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Course Descriptions

The following is a list of the many interesting options to choose from, to fill your FYE & one of General Education Course Requirements as well. (check class availability for this semester)

ANTH 109b: FYE: Skeletons in Chicago’s Closets… (NS)

Interested in bones? Biological anthropologists study human biological diversity, including variation and changes in skeletal structure in past and present populations. This provocative course will introduce students to forensic anthropology and paleoanthropology, and will also compare skeletons of nonhuman species. A wealth of information can be extracted from bones - everything from an individual’s sex to speciation and evolutionary change. Students will engage in hands-on labs, discussions of readings, guest lectures by area researchers, a fascinating behind-the-scenes Field Museum tour, and will also explore a variety of other Chicago museums, skeletal collections, and exhibits. Read more...

ANTH 109c: FYE: Skin of Chicago (SB)

We wear about 9 lbs. of it every day, but we take most of its functions, uses and subtle cultural signals for granted. Perhaps because of its seemingly uncomplex nature, skin is usually overshadowed by other anatomical wonders of the human body like the heart and the brain. Skin, however, is something everyone should know inside and out, not just because we look out from inside of it every day, and not just because we should know how best to take care of our birthday suit, but because understanding the real functions of skin, the wonderous nature of it, completely obliterates judgements someone may make of a person based on their skin color. For anthropologists and humans alike, skin is where biology, physiology, comparative anatomy, culture, evolution, history, tradition, ritual, religion, art, reproduction, xenophobia and conflict all come together. Skin is a three-field anthropological frontier, synthesizing biology, archaeology, and cultural anthropology into one united force, searching to understand our species. Read more...

ART 109: FYE: Art, Architecture, and Urban Design in Chicago (FA)

This field-based course explores art in an urban environment, examines the relationships between art and urban culture, and considers the role of art in an urban setting. Students will gain a familiarity with Chicago as a cultural home; they will evaluate the role of public art in Chicago, examine the design and purpose of open spaces, and gain a familiarity with the Chicago school of architecture. Read more...

BLAW 109

This course examines the intersection between professionalism, ethics and law from a business perspective. We will look at these issues through the lens of major business-related Chicago scandals, predominantly non-political, and we will take multiple trips to visit some of the actors involved in these scandals, such as judges, lawyers and businessmen, who will further inform students about the importance of professionalism, ethics and compliance with laws. The topics covered in this course include defining professionalism, comparing professionalism to ethics, critically evaluating the differences and the importance of both, and discussing the legal process as it applies to white collar crimes. Read more...

CMT-THEA 109C: FYE: Chicago: The Audobon/ Northeastern/Redmoon Theater Partnership (FA)

The focus of this general education introduction to theater class will be its partnership with Chicago’s Redmoon Theater. Redmoon is an acclaimed community-based theater which brings theater to underserved Chicago communities. To facilitate this partnership, Northeastern students will meet one day a week for class at Audobon Elementary School, which has been adopted by Redmoon Theater. Northeastern students will have opportunities to work with Redmoon Theater artists in Audobon classrooms and participate in Redmoon initiatives and internships. Read more...

CS 109: FYE: The Information Age: Its Impact on Chicago's Culture (SB)

The 21st century has seen the genesis of the information age. Advances in computer technology have made immediate access to information and sophisticated processing of information commonplace in business, science, medicine, education, various professional areas, and many aspects of personal life. This course focuses on how this has impacted Chicago's culture and its diverse communities. Read more...

EDFN 109: Schooling Chicago: Communities, Public Education and Change (SB)

This course analyzes education in and outside Chicago Public Schools as a key social institution that both influences and is influenced by the larger society. You will be introduced to a wide array of topics and case studies that elaborate on the embeddedness of classrooms and schools in social environments across Chicago. This course will span a variety of school processes such as curricular differentiation, social and economic reproduction, voluntary associations (extra-curricular clubs, parent organizations), social groupings and peer influence. Particular attention is paid to questions about the relationship between social stratification and education. For example, how is the structure, content, and funding of schools across Illinois affected by wider social and political conflicts? Does educational attainment affect an individual’s economic status? Does education promote social equality? This course will introduce students to the use of new information technologies in K-12 education. Read more...

ELAD 109: FYE: School’s Out: Chicago’s Bouquet of Nontraditional Educational Programs (FA)

Chicago is renowned for its world class museums, music, theaters, gardens, zoos, and other attractions. From the Museum of Broadcasting to the Art Institute - all of these institutions have educational programs open to the citizens of Chicago. Explore them via internet, interviews, guest presenters, and field trips. Open your mind to the diversity of learning and teaching opportunities available outside of school in our city. This course will enable you to:
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ENGL 109: FYE: Literature and Diversity in Chicago (Title varies) (HU)

The various topics offered under this title explore the rich literary landscape in all its diversity in Chicago. Read more...

ENGL 109A: FYE: Chicago's Literary Diversity: Reading the Neighborhoods

This course explores how literary Chicago enters into discourses on race and ethnicity in twentieth century literature. Beginning with the Great Migration, students sample literary history produced by people who settled or passed through Chicago. Writers have used Chicago as a setting for major works and sociological studies have attempted to focus on Chicago's neighborhoods and how they were formed as a result of immigration from other countries and migration from the American South. The course examines several works from popular perspectives, fiction, autobiography, journalism, humor, folktales, cultural criticism and regional studies to reach a better understanding of the city. Read more...

ENGL 109B: FYE: Reading and Writing the Literary and Political Landscapes of Chicago

From the Haymarket “riot” of 1886 to the Pullman Strike of 1894 to the Black Sox scandal of 1919 to the trial of Abbie Hoffman and the Chicago Seven in the aftermath of the Democratic Convention of 1968, Chicago has, to say the least, a colorful and, quite literally, explosive political history. As with any major urban center in the United States, Chicago bears the historical scars and contemporary fruits of vibrant and violent class conflict, labor insurgencies, racial strife, immigrant struggles, and activism for social justice. Part and parcel of this historical legacy is a rich spate of cultural production that attempts to comprehend this past in those historical moments and in our contemporary era. Read more...

ENGL 109C: FYE: Drama and Diversity in Chicago

In this class, we will analyze and experience Chicago theater. By emphasizing theater that challenges social and cultural norms, we will consider how drama works to create and define diverse urban communities and how it offers alternative visions to the status quo. This class will emphasize writing and reading about drama, interviewing theater personnel and taking notes on actual theater performances, and relating art to social and political diversity. We will attend 3-4 performances during the course of the semester. Read more...

ENGL 109D: FYE: ENGL 109 D: Language and Literacy in Ethnolinguistic Chicago

Chicago is a city of shifting and competing identities. For instance, thousands of Chicanos and Mexicans came to Chicago after World War I and the Immigration Act of 1917, and today, these and other Latinos, such as Puerto Ricans, constitute one of every four residents throughout the Windy City. This course approaches Chicago as a site of contact among groups of people, and it examines the ways that these groups have established, negotiated, and defended identities through the use of language and literacy. Read more...

ESCI 109: FYE: Chicago Rocks! Geology in the City (NS)

Chicago has been at the bottom of the sea, buried under a mile of ice, and set in a warm, tropical paradise. Such diverse changes have shaped Chicago and the surrounding region, including the lake, the rivers, the ground we walk on (and build on), and the decisions we make about land use, resources, and waste management. Explore Chicago Rocks – as well as water, weather, and land forms – in the context of current issues related to resource use and the environment. Field trips and hands-on experiences highlight the extent to which geology influences the character of the Chicago area. Read more...

ESCI 109w: FYE: Muddy Waters: Chicago's Environmental Geology (NS)

Chicago's vital bodies of water - Lake Michigan, Chicago River, and others - interact with the urban landscape and the soils and rocks of the grounds beneath us. These interactions influence environmental issues in our everyday lives, including "What happens when water goes down the drain?" and "Why do certain areas flood after it rains?" Explore these questions in the context of Chicago's geology, to evaluate the critical interactions affecting soil and water contamination, flooding, and our drinking water. Laboratory analysis of water and soil, collected on local field trips, will clear the 'muddy water' about how environmental geology impacts your neighborhood. Read more...

G&ES 109: FYE: Chicago Geographies (SB)

This is an introductory course in urban geography that provides a broad overview of the Chicago metropolitan area in the global context. We will explore different ways that global forces have impacted social relations and spatial practices in the metropolis. Read more...

G&ES 109A: FYE: Global Chicago

This is an introductory course in urban geography that provides a broad overview of the Chicago metropolitan area in the global context. We will explore the place of Chicago as a hub in the global economy, as well as the many different ways that global forces have impacted social relations and spatial practices in the metropolis. Read more...

G&ES 109B: FYE: Environmental Chicago

Students study the relationships between human settlement and the natural environments in the metropolitan area including environmental problems, their causes, and possible solutions. Issues such as waste disposal and recycling, brownfields, suburban sprawl, air and water pollution, water supply, flooding, and drainage, invasive species, and urban parks are investigated, with classroom discussion and field trips. Read more...

HIST 109: FYE: History of Chicago (SB)

Chicago is the most "American" of the major cities and has been at the forefront of change. In 50 years, Chicago transformed from a fur-trading crossroads to a major industrial center, and that speed made it a city of stark contrasts. Enormous tensions emerged between the entrepreneurial forces that built the city and the countervailing social forces that strived to humanize it. Chicagoans faced huge challenges and as a result became pioneers of the economic, social, and political trends that shaped modern America. Read more...

JUST 109: FYE: Justice in Chicago (SB)

Justice in Chicago provides first year students with an opportunity to critically examine social injustices in institutions and social structures through a critical lens. Using Chicago as a lab, students actively discover its diversity and complexity through readings, speakers, films, and field experiences. During the semester, you will experience justice in many forms. Some of those forms will be familiar to you, such as learning about the court system, and some will be new, such as meeting judges and attorneys. In this course, you shall get out of the classroom and into various communities, such as a courtroom, a courthouse jail, and a community organization which deals with issues of poverty and inequality. We will consider the question: Can there be justice if there is inequality? via readings, field trips, speakers and films. Read more...

LING 109: FYE: Language & Diversity in Chicago (HU)

Hands-on research, using Chicago’s rich diversity of languages in contact as a laboratory, will enable you to understand the mechanisms, dynamics, and manipulations of language and language use. Students will explore the following questions:
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LLAS 109: FYE: Art, Thought, and Revolution in Chicago (SB)

An introduction to the cultural life of Chicago Latino youth with its regional differences with key themes/symbols and cultural norms created by the historical interaction between Latinos and American society as expressed in literature, art, music, and folklore. Attention will also be given to change and continuity in Latino cultural norms on the basis of historical events. The class explores the history of art and its role in the civilizations from Modernism, the mural renaissance and the civil rights movement. Using the rich artistic legacy of this area, the class examines the way art functions across borders and how borders have been constructed, debated, and lived through in the art of the past. Read more...

MUS 109: FYE: Chi-Tunes: Music In Chicago (FA)

This course is designed to increase the first year student's awareness, understanding and enjoyment of a variety of musical styles through attending live performances. Students will learn the basics of reading and writing music, music history, and music's place in society and culture through pre and post concert discussions. Read more...

MUS/DANC 109: FYE: Stepping Out – Dance in Chicago (FA)

A course designed to increase the student’s awareness, understanding and enjoyment of a variety of styles of aesthetic/theatrical dance. The course is a non-movement based approach to learning about dance as an art form, and will focus on learning about ballet, modern, jazz and ethnic dance through lectures, discussions, the attendance of outside performances, written assignments and service learning with dance organizations. Read more...

PEMT 109: FYE: Chicago Body Works (NS)

This course will give students a comprehensive and practical view of the importance of fitness and nutrition in their daily lives. Students will be engaged in activities that they can participate in for life. They will learn the underlying fundamentals of a fit for life attitude. Each student will be provided with the knowledge and understanding of how to assess their current level of fitness and how to make improvements in the five health-related fitness component areas (cardiovascular fitness, body composition, flexibility, muscular strength and muscular endurance) through various physical and skill related activities. Also emphasized will be the importance and application of proper nutrition. A strong focus will be the multifaceted and diverse challenges faced by individuals committed to pursing wellness in Chicago. Read more...

PEMT 109b: FYE: Adventure in Chicago (SB)

Through a context of adventure, this course provides students with a diverse range of challenging cognitive and physical activities, both on campus and off, that highlight and enhance the personal and group skills needed to move through the adventures that will be presented and the adventures that are inherent in a college program. Students will have the opportunity to participate in teambuilding activities, vertical ascents, community service adventures, and other Chicago area challenges. Read more...

PSCI 109: FYE: Civic Engagement, Community and Social Change in Chicago

This colloquium is a three-credit course that combines the traditional classroom setting and community service to explore the meaning and interconnection of community, citizenship, politics, diversity, civic engagement and social change. Students enrolled in this course spend time developing their interpersonal and intrapersonal skills (such as, self-awareness, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, leadership skills), become skilled at civic engagement (action strategies and plan, project management, communication, negotiation and teamwork), as well as reading academic literature that examines concepts of democracy, power, and justice. Read more...

PSYC 109: FYE: Growing Up in Chicago (SB)

This is a course that introduces students to the basics of child psychological development. What are the steps of development? Which developmental steps are unique to every individual? Which developmental steps are universal and which are culturally determined? Chicago has many resources, historical, art and cultural museums, schools, and its people, that will be used to explore the answers to these questions. Through a combination of hands on activities, verbal and written reflections, students in this class will discover what it means to be a developing human being here in Chicago. Read more...

PSYC 109b: FYE: Intimate Chicago (SB)

The main theme of this course is that through examination of intimate relationships, you can develop a better understanding of yourself as well as of your relationships with others. This process of understanding, discovery, and insight will enable you to engage in the college level learning, plan for the future and set a precedent for continued, life-long learning. This course will use films as a vehicle for identifying, explaining, and illustrating basic psychological concepts. In addition to learning about the social psychology of romantic and close relationships, you will learn about basic psychological principles of research methods, learning, and personality. You will complete assigned readings on the appropriate psychological theories, apply them to the films, and complete written assignments on them. A group final project will include producing a film on relationships, using Chicago as a backdrop. Read more...

PSYC 109c: The Pursuit of Happiness, Chicago-style (SB)

Happiness is a key component in everybody's life. Not everyone knows how to define it and even less how to pursue it. Happiness means different things to different people. Such differences exist across cultures, income levels, professions, and even age brackets. This course explores what psychologists have to say about the meaning and pursuit of happiness across various population groupings in the Chicago metropolitan area. It also looks at how students themselves view happiness. Students will get a hands-on-experience at doing some research and acquiring the skills it takes to be a successful college student. Read more...

SOC 109: FYE: Investigating Chicago (Title varies) (SB)

Investigating Chicago provides an opportunity for freshmen to explore Chicago as a living, dynamic entity through the lens of Sociology. Using the city as a lab, students actively discover the complexity and diversity of Chicago through readings, films, speakers, and field experiences. Read more...

SOC 109A: FYE: IMMIGRATION AND MIGRATION

This course provides an introduction to migration theories, methodologies, and policies. Students will develop an understanding of the sociological approach to migration. We will focus on the Chicago area, but also analyze migration at the international and national levels. Read more...

SPAN 109: FYE: The Hispanic Influence in Chicago (HU)

According to the American Community Survey of the U.S. Census (2003), over one quarter of Chicago’s population is Hispanic. This ever-increasing demographic has a significant cultural, historical, political, social, literary and linguistic impact on the city of Chicago. This course seeks to explore and develop an appreciation for the diversity of these Spanish-speaking groups and their invaluable contributions to the surrounding communities and to society in general. Note: SPAN 109 is presented in a "bilingual" format (English & Spanish) Read more...

SWK 109: FYE: Search For The Meaning Of Life

This course will also provide an introduction to the skills of the social work profession and its values of empowerment and diversity, especially the diverse wisdom of six of the most ancient spiritual traditions - Christian, Jewish, Islam, Buddhist, Hindu, and Native American - through teachings and visits to six sacred sites in Chicago, and international city of spiritual diversity. At the end of the course, students will be better prepared to succeed in college and will better understand the social work profession, perhaps as their future. Read more...
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