Fall Courses

For more information about the available TLC bundles, please email TLC@niu.edu.

Fall 2018

Open to all Freshmen

Building Your Career Experiences from Day One

This TLC will provide you the opportunity to apply concepts learned in UNIV 101, COMS 100 and SOCI 170 to real world applications. By the end of this TLC, experience you will gain a variety of transferable skills valued in today's labor market as well as earn a valid resume entry indicating you contributed to a project with Econ Illinois in partnership with the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office.


  • SOCI 170 Introduction to Sociology (Section T804, Class number 3957)
    Monday, Wednesday 11 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
  • COMS 100 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (Section T805, Class number 4369)
    Tuesday, Thursday 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • UNIV 101 University Experience (Section T806, Class number 2530)
    Tuesday, Thursday 10-10:50 a.m.

Gender, Sexuality and Activism

How does gender, sexuality, and identity affect your life and society? What can you do to make the world a fairer and more welcoming place for people of all genders and sexualities? This TLC engages you in thinking about how your sex, gender, and sexuality affect your life and the world around you, and teaches you how to work through nonprofits and civil society to affect change.

  • NNGO 100 - Community Leadership and Civic Engagement (Section T002, Class Number 5044)
    Tuesday, Thursday 2-3:15 p.m.
  • WGST 101 - Women, Sex, and Gender Today (Section T001, Class Number 7580)
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday noon-12:50 p.m.
  • UNIV 101 - University Experience (Section T913, Class Number 5157)
    Monday, Wednesday 1-1:50 p.m.

The Creative Path to Student Success

You know that you love to move, or act, or sing, or paint, or shape or mold, or make. Now, there is a way you can take your young talent and use it to launch your college career. “The Creative Path” TLC, open to all majors, can help you start down the road to success, and help you stay on that road throughout your four years.

Participation in this TLC makes you eligible for $500 tuition aid toward your sophomore year.


  • ART 100 Drawing Foundation I (Section T003, Class Number 1996)
    Monday, Wednesday 11 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
  • ENG 103 Rhetoric and Composition (Section TLC2, Class Number 6649)
    Tuesday, Thursday 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • UNIV 101 University Experience (Section T521, Class Number 2521)
    Tuesday, Thursday 10-10:50 a.m.

Leadership for Social Change

Are you passionate about being a leader in our society? Do you want to make a difference in the world around you? This TLC will focus on how to engage in ethical leadership through promoting social change. You will have an opportunity to work with other students who are energized by advancing social justice, change, and global responsibility. Topics will include learning about leadership, ethical decision-making, social movements and communication skills.


  • CAHE 100 Foundation of Social Change Leadership (Section T002, Class Number 7470)
    Monday, Wednesday 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • UNIV 101 University Experience - Specialized Section (Section T104, Class Number 2503)
    Tuesday, Thursday 10-10:50 a.m.

Psychology: Growing a Mindset for Success

What motivates you? How can we motivate others? Why do some people stay motivated when faced with challenges and others do not? These questions are at the heart of being successful students, leaders, teammates, parents, and employees. This TLC engages you in critical thinking about fixed and growth mindset research and considers ways to apply these concepts.


  • PSYC 102 Introduction to Psychology (Section T207, Class number 7618)
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1-1:50 p.m.
  • ENGL 103 Rhetoric and Composition (Section TLC4, Class number 2799)
    Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m.
  • UNIV 101 University Experience (Section T206, Class number 2507)
    Monday, Wednesday, 11-11:50 a.m.

Psychology: Explorations of Perception

Consider for a moment what you believe. How did you come to shape your beliefs? This TLC will challenge you to think critically about what you believe and discover principles of human behavior that contribute to perception. You will have an opportunity to engage in reflective writing and discussions that will change you to make meaning of and integrate your experience into your identity.


  • PSYC 102 Introduction to Psychology (Section T204, Class number 3160)
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1-1:50 p.m.
  • UNIV 101 University Experience (Section T209, Class number 2508)
    Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:20 a.m.

Hip Hop, Writing and Research

Do you love music? Interested in learning more about research? This TLC will provide opportunities to learn about research through writing and rapping. You will explore different methods for researching information and will complete a final assignment that merges your perspective of hip hop, Black English, and their future goals.


  • BKST 200 Racism in American Culture and Society (Section T120, Class number 5411)
    Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m.
  • BKST 302 Topics in Black Studies (Section T121, Class number 4526)
    Monday, Wednesday 10:30-11:45 a.m.
  • UNIV 101 University Experience (Section T122, Class number 2505)
    Tuesday, Thursday 2-2:50 p.m.

Open to Students Interested in Health Related Fields

Open to Freshman Engineering Majors

Calculus and Physics for Engineers

If you an engineering major and taking Physics I with Calculus I, this TLC is for you! The paired set of courses will allow you to explore the concepts of calculus while learning to apply them in physics.


  • MATH 229 Calculus I (Section T303, Class number 3043)
    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10-10:50 a.m.
  • PHYS 253 Fundamentals of Physics I: Mechanics (Section T301, Class number 3765)
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday noon-12:50 a.m.
  • PHYS 253L Fundamentals of Physics I: Mechanics Laboratory (Section T302, Class number 3408)
    Wednesday 3-5:50 p.m.

Open to CHANCE Students

Exploring Identity through Paired Reading and Writing

Refine your literacy and communication skills. This TLC allows you to develop your writing and reading, thus helping you to succeed in classes, daily life, and beyond.


  • LTRE 100P Communication Skills (Reading) (Section T116, Class number 1172)
    Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m.
  • ENGL 103P Rhetoric and Composition (Section TLC3, Class number 4572)
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9-9:50 a.m.