Degrees & Courses

Northern Illinois University
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and
Department of Sociology announce:

SOCI 495/495H: PCE1
Orlando, Florida, January 7-12, 2012
Illinois Field Trips, January 17 - May 12, 2012

Defining HomelessnessSOCI 495/495H

According to The National Alliance to End Homelessness, the main reason people experience homelessness is because they cannot find housing they can afford. The main issue behind this inability to acquire housing is the scarcity of affordable housing in the United States - particularly in urban areas where homelessness is more prevalent. The NAEH website states there are 643,067 people experiencing homelessness on any given night in the United States. Of that number, over 238,000 are families; over 404,000 are individuals; 67,000 are veterans; and 17% are chronically homeless. This seminar will examine how various sized communities in Florida and Illinois deal with the issues of homelessness.

Students will participate in a field school, which compares strategies and services available in the Northern Illinois area to ameliorate homelessness to strategies used in the Orlando, Florida metropolitan area. Students will have an opportunity to observe and participate in projects designed to impact on programs and policies for homeless persons in a meaningful way.

Course Requirements
Due to the highly intensive nature of this course, students are expected to have completed substantial readings by the first session. This course includes a travel seminar with a combination of lectures, readings, guest speakers, and site visits to selected organizations in Illinois and Florida. Students will be expected to participate actively in one of several group projects and present their group's findings in a formal report to the appropriate local service providers. In addition to the Florida travel portion of the course, there will be several mandatory local visits scheduled in Illinois.

Faculty Leader: Jack King, NIU faculty member and internship coordinator in the Department of Sociology since 1987 will lead this course.

SOCI 495/495H

Tentative Schedule
This is an early starting, dynamic spring course. The travel portion of the course will begin on Saturday, January 7, 2012, and end on Thursday, January 12, 2012. Students planning on being transported to the field school hotel, The New Smyrna Beach Holiday Inn Express, should arrive at the Orlando International Airport no later than 4:30 p.m. January 7, 2012.

Accommodations
Escape the gray, winter days of Illinois in January at the Holiday Inn & Suites in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Located directly on the Atlantic Ocean, balconies offer a breathtaking view of the ocean where you can sip a cup of coffee while watching the sun rise or enjoy the activities on the beach. The Seascape Restaurant has the coast's best view of the ocean.

Transportation
Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to the Orlando (Florida) International Airport (MCO). Ground transportation to and from the Holiday Inn & Suites and MCO will be provided as part of the package. Please note that you should arrive at the MCO no later than 3 p.m., Saturday, January 7, 2012. Return ground transportation will arrive at MCO approximately 4 p.m., Thursday, January 12, 2012.

Academic Credit Option
NIU students may register for 3 academic credits for this program. Students choosing this option should register for SOCI 495/495H: PCE1 through MyNIU. This is a permit-only course, for more information and/or a permit number, please contact Jack King at (815) 753-6440 or jackking@niu.edu. Graduate students may also be eligible for independent study credit by contacting one of the graduate faculty members in the Department of Sociology. Regular off-campus tuition and fees will be applied to your NIU bursar account and are in addition to the program travel fee.

Register Now! Enrollment is Limited.

SOCI 495/495H

Program Fee: Only $695 includes Florida and Illinois service organization visits, ground transportation for program-related activities in Florida and Illinois, five nights lodging in Florida (tripe occupancy), and all breakfasts. Please note that round-trip transportation to/from Florida, lunches, dinners, and study materials are not included in the program travel fee. The program fee does not include tuition and fees; you will be billed separately by the Bursar's office.

Please Note: NIU's fee for the package combines organization visits, accommodations, meals specified above, and program related ground transportation. Fee reduction(s) or refunds CANNOT be made for unused portions of the package. Round-trip transportation to/from Florida, lunches, dinners, and study materials are not included in the program travel fee. The program travel fee does not include tuition and fees; you will be billed separately by the Bursar's office.

Payment: A non-refundalbe deposit of $250 is required with a completed registration form by Monday, December 2, 2011. A permit-number will not be issued without full payment of the deposit. All program fees must be paid in full (no exceptions) by Friday December 16, 2011.

Four Easy Ways to Register!

  1. Call (815) 753-5200 to register and pay with credit card
  2. Fax completed registration form to (815) 753-5202 and pay with a credit card.
  3. Mail completed registration form and payment to: Northern Illinois University, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, External Programming, Monat 152, DeKalb, IL 60115.
  4. Bring completed registration form and payment in person to: Northern Illinois University, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, External Programming, 148 North 3rd Street, Monat Building, Room 152, DeKalb