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Columbia College Chicago is an institution of higher education specializing in arts and media disciplines, with nearly 12,000 students pursuing degrees within 120 undergraduate and graduate programs. Founded in 1890, the school is located in the South Loop district of ChicagoIllinois.

The School of Fine and Performing Arts is composed of nine departments: Art & Design; Arts, Entertainment & Media Management; Dance; Dance Movement Therapy & Counseling; Music; Photography; Sherwood Conservatory; and Theater.

The School of Liberal Arts and Sciences is composed of six departments: ASL-English Interpretation; Creative Writing; Education; English; Humanities, History, and Social Sciences; and Science and Mathematics. It is also home to the First-Year Seminar, the LAS Core Curriculum, the college's Honors Program, the Center for Community Arts Partnerships, and the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media.

The School of Media Arts is composed of eight departments: Audio Arts & Acoustics; Cinema Arts & Sciences; Interactive Arts & Media; Interdisciplinary arts; Journalism; Marketing Communication; Radio; and Television.

The university has newly added a School of Business & Entrepreneurship that will host majors like marketing and management.

The College is also home to many research centers as well as to the Garment Collection and the Center for Book and Paper Arts. It is also home to one of the very few undergraduate programs in cultural studies.