Special Programs

Unique programs with specialized outcomes

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Advanced Academic Opportunities

Global Studies
Connect with cultures beyond your backyard in Global Studies. With 4-year partnerships, study abroad trips, and an International Education Week, this award-winning program introduces you to new people and ways of thinking about a globalized world.

Great Books
Enjoy smaller class sizes and deep discussions of Western and Non-Western classic texts in English, History, Humanities, and Philosophy courses designated as Great Books.

The Honors Program at Oakton offers immersive, small college learning experiences within the context of a large community college. As part of the Honors Program, you’ll have access to a variety of innovative Honors courses, as well as scholarship and transfer opportunities, individualized advising, and be able to distinguish yourself by earning the Honors Scholar Designation.

Get connected to work-based learning opportunities where you can enhance your resume and earn college credit.

Study Abroad
Explore Oakton’s Study Abroad programs and our partnership with the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP) to send students to over a dozen countries across Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Begin your career as a performer, producer, or behind the scenes in Oakton’s 18-credit hour Theater concentration. There are a number of ways to get experience from the start of your studies.

Writing Intensive Concentration (WIC)
Refine your communication with the 12-credit hour writing concentration. WIC-designated courses span a variety of academic disciplines.

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Studies in Diversity, Equity, Belonging, and Inclusion

Environmental Studies
Explore the relationships between humanity and the natural world with a career in Environmental Studies. Cultivate a critical appreciation for sustainability in this 16-hour concentration.

Jewish Studies
Examine Judaism's historical, political, cultural, and social aspects in this 18-credit-hour concentration. Join the dialogue through coursework, civic engagement, public lectures, and special events.

Peace and Social Justice Studies
Envision a just society free from oppression. This multi-disciplinary concentration explores past and ongoing movements, with an emphasis on diversity and theories of action.

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Foster an understanding of diverse women’s contributions to history and human rights. This 15-credit hour concentration applies an intersectional lens.

Volunteering and Service Learning
Connect coursework to real issues, complete volunteer work, advocate and reflect on your experiences by participating in Oakton’s Volunteering and Service Learning.

Contact Academics

Visit the Special Program pages above to contact the advisors of each group.

Des Plaines
Room 1860

Room A100

Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed on weekends*

*Oakton is closed Friday through Sunday during the summer