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Want to Learn Something New? Try Mini Courses

For 50 years, the Norris Mini Courses have offered an array of fun, noncredit courses for students and the general public.

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Spring 2023

Now in its 50th year, the Norris Mini Courses program offers more than 30 noncredit courses on a wide range of topics such as sewing, photography and American Sign Language. Offered quarterly, courses are open to Northwestern students and the general public. Here are just a few offerings:

Coffee Appreciation

A partnership with local shop Backlot Coffee, this course offers lessons about the farming practices and history of coffee, as well as a tasting and brewing tutorial.

Introduction to Pole Dance

In partnership with the student group Polerize, this course covers basic moves and dance techniques of pole dancing, helping students increase strength, flexibility and body awareness.

Credit: Josh Jung

Wine Appreciation

Featuring wines from California and around the world, this course teaches students to taste and describe wines like a sommelier. Mark Gruber ’76 has taught the course for more than 30 years.

Wheel Throwing I

Students learn the basics of making pottery on a wheel, with a focus on ceramics such as cylinders and bowls. There are also intermediate and advanced levels of this course.

See the current Norris Mini Course offerings

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