Summer 2015 Courses

Summer 2015

Regular Session
June 15 - August 9, 2015

Off-Campus Courses
Online Courses


Course Descriptions



PLEASE CALL 815-753-5200 for permit course information. Course details may change. For the most up-to-date information, please see our online listings:

ATTENTION BGS STUDENTS: You will apply for graduation during the semester in which you register for your final term. You should meet with your adviser to determine that you are registering for the correct courses. You and your adviser must be certain that your file in Registration and Records is complete and accurate with all documents (transcripts, grade changes, substitutions, adviser approval letters) and information necessary for graduation. Please carefully review your Academic Advising Report for accuracy. It is your responsibility to contact your adviser with any questions regarding descrepancies that appear on this report. You may review your Academic Advising Report through MyNIU

The deadlines for applying for Summer/August 2015 graduation is June 15, 2015. You must have at least 90 total semester hours to apply for graduation. The $29.00 graduation fee will be billed to your student account. Absolutely no late applications will be accepted. The deadline for applying for December/Fall 2015 graduation is September 1, 2015.

Registration for Summer 2015 begins the week of April 6, 2015. Registration appointments are assigned based on the number of cumulative hours. Beginning early March, students may check MyNIU for their appointment day and time. Students may register on or after the assigned appointment day and time as long as there are not any holds assigned to their record. All new undergraduate students are allowed to register after meeting with an academic advisor following their orientation session (providing the appointment day and time has been reached).

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ANTH 341: CE1, Class #3290

Primatology takes a look at the breadth and depth of diversity present in the Primate Order. Primates can be active during different times of the day, they eat from different major food groups to meet their basal metabolic rates, and they behave in certain ways to avoid the ris of predation. In essence, primates adapt to their environments and ecological niches to survive and reproduce. Number of offspring varies across primates, and the degree of parental investment differs as well. We will take a look at primate behavior and ecology to gain an understanding of the variation across the Primate Order. Classroom discussions will be enhanced by students’ first-hand experience observing primates at either Brookfield Zoo or Lincoln Park Zoo for their independent zoo projects.

Catalog Description: Crosslisted as BIOS 341X. Study of nonhuman primates, both living and extinct. Focus on primate biology in its broadest sense. Topics include primate taxonomy, behavior, natural history traits, ecology, reproduction, feeding and locomotor adaptations, anatomy, and paleontology. Lectures and laboratory. PRQ: ANTH 240 or consent of department.

Lily Malekfar (3 credit hours)

  • NIU-Naperville, Monday and Wednesdays, 06/15 - 08/05, 6:30 - 9:15 pm.



BIOS 442/542


Evolution and the Creationist Challenge
BIOS 442/542: YE1, Class #s 3291/3292

The perennial culture wars raging in the USA are expressed in many areas of society. One area of attack is the opposition by the Religious Right to the teaching of evolution in public schools. Since before the famous "Scopes Monkey Trial" in 1925, school boards and legislatures have tried to eliminate, add equal doses of creationism to, or water down the coverage of evolution. They have targeted evolution as a cause for many of their perceived "social evils," don't understand science, and cannot separate evolution from "Social Darwinism."

This course will introduce students to the history of the controversy, define the opposition, and explain where each side gets their ideas and what they believe. We will then explore philosophy of science in enough detail to be able to separate a scientific question from a non-scientific question. A preliminary survey of primarily biological evolution will provide students with the necessary information to counter creationist arguments. This course is designed to give students the ability to not only defend evolution but, more importantly, attack non-scientific intrusions into the public school system. It is not a course in biological evolution but complementary, and can be taken by any upper-level undergraduate with an interest in science and society.

Catalog Description: Evolutionary theory and tenets of present-day anti-evolutionists with emphasis on providing students with the skills to articulate the theory of evolution as it applies to the biological sciences. Not designed as a substitute for a formal course in evolutionary theory. Recommended for students pursuing careers in secondary science education.

Ronald Toth (3 credit hours)

  • Online with a face-to-face meeting at NIU-Rockford, Thursday, 06/18, 6:30 - 9:15 pm.



Performance in Speech Communication
COMS 309: QE1, Class #3329

Catalog Description: Multidimensional approach to oral communication. Emphasis on developing effective speech habits: voice production, voice quality, and articulation. Oral communication in speech performance for radio/television, teaching, and other professions where oral performance is particularly important. PRQ: COMS 100.

Judy Santacaterina (3 credit hours)

  • NIU-Rockford, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 05/11 - 06/04, 6:30 - 9:15 pm. NOTE: This is an inter-session course.



Major Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
COMS 390: CE1, Class #3295

This course will examine the life and work of the “master of suspense,” Alfred Hitchcock, who began his directorial career ninety year ago. Even though the majority of his films are thrillers, they are also highly personal films revealing many of Hitchcock’s fear and emotions that he could only express through cinema. Films from his British period through his American masterpieces will be viewed for discussion and for understanding the work ethic of this complex artist.

Catalog Description: Focus on the work of a major film director using the auteur theory. Artistry, vision, and social importance will be examined against the institutional background of film production. Repeatable up to six hours if subject is different.

Matthew Swan (3 credit hours)

  • NIU-Naperville, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 05/11 - 06/04, 6:30 - 9:15 pm. NOTE: This is an inter-session course.



Communication and Gender
COMS 410: DE1, Class #3294

Are women from Venus and men from Mars? Was Abraham Lincoln our first homosexual president? How do popular media represent transgender people? This course will explore how gender is a social construction with matierial effects, and how gender both constructs and is constructed by various forms of communicaiton. After addressing key topics in the scholarly study of gender (including sex, gender, sexuality, intersexuality, transgender issues, intersectionality, and sexual assault), students will gain an understanding of different ways that communication researchers approach the study of gender in areas such as relationships; speech and nonverbal behaviors; media audiences, representations, and industries; and public persuasion and great speakers.

In this 4-week class, students will take exams each week (with both objective and short answer questions), write an original summary of published communicaiton research, complete class activities at each meeting, and share artifacts demonstrating course concepts.

Catalog Description: Relationships among communication, gender, and culture through a variety of theoretical and critical perspectives. Examination of research on verbal and nonverbal aspects of communication as they interact with gender in contexts such as interpersonal, organizational, political, and media.

Kathryn Cady (3 credit hours)

  • NIU-Hoffman Estates, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 07/13 - 08/09, 6:30 - 9:15 pm. NOTE: This is a 4 week course.





Current Topics in Economics
Economic Analysis of Recent Legislation
ECON 370D: YE1, Class #3296

This course explores the role of economic analysis in public policy. It will examine the role government in a market econmomy and the analysis of specific public policies.

Catalog Description: Topics of current importance to consumers, resource owners, business, and government. May be repeated up to 9 hours as topics change and can be taken concurrently. PRQ: ECON 260 and ECON 261.

Sowjanya Dharmasankar (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 06/15 - 08/08.





Advanced Essay Composition
ENGL 300A: YE1, Class #3297

This course focuses on advanced writing techniques including peer editing, revision, development, clarity, organization and grammar. It will focus on the memoir or personal memory, and but also tackle PowerPoint and the MLA-based research paper. Whether you are struggling with the basics, wanting more challenge, or eager to branch out into new avenues of writing, this course will help.

Catalog Description: Writing expressive, persuasive, and informative essays and developing appropriate stylistic and organizational techniques. Open to both majors, minors, and non-majors.

Laura Bird (3 credit hours)

  • Online with 2 face-to-face meetings at NIU-Naperville, Tuesdays, 05/12, and 06/02, 6:30 - 9:15 pm. NOTE: This is an inter-session course



ENGL 308


Technical Writing
ENGL 308: YE1, Class #3298

In this fully online class, students will study the principles and strategies for planning, writing, and revising technical documents common in government, business, and industry. Some of the topics covered in this class are audience analysis and purpose, writing effectively, simplifying coplex information, writing instructions, and document design.

The class will “meet” in Blackboard Learn where students will find video lectures, video demonstrations, assignment information, discussion boards, and a journal space. Students will also use an online space provided by the textbook publisher to watch video presentations, complete exercises related to the weekly reading assignment, and take quizzes.

The e-textbook Technical Communication, 10th edition, by Mike Markel, is included in the online course space, YourTechCommClass. An access code can be purchased at the University Bookstore and VCB. It can also be purchased online at Students can also register their access code at this address.

Catalog Description: Principles and strategies for planning, writing, and revising technical documents common in government, business, and industry (e.g., manuals, proposals, procedures, newsletters, brochures, specificaitons, memoranda, and formal reports). Topics include analysis of audience and purpose, simplifying complex information, document design, and project management.

Jan Knudsen (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 06/15 - 08/08.



GEOG 253


Environment and Society
GEOG 253: YE1, Class #3299

This course acts as a survey of global environmental problems in which humans are playing a role. In order to best convey these complex issues, this course will incorporate the basic physical/ecological principles of the earth’s environmental systems as well as an historical perspective on the environment movement and resource use. By the end of this course, students should be able to: 1) identify and describe major global environmental problems, 2) critically evaluate scientific studies and arguments, 3) possess an “international”perspective on global environmental problems, and 4) apply and relate material covered in this course to their lives.

Catalog Description: Introduction to the study of human-environment interactions from a geographic perspective, with emphasis on the role of humans in changing the face of the earth. Fundamentals of environment science as well as global and local issues, related to human population growth, agriculture, water resources, biodiversity, forest resources, energy use, climate change, and environmental health.

David Goldblum (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 06/15 - 08/08.



GEOG 256/556


Maps and Mapping/Fundamentals of Mapping
GEOG 256/556: YE1, Class #s 3300/3301

Though maps have been used by civilizations for well over 5,000 years, practically all aspects of mapping today involve computers – from the collection of real-world data by GPS or satellites, to drafting and printing. Rather than study the history of maps and mapping, we will instead study the concept of maps as tools of modern communication and visualization. This course is also the starting point for NIU’s certificate of undergraduate study in Geographic Information Systems (in addition to applying toward the B.G.S.) and is required for several further courses in geography.

Catalog Description, GEOG 256: Introduction to maps as models of our earth, tools of visualization, and forms of graphic communication. Use of satellite and aerial imagery, land surveying, and geographic information systems in map production. Thematic maps and how they are used. Map design for informational and persuasive purposes. Two hours of lecture, two hours of laboratory.
Catalog Description, GEOG 556: For graduate students with little formal background in mapping. Maps as models, tools of visualization, and forms of graphic communication. Processes of map production, including imagery and surveying. Principles of map design.

Devin Moeller (256) / Andrew Krmenec (556) (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 06/15 - 08/08.



GEOG 303


Water Resources and the Environment
GEOG 303: YE1, Class #3302

This course in intended to provide the student with a broader understanding of water and its importance to our lives and earth’s complex environment. We will consider issues facing water such as whether the supply of water will continue, how man-made developments have altered water availability, how pollution has eroded this natural resource, and where/how we can restore our water resources. Relevant video clips, online tutorials, and supplemental readings will be used throughout the course to provide examples of water-related issues affecting northern Illinois, other regions of the U.S., as well as various countries around the world.

Catalog Description: Evaluation of water as a resource; its availability, distribution, use, and quality. Operation of the hydrologic cycle and relationships between surface water and the soil, groundwater, and atmosphere. Human impacts on water resources and the mangament of water-related hazards, including flooding, drought, and the spread of disease. Lecture and field experience.

Sharon Ashley (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 06/15 - 08/08.



GEOG 359/557


Introduction to GIS/Fundamentals of GIS
GEOG 359/557: YE1, Class #s 3303/3304

Have you ever asked yourself, “Where in the world am I?” GEOG 359 may help you answer that question with an introductory study into the principles of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). In this online course, we develop skills in GIS, its components, and how it applies to our surrounding environment. This course is a primer for those who are interested in learning more about the dynamic and ever-changing world of GIS and its career applications.

Catalog Description, GEOG 359: Study of the fundamental principles of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Emphasis on the development of these systems, their components, and their integration into mainstream geography. Two hours of lecture, two hours of laboratory. PRQ: GEOG 256 or GEOG 352 or consent of department.
Catalog Description, GEOG 557: For graduate students with little formal background in GIS or computer mapping. Principles, components, and uses of geographic information systems. PRQ: GEOG 552 or GEOG 556, or consent of department.

Phil Young (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 06/15 - 08/08.



The Early Islamic World
HIST 319: CE1, Class #3305

This course will survey the social, political, religious, and economic history of the Islamic world from c. 500 to c. 1500. The course is divided into two parts: The first part of the course, ‘The Development of the Islamic world’, is a basic narrative (with several digressions) of the principal events. Topics starts with pre-Islamic Middle East; Arabian Culture and Society; Mohammad and the Rise of Islam; the Expansion of Islam in Asia, Africa, and Europe; the Fundamental Belief System of Islam; the Caliphates System. The second part of the course, ‘Elements of Islamic Civilization’, is arranged thematically. Topics include the development of various schools of Islamic theology, mysticism and philosophy. The Political, social, cultural and economic institutions will receive roughly equal treatment. While much of the focus will be on trends affecting the Islamic World as a whole, attention will also be given to selected regional issues. Students will be introduced to several primary materials in translation such as selections from the Qur’an, philosophical works, travelers’ accounts, and selections from medieval works of fiction.

Catalog Description: Social, political, religious, and economic history of the early Islamic world from c. 500 to c. 1500. Topics start with Arab culture and society just prior to the life of Muhammad and end with the initial conquests of the Ottomans.

Ismael Montana (3 credit hours)

  • NIU-Naperville, Saturdays, 06/20 - 08/08, 9 am - 4 pm.



POLS 100


American Government and Politics
POLS 100: YE1, Class #3306

Who does American government work for? The people? The elite? We will examine the major institutions and actors in American politics to answer these questions. We will pay particular attention to the role of organized interests and how the people act (or don’t act) collectively to solve the nation’s problems.

Catalog Description: Principles, processes, and problems of American government and politics. Examines the impact of changes in contemporary American politics.

Artemus Ward (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 06/15 - 08/08.



POLS 210


Introduction to Law and Courts
POLS 210: YE1, Class #3307

Catalog Description: Introduction to the study of law and courts, including legal theory, judicial institutions, legal actors, legal systems and ways in which law is interrelated with politics, public policy and society.

Mitch Pickerill (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 06/15 - 08/08.



POLS 356


American Political Thought 1
POLS 356: YE1, Class #3308

This course will examine American politics and history through the perspectives of those who have understood it best and influenced it most. We will engage with the original writings and speeches of some of the greatest statesmen in American history, including Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Our goal will be to appreciate the importance of the issues these leaders grappled with, to understand distinctively American approaches to politics, and to apply this appreciation and understanding to contemporary issues and problems.

Catalog Description: Analysis of the political thought of selected American statesmen and stateswomen having political responsibility at the critical moments in American history. Attention given to the relationship between the political philosophy in their thinking and the political actions they initiated. Recommended: At least sophomore standing.

S. Adam Seagrave (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 06/15 - 08/08.



POLS 381


Regional Security
POLS 381: YE1, Class #3309

South Asia has taken center stage in American foreign policy since the 9/11 attacks. Yet, not much is known about the politics of that region from an international politics perspective. This course is designed for students who are interested in matters of international security and peace. It provides a survey of salient topics such as nuclear proliferation, intrastate conflicts, conflict management and interstate rivalry. Students in this course will gain familiarity with these concepts through the regional lens of South Asia. Concurrently, students will develop a well-rounded understanding of the politics of cooperation in the region. Finally, by critically examining the security processes in the South Asia region, this course will highlight the repercussions of regional security issues on the international system.

Catalog Description: Survey of issues in regional security, highlighting the politics of cooperation and conflict in one or more regions of the world and analyzing the repercussions of regional security issues on the international system.

Shweta Moorthy (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 06/15 - 08/08.



PSYC 316


Introduction to Psychopathology
PSYC 316: YE1, Class #3318

The major objective in this course is for students to develop an understanding of psychopathology as a variant of normal behavior. It is hoped that students will come to view human behavior on a continuum where psychopathology represents a departure from normal behavior in that it is more extreme, exaggerated, disabling, maladaptive, distressing, and/or distrubing to thers within the context of the person’s environment or to society. Students are expected to become familiar with the various paradigmatic viewpoints exploring the depth of all diagnosable psycho-pathological disorders. Students will become familiar with the current methods of classification and diagnosis of psychopathology and gain an understanding of the treatments that are used to help individuals and families who experience these conditions. Finally, familiarization with research and research methods will be an important part of the course, as it reflects an essential component of the science of psychology.

Catalog Description: Introduction to the study of pathological behavior. The development, maintenance, and treatment of problem behavior discussed from theoretical, empirical, and clinical perspectives. PRQ: At least sophomore standing and PSYC 102, or consent of department.

Phillip Krasula (3 credit hours)

  • Online with 3 face-to-face meetings at NIU-Hoffman Estates, Tuesdays, 06/16 and 08/04, 6:30 - 9:15 pm.



PSYC 332


PSYC 332: YE1, Class #3310

Personality is defined as consistent behavior patterns and intrapersonal processes originating within the individual. This course will focus on the study of individuals and examine the major contributions made to the field of personality by renowned psychologists. Class sessions will enhance student learning on the psychoanalytic approach (Freudian Theory); New-Freudian theories; trait approach; biological approach; humanistic approach; behavioral/socal learning approach and the cognitive approach. Lecture and films will be presented in class sessions followed by open group discussion and activities to identify and clarify critical issues and concepts presented in the text.

Catalog Description: Consideration of basic factors in personality and the role of personality in the study of behavior. Discussion and critical examination of contemporary studies in personality, with emphasis on experimental evidence. PRQ: At least sophomore standing and PSYC 102, or consent of department.

Joanne Messina (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 06/15 - 08/08.



SOCI 170


Introduction to Sociology
SOCI 170: YE1, Class #3311

Sociology is an exciting discipline that analyzes and explains events and experiences within our personal lives, our communities, and across the globe. This course (100% online) will examine a wide range of topics including families and relationships, government and power, as well as inequalities of race and ethnicity and of gender and social class. We will also discover how one’s culture (and the different groups that we belong to) establishes the framework for how we perceive and experience life. Critical thinking skills are emphasized as a way to move beyond taken-for-granted assumptions of reality and to see the connections between personal experiences and broader social forces. The course will include the use of technology (an online textbook equipped with videos, practice quizzes, an anthology of sociological articles and cross-cultural perspectives to go along with traditional textbook content), student-teacher and student-student interaction, as well as self-reflection, to promote greater understanding of the social world in which we and others live.

Catalog Description: Basic survey of major substantive areas within sociology including key contributions to our understanding of the complex social world. Concepts and methods used by sociologists.

Kevin Ervin (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 06/15 - 08/08.



SOCI 288


SOCI 288: YE1, Class #3319

This course is designed to introduce students to the study of crime and criminals. The task is not an easy one. Crime is a controversial and multi-faceted topic and criminologists are faced with many difficult questions, including: How do we measure crime? Who commits crime, why, and where? What can we do to prevent crime? In this course, we will explore these questions as well as many others.

Catalog Description: Examination of the nature of crime and delinquency, crime statistics, and criminal behavior. Emphasis on social causes and theories of crime. PRQ: SOCI 170 or SOCI 250 or SOCI 260 or SOCI 270, and at least sophomore standing, or consent of department.

Keri Burchfield (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 06/15 - 07/11.



SOCI 356


Health, Aging, and Society
SOCI 356: YE1, Class #3312

This course will analyze the social factors that influence health and aging, particularly those based on race, class, and gender. We will meet face-to-face twice; once at the end of the first week (to make sure everyone is up to speed) and again at the end of the four weeks (to take the final exam). The remainder of the course will be web-based, using Blackboard. Through a combination of online modules and lectures, text readings, videos, activities, and discussions, we will learn that the social aspects of health and aging are just as important as the physical aspects, and health and aging are influenced by the social, political, and economic environments in which they are located. We will look at the latest trends in health and longevity, ageism, Social Security and retirement, aging as a women’s issue, the role of physicians, hospitals, and nursing homes in an aging society, caring for older adults, death and dying, and the Affordable Care Act.

Catalog Description: Examination of the social aspects of health and aging. Emphasis on health and aging as socially constructed, and social structures that constrain health and aging. Topics include inequality in morbidity, mortality, and the aging process; the social organization of health and aging services; caregiving; end-of-life issues; health financing and policy. PRQ: SOCI 170 or SOCI 250 or SOCI 260 or SOCI 270; or consent of department.

Robin Moremen (3 credit hours)

  • Online with 2 face-to-face meetings at NIU-Naperville, Saturdays, 06/20 and 07/11, 1-4 pm.



STAT 301


Elementary Statistics
STAT 301: YE1, Class #

Catalog Description: Introduction to basic concepts in statistical methods including probability, theoretical and empirical distributions, estimation, tests of hypotheses, linear regression and correlation, and single classification analysis of variance procedures. Not available for credit toward the major in mathematical sciences. Not used in major GPA calculation for mathematical sciences majors. PRQ: MATH 206 or MATH 210 or MATH 211 or MATH 229.

Carrie Helmig (3 credit hours)

  • Online with 4 face-to-face meetings at NIU-Naperville, Thurdays, 06/18, 07/02, 07/23, and 08/06, 6:30-9:15 pm.