Mini Courses

Chocolate 101

Chocolate 101

belly dancing

Belly Dancing

Drink and Draw

Drink and Draw

Fall 2019 Mini Courses

Check out our list of Fall 2019 Mini Courses below. Classes begin October 7th!

  • Creative Expression in Watercolor
  • The Basics of Drawing I
  • The Basics of Drawing II - Color Composition
  • Beginning Ceramics
  • Intermediate Ceramics
  • Beginners American Smooth
  • Beginners International Latin
  • Beginners & Intermediate Hip Hop Dance
  • Digital Video Editing
  • Wine Appreciation
  • Fine Wine Appreciation
  • Baking Fundamentals
  • Movement Mindfulness: Introduction to the Alexander Technique
  • Beginning & Intermediate Guitar
  • Pocket Billiards for Beginners
  • Acting and Character Creation
  • Introduction to Cartoon Storytelling
  • Knitting Mini Workshops
  • Basic Sewing Mini Workshops
  • Halloween Photo Art Mini Workshop

Time, dates, and descriptions will be found in the category pages listed on the left.*

Fall 2019 Registration

Early Registration: August 26 - September 22

Regular Registration: September 23 - October 17*

*Regular Registration will run until 24 hours before the first class.

*Please note that most classes will not accept additional students after the first session.

  • Online: Norris Box Office Website
  • In Person: Please visit the Norris Box Office (located at the Norris Center Desk, first floor) to register for your Mini Course.
  • Phone: 847-467-7112 (Monday-Friday, 3 pm - 5 pm)

Please look at our Mini Courses Policies prior to registration.


Office Location

Underground Floor of Norris Map

Directions to Norris Center

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.

Interested Instructors

Fall 2019 Mini Course Instructor applications are now closed! Check back in the future for Winter 2019.

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.”

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. You will receive your letter 7-14 business days after your submission.

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

Subsidy (Grant) Assistance 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 a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for Fall Mini Courses subsidies will be on October 6th. All are encouraged to apply!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Pick a class (note: subsidies may not be used toward Food & 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 the specified due date. 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 or given a special code by Norris Box office.
  6. Northwestern staff and the Evanston community is not eligible for subsidies.

Payment Methods

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