The Alternate University
Perhaps more than any other innovation, the Civil Rights and Antiwar Movements of the 1960s and early 1970s dramatically changed the future of education at Mundelein College. The remarkable shift of May 1970 inspired a radically altered academic curriculum. Student protestors developed the “alternate university,” a series of seminars to advance student understanding of contemporary social justice issues. Undergraduates could advance their understanding of the war with a roster of courses such as Changing Democratic Society, Military in Politics, and Analyses of Nixon’s Cambodia Addresses. At the same time, Mundelein College implemented the Black Studies Program that was originally proposed during the Conference on Curriculum in 1969. In the Fall of 1970, Mundeleinites now had the opportunity to enroll in courses such as Theology of the Black Experience, Afro-American History, and Black Art.