Honors Courses Fall 2019

Honors Courses Fall 2019

Fall 2019 Honors Classes! 

All Honors Classes meet at the Des Plaines Campus in room 2735 unless otherwise noted. All Honors Classes meet General Education Requirements, unless otherwise noted.

Core Seminars: Honors Core Seminars are learning communities that integrate courses from different disciplines around a common theme. They always meet for at least 2 class periods, both professors are always present, the assignments, and material are integrated. Core Seminars are recognized to be high impact learning experiences, and Oakton Community College is one of the few places where you can take one.

You must take at least one Core Seminar to graduate or transfer with the Honors Scholars designation on your transcript.


For the fall 2019 semester we are offering one Core Seminar:

Title: Moral Psychology - What We Do and What We Ought to Do


Do we make choices that are in line with our moral beliefs? What factors influence our ability to behave in ways that reflect our values? This Core Seminar focuses on questions of human behavior as examined through psychology and philosophy. From an interdisciplinary approach, we well study issues of social justice such as Poverty and Privilege. Specifically, we will discuss how our worldviews shape our understanding, and the need to widen our inquiry of social, cultural and political forces.

This seminar is worth 6 credits. It also counts towards completion of the Honors Scholar Designation.

Register for: PSY 101 0H1 (CRN: 31762) & PHL 106 GH1 (CRN: 31480)

Days & Times: MW 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Des Plaines campus.

Professors Eva de La Riva & Thomas Bowen



Single Section/Stand Alone Honors Courses at the Des Plaines campus: These classes are not part of a Core Seminar, but are Honors classes! You should take them!

Title: Honors: Microbiology

Description: Laboratory course introduces biology of microorganisms including bacteria, fungi, protists, and viruses. Content includes metabolism, genetics, identification, control, physiology, relationship to health and diseases, and host defense. Intended primarily for students in health fields.

Register for: BIO 251 0H2 (CRN: 31896)

Days & TimesTR 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Des Plaines campus

ProfessorSuzanne Ziegenhorn


Title: Honors: Composition I

DescriptionCourse introduces strategies for planning, writing and revising expository essays based on experience and reading. Content includes purpose, context, genre, and the rhetorical situation as elements in the writing process, as well as critical reading and analysis as the basis for essay writing. The first course in a two-course sequence with EGL 102.

Register for: EGL 101 0H1 (CRN: 31253)

Days & TimesTR 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. at the Des Plaines campus

Professor: Madhuri Deshmukh


Single Section/Stand Alone Honors Courses Skokie Campus: These classes are not part of a Core Seminar, but are Honors classes. You should take them!

Title: Honors: Introduction to Social & Cultural Anthropology

Description: Course introduces subfield of social and sultural anthropology, which studies living creatures. Content includes cultural behavior, language, kinship and social structure, political and economic anthropology, religion and world view, and topics related to applied anthropology and modern cultures.

Register for: ANT 202 0H1 (CRN: 31767)

Days & TimesTR 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. at the Skokie campus

Professor: Megan Klein


Title: Honors: Introduction to Life Science

DescriptionLaboratory course introduces life science. Content includes cell structure and function, cell division, nucleic acids and proteins, biodiversity and evolution, and selected human systems. Intended for non-science majors, and those who desire an understanding of fundamental life processes, or who intends to pursue higher biology courses.

Register for: BIO 101 0H9 (CRN: 31012)

Days & Times: MW 8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. and M from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Skokie campus.

Professor: Harper Mazok


Title: Honors: Introduction to Philosophy

DescriptionCourse focuses on the most fundamental questions that human beings have always asked. Topics include a critical examination of theories about reality and truth, moral values and social justice, personal identity and free will, aesthetic values, and systems of religious beliefs.

Register for: HUM 127 GH1 (CRN: 31481)

Days & Times: TR 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Skokie campus.

Professor: Kristin McCartney


Title: Honors: Social Problems

DescriptionCourse investigates social conditions that contribute to contemporary U.S. and global social problems. Content includes globalization; poverty; discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender, age, and sexual orientation; crime and crimincal justice system; substance abuse; population growth, environmental problems and sustainability; and war and terrorism.

Register for: SOC 103 YH5 (CRN: 31970)

Days & TimesT 6:00 p.m. - 8:50 p.m. at the Skokie campus.

ProfessorMegan Klein