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Course Schedule

Take a look at the courses offered during our summer session. There are three terms with a variety of classes. When you register, indicate which courses you’re interested in taking.

May Term: May 16 – June 9

Classes meet Tuesday - Friday. No classes on Monday.

Art 130 Elements of Design M. Bolinger 9:00 - 11:50 am
Art Hist. 189

Public Art in Chicago

*Meets in Chicago, @ The Flats, 829 S. Wabash

M. de Baca 9:00 - 11:50 am
Business 230 Financial Accounting A. Gammel 9:00 - 11:50 am
Chemistry 105 The Chemistry of Art D. Wiser 9:00 - 11:50 am
Economics 130 Applied Statistics R. Lemke 9:00 - 11:50 am
Economics 313 Money and Banking C. Tuttle 9:00 - 11:50 am
Education 501 Intro Teacher Research D. Odugu 9:00 - 11:50 am
English 111 Introduction to Professional Writing J. Stockdale 9:00 - 11:50 am
English 206 American Environmental Literature B. Goluboff 1:00 - 3:50 pm
Mathematics 110 Calculus I G. Pryjma 1:00 - 3:50 pm
Music 267 Disney: Music and Culture S. Edgar 9:00 - 11:50 am
Philosophy 210 Environmental Ethics R. Zhu 1:00 - 3:50 pm
Sociology and Anthropology 208 Sociology of Terrorism A. Sadri 1:00 - 3:50 pm
Sociology and Anthropology 240 Deviance D.M. Boden 9:00 - 11:50 am

June Term: June 12–July 7 

Classes meet Monday - Thursday. No classes on Friday.

Cinema Studies 175 Introduction to Film Studies E. Cakaroz 1:00 - 3:50 pm
Economics 110 Principles of Economics K. Grote 9:00 - 11:50 am
English 245 Novel Writing Boot Camp J. Corey 9:00 - 11:50 am
English 265 Magic and Muggles: Reading J.K. Rowling
and Roald Dahl
J. Stockdale 9:00 - 11:50 am
Environmental Studies 110 Introduction to Environmental Studies B. Goluboff 1:00 - 3:50 pm
Math 110 Calculus I S. Hamed 9:00 - 11:50 am
Music 264 History Of Rock N. Wallin 9:00 - 11:50 am
Neuroscience 118 Our Amazing Brain S. DebBurman 1:00 - 3:50 pm
Philosophy 156 Logic & Styles of Argument C. McCracken 9:00 - 11:50 am
Sociology and Anthropology 230 Anthropology of Sports H. Swyers 1:00 - 3:50 pm

July Term: July 10–Aug 3

Classes meet Monday - Thursday. No classes on Friday.

Biology 103 Human Biology L. Foss 9:00 - 11:50 am
Cinema Studies 382 Reel Journalism: Hollywood and the Newsroom M. Conklin 9:00 - 11:50 am
English 243 Vampires and Villains: Writing Literary Horror J. Berger 9:00 - 11:50 am
Math 110 Calculus I S. Hamed 9:00 - 11:50 am
Politics 130 Great Political Ideas R. Rincon 1:00 - 3:50 pm
Theater 226 Improvisation Techniques D. Knoell 1:00 - 3:50 pm


May Term: May 16 - June 9

ART 130: Elements of Design

Introduction to basic design problems in various two- and three-dimensional techniques and media. A prerequisite for most other courses in studio art.

ART HISTORY 189: Public Art in Chicago

*Meets in Chicago, @ The Flats, 829 S. Wabash

In this course, we will explore what makes for “good” public art and how artists conceive of, propose, and execute projects intended for the public sphere. Public art is vital to the spirit of a city and the quality of life of its residents. From “the Picasso” to Jaume Plensa’s fountains, from Anish Kapoor’s iconic Cloud Gate (“the Bean”) to Buckingham Fountain, Chicago is an international flagship site of public art. Attesting to its importance, Mayor Rahm Emanuel proclaimed 2017 as the “Year for Public Art” in Chicago. We will use the city of Chicago as a text to consider prominent public artworks as well as the hidden gems tucked away in neighborhoods, many of which include historically ethnic enclaves (e.g., Pilsen, Chinatown, Bronzeville) and/or concentrations of other minority populations (e.g., Boystown).

BUSN 230: Financial Accounting

Methods, practices, and concepts underlying the communication of relevant financial information to external parties. Development of the accounting model, measurement processes, data terminology and classification, internal control, interpretation and uses of financial statements. Prerequisites: ECON 110 and either MATH 110 or MATH 160, both with grades of C- or better.

CHEM 105: The Chemistry of Art

This course will explore fundamental principles of chemistry and the scientific method through the lens of art. The course will introduce concepts necessary for an understanding of the electromagnetic spectrum; the chemical and physical principles that help to explain color; the chemical composition and interactions of atoms and molecules as they apply to pigments, dyes, binders, glazes, paper, fabrics, and metals; as well as the chemical changes active in processes like fresco painting, etching and photography. Building on a fundamental understanding of chemical and physical principles at work in the materials used to create art, the course will culminate with an exploration of case studies in the use of technology for art conservation and/or the detection of forgeries. The course format will include lecture, some short laboratory exercises, and a field trip. Not applicable toward the major or minor. (Meets GEC Natural and Mathematical Sciences Requirement.)  

ECON 130: Applied Statistics

Distribution analysis, sampling theory, statistical inference, and regression analysis, with emphasis on the application of statistical techniques using spreadsheet software to analyze economic and business issues. Students who have taken this course will not receive credit for MATH 150. Prerequisite or corequisite: ECON 129.

ECON 313: Money & Banking

Analysis of bank and nonbank financial institutions. Topics include the S&L crisis, the impact of the 1980 and 1982 deregulation acts, the changing role of the Federal Reserve and the ability to conduct effective monetary policy, and bank asset and liability management. Prerequisite: ECON 220.

EDUC 501: Introduction to Teacher Research

This course provides the MAT candidate with an introduction to educational research. Topics include the context of teacher research, an introduction to multiple varieties of teacher research, with an emphasis on action research, as well as grounding in quantitative and qualitative research methods. A case study of action research will be completed. Prerequisite: Second year MAT licensure candidate status.

ENGL 206: American Environmental Lit

An historically organized survey of the various rhetorics through which nature has been understood by Americans from the Puritans to contemporary writers: the Calvinist fallen landscape, the rational continent of the American Enlightenment, conservation and ‘wise use,’ and preservation and ‘biodiversity.’
Cross-listed as AMER 206, ES 206  

MATH 110: Calculus I

The calculus of functions of one variable. Limits, continuity, differentiation, and applications; a brief introduction to integration. Prerequisite: 3.5 years of high school mathematics (to include trigonometry) or Mathematics 105. (Meets GEC Natural and Mathematical Sciences Requirement.) 

MUSIC 267: Disney, Music and Culture    

Walt Disney created an empire both influencing and being influenced by society and culture since its inception. Disney films, music, propaganda, media, business practices, and merchandise have been imbedded into popular culture. Disney, Music, and Culture is an introduction to the history and content of the Disney Corporation, the films and soundtracks, and a critical look at them through the lenses of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and disability, among others. A major element of this course will involve viewing Disney films and analyzing critically based on the lenses mentioned above. The evolution of how Disney utilized music will also be examined at length. Cross-listed with American Studies. (Meets GEC Cultural Diversity Requirement.)

PHIL 210: Environmental Ethics

Examination of relationships between human beings and nature, drawing on literature, religion, and natural science as well as philosophy. What views have shaped our current perceptions, concerns, uses, and misuses of the natural world? What creative alternatives can we discover? How can these be applied to the practical problems of environmental ethics?
Cross listed as ES 210 

POLS 240: American Foreign Policy

Students in this course explore the major historical developments and ideologies that have shaped American foreign policy since the founding of the Republic. We also study the models of foreign policy decision-making and the foreign policy institutions of the national government on matters related to war and national security, trade and monetary policy, and the global environment. The role of civil society in foreign policy is also considered. Special emphasis is given to the post- 9/11 era.
Cross listed as AMER 241, IREL 240 

SOAN 208: Sociology of Terrorism

Terrorism has been part of the Western consciousness since the rise of anarchism a century ago. Events of September 11th, 2001, brought a new urgency to the examination of the global circumstances and forces that have given rise to the present brand of transnational and global terrorism. The newest mode of this phenomenon is visible in the public propaganda of ISIL and its affiliates in West Asia and North Africa. This course concentrates on sociological perspectives regarding specific traditions that have fostered terrorist ideologies and practices. The varieties of terrorism to be examined in this course include Christian (in the United States and Europe), Islamic (Shiite or Sunni branches), Buddhist, Sikh/Hindu, and secular terrorism of the left and the right. No prerequisites. (Meets GEC Cultural Diversity Requirement.)

SOAN 240: Deviance

How society defines deviants - its outcasts and outsiders - and how the people so defined respond to this categorization; the nature of normal and abnormal, legal and illegal. Do these categories have absolute moral meaning, or do they always depend on the particular society and era in which they are defined? Topics to be addressed include stigma and stereotyping, cross-cultural variations in gender roles, the status of the inmate, deviance as blocked opportunity, and the political mobilization of outsiders. Prerequisite: Sociology and Anthropology 110. (Meets GEC Cultural Diversity Requirement.)


June Term: June 12 - July 7 

CINE 175: Introduction to Film Studies

This course addresses basic topics in cinema studies, including: cinema technique, film production style, the basic language of film criticism, genres of cinema, movements from the history of cinema, and film criticism. Many topics are addressed through careful analysis of particularly important and representative films and directors. No prerequisites. Cross-listed as: AMER 175 

ECON 110: Principles of Economics

An introduction to both microeconomics, the theory of consumer and producer behavior, and macroeconomics, the determination of aggregate levels of production, employment, inflation, and growth. Application of economic principles to the analysis of current problems of the U.S. economy. No prerequisites.

ENGL 245: Novel Writing Boot Camp

An intensive course focusing on the craft of novel writing. Students will study the novel form and the possibilities and frameworks of different genres of fiction and hybrid prose. Students will draft their own novels and develop plans for completing their manuscripts and submitting them to publishers within the framework of the course. Group discussions and individual conferences. 

ENGL 265: Magic and Muggles: Reading J.K. Rowling and Roald Dahl

This course examines the work of J.K. Rowling and Roald Dahl. In reading Rowling’s Harry Potter series and select Dahl novels like The Witches and Matilda, we will consider the transgressive and transformative power of children’s imaginations—the serious work of mischief— in an adult world. As we engage with these fantastical texts and the criticism written about them, we will investigate themes like power and surveillance, purity and danger, abjection, and absurdity—as well as formal elements like voice, plot, character, humor, and symbolism. Although we will discuss the importance of these texts for an audience of children and young adults, we will also consider their appeal for an adult readership. Students will be asked to produce analytical and imaginative work in response to our course texts. Potential assignments include reader response essays, book reviews, critiques or syntheses of scholarly articles, and creative exercises in character or plot development.

ES 110: Intro to Environmental Studies

The environment is not only a natural place filled with trees and pandas, but a matrix in which all human economies and societies are embedded. Solving current environmental problems often involves closing feedback loops between political, social, and economic processes and the ecosystems from which they draw, and which they, in turn impact. For this reason, the scholarly study of environmental issues is inherently interdisciplinary, requiring a sophisticated appreciation not only of science, but also of the humanities and social sciences. This course is an introduction to the multifaceted and interdisciplinary nature of environmental problems and their solutions in today’s world. It emphasizes field trips and scientific content, particularly related to understanding biodiversity and ecosystems. It also offers perspectives on environmental issues from the humanities and/or social sciences. Specific topics and content may vary with the professor(s). No prerequisites. Intended for students interested in pursuing the Environmental Studies major.

MATH 110: Calculus I

The calculus of functions of one variable. Limits, continuity, differentiation, and applications; a brief introduction to integration. Prerequisite: 3.5 years of high school mathematics (to include trigonometry) or Mathematics 105. 

MUSC 264: History of Rock and Roll

This course covers the history of rock music from its origins in the blues and American country music to the diverse rock styles heard today. Analysis of performances and compositional styles of several familiar rock stars is included. Social and political influences will be addressed, but the focus will be on the music itself. No prerequisite.
Cross-listed as: AMER 264

NEUR 118 Our Amazing Brain

Our brains determine who we are. The human brain is made of billions of neurons that form trillions of connections with each other. With these neurons, we sense and perceive the world around us, integrate new experiences with old ones, form thoughts and actions, and create our unique personalities and consciousness. With the use of preserved brains, this course will help students with no prior experience in science appreciate how this amazing organ works and that dysfunction within it is the root cause of most neurological illnesses, ranging from addiction, schizophrenia and depression to cancer, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease.

PHIL 156: Logic and Styles of Arguments

Focus on the ‘rhyme and reason’ of language. Examination of the reasons arguments are constructed in the ways they are. Investigation of informal, Aristotelian, and propositional logics, with readings from magazine articles, advertisements, and classical philosophers. 

SOAN 230: Anthropology of Sports

This course examines Americans’ cultural construction of sports vis-a- vis other cultural conceptions, including the dominance of sports in religious, philosophical and governmental domains. We transition from our cross-cultural overview to focus on the Western conceit of mind-body dualism and its effects. This dualism makes sports a site for the reproduction of existing power dynamics of race and gender, but it also makes sports a realm of liberatory potential (cf Jackie Robinson, Title IX). Students in this course should expect to follow sports events throughout the semester and should be prepared for field assignments. (Meets GEC Cultural Diversity requirement.)


July Term: July 10 - August 3

BIOL 103: Human Biology

This course examines the structure and function of many of the major organ systems of the human body. In so doing, it will introduce students to a range of important topics related to human beings. These will include the nature of science as a discipline, and the biological basis of health, disease, nutrition, exercise, sensation, and reproduction.

CINE 382: Reel Journalism: Hollywood and the Newsroom

The news media has been a popular subject for Hollywood since the inception of filmmaking. Whether it’s the story pursued by journalists or reporters’ own narratives, movies such as Citizen Kane, All The President’s Men, Good Night & Good Luck, and, most recently, Spotlight won awards, entertained millions, and grossed millions more at the box office. In this course, we observe how ethical standards are portrayed on the big screen and explore filmmaking techniques.and metaphors. Students also will gain perspectives of important U.S. history that continue to be relative in current events.

ENGL 243: Vampires and Villains: Writing Literary Horror

This course teaches the art of writing gothic and literary horror. We’ll look at examples of the various elements of fiction as used in the genre—voice, character analysis, plot, narration, symbolism, point of view, and theme, with a primary focus on various ways to sustain and build suspense— and use those as a model for our own creative work. The course will ask students to write short stories, participate in group workshops and discussion, attend individual conferences, and revise their work. Course reading may include: Edgar Allan Poe, Kelly Link, Shirley Jackson, Octavia Butler, Alvin Schwartz, Rosemary Timperley, Roald Dahl, Edith Wharton, Brian Evenson, Amelia Gray, Elizabeth Bowen, Blake Butler, Henry James, and Helen Oyeyemi.

MATH 110: Calculus I

The calculus of functions of one variable. Limits, continuity, differentiation, and applications; a brief introduction to integration. Prerequisite: 3.5 years of high school mathematics (to include trigonometry) or Mathematics 105.

POLS 130: Great Political Ideas

What is a person’s place within a larger community? How ought we to organize our societies to create peace and/or justice? These are the fundamental questions political theorists ask. This course is an introduction to basic concepts of political thought, as well as a review of some major thinkers in political theory, both ancient and modern. Emphasis is on learning to read theoretical texts and interpreting them. Course readings are likely to include works by Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Tocqueville, Marx, Mill, and others.

THTR 226: Improvisation Techniques

This hands-on course will begin with a survey of the major philosophies of improvisational comedy groups (Second City, Annoyance, TheatreSports), and will incorporate paper assignments and field trips to Chicago to see a variety of improv performances. The primary focus of the course will be to exercise the practical essentials of the world-renowned ‘Improv Olympic’ (iO) long-form style of Chicago improvisation. We will immerse ourselves in techniques leading to proficiency with ‘The Harold,’ a thirty-minute group improvisation created in the moment from an audience suggestion. By the end of the course, we will be ready to improvise for audiences.