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Honors Seminars


Enroll in an Honors Seminar for fall 2017! Registration for fall courses begins Monday, April 3, in MyNIU.

Fall 2017

The political/constitutional crisis now engulfing the Trump presidency reminds us once again how crucial psychological factors can be in shaping political behavior. The interplay between psychology and politics will be the focus of this course.

Political psychology is important to understanding how people interpret political information and make decisions to the role that emotion, identities and group dynamics play in forming opinions and evaluating political options.

Taught by April K. Clark, Ph.D.

Tuesday & Thursday
9:30-10:45 a.m.
DuSable Hall 464

The Bohr-Einstein Debates and Measurement in Quantum Physics (PHYS 359) The Bohr-Einstein Debates and Measurement in Quantum Physics (PHYS 359) The Bohr‐Einstein dialogue, a series of public arguments on the correctness of quantum mechanics as a description of the atomic world, sparked one of the deepest conversations on the nature of physical reality and knowledge and the role of measurement in it. This largely self-contained seminar course will present major themes on these aspects for the uninitiated.

Taught by Dr. Vishnu Zutshi

Monday & Wednesday
12:30-1:45 p.m.
Faraday Hall 237

This course will be partial exploration of the history and evolution of communications technology from Gutenberg’s printing press to that Google algorithm that just served up what you were searching for.

  • Do the ubiquitous gadgets in our lives serve to make us more human, or alienate us from each other?
  • Is artificial intelligence  something to be championed, or should we proceed with caution?
  • Is all of that time we spend looking at screens changing the way we read and process information?

These are just a few of the questions we will consider.

Taught by Jes Cisneros, Ph.D.

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

You have probably heard the phrase, “it’s all mental” from a coach, parent or teammate. But how much of sport and exercise is mental?

While this question remains in doubt, there are strategies in mental training that can enhance performance, regardless of setting. This class will show you why you know the strategies and further your ability to apply knowledge gained into your specific area of interest.

Taught by Todd Gilson, Ph.D.

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

Are you interested in examining how popular culture represents higher education and how these representations affect various forms of identity?

Watching and analyzing different films, TV shows, comics, and other pop culture, like:

  • Big Bang Theory
  • Family Guy
  • Pitch Perfect
  • Monsters University
  • Animal House
  • And, many more!

Then join us for a fun exploration of the portrayal of higher education.

Taught by Katy Jaekel, Ph.D.

Tuesday & Thursday
11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Graham Hall 422

Participate in a space for a critical first-person approach to learning. This course will explore the emerging field of mindfulness in education: the texts, the practices, evidence of effectiveness and contemporary applications in K-12 and university studies.

Taught by Leslie Sassone, Ph.D.

Tuesday & Thursday
9:30-10:45 a.m.
Graham Hall 435

Contact Us

University Honors Program 
Campus Life Building 110
DeKalb, IL 60115

Phone: 815-753-0694