Field Studies in Humanities (FSH): CFS 398-0

Class Type: Variable Credit (1-4 units)

Academic Focus: Humanities in American society today

What you need to know:

  • Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
  • Offered in every quarter including Summer
  • FSH (398-0) is a weekly 3 hour class typically held on the Evanston campus
  • Class day and time are determined quarterly by polling class participants, with class times set once polling is complete
  • Class can be taken for 1,2,3, or 4 credits (read more about how CFS credit works)
  • Internship time commitment varies from 8-36 hours/week (read more about how CFS credit works)
  • Students work with their employer to negotiate internship hours that are compatible with their class schedule
  • Classes may have mandatory field trips that require students’ absence from their internship
  • You are able to take other classes while participating in this CFS concentration if you need to. However, we strongly recommend that students take no more than 2 other classes. Students participating for 4 units of credit are expected to dedicate their quarter exclusively to their CFS class and internship.
  • This class will count one credit toward Weinberg Distribution Requirement for Area VI: Literature and Fine Arts

Course Description

What is work and what might it mean to a student of the humanities? How do representations of work (in literature, on TV or film…) shape our sense of what work is today? What kinds of activities might constitute work in cultural institutions, arts organizations, socially-conscious start-ups, or not-for-profits in general? And what kinds of questions might these organizations and career paths raise – for you personally, generationally, systemically, globally, and so on? This course offers an introductory cultural history of “white collar” work with a focus on not–for–profits, public humanities organizations, and related institutions, but the diverse range of readings, reflection exercises, research assignments, and class discussions makes it flexible enough to engage any humanities related CFS internship. Readings will come from a wide array of fields in the humanities and social sciences. Course assignments will emphasize dynamic critical thinking and reflection. You will get the chance to think deeply and critically (which does not necessarily mean cynically) about your internship, and to learn extensively from your peers’ experiences. 

2017-2018 Instructor: Liz McCabe

Types of Internships that relate to the Field Studies in Humanities class:


For orientation, internship run, and midterm meeting dates, as well as other program obligations, please see the Important Program Dates page