College in Waukegan, IL
Shimer is a tiny independent four-year liberal arts college situated just minutes from downtown Chicago. Our students evolve their capacity for critical thought and interpersonal communication through careful reading of the Great Books, which sustain a life-long passion for learning. With tiny classes, a complete-time teaching faculty, and great books, Shimer provides a rare and enduring educational experience.
read moreThe Shimer Great Books School at North Central College provides and preserves education centered on discussion of enduring questions and issues. Here, the pedagogy is anything but conventional. There are no lectures. No textbooks in place of primary texts. No tests. Classes follow the Socratic Method - professors ask questions that challenge students to articulate and support their ideas. Shimer students are voracious readers - they view reading not as a passive activity but as a way of actively engaging the world and understanding themselves.