Course OfferingsHonors Student Curriculum at a Glance:
ZHON 191: Honors Introduction to the Performing and Fine Arts, 3 cr.
This course provides a stimulating introduction to the performing and fine arts. The course is structured around four modules covering the performing and fine arts offered at NEIU: visual arts, music, dance, and theatre. The modules, while complete in themselves, will draw connections between the fine arts and explore the difference that make each of the fine arts unique. This course counts for General Education credit in the Fine Arts area.
ZHON 192: Honors Introduction to the Humanities, 3 cr.
This lively introduction to the humanities at NEIU and to humanistic discourse in general is a discussion-oriented core course in the Honors Program. It is structured around a series of thought-provoking questions that will allow for the investigation of multiple methods of inquiry employed in the humanities. Various topics will be explored from the perspectives of English, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Linguistics, Philosophy, Communication, and Women’s Studies. Students will learn essential academic skills while exploring how these disciplines are both distinctive and in conversation with one another, sharing concerns common to the humanities in general. This course counts for General Education credit in the Humanities area.
ZHON 193: Honors Introduction to the Social Sciences, 3 cr.
This spirited introduction to the social sciences at NEIU and to the behavioral and social science in general is a discussion-oriented core course in the Honors Program. It is structured around a series of thought-provoking readings and inter-related topics that will investigate multiple methods of inquiry employed in the social sciences. These themes and approaches will be explored from the perspectives of Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Justice Studies, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. Students will learn essential academic skills while gaining insight into how these various disciplines connect with one another and inform various dimensions of interpersonal life. This course counts for General Education credit in the Social/Behavioral sciences area.
ZHON 194: Honors Introduction to the Sciences, 3 cr.
This course provides a stimulating introduction to a set of topics that are at the forefront of research in the natural sciences. The course is structured around a series of modules, each covering a topic that is among the most significant in the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics. The modules, while complete in themselves, will draw connections between scientific disciplines, and will explore how advances in one field have facilitated breakthroughs in other fields of science. The integration of computation into the course provides a strong link to the disciplines of Mathematics and Computer Science as well. This course counts for General Education in the Natural Sciences area.
Honors Scholar Curriculum at a Glance:
300 - Level Adapted Courses, 3 cr.
Juniors and seniors take Honors Electives to complete the requirements for the Honors Scholar level. The student chooses a 300-level course that will be adapted into an honors class. The student registers for the course in the usual manner, and then, in consultation with the professor, completes a written agreement to expand the scope of the learning process. In other words, the Honors Adapted Courses usually are the classes you are taking to fulfill the University requirements. Past Honors Adapted Courses have involved adding readings or research projects to the regular class syllabus.
The specific steps are as follows:
1. Obtain an Adapted Course Application from the Honors Program office or from this website (http://www.neiu.edu/~hprogram/Forms/UHP Adapted Course Form 2011.pdf).
2. During advance or open registration, select the 3 credit-hour, 300-level course (or courses) you wish to take as an Honors Adapted Course. Talk to the faculty member teaching the course in order to obtain the instructor’s general agreement.
3. Register for the course in the usual way.
4. Either at this time or no later than the first week of the semester, decide with the faculty member how to expand the depth and scope of learning in your chosen course. Fill out the application with the professor and bring it to the program office.
5. When you return the form to the Honors Program office, we will forward your application to the Honors Curriculum and Standards Board. Upon the board’s approval, we will change the registration data to show that the course is an Honors Adapted Course. It will appear on your transcript as an honors course.
6. Please note, that once a course becomes an honors course, you must complete it as contracted or drop the course before the final drop date for the semester. You cannot drop only the honors part of the course.
ZHON 375 - Honors Colloquium: World Studies, 3 cr.
Specialized and intensive investigation of topics in broadly defined areas of current interest; reading discussions, guest lectures.
ZHON 360 - Honors Seminar in Research and Creative Processes, 3 cr.
How do scientists test a hypothesis? What approach directs a jazz pianist's creative process? What form does analysis take in English or Educational Leadership or Archaeology? This practice-oriented seminar explores how research is conducted in a variety of academic areas. Students will examine methodologies and gain experience synthesizing literature and analyzing findings as they build the components of an Honors Thesis/Creative Activities Proposal. Faculty guests will offer perspectives on their own research/creative processes. Discussions and class assignments will lead students progressively toward developing a polished proposal in their own major field of study.
ZHON 395 - Honors Thesis/Creative Project, 3 cr. .
Honors Thesis or Creative Project represents the culmination of your participation in the Honors Program. After completing an approved proposal, Honors Scholars register for ZHON 395 with their thesis/creative project faculty advisor and work one-on-one with him/her to conduct and complete the thesis/creative project. The Honors Scholar and faculty advisor continue to participate in regular meetings with others going through the same process. ZHON 395 students are strongly encouraged to present their work at the NEIU Student Research and Creative Activities Symposium or a similar venue.
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