2024-2025 Academic Catalog

General College Information

The College of Business

Our College of Business provides students with an innovative and truly world-class learning experience. Courses are taught by experienced business leaders and learned scholars, who assist their students throughout a rigorous but highly supported degree track. By utilizing the latest technology, stressing the importance of integrity and engaging students with real-world business scenarios, our faculty and staff have established an exciting, well-rounded learning environment that prepares students for success in today’s business world.

The College of Education

The College of Education is one of the oldest educator-preparation institutions in the nation. Founded in 1864 as the Addison Lutheran Teachers Seminary, we are inspired by our rich history and mission and provide excellence in state and national educator preparation, school leadership, and educational policy. In doing so, 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 as leaders with a long-established commitment to preparing educators who demonstrate   successful teaching and learning outcomes in a variety of academic settings.  
  •  Initiate new educational programs serving the diverse needs of private and public schools.  
  •  Address the emerging demands of the educational marketplace.
  •  Continue relevant educational programs and services through innovative programs, faculty instruction   informed by research and best practices, and strong leadership in the educational field.
  • Encourage students to discover their vocation and nurture lifelong learning. 

The College is committed to student success in all programs we offer. The College houses three 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 Teaching and Learning and Center for Christian Education

The College of Health, Science and 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 healthcare, science, and technological fields.

The College of Theology, Arts and 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 undergraduate programs in theology, fine arts, and the humanities, and seeks at every opportunity to integrate the disciplines. All 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 nearly every state and over 17 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 1,200 undergraduate students and more than 4,000 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 600 students who come to our campus from large cities as well as small towns and farming communities across the world. The rest of our resident students commute from their homes in the surrounding community.

The Campus Facilities

Concordia-Chicago’s 40-acre campus holds 25 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 Elfrig 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: the circulation desk, librarian reference support, the Trailblazer Library Center to support first-generation students, Mac and PC computer stations, and the Library Cafe. The lower level includes: the Cougar Cavern for student clubs, early childhood literature and curriculum items, the University Archives, private study carrels, and group study rooms.

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, Kohn, Lindemann, Krauss, David Jonathan, Trusheim and Mary-Martha.