Continuing Education

The Alumnae of Northwestern has offered intellectually stimulating noncredit courses since 1968. These classes are open to the public at a modest cost. Outstanding faculty from nearly every Northwestern school and department offer insight into their disciplines through continuing education courses held on the Evanston campus. Each year, more than 2,000 people from Chicago and the metropolitan area attend classes coordinated and administered by the Alumnae.

Funds raised by this program support:

  • scholarships for undergraduate students
  • fellowships for graduate women
  • major grants and smaller gifts to University schools and departments

Twice in recent years, the program has received the Exceptional Achievement Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

The Alumnae is offering two ONLINE courses for FALL 2020

Online Registration opens Monday, August 17, 2020, at 12:00 a.m. for two ONLINE courses for FALL 2020.  Course A : The Turbulent 60's Tuesdays, 9:30-10:45 a.m. and Course B:  Chinese Politics, Tuesdays, 1:00-2:15 p.m.

Details are in the Fall 2020 Course Brochure, which is in the left column on this page.  Additional information about registration, which is ONLINE ONLY, is in the Course Brochure and in the Registration and Policies section below the Course Brochure in the left column on this page.


If you are on the mailing list, you will get the course brochure through the mail as in the past. You must have an NORRIS BOX OFFICE ACCOUNT in order to register online for Continuing Education courses.  

Log in to your Norris Box Office Account to register. 

If you do not already have a Norris Box Office Account, you must create a user id for the Norris Box office website before registering for a course. Each person must use his or her own email address when registering.

The Alumnae is offering two ONLINE courses for SUMMER 2021

SUMMER 2021 Online Registration opens Friday, May 28, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. for two ONLINE courses for SUMMER 2021.  Course A: Persuasion in Popular Culture, Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30 a.m.; Course B:  Exploring the Human Condition Through Russian Stories, Tuesdays, 1:00-2:30 p.m. 

The Alumnae is offering four ONLINE courses for SPRING 2021

SPRING 2021 Online Registration opens Friday, March 5, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. for four ONLINE courses for SPRING 2021.  Course A: Performers and Performances, Tuesdays, 9:30-11:00 a.m.; Course B: The Health of Our Planet: Past, Present, and Future, Tuesdays, 1:00-2:30 p.m., NOTE: March 30 session ONLY - starts at 1:30 and ends at 3:00 p.m.;  Course C: Another Look at the History of the Universe, Thursdays, 9:30-11:00 a.m.;  Course D: Positive Psychology and Happiness: The Science of Well-Being , Thursdays, 1:00-2:30 p.m.


You will find the Course Evaluations on the pages for Courses A, B, C, and D.  The Course pages are located at the top of the left column on this Continuing Education page and at the top of the left column on the Home page of this website.  Click on the course in that list to see its page.