Honors Courses Spring 2018

Honors Courses Spring 2018

Spring 2018 Honors Classes!

Core Seminars

American Environmentalism: People, Places & Practices

Professors Marian Staats & Richard Stacewicz

Register for these two classes:

Honors Introduction to Literature (EGL 129 0H1 CRN: 11777)

MW 9:30 - 10:45 DP 2735

Honors Environmental History (HIS 223 0H1 CRN 11778)

MW 11:00 - 12:15 DP 2735

Explore the how humanity has impacted and been impacted by the environment of North America through history and literature. In this class you will contrast Native American and European American relations with the land, the impacts of industrialism and consumerism on the American landscape, as well as the emergence of environmental consciousness and the environmental movement. You will read great literature, poetry, and plays dealing with the human-land relation. You will also watch films and take some important and interesting field trips to areas around Oakton and Chicago.

This class fulfills core requirements for the Honors Scholars Certificate, the Environmental Studies Concentration Certificate, and the Peace & Social Justice Certificate.

EGL 129 will transfer as a Humanities Gen. Ed. and HIS 223 will transfer as a Social Science course. Both classes will transfer. But, if you are worried about the HIS 223, we will have an alternate listing set up in the first weeks of the spring semester that will appear on your transcript as a recognized Gen. Ed. class.



World Religions/Introduction to Global Literature

Professors Madhuri Deshmukh & Mohamed Mehdi

Register for these two classes:

Honors World Religions (PHL 205 0H1 CRN: 11779)

TR 9:30 - 10:45 DP 2735

Honors Introduction to Global Literature (EGL 130 0H1 CRN: 11946)

TR 11:00 - 12:15 DP 2735

Religion in the modern world exists alongside many of the complex social, cultural and economic and political forces that shape our societies. Racism, patriarchy, imperialism, violence, freedom struggles, globalization, nationalism, multiculturalism, secularism, climate change, technological growth and a scientific understanding of nature have transformed our world in ways that would be shocking to many of the founders and early communities of the world's religions. In this course, we will look at the ways that religious traditions have both resisted and helped to shape many of these changes. We will dive into religious and literary texts drawn from a wide variety of historical and contemporary cultures from around the world in order to understand how religious traditions have been developed, transformed and interpreted to meet different social and spiritual needs to address questions about death, violence, suffering, and the possibilities of love, happiness and a better world. Along the way we will encounter stories about zombies, ghosts, lovelorn mystics, witches, seekers, visionaries, revolutionaries and militants.

This Core Seminar fulfills core requirements for the Honors Scholars Certificate as well as the Peace & Social Justice Certificate.

Both classes are IAI approved and will transfer as Humanities Gen. Ed. credits. PHL 205 is also a global studies credit.



Des Plaines: Single Courses

Honors Composition II

Professor Marian Staats, PhD.

Register for:

EGL 102 0H1 CRN: 10546

TR 12:30 - 1:45 DP 2735

If you haven't taken EGL 102 yet you simply MUST take Honors EGL 102! Next semester Professor Staats will be focusing on research and writing related to questions of sustainability. You will read interesting papers associated with renewable energy technologies; fast fashion; sustainable food systems; and climate change issues from a local, national, and global perspective. You will also watch some interesting films (both narrative and documentary) and maybe go on some field trips to sustainable farms and tour sustainable buildings in downtown Chicago!

Any Honors Student interested in transfer should definitely have EGL 102 on their transcript as an Honors class!

This class counts towards the Environmental Studies Concentration Certificate as well as a basic Communication Gen. Ed. that transfers to any college or university around the US. Also, this is an important class to have on your transcript as honors!!!



Honors: Anthropology

Professor Lindsey Hewitt

Register for:

ANT 202 0H1 CRN: 11902

MW 12:30 - 1:45

Is there universality in the human experience?  As outsiders, are we able to develop an empathetic understanding of an “Other” culture different from our own?  In the face of intensifying globalization, how do the world’s peoples simultaneously conform to, and resist, increasing political, economic, and technological integration?  In attempting to address these questions, this course will investigate the socio-cultural systems of various human groups and explore diversity within the specific historical contexts in which these cultures are situated.  Students will be introduced to topics of identity formation, kinship, marriage, religion and ritual, ethnicity and post-colonial indigeneity, with a particular focus on cultural constructions of gender/sex systems. 

In analyzing ethnographic essays, documentary film, and contemporary global issues, as well as creating original ethnographic studies, students are encouraged to critically engage with important anthropological perspectives and play an active role in shaping the cultural debates in which we engage throughout the semester.

Additionally, this course is an Environmental Studies Concentration and Women and Gender Studies Concentration special section.


Honors: Philosophy & Social Change

Professor Hollace Graff

Register for:

PHL 290 0H1 CRN 11012

Thursday (R) 2:00pm - 4:45pm

PHL 290 is a very important and engaging seminar in which both Honors students and faculty members participate. Every year the topic of this seminar is different.  This spring the seminar is called "Philosophy and Social Change."  We will study some of the work of Antonio Gramsci, an Italian Marxist philosopher who spent many years in prisons of Mussolini's fascist regime. Gramsci did highly innovative work on how consciousness and consent is developed in advanced capitalism and how the resulting compliance might be challenged through democratizing institutions.  We will discuss whether his work illuminates anything about the contemporary U.S. and possible strategies for change. We will look at the implications of Gramsci's work for education in particular.  We will also look at possible criticisms of his ideas from the perspectives of feminism and critical race theory.  We will also ask whether this work can help us understand the way our consciousness is being transformed by corporations such as Google and Facebook as well as by constant surveillance. Students will have a number of options for fulfilling class requirements. Instructor consent required for students without some background in ethics or social and political philosophy.




History of the Islamic Middle East

History of the Islamic Middle East from the 7th Century to 1918 
HIS 225-001 [CRN 11861] Co-listed with HIS 225-0H1 [CRN 11780], 3 credit hours
Skokie campus; Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Room C211

History of the Islamic Middle East in Modern Times

HIS 226-001 [CRN 11473] Co-listed with HIS 226-0H1 [CRN 11911], 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.



Honors: International Relations

Professor George Lungu

PSC 202 001 [CRN 11492], Co-listed with PSC 202 0H1 [CRN 11912]

Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m., Room C250, Skokie

PSC 202 002 [CRN 11373], Co-listed with PSC 202 0H2 [CRN 11913]

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m., Room 2822, Des Plaines

"May you live in an interesting age!" is a reputedly Chinese proverb and curse that seems to capture the essence of the world today. Generalized conflict in the Middle East, terrorism, the rise of China and the other BRICS countries, the resurgence of Russia, and the decline of American influence, coupled with contradictory phenomena such as economic development and entrenched poverty, globalization and disintegration, as well as environmental issues, combine to give us a picture of an “interesting” international political environment. 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 environment.




Des Plaines: Research Course

Honors: Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Laboratory Research

BIO 240-0H1 CRN: 11405 M 12:00 - 2:15 pm W 12:00 - 1:45

Honors: Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Laboratory Research

CHM 240-0H1 CRN: 11406 M 12:00 - 2:15 pm W 12:00 - 1:45