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Mini Courses

Virtual Spring 2021 Mini Courses

Take A Mini Course and Learn Something New!  

Thank you for supporting Norris Mini Courses. Enrollment is selected on a first come first enrolled basis.

Spring Class Information - Classes now updated!


Norris University is currently hiring and that includes Mini Courses! Any students interested can access more information here and access the application here. Any questions can be emailed to us at   


Supply pack pick-up

Where: ARTica Studio (Norris underground) 
When:  Starting April 6

If the class is canceled after you've picked up your supply pack, you will need to return the supplies to get a full refund. 


1 Session Courses - are nonrefundable.

Full refunds are given before the first session of your class on and after the date of the first class session – Refunds are given after payment of the $7.00 withdrawal fee.

Subsidy Support

Subsidy support for Winter 2021 is closed. If you filled up a form, you will be contacted by mini courses on the next steps. Any questions can be directed to as well

Subsidies are given from $10 - $30 and Mini Courses does not require any proof of income in order to qualify for one. We have a finite funding course, so we rely on an honor system to ensure that funding is granted to those who need it. 

If you are approved for one, the subsidy is applied to the registration fee on an unregistered course. Subsidies are not given on courses that students have registered for and are requesting a subsidy portion refund.

Must be a Northwestern student

Subsidies may not be used towards 1 Session Courses and any Drink courses
Subsidies are not granted to students who have already registered for a course.
Subsidies may not be used in combination with any other discount.
Subsidy  if approved, is good for 1 course per person per quarter.

Withdrawal and Cancellation 
Fees and policies are still applicable on all subsidy assistance registrations. 


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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

Spring 2021 Mini Course Instructor applications are now closed! Please email us if you are interested in teaching a Fall 2021 Mini Course or Mini Workshop.

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!”

“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.”

“Great value and great instruction.”

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