Northeastern Illinois University’s Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies demonstrates the University’s urban tradition of education, research and service.

The Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies (CCICS) is located at 700 East Oakwood Boulevard in the heart of Chicago. CCICS was established by Northeastern Illinois University in 1966 as an outgrowth of its concern for and commitment to Chicago’s inner city communities. Since its inception, CCICS has focused on the analysis of institutions, systems and people with a direct impact on the quality of life in the inner cities of the U.S. and elsewhere in the world by creating programmatic and research initiatives.

The curricular thrust of the undergraduate and graduate programs of CCICS is to prepare those who work and live in the inner city to understand and act upon the expressed interests of residents of the inner city and to participate fully in the richness of the African and African-American cultures. Since the beginning, the approach has been interdisciplinary with effective curricula and a philosophy which re-examines every research issue, problem, assumption and question from an African-centered perspective, rather than from the traditional, European-centered viewpoint. This discipline encompasses a research methodology and world-view which achieve different results when applied to present day inner city populations, and leads to new relationships between human and natural resources in the Chicago metropolitan area and world-wide.

CCICS offers, at its site, courses from the College of Arts and Sciences that fulfill the General Education Program Requirements. Additionally, courses in Justices Studies and Social Work are offered. Also students can pursue a BACHELOR’S OR MASTER’S DEGREE IN INNER CITY STUDIES. For course listings and descriptions, please refer to the GOODWIN COLLEGE OF EDUCATION under Inner City Studies. Graduate course in School Leadership with Principal Endorsement and other graduate courses from the Goodwin College of Education are offered at CCICS.

The CCICS branch of the Ronald Williams Library houses the most extensive resource center on African American issues in the Midwest. In addition, it contains master theses of CCICS graduates documenting a multitude of African-Centered research and studies compiled on politics, education, and history of the culture of African-Americans since the late 1960s through 1990.

CCICS has two computer labs equipped with 33 computers with online access to the main campus, the Internet, and libraries around the world. A live, interactive Distance Education classroom connects CCICS with the main campus of Northeastern. The use of distance education provides students on both campuses with many educational opportunities.

The following services and assistance are available to CCICS students: academic counseling, financial aid counseling, HELP Office services, leadership development modules, English Competency Exam support, and assistance with registration. The Summer Transition Program is designed to enhance the skills of entering freshmen and returning adults. The program offers three hours of college credit during the summer while focusing intently on students’ study habits, writing skills and preparedness for successful completion of their selected degree program.

Seminars are offered to schools, community organizations, businesses and social services agencies to facilitate and improve communications and understanding of the African-American culture. Seminars are scheduled by request. CCICS makes available its facilities to not-for-profit organizations that promote the growth and development of the individual, community and services. CCICS also provides other educational services in cooperation with community institutions and organizations.

  1. “Teaching About Africa”, is a longstanding program sponsored by the Kemetic Institute in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools and Northwestern University’s African Studies Program.

  2. Great Black Music Project.

  3. The Chicago Defender Charities

  4. The National Black Social Workers, Chicago

  5. The Illinois Transatlantic Slave Trade Commission (ITSTC) project established to research and study the Transatlantic Slave Trade, its past and present affects on African Americans in the State of Illinois