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Before registering for courses, you are strongly encouraged to make an appointment with an honors adviser.

If you are an honors freshman or sophomore, you are expected to enroll in at least one stand-alone course each semester. If you are an honors junior or senior, we encourage you to enroll in stand-alone courses. You must complete one honors seminar outside your major to satisfy the requirements for Upper Division Honors or Full University Honors.

Unless noted in the schedule book, no permit number is needed to enroll in an Honors course.

General Education

100-200 level, limited to 20-25 students per class, that can satisfy general education (PLUS course) requirements.

Mini Sections

A select number of seats for University Honors Program students within a larger regular section of a course. University Honors Program students enrolled in a mini section will be asked to complete course requirements that are qualitatively different than what is required of students who are regularly enrolled. 

Spring 2018 Honors Seminars

300-400 level, limited to 15-20 students per class, satisfies upper division requirements, no prerequisites needed.

Enroll in an Honors Seminar for spring 2018! Registration is available in MyNIU.

This seminar will explore training in facilitative communication skills and attention to one’s relationship with the helping occupations in the community.

Taught by Suzanne Degges White

Tuesdays and Thursdays
9:30-10:45 a.m.
Graham Hall 339

Thinking about how you can improve health outcomes or patient experiences? The World Health Organization recommends interprofessional education. Learn about, from and with each other through readings, discussion and group projects to learn about different professions and develop your skills with collaboration. In this class, you will participate in interactive learning with other disciplines to prepare you for “deliberatively working together” to improve community and population health care systems. This seminar will complement coursework across a wide range of majors.

Taught by Beverly Henry

This seminar is online

Nelson Mandela once said, "Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination."

This is a bold statement – do you agree? Many organizations including UNICEF, UNESCO, the U.S. Department of State and the International Olympic Committee do. That is why they invest heavily in the idea of sport for diplomacy. In this course, you will explore this issue in detail. You will examine the potential of sport to build bridges and promote goodwill internationally. You will look at success stories as well as the challenges facing this emerging field of study. Through readings, guest lectures and discussions, as well as reviews of this topic in film and the popular media, you will gain an in-depth understanding.

Professor Wright, a Fulbright Scholar and recognized figure in this field, will share current insights from projects he supports around the globe.

Taught by Paul Wright

Tuesdays and Thursdays
2-3:15 p.m.
Anderson Hall 248

This course is as an opportunity to explore the intertwining of personal spirituality, epistemology, our life work and leadership. It is inclusive of all religions, faiths, beliefs and the lack thereof. Class content is based in part on the experiences and suggestions of students in the class and will include practical ideas for using spirituality as a way to lead consciously. Particular emphasis will be placed on three aspects of spiritually centered leadership: our personal beliefs and practices, spirituality with work colleagues and spirituality with those whom our organization serves.

Taught by Bill McCoy

Mondays
6-8:40 p.m.
Campus Life Building 110

This seminar examines questions of justice and interest as they arise in the context of war. You will study the views of political philosophers and historians, including Thucydides, Machiavelli, Kant, Hobbes and Walzer.

Taught by Andrea Radasanu

Tuesdays and Thursdays
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
DuSable Hall 464

Adolescents are a very stereotyped group in our culture. Most of the stereotypes we have about adolescents are negative. Adolescents are often considered to be rebellious, moody or sex-crazed. In this course, we will consider adolescent development from a scientific perspective with the goal of developing a more balanced view of adolescents. The course will examine fundamental changes, such as puberty and brain changes, that occur during adolescence. We will also consider the way in which contexts, such as families, peers and schools impact development. Finally, we’ll consider developmental issues, like identity development (thinking about who you are and who you will become) and autonomy development (becoming independent from parents), which are crucial to healthy adjustment.

Taught by Nina Mounts

Monday, Wednesday and Friday
9-9:50 a.m.
Psychology/Computer Science Building 210 435

In-course Contract

An in-course contract is an individualized project undertaken in a particular class to allow the class to fulfill honors requirements. To begin the process of completing an in-course contract, you will need to either make an appointment with an adviser or attend an in-course contract workshop. This requirement is designed to prepare you for the expectations of an in-course contract experience as a student in the University Honors Program, as well as give you the opportunity to ask questions. At any time, you can learn more about the process by reviewing the overview and synopsis form (to be submitted with a completed application page). Completed in-course contract proposals are due to the University Honors Program no later than the second Friday of the academic semester in which the class is being undertaken.

Capstone

A capstone is an individualized and culminating project undertaken with the supervision of a faculty member – of your choosing. To begin the process of completing a capstone, you will need to either make an appointment with an adviser or attend a capstone workshop. This requirement is designed to prepare you for the expectations of a capstone experience as a student in the University Honors Program, as well as give you the opportunity to ask questions. Completed capstone proposals are due to the University Honors Program no later than the second Friday of the academic semester in which the capstone is being undertaken.