2022-2023 Academic Catalog

General Information

The College of Business

In CUC’s College of Business, master’s-level students are empowered to create their own leadership story to lay a path for their future. Courses are taught by passionate and experienced professors who care about their students. Small classes in a cohort fashion allow for classroom relationship building with peers and faculty that help build a network that will last a lifetime, on campus and online. The master’s degree tracks are flexible yet rigorous to accommodate students while preparing them for today’s business world and that of tomorrow. CUC’s doctoral programs in the College of Business are designed to meet the demand for doctoral business education that is the next step in individual professional development with a three-year timeline.  The curriculum is designed and taught by business leaders and educators to prepare ethical leaders for the global marketplace.

The College of Education

The College of Education is one of the oldest educator-preparation institutions in the nation. CUC was founded in 1864 as a Lutheran teacher preparation college. The College of Education is inspired by our rich past history and our mission in higher education:

We prepare educators for a life of leadership and service to schools, the Church, and the community.

The College of Education goals are to:

  • Serve long-established educational needs for degrees in higher education.
  • Initiate new educational programs serving the needs of private and public schools.
  • Fill emerging needs in the educational marketplace.
  • Continue relevant educational services through innovative programs, strong faculty instruction, and leadership in the educational field.
  • Nurture and encourage lifelong learning. 

The College is nationally recognized by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE), the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), and the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC).

The College is committed to student success in all programs we offer. The College houses four Divisions of content programming.  Further information about each Division can be found in other sections of this webpage.  We invite you to learn more about the programs offered through the College of Education.  The Divisions are:

  • Division of Curriculum, Technology, and Inclusive Education
  • Division of Educational Leadership
  • Division of Research and Doctoral Studies
  • Division of Teaching and Learning and Center for Christian Education 

The College of Health, Science & Technology 

The College of Health, Science & Technology is an exciting new college at Concordia University Chicago created to spotlight the growing need for people who are grounded in the Gospel of Christ, the liberal arts, and a broad education to serve the special needs of our society in health care, science, and technological fields.

The College of Theology, Arts & Humanities

The College of Theology, Arts & Humanities at Concordia University Chicago is committed to the historic liberal arts tradition. The college offers a variety of programs—from theology to the humanities as well as the fine arts—and seeks at every opportunity to integrate the disciplines. All of our work is driven by a desire to ground students in truth, form them for freedom, and prepare them for a wide variety of vocations—in and beyond their professions.  

The Campus Community

Concordia University Chicago was founded in Addison, Illinois, in 1864. In 1913, the campus was relocated to its current site in the tree-lined village of River Forest, Illinois, just minutes from Chicago’s Loop. This proximity to a world-class city provides a variety of opportunities for additional career, cultural, academic and social growth. Concordia-Chicago strives to provide a creative environment where horizons expand and where personal, social and spiritual growth can become reality. The availability of both the urban Chicago area and the surrounding suburbs increases students’ awareness and ability to respond as responsible citizens in our world.

The mission of Concordia University Chicago is ultimately achieved in the lives of students. With a student body representing more than 34 different states and 14 foreign countries, CUC students come with an array of experiences and perspectives. In each college, quality faculty and staff work to challenge a student body of approximately 1,500 undergraduate students and more than 4,500 graduate students. The low student-teacher ratio allows for smaller class sizes, creating a genuine, caring atmosphere where strong student-faculty relationships, facilitating learning and leadership development are built.

Campus residence halls house approximately 900 students who come to our campus from large cities as well as small towns and farming communities across the world, while nearly half of our students commute from their homes in the surrounding community.

The Campus Facilities

Concordia-Chicago’s 40-acre campus holds 27 structures, architecturally blending old and newer facilities.

The Walter and Maxine Christopher Center for Learning and Leadership houses CUC’s Early Childhood Education Center and the College of Education. The first floor, designed to accommodate the specific needs of young children, serves as a daycare and preschool/kindergarten for the children of CUC students, faculty and staff as well as children of our community. More than a daycare or a school, this facility serves as a teaching laboratory for future teachers learning their craft at Concordia-Chicago. The second and third floors house faculty offices, conference rooms, testing rooms, methods classrooms, and a lecture hall.

The Krentz Center, dedicated in the early 1990s, houses Bergmann Theatre, an intimate space used for workshops, theater labs and student-directed work, a television studio, radio station, photography laboratory, lecture hall, and various classrooms.

Koehneke Community Center is the location of the newly renovated cafeteria, Cougar Den, bookstore, post office, meeting rooms, student recreation areas and student government offices.

The Chapel of Our Lord/Clara and Spencer Werner Auditorium was designed as CUC’s center for worship services and theatrical performances. This space continues to be occupied by worship activities, theater groups, rehearsal space and as a quiet location for meditation and prayer. Attached to the chapel is Kretzmann Hall, the home of the music, art and theology departments. This building also houses the Elizabeth Ferguson Art Gallery, music practice rooms, rehearsal rooms and a music technology laboratory.

Other academic buildings include Eifrig Hall, used primarily for the natural and physical sciences, and Addison Hall, which encompasses the administrative offices of the University as well as classrooms upstairs.

The Klinck Memorial Library building houses three floors containing thousands of resources and research spaces for individual and group work. The upper level includes: a group study lounge area, private study carrels, testing rooms, conference rooms, the Center for Church Music and CougarNet. The main level includes: a circulation desk, librarian reference support, and Mac and PC computer stations, and the Library Cafe. The lower level includes: early childhood literature and curriculum items, the University Archives, private study carrels, and a group study room.

Geiseman Gymnasium houses two gymnasiums, classrooms, athletic offices, the Fitness Center with cardiovascular and functional training equipment, two newly renovated weight rooms and a human performance laboratory. Outdoor athletic and recreational areas include a new all-weather track and football/soccer field, tennis courts and a field house/concession stand adjacent to softball and baseball fields.

The residence halls are located in Concordia, David Jonathan, Kohn, Krauss, Lindemann, Mary-Martha and Trusheim.