Mini Courses

Chocolate 101

Chocolate 101

belly dancing

Belly Dancing

Drink and Draw

Drink and Draw


Office Hours

Monday - Thursday: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. **The Mini Course office will have limited access to phone calls from March 05 - March 20. 


Third Floor (map)

Directions to Norris Center

Spring 2016 Mini Courses Key Dates

  • Early Registration*: March 7 - April 1*
  • Regular Registration: April 2- April 10
  • Late Registration: April 11- April 17
  • Classes begin April 11
  • Register before April 11 to save $8.

How to register:

GSA Appreciation Week Mini Course

Norris is excited to host "One Night Masterpiece" with Mini Course instructor Stephanie Lupu!  
Relax and recreate your own special painting from one of the greatest masterpieces! 16X20 canvas are included! This will be a free workshop for the first 14 graduate students who sign up!

GSA Appreciation Week Mini Course Sign Up!

About Mini Courses

The Norris Mini Course program offers a wide variety of non-credit, recreational, classes for adults four times a year, beginning in October, January, April, and July. Established in 1973, the program continues to offer over 30 recreational courses. Our classes offer intense individual attention while operating in a relaxed, informal environment. Registration is open to the Northwestern community and the public. We welcome students from Chicago, Skokie, Wilmette, Evanston, or anywhere in the Chicagoland area!

Most classes take place once a week in the evening, in an attempt to provide an escape from the daily academic or work routine. These classes are a fantastic way to unwind, make new friends, and learn something new, all at the same time. Most Mini Courses are held inside the Norris University Center, located on Northwestern University’s beautiful Evanston campus.

Summer and Fall 2016 Instructors

Interested Mini Course instructors please submit your Mini Course or Mini Workshop request on the links below: 

Summer 2016

Fall 2016-TBA

This is what some Mini Course students have to say about their classes:

“The environment is casual and fun – filled with laughter and sharing of ideas…”

“The instructor is amazing! There is a very good balance of simple and advanced techniques so that there is something for everyone at every level.”

“I loved this course so much–I can’t believe how much I learned–all so practical, all fun, it’s been absolutely awesome!”

“He is a great, inspirational instructor and he breaks down steps so they’re easy to follow.”

“…Life-changing curriculum.”

“It was the perfect end to a stressful Monday and we were able to really learn some great dance moves.”

“I really appreciated the freedom that our instructor granted us…Students can work at their own pace and level.”

“We learned a lot in such a small time frame.”

“I liked how much the instructor knew and wanted to teach. He was entertaining and very vivacious.”

“Great value and great instruction.”

“The atmosphere was really relaxed and the content was really well explained.”

“Taking the course was an escape from the academic week while still learning something new.”

Subsidies for Mini Courses

Norris Mini Courses offers subsidies to reduce the cost of Mini Course programs for students in need and non-exempt staff on first-come, first-served basis. Click the link to download our application!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Pick a class (note: subsidies may not be used toward Drink courses or One-day Mini Workshops).
  2. Fill out the application and submit to with the subject line “Subsidy Request.” Applications are due by September 10, 2015.  No exceptions!
  3. Subsidies will be awarded on a rolling first-come, first served basis. No proof of income is required.
  4. Subsidies are awarded from a finite pool of funds. Applicants are able to designate a subsidy amount between $10 and $30. We encourage applicants to ask for only exactly what they need to participate in our programs, so that funds can be used to support more people.
  5. Subsidy recipients will enroll over the phone with the Norris Mini Courses Office.

Letter of Enrollment and Completion

Should you require or desire a letter certifying your participation in and successful completion of a Mini Course, please submit a request TWO weeks prior to the last session of your class.

Mini Courses is a recreational, non-credited leisure learning program. We cannot offer credit or grades for our Mini Courses or Workshops.

Click to request your Letter of Completion

Payment Methods

MasterCard, Visa, American Express, cash, and check (payable to “Northwestern University”). We only accept checks drawn on a U.S. bank and payable in U.S. funds.