Origins and Influences Pathway

"Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it." –George Santayana
"You don't know where you're going until you know where you've been." –English Proverb

Our past shapes everything about our current world – language, culture, politics and traditions, to name a few. That also means our current society sets a path for our future. To really understand who we are and where we're going, we have to understand who we were and where we came from. You'll take a long view of our past, reaching back to the beginning of our planet and the development of humans as a species. At the same time, you'll examine current issues like race, gender and sexuality in our society.

Work with your advisor to select one course from each category below to earn your Origins and Influences Pathway focus (all are three credit courses).

Courses in Creativity and Critical Analysis

  • ARTH 282 - Introduction to World Art
  • ENGL 315 - Readings in Shakespeare
  • EPFE 321 - History of American Education
  • FLCL 271 - Classical Mythology
  • FLRU 361 - Russian Culture and Literature
  • HIST 170 - World History I: Problems in the Human Past
  • IDSP 225 - Introduction to Medieval Society and Culture
  • MUHL 220 - Introduction to Western Musical Traditions
  • POLS 251 - Introduction to Political Philosophy
  • THEA 370 - History of Theatre and Drama I
  • WGST 202 - Women and Cultural Expression
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Courses in Nature and Technology

  • ANTH 240 - Becoming Human: Discovering Human Origins
  • ARTH 331 - Art, Nature and Technology 1400 to 1800
  • GEOL 103 - Planetary and Space Science
  • GEOL 120 - Introductory Geology
  • PHYS 162 - Elementary Astronomy
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Courses in Society and Culture

  • ANTH 105 - Archaeology Myths and Mysteries
  • ARTH 310 - Studies in Ancient and Middle-Eastern Art
  • ARTH 330 - Studies in Early Modern European Art
  • GEOG 202 - World Regional Geography
  • HIST 364 - African-American History to 1865
  • HIST 381 - Colonial Latin America
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Contact Us

Associate Professor Ed Klonoski
Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Curriculum
815-753-7037
eklonoski@niu.edu
Donna Smith
Catalog Editor, Curriculum Coordinator
Williston 321
815-753-0126
dsmith@niu.edu