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ANTH 301


American Culture
ANTH 301: YE1, Class #7761

What does it mean to be an American? Are there common values and beliefs that create a unique American culture even though we have multi-cultural roots? Taking a post-humanist perspective, we will address how American worldview(s), behaviors, and consciousness are affected by image in popular culture, including but not limited to media, food, and community. Using anthropological concepts, we will explore the tensions Americans experience as they struggle to build the “good life.” How do we act out our similarities and differences expressed through ethnic, class, gender, and racial identities in our institutions and relationships? Class meetings are facilitated to introduce and summarize key topic areas with lecture and conversation. Students will respond to readings through discussion boards, reflection, and short narratives on Blackboard demonstrating their growth of knowledge and understandings. A short research project completes the class in which each student examines a particular expression of American culture or an institution using participant observation in everyday life. The goal of the research project is to apply anthropological skills to better understand the life experiences of Americans. Final grades are based on completion of assignments and participation.

Catalog Description: Examination of a series of topics in American culture including the impact of industrialism, the rise of feminism, the current popularity of sports, the role of advertising, and the changes in the structure of the family. Focus on what anthropological culture theory can tell us about our own culture.

Kristen Borre (3 credit hours)

  • Online with face-to-face meetings at Kishwaukee Community College, Tuesdays, 08/30 (Mandatory), 10/04 & 11/01, Thursday, 12/01, 6:16 - 8:15 pm.

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ANTH 491


Current Topics in Anthropology:
Native Americans & the Law
ANTH 491: YE1, Class #7518

Explore the diverse cultures and rich history of Native Americans. We will discuss key concepts and events in Native American history since the establishment of the United States of America. We will also delve into the changing views of cultural stewardship, museums’ role in artifacts and repatriation, and recent events and case studies. We will survey cultures of the native peoples of North America, and the contemporary issues of various US laws and statutes. This course will be web-based with 3 face-to-face meetings, and will use a combination of online modules, lectures, text readings, videos, activities, and ongoing group discussions. Students will also explore a local museum exhibit that relates to the course and create a report on their experience.

Catalog Description: May be repeated to a maximum of 9 semester hours. PRQ: Consent of department.

Karly Tuminello (3 credit hours)

  • Online with 3 mandatory face-to-face meetings at NIU-Naperville, Wednesdays, 08/31, 10/19, & 11/30, 6:30 - 8:45 pm.

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BIOS 442/542


Evolution and the Creationist Challenge
BIOS 442/542: YE1, Class #s 7252/7253

The perennial culture wars raging in the USA are expressed in many areas of society. One area of attack is the opposition by the Religious Right to the teaching of evolution in public schools. Since before the famous “Scopes Monkey Trial” in 1925, school boards and legislatures have tried to eliminate, add equal doses of creationism to, or water down the coverage of evolution. They have targeted evolution as a cause for many of their perceived “social evils,” don’t understand science, and cannot separate evolution from “Social Darwinism.”

This course will introduce students to the history of the controversy, define the opposition, and explain where each side gets their ideas and what they believe. We will then explore philosophy of science in enough detail to be able to separate a scientific question from a non-scientific question. A preliminary survey of primarily biological evolution will provide students with the necessary information to counter creationist arguments. This course is designed to give students the ability to not only defend evolution but, more importantly, attack non-scientific intrusions into the public school system. It is not a course in biological evolution but complementary, and can be taken by any upper-level undergraduate with an interest in science and society.

Catalog Description: Evolutionary theory and tenets of present-day anti-evolutionists with emphasis on providing students with the skills to articulate the theory of evolution as it applies to the biological sciences. Not a substitute for a formal course in evolutionary theory. Recommended for students pursuing careers in secondary science education.

Ron Toth (3 credit hours)

  • Online with 1 mandatory face-to-face meeting at Kishwaukee Community College, Thursday, 08/25, 6:30 - 9:15 pm.

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Performance in Speech
COMS 309: QE1, Class #7542

This course is designed to actively enhance your overall presentation skills. We will take a very hands-on individual approach to the course. There will be practicing and coaching in a variety of contexts which will include relaxation, ceremonial and manuscript speaking, as well as professional interviewing.

Catalog Description: Multidimensional approach to oral communication. Emphasis on developing effective speech habits: voice production, voice quality, and articulation. Oral communication in speech performance for radio/television, teaching, and other professions where oral performance is particularly important. PRQ: COMS 100.

David Simon (3 credit hours)

  • NIU-Rockford, Tuesdays, 08/23 - 12/06, 6:30 - 9:15 pm.

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COMS 410


Communication and Gender
COMS 410: YE1, Class #7255 (8 Week 2)

Are women from Venus and men from Mars? Was Abraham Lincoln our first homosexual president? How do popular media represent transgender people? This course will explore how gender is a social construction with material effects, and how gender both constructs and is constructed by various forms of communication. After addressing key topics in the scholarly study of gender (including sex, gender, sexuality, intersexuality, transgender issues, intersectionality, and sexual assault), students will gain an understanding of different ways that communication researchers approach the study of gender in areas such as relationships; speech and nonverbal behaviors; media audiences, representations, and industries; and public persuasion and great public speakers. Because this is a class about gender, it requires students be willing to respectfully and critically question fundamental values held in our society.

This class is appropriate for students from all majors, and it has no prerequisites. In addition to being part of the Communication major and minor, it is a part of the Social Justice and Diversity PLUS pathway, and the undergraduate certificates in LGBT Studies and Women's and Gender Studies. This course is fully online and each weekly module(s) available on Blackboard includes readings, lecture, videos, activities, assignment instructions, and team-led discussions. Grades are based on short weekly quizzes, short weekly analysis writing, weekly discussion, and one formal writing assignment.

Catalog Description: Relationships among communication, gender, and culture through a variety of theoretical and critical perspectives. Examination of research on verbal and nonverbal aspects of communication as they interact with gender in contexts such as interpersonal, organizational, political, and media.

Kate Cady (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 10/17 - 12/09.

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ECON 341


Economic Area Studies: Asia
ECON 341: YE1, Class #7256

This course will focus on select countries in Asia. Topics covered will include economic development, causes and consequences. ECON 341 Syllabus

Catalog Description: May be repeated to a maximum of 9 semester hours, but each topic may be taken only once. PRQ: ECON 260 and ECON 261.

Sowjanya Dharmasankar (3 credit hours)

  • Online with 2 mandatory face-to-face meetings at NIU-Naperville, Saturdays, 09/10, 11 - 12 pm and 11/05, 10 am - 1 pm.

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ENGL 308


Technical Writing
ENGL 308: YE1, Class #7258
NOTE: Only open to CEET students.

In this fully online class, students will study the principles and strategies for planning, writing, and revising technical documents common in government, business, and industry. Some of the topics covered in this class are audience analysis and purpose, writing effectively, simplifying complex information, writing instructions, and document design.

The class will “meet” in Blackboard Learn where students will find video lectures, video demonstrations, assignment information, discussion boards, and a journal space. Students will also use an online space provided by the textbook publisher to watch video presentations, complete exercises related to the weekly reading assignment, and take quizzes.

The e-textbook Technical Communication, 10th edition (2012), by Mike Markel, is included in the online course space, YourTechCommClass. An access code can be purchased at the University Bookstore and VCB. It can also be purchased online at http://courses.bfwpub.com/yourtechcommclass/student-access.php. Students can also register their access code at this address.

Catalog Description: Principles and strategies for planning, writing, and revising technical documents common in government, business, and industry (e.g., manuals, proposals, procedures, newsletters, brochures, specifications, memoranda, and formal reports). Topics include analysis of audience and purpose, simplifying complex information, document design, and project management.

Jan Knudsen (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 08/22 - 12/09.

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GEOG 256/556


Maps and Mapping/Fundamentals of Mapping
GEOG 256/556: YE1, Class #s 7259/7260 (Regular 16 week)
GEOG 256/556: YE2, Class #s 7261/7262 (8 Week 1)

Though maps have been used by civilizations for well over 5,000 years, practically all aspects of mapping today involve computers – from the collection of real-world data by GPS or satellites, to drafting and printing. Rather than study the history of maps and mapping, we will instead study the concept of maps as tools of modern communication and visualization. This course is also the starting point for NIU’s certificate of undergraduate study in Geographic Information Systems (in addition to applying toward the B.G.S.) and is required for several further courses in geography.

Catalog Description, GEOG 256: Introduction to maps as models of our earth, tools of visualization, and forms of graphic communication. Use of satellite and aerial imagery, land surveying, and geographic information systems in map production. Thematic maps and how they are used. Map design for informational and persuasive purposes. Two hours of lecture, two hours of laboratory.
Catalog Description, GEOG 556: For graduate students with little formal background in mapping. Maps as models, tools of visualization, and forms of graphic communication. Processes of map production, including imagery and surveying. Principles of map design.

Autumn James/Andrew Krmenec (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online courses, YE1, 08/22 - 12/09 and YE2, 08/22 - 10/14.

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GEOG 303


Water Resources and the Environment
GEOG 303: YE1, Class #7263

This course is intended to provide the student with a broader understanding of water and its importance to our lives and earth’s complex environment. We will consider issues facing water such as whether the supply of water will continue, how man-made developments have altered water availability, how pollution has eroded this natural resource, and where/how we can restore our water resources. Relevant video clips, online tutorials, and supplemental readings will be used throughout the course to provide examples of water-related issues affecting northern Illinois, other regions of the U.S., as well as various countries around the world.

Catalog Description: Evaluation of water as a resource; its availability, distribution, use, and quality. Operation of the hydrologic cycle and relationships between surface water and the soil, groundwater, and atmosphere. Human impacts on water resources and the management of water-related hazards, including flooding, drought, and the spread of disease. Lecture and field experience.

Sharon Ashley (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 08/22 - 12/09.

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GEOG 306


Severe and Hazardous Weather
GEOG 306: YE1, Class #7264

Examination of fundamentals of atmospheric phenomena with an emphasis on understanding concepts and processes behind severe manifestations of weather and climate. Physical aspects of extratropical cyclones, winter weather phenomena, thunderstorm phenomena, tropical weather systems, and large-scale longer-term weather events are analyzed. Case studies are employed to investigate human, economic, and environmental consequences of extreme weather and climate events.

Catalog Description: Examination of fundamentals of atmospheric phenomena with an emphasis on understanding concepts and processes behind severe manifestations of weather and climate. Physical aspects of extratropical cyclones, winter weather phenomena, thunderstorm phenomena, tropical weather systems, and large-scale, longer-term weather events are analyzed. Case studies are employed to investigate human, economic, and environmental consequences of extreme weather and climate events.

Walker Ashley (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 08/22 - 12/09.

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GEOG 330


Geography of the U.S. and Canada
GEOG 330: YE1, Class #7265

This course is an introduction to geographic issues in various regions of the United States and Canada. You will be introduced to some major patterns and processes that dominate the major physical and cultural realms of this region. We will first go over some basic physical and social features common to the United States and Canada. We then will explore the historical evolution and unique physical, cultural, and environmental features of fourteen sub-regions, following your textbook. Rather than just describing each region, we will examine the various regions in an attempt to understand and explain regional differences. Ultimately, our exploration of these regions should help us all reach a deeper understanding of the diversity and complexity of life in the United States and Canada. A final project, map quizzes, and exams will all be utilized to increase your knowledge of this diverse and fascinating region.

Catalog Description: Regional analysis of the two countries. Cultural, economic, and political patterns. Geographic perspectives applied to current issues and problems.

Sharon Ashley (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 08/22 - 12/09.

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GEOG 359/557


Introduction to GIS/Fundamentals of GIS
GEOG 359/557: YE1, Class #s 7266/7267 (Regular 16 week)

Have you ever asked yourself, “Where in the world am I?” GEOG 359 may help you answer that question with an introductory study of the principles of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). In this online course, we develop skills in GIS, its components, and how it applies to our surrounding environment. This course is a primer for those who are interested in learning more about the dynamic and ever-changing world of GIS and its career applications.

Catalog Description, GEOG 359: Study of the fundamental principles of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Emphasis on the development of these systems, their components and their integration into mainstream geography. Two hours of lecture, two hours of laboratory. PRQ: GEOG 256 or GEOG 352 or consent of department.
Catalog Description, GEOG 557: For graduate students with little formal background in GIS or computer mapping. Principles, components, and uses of geographic information systems. PRQ: GEOG 552 or GEOG 556, or consent of department.

Philip Young (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, YE1, 08/22 - 12/09.

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HIST 323


History of Science to Newton
HIST 323: YE1, Class #7271 (8 Week 1)

This course is the first part of a two-part sequence that examines the development of science in its various historical contexts from pre-history to the modern day. The course begins with an examination of human perceptions of nature as expressed in the poetry, philosophy, and medicine of ancient Greece and the ancient Near East, and follows the study of natural knowledge throughout the Middle Ages, focusing particularly on its encounters with medieval Christendom and Islam. The course concludes with the transformation of European natural philosophy in the 16th and 17th centuries. Throughout the course, we will explore many issues particular to the study of the history of science, including a discussion of what “science” is now and has been in the past, the interactions between science and religion, the importance of science’s institutional contexts, and the relationship between science and government. We will also examine broader themes, such as the process of knowledge transformation at cultural boundaries, and the role of authority—both in the present, and in the past—in the exercise of science. The primary skills that this course emphasizes are the analysis of historical documents, and the use of persuasive, evidence-driven argument to answer historical questions.

Catalog Description: Science in the ancient Near East; Hellenic and Hellenistic science; the Arabs; medieval science; the Copernican revolution; the new physics; and the new biology. PRQ: At least sophomore standing

James Barnes (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 08/22 - 10/14.

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Internship
ILAS 390

Catalog Description: Work as an intern in an off-campus agency in activities related to one of the majors in the college. Reading and paper preparation under the supervision of a faculty member in the college. May be repeated once. S/U grading. PRQ: Consent of major department and college; junior or senior standing.

Judy Santacaterina (3 credit hours)

  • Contact Judy Santacaterina for information at 815-753-7961 or jsantaca@niu.edu.

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POLS 300


American Presidential Elections
POLS 300: YE1, Class #7273

President Trump? President Hillary? Where is America headed and why? How come the American people do not actually vote for presidential nominees or even the president? What are delegates, super delegates, and electors? This is the course that answers all of these questions. Unlike the mass media, which focuses on infotainment at the expense of education, this course will examine the American presidential election process in both historical and procedural perspective. How are presidential elections conducted? We will examine the process from early fundraising, to the primaries and caucuses of the nomination phase, to the general election. We will look at past contests in the “modern” era with an eye toward what has changed and why. How do recent contests compare to past election years? Through readings, discussions, and multimedia we will examine both the past and current state of affairs of the American presidential election process and ask whether the process works well or is in need of reform.

Catalog Description: Survey and analysis of candidates, issues, and partisan trends in presidential elections from the era of the New Deal to the present. Also considers how election rules and campaign styles have changed over time. Recommended: At least sophomore standing.

Artemus Ward (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 08/22 - 12/09.

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POLS 310


The U.S. Supreme Court
POLS 310: YE1, Class #7274

This course will focus on the history, organization, procedures and activities of the United States Supreme Court. Although the Court is at the center of many controversies, most people know relatively little about how it actually operates in the U.S. political and legal systems. The course will examine in depth the nature of Supreme Court appointments, agenda-setting, oral arguments, decision-making, and opinion writing. In addition, we will consider the Court’s relationship to other institutions, including lower courts and the legislative and executive branches. Students will learn how the Court is both a political and legal institution and, more broadly, how law and politics intersect in the U.S. In addition to assigned readings on the Supreme Court, we will follow and discuss (online) current cases before the Court in order to more fully understand how it operates and makes decisions, and the impact its decisions have on law and politics.

Catalog Description: Principles, organization, procedures, and activities of the U.S. Supreme Court. Topics include appointments, public opinion, agenda-setting, oral argument, decision-making, opinion writing, and the Court’s relationship to other institutions including lower courts and the legislative and executive branches. Recommended: At least sophomore standing.

J. Mitch Pickerill (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 08/22 - 12/09.

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POLS 356


American Political Thought I
POLS 356: YE1, Class #7276

In this course, we will study American government and history through the perspectives and ideas of those who have influenced it most and understood it best. We will look closely at five crucial periods in American history—the American Founding, the Civil War, the Progressive Era, the Civil Rights Movement, and the recent turn of the millennium—and focus on two great statesmen in each period, reading their most important speeches and writings. Our goal will be to achieve an understanding of the American political tradition both in terms of its most significant turning points and, most importantly, as a unified whole, and to be able to discuss and articulate the most important aspects of this whole in their relation to one another.

Catalog Description: Analysis of the political thought of selected American statesmen and stateswomen having political responsibility at the critical moments in American history. Attention given to the relationship between the political philosophy of their thinking and the political actions they initiated. Recommended: At least sophomore standing.

S. Adam Seagrave (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 08/22 - 12/09

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POLS 395


Contemporary Topics in Political Science:
Politics & Popular Music
POLS 395: YE1, Class #7277 (8 Week 1)

In the United States, there has been a connection between music and politics since the nation’s founding. Politicians, social movements, and the citizenry have routinely expressed political views through music. What messages are these actors sending? Are the messages being received? Is there something unique about music that changes the nature of the message? Music has been used for both pro-establishment and anti-establishment purposes. National anthems, patriotic songs, campaign songs, protest songs, and anti-war songs are just some examples of the ways in which politics and music intersect. Unlike other forms of music, political music is usually not ambiguous, and is therefore relatively easily discerned by listeners. In this course we will explore various types of political music and topical songs over time with an emphasis on contemporary music and how it relates to various social movements and issues particularly those involving race, class, and gender. Through readings, discussion, films, and, of course, music, we will examine how artists such as Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Marvin Gaye, Bruce Springsteen, N.W.A., Ani DiFranco, Green Day, and Jay-Z have had their political songs both understood and misunderstood by politicians and citizens alike. We will examine these issues through an historical examination of the development of American popular music from early blackface minstrelsy to blues, jazz, folk, rock, and the current popular music of today: hip-hop.

Catalog Description: Selected topics in the analysis and evaluation of political phenomena in a variety of settings. Topics vary each semester. May be taken a total of three times as topic changes. Enrollment in multiple sections of POLS 395 in a semester is permitted. Recommended: At least sophomore standing.

Artemus Ward (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 08/22 - 10/14

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PSYC 300


Introduction to Brain & Behavior
PSYC 300: YE1, Class #7590

This course explores the biological basis of behavior. The student will first learn about the fundamental elements (neuron and synapse) of the nervous system and their function. The class will build on these basic elements of the nervous system to understand simple (reflexes) and complex (memory) behaviors. The class is structured to follow an online format. Lectures will be captured using blackboard collaborate. Assessments of student learning outcomes will be conducted online via Blackboard using several different formats: short answer questions, multiple choice questions, and a culminating project.

Catalog Description: Introductory survey concerned with the relationship between the brain and a wide variety of behaviors, both normal and abnormal. Provides a fundamental understanding of how the brain controls and mediates behavior, and a foundation for more advanced courses in behavioral neuroscience. PRQ: At least sophomore standing and PSYC 102, or consent of department.

Doug Wallace (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 08/22 - 12/09.

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PSYC 316


Introduction to Psychopathology
PSYC 316: YE1, Class #7278 (8 Week 1)

This course focuses on some of the topics and questions people most commonly ask about psychology: What are the different psychological disorders, and what are they like? How do clinicians diagnose someone with a disorder? What do therapists actually do in therapy? Course objectives include: (a) examine historical and current conceptions of normal and abnormal behavior; (b) survey the origins, symptoms, and characteristics of several adult psychological disorders; and (c) introduce the main treatment approaches for psychological disorders. The course is designed to be accessible to both Psychology majors and others. This will be a fully online course with several online, face-to-face classes.

Catalog Description: Introduction to the study of pathological behavior. The development, maintenance, and treatment of problem behavior discussed from theoretical, empirical, and clinical perspectives. PRQ: At least sophomore standing and PSYC 102, or consent of department.

Phillip Krasula (3 credit hours)

  • Online with 2 mandatory face-to-face meetings at NIU-Naperville, Thursday, 08/25 & Friday, 10/14, 6:30 - 9:15 pm.

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PSYC 372


Social Psychology
PSYC 372: YE1, Class #7279 (8 Week 2)

Alport (1985) writes that social psychology is a scientific study of the way in which people’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors are influenced by the real or imaged presence of other people. This course will examine how people are influenced by immediate surroundings, cultural norms, and family background through lecture, films, activities and small group discussions. Major learning components will offer students enhanced knowledge on critical societal problems such as attitudes, attitude change, conformity, group processes, interpersonal attraction, discrimination/stereotype, pro-social behavior, and health.

Catalog Description: Behavior in the context of social interaction, with emphasis on experimental findings. Includes such topics as interpersonal judgment and perception, social attraction, aggression, prejudice and social influence, including attitude formation and persuasion, conformity, and social modeling. PRQ: At least sophomore standing and PSYC 203, or consent of department.

Joanne Messina (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 10/17 - 12/09.

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SOCI 270


Social Problems
SOCI 270: YE1, Class #7292

This course addresses some of the most compelling social problems in society and discusses the diverse contributions sociology has made to the understanding of complex social issues.  By investigating topics such as physical & mental health, crime & social control, poverty & economic inequality (just to name a few!), you will be able to identify cause-effect patterns, display a critical understanding of how social problems are shaped by both historical and current societal patterns and use your sociological imagination to critically evaluate strategies for action in alleviating problems facing society today. Using videos, interactive discussions and your own life experiences, you will engage in social learning and explore how YOU are connected to all social phenomena.

Catalog Description: Why social problems occur and how society can work toward correcting them. Exploration of how different value premises and social theories lead to distinctive ways of addressing social problems. Issues such as poverty, crime, homelessness, intergroup conflicts, and sexual identity discrimination provide case materials for these explorations. Use of this approach to examine underlying structural problems such as economic restructuring, the overall health and aging of the population, and urban change and decline.

Kristie Crane (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 08/22 - 12/09.

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STAT 301


Elementary Statistics
STAT 301: YE1, Class #7524
STAT 301: YE2, Class #7525

Introduction to basic concepts in statistical methods including probability, theoretical and empirical distributions, estimation, tests of hypotheses, linear regression and correlation, and single classification analysis of variance procedures.

Please note: This course is not available for credit toward the major in mathematical sciences. This course may not be used in major GPA calculation for mathematical sciences majors.

Catalog Description: Introduction to basic concepts in statistical methods including probability, theoretical and empirical distributions, estimation, tests of hypotheses, linear regression and correlation, and single classification analysis of variance procedures. Not available for credit toward the major in mathematical sciences. Not used in major GPA calculation for mathematical sciences majors. PRQ: MATH 206 or MATH 210 or MATH 211 or MATH 229.

Claudine Myers (4 credit hours)

  • YE1: Online with 4 mandatory face-to-face meetings at NIU-Hoffman Estates, Saturdays, 08/27, 09/24, 11/12, and 12/03, 9 - 10:50 am.
  • YE2: Online with 4 mandatory face-to-face meetings at NIU-Rockford, Mondays, 08/29, 09/26, 11/14, and 12/05, 6 - 7:50 pm.

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STAT 350


Introduction to Probability and Statistics
STAT 350: YE1, Class #7526

Introduction to the basic ideas and fundamental laws of probability including sample spaces, events, independence, random variables, special probability distributions and elementary statistical inference.

Catalog Description: Introduction to the basic ideas and fundamental laws of probability including sample spaces, events, independence, random variables, special probability distributions and elementary statistical inference. PRQ: MATH 230.

Claudine Myers (3 credit hours)

  • Online with 4 mandatory face-to-face meetings at Kishwaukee Community College, Tuesdays, 08/30, 09/27, 11/15, and 12/06, 6:30 - 8:20 pm.

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WGST 436


Current Debates Seminar:
Gender, Fairy Tales, & Disney
WGST 436: YE1, Class #7527 (8 Week 1)

Fairy tales both reflect and shape cultural norms, values, and gender roles, but each story also holds the potential for subversion. Studying these narratives, we can explore issues of family, gender, race, class, and sexuality. This course will use a multidisciplinary approach and a feminist lens to analyze various fairy tales and explore the narratives in society outside of the fairy tale. How do these narratives show up in popular culture? What can it mean when they do? And how does understanding the underlying fairy tale narrative help us to interpret and shape the way we view the issues of race, class, and gender, and power they address? We will also look at various reinterpretations and rewritings of these tales to explore the ways authors, artists, and filmmakers subvert the original story to create something (not) entirely new.

Catalog Description: Examination of issues in contemporary politics, culture, and society related to women and gender from an interdisciplinary perspective. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 semester hours as topic changes. PRQ: Junior or senior standing or consent of director.

Lise Schlosser (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 08/22 - 10/14.

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