattan Project, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists informs the public about threats to the survival and development of humanity from nuclear weapons, climate change, and emerging technologies in the life sciences. Through an award-winning magazine, online presence, and the Doomsday Clock, the Bulletin reaches policy leaders and audiences around the world with information and analysis about efforts to address the dangers and prevent catastrophe.
Office of Sustainability
The Office of Sustainability, located within the University’s Facilities Services department, was established in November 2008. Recognizing that a sustainable campus does not have borders, the Office of Sustainability works to mitigate the University’s impact on the environment, raise visibility of sustainability issues on campus, and advance intellectual debate and analysis on the critical environmental issues of our time.