Honors Seminars

Spring 2022

An Honors Seminar is a 300-400 level course reserved exclusively for honors students. Honors Seminars will rotate every semester and are limited to 15-20 students per class. No prerequisites are needed. Enroll in an Honors Seminar for spring 2022! Registration is available in MyNIU.

Interdisciplinary exploration of intersectional social justice in contemporary United States. The seminar will view the expansive subject of social justice through the lenses of History, Gender/Sexuality and Critical Race Studies, art and literature, popular nonfiction, and the social sciences. Course participants, together with the professor, will work to cultivate their own socially just learning community by engaging in practices based in mindfulness, radical self-care, and restorative justice. Assignments enlist analysis as well as reflection, creativity, and imagination.

  • Taught by Amanda Littauer, Ph.D., Department of History/Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality

Students will pursue an in-depth study of global mental health issues including the social determinants of mental health, psychiatric epidemiology and population health, global disasters and mental health outcomes, mental health systems and traditional healing, stigma, and mental health policy. Students will explore the Dominican Republic in depth.

  • Taught by Susan Caplan, Ph.D., College of Health and Human Sciences

This course explores how physics is involved in various aspects of sports, including equipment and performance. Students will engage their creativity to connect physical concepts and aspects of sports as well as modern technologies. Through this course, students will come to see how physics is part of every part of daily life.

*Human Diversity

In this discussion-based course, we will explore constructions of gender, race, class, sexuality, age, ability, and religion in the animated films of Walt Disney. By chronologically and topically examining the content of several Disney films through different lenses, students will explore topics such as political correctness, the intersection between time period and cultural product, colonialism, and challenging the narrative. Themes of social justice and empowerment will be woven throughout the course.

  • Taught by Melanie Koss, Ph.D., Department of Curriculum and Instruction

*Human Diversity

This course will introduce students to the history, policies, and politics surrounding the topic of undocumented immigrants in the United States. Questions such as "When did people become 'illegal'?" and "What are the policies that created the current context?" will be explored.

  • Taught by James Cohen, Ph.D., Department of Curriculum and Instruction

*Human Diversity, Society and Culture

Native Americans have a deep history and vibrant presence in Illinois, from their initial arrival ca. 12,000 years ago to thriving 21st century communities today. This course invites students to explore Indigenous Illinois, past and present, through a variety of media, from anthropological, historical, and critical Indigenous scholarship to archaeological artifacts and historical documents to contemporary Native fiction, poetry, art, and film. As team teachers, the professors will draw on their expertise including archaeological research on ancient Mississippian communities in central Illinois ca. 1000 CE (Bardolph) and broader historical research on Native Americans and activism in the 19th century (Joy), and their collective interests in contemporary Indigenous media, including art, poetry, and film.

Thinking about 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, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., School of Interdisciplinary Health Professions

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University Honors Program 
Campus Life Building 110
DeKalb, IL 60115


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