Honors Courses Fall 2017

Honors Courses Fall 2017

Fall 2017 Honors Classes!

Core Seminars

Ecology: Natural, Political, & Ethical

Professor Thomas Bowen & Paul Gulezian, PhD.

Register for these two classes:

Honors Environmental Science (BIO 106 0H1. CRN 31765)

TR 10:00 - 12:45 DP Campus LEE Building 355/335

Honors Environmental Ethics (PHL 204 0H1. CRN: 31563)

TR: 1:00 - 2:15 DP Campus LEE Building 146

This Core Seminar offers students a unique opportunity to explore a common set of themes and questions from two very different disciplinary perspectives. Appreciating how the scientific approach both facilitates and clashes with philosophical reflection and how investigations into the possibilities of an environmental ethics critically engage with the scientific literature, is fundamental to grappling with our current environmental crises.

We will spend time with a variety of different texts: lab-books, science textbooks, philosophy texts, but most importantly: the natural environment around us. We will spend time outside in Oakton's woods as a common launching point for our scientific and philosophical explorations.

The basic questions we pose in this Seminar are: 1) does an understanding of natural systems as the material bases of human cultures and civilizations impact what we take as morally valuable or as fundamental ethical precepts? 2) can we construct an ecological ethics? and 3) how can these two disciplines work together to develop visions of sustainable (morally and naturally) futures?

These courses fulfill the two core requirements for the Environmental Studies Concentration Certificate and the Honors Core Seminar Requirement for the Honors Certificate.

BIO 106 fulfills the "Life Science with lab" Gen. Ed requirement at Oakton, as well as the Global Studies credit and will transfer as a Gen. Ed.

PHL 204 will transfer as an elective; but for students looking to move on in the study of environmental issues at 4-year colleges and universities, this class will help you in your preparation.



Women & Creativity/Cultural Anthropology

Professors Katherine Carot & Victoria Giambrone

Register for these two classes:

Honors Introduction to Social & Cultural Anthropology (ANT 202 0H1 CRN 31763)

MW 9:30 - 10:45 DP 2735

Honors Women & Creativity (HUM 142 0H1 CRN 31764)

MW 11:00 - 12:15 DP 2735

We have designed this learning community to introduce students to the variety of cultural systems throughout the world, with particular emphasis on women’s contributions to these systems as well as on the influence of gender norms within these systems.  Particular attention will be paid to the role that creativity and artistic endeavor plays in shaping a given culture and how historically, women have had a unique relationship to this phenomenon. This tandem will also look at the topic of migration and immigration, with particular attention to the effects the movement of people has on indigenous populations.


Students will study the varied ways people live today and trace the historical developments that lead to current cultural behavior. We will place particular emphasis on the ways postcolonialism and globalism have shaped the cultures we will study. Students will read and evaluate ethnographies from non-Western cultures, read text that covers the development of women’s social history, and review examples of artistic endeavors (poetry, plays, music, folk art, etc.) from the past and present, and will be encouraged to express their own creativity and knowledge of course material through poetry, song, dance, and the visual arts. We will attend lectures and performing and visual arts events that relate to the course material.  As with all core seminars, students will have plenty of opportunity to engage in lively discussions with their peers and instructors.  We look forward to a lively semester!


These courses satisfy IAI requirements in the social sciences and humanities.  Vicki Giambrone has an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as an M.A. from Northeastern Illinois University.  Kathleen Carot has an M.M. from Roosevelt University.

Both ANT 202 and HUM 142 fulfill Gen. Ed at Oakton and transfer as Gen. Eds to other colleges and universities. ANT 202 counts as a Social Science Gen Ed and as a Global Studies credit; HUM 142 counts as a Humanities/Fine Arts credit.



Des Plaines: Single Courses

Honors Composition I

Professor Madhuri Deshmukh, PhD.

Register for:

EGL 101 0H1 CRN: 31560

MW 12:30 - 1:45 DP 2735

Description forthcoming.

EGL 101 is a basic requirement for any degree at Oakton or any other college. It is transferrable, looks really good as an Honors credit, and counts as a Gen. Ed.

This class fulfills requirements towards the Honors Scholars Certificate.

Any Honors Student who hasn't taken EGL 101, really should take it as Honors! Register for this class!



Honors: Effective Speech

Professor Bob Gynn

Register for:

SPE 103 0H1 CRN 31760

TR 12:30 - 1:45

Description forthcoming

SPE 103 is a Gen Ed requirement for any degree (part of the communication credits needed) and will transfer as a Gen. Ed.





History of the Islamic Middle East in Modern Times

HIS 226-001 [CRN 31332] Co-listed with HIS 226-0H1 [CRN 31600], 3 credit hours

Skokie campus; Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Room C114

History of the Islamic Middle East from the 7th Century to 1918
HIS 225-001 [CRN 31512] Co-listed with HIS 225-0H1 [CRN 31601], 3 credit hours
Des Plaines campus; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Room 2822

What explains the emergence of ISIL (ISIS, IS) and Al Qaeda? Why are large areas of the Middle East (Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen,) engulfed in conflict today? How could a durable peace between Israelis and Palestinians be achieved? Why has the “Arab Spring” largely failed?

Investigate the historical roots of events taking place in today’s Middle East through two courses that trace the development of this ever-changing region from the birth of Islam to contemporary times. Explore the major themes of Islamic Middle Eastern history such as the rapid rise of Islam, the Sunni-Shia divide, the evolution of the “gunpowder-empires,” the impact of Islamism, nationalism, and colonialism, as well as the influence of modernity on the region.

These courses fulfill the IAI General Education, Transfer and Global Studies Requirements.



Honors: International Relations

Professor George Lungu

PSC 202-0H2 CRN: 31603 (this class is co-listed with PSC 202-001)

or PSC 202-0H1 CRN: 31602 (this class is at Skokie).

Des Plaines Campus 2822 TR: 9:30am-10:45am

Skokie Campus C114 MW: 9:30 am - 10:45 am

“May you live in an interesting age!” is a reputedly Chinese proverb and curse that seems to capture the essence of the world today. This course is designed to provide students with a working understanding of the complexities of international politics, and enable them to develop the ability to critically evaluate and interpret such contemporary international events and processes as war, intervention, poverty, economic competition and development, and the global environment.

PSC 202 is a Gen. Ed. and will transfer as a Gen Ed to other colleges and universities.



Skokie: Single Courses

Honors: Comparitive Government

Professor George Lungu

PSC 201-0H3 CRN: 31855 (this class is co-listed with PSC201 003)

Skokie Campus C231 F: 9:30am-12:15pm

“Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those others that have been tried.” Winston Churchill

This course will examine Churchill’s proposition by comparing different political systems – democracy, authoritarianism, totalitarianism – and the political ideologies they entail – socialism, liberalism, conservatism.

This course fulfills the IAI S5 905 General Education Transfer and the Global Studies Course Requirements.



Des Plaines: Research Course

Honors: Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Laboratory Research

BIO 240-0H1 CRN: 11656 M 12:30 - 1:45 pm W 12:30 - 3:15

Honors: Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Laboratory Research

CHM 240-0H1 CRN: 11657 M 12:30 - 1:45 W: 12:30 - 3:15