Category Archives: Course Announcements

ATTENTION: No registration changes Aug 15-17


On Mon-Wed, Aug 15-17, registration for statistics courses will be restricted to new graduate students only. This means ONLY the MS and PhD students that are just starting this Fall 2016 term can register on these days.

DO NOT make ANY changes to your statistics course registration on these days.

Any attempt to change sections or change courses will likely result in losing your seat.

If your seat is taken, we CAN’T help you re-register.

Registration is planned to return to normal on Thursday morning during business hours. An announcement will be sent to announce this. In case of delays, please do not make changes to your statistics registration until you receive the announcement.

New Summer I Course – Mindful Wilderness Experience: Leading Change From Within

I am pleased to announce an exciting new Summer I course, description below and attached. There are only 15 slots available and time is short, so please pass on to your advisees as soon as possible. Thanks!


Summer 2016 Mindful Wilderness Experience:

Leading Change from Within


Discover your authentic self.  Become a leader from within to effectively inspire change & address society’s greatest challenges. Experience the power of presence. Explore the fundamentals of sustainability and resilience. Learn how to achieve systemic change through mindfulness and ecological principles of biomimicry.


During pre-trip online sessions, learn leadership skills & mindfulness skills adapted from Koru Basic, the research-proven mindfulness program for college students. Then join a seven-day small-group wilderness experience at a base camp near Aspen, CO. On the first day, visit the world-renowned Rocky Mountain Institute & the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies to learn about sustainability & resilience. Then immerse in teachings on leadership & ecological principles, hiking & nature sensing, and Koru mindfulness retreats—preparation for an optional 1-3 night solo experience with deeper reflection.


Required online pre-trip sessions: 2 – 4:20 PM CST, Monday May 16th, Friday May 20th, Friday May 27th, & Thursday June 2nd. Trip runs June 4-11th and costs $630 without travel to Aspen. Course credit & financial aid are available at University of Illinois. For more information & registration, please visit Camping equipment available if needed.




Barbara S. Minsker
Professor and Arthur and Virginia Nauman Faculty Scholar

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering &  National Center for Supercomputing Applications

University of Illinois

3110 NCSA, MC-257

1205 W. Clark St.
Urbana, IL 61801 USA
217-265-5293 (office)
217-974-0263 (cell)

217-333-9464 (fax)


Summer History Courses

Please see the attached flyers for information on history courses being offered this summer. You have options of online (IL History), on campus (HIST 174, HIST 100), and in Chicago!


HIST 174: Black America, 1619-Present (Hist & Phil Perspect; US Minority Cultures)

HIST 100: Global History, two sections (Hist & Phil Perspect; Western Compartv Cult; Non-Western Cultures)

JS 300: Jewish Chicago (Meets at the Newberry Library in Chicago; we expect this to be cross-listed with history)

HIST 273: Illinois History (Hist & Phil Perspect)


Here’s a message for you from Prof. Rabin about her course:

Will you be in Chicago or its suburbs this summer? Are you looking for an upper level course to take while you are home?

Please consider enrolling in Jewish Chicago! The course will be taught in summer I (May 16-June 11). We will meet at the Newberry Library and on excursions throughout the city. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or if you’d like to see the syllabus.

Warm wishes,

Dana Rabin

Associate Professor, Department of History


And, more info about the HIST 100 section on Islam:

Topic: The Global Islamic World, 1250-1875

In this course we will study the Muslim world from the Mongol Conquest in the thirteenth century until the nineteenth which ushered in a modern Islamic community. Though typically the early modern period is studied as one of exploration, colonization and imperial state centralization, this is also the time of a global Islamic community. The spread of Islam not only resulted in a changing global religious community, but also accompanied the spread of trade networks, political systems and culture. However, by 1800, growing European colonial and imperial powers changed the Islamic landscape from Indonesia through India to the Ottoman lands in the Middle East and Europe and finally to North Africa. This course will focus on how the Muslim World became a global phenomenon touching and changing almost all early modern societies from Indonesia to Spain. 

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Wendy Mathewson

Academic Advisor


Department of History

University of Illinois

309 Gregory Hall

810 S. Wright Street

Urbana, IL 61801


SOC Courses

Please advise your students about these wonderful SOC offerings for Fall 2016 semester:


Classes may show restrictions on class schedule, but for most classes, the “restriction” is that some seats are reserved for majors through early registration.  Most classes have seats available for all majors at this time.


Fall 2016 Sociology Course Offerings

SOC 100-AL1 Introduction to Sociology MWF 2:00-2:50 Lincoln Hall Theater & Discussion Section (35320)

SOC 100-AL2 Introduction to Sociology MWF 2:00-2:50 Lincoln Hall Theater & Discussion Section (41839)*DGS ONLY

SOC 100-ONL Introduction to Sociology POTA (41814)

SOC 100-PB Introduction to Sociology PB TR 2:00-3:20 (66297)

SOC 160 Global Inequality and Social Change TR 9:30-10:50 Lincoln Hall 1027 (56794)*NWC, WCC

SOC 162 Introduction to International Health Policy TR 12:30-1:50 Burrill Hall 140 (56178)*WCC

SOC 196-CB Central Asian Societies MWF 4:00-4:50 Lincoln Hall 1002 (41388)

SOC 196-IA Social Problems TR 11:00-12:20 Engineering Hall 106B1 (62882)

SOC 199-BAR Back to the 1960’s TR 8:30-9:50 (49855)*Discovery Course

SOC 200 Introduction to Sociological Theory TR 11:00-12:20 Lincoln Hall 1000 (31132)

SOC 225 Race and Ethnicity MWF 10:00-10:50 Engineering Hall 106B8 (48829)

SOC 226 Political Sociology MWF 2:00-2:50 Digital Computer Lab 1310 (31133)

SOC 270 Population Issues MWF 2:00-2:50 Lincoln Hall 1002 (35721)

SOC 274 Introduction to Medical Sociology TR 9:30-10:50 Henry Admin Bldg (41245)

SOC 275 Criminology ONL POTB (65856)

SOC 280 Introduction to Social Statistics MWF 12:00-12:50 Foreign Languages Bldg G48 (65062) & Quiz W 11:00-11:50 (35017) OR F 11:00-11:50 (65010)

SOC 350 Technology and Society ONL TR 11:00-12:20 (31135)

SOC 373 Social Stratification MWF 2:00-2:50 Burrill Hall 140 (41736)

SOC  396-TL Sociology Through Photography TR 2:00-3:20 Armory 136 (31139)*CHPHonors




Dr. Nicole Holtzclaw-Stone

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Department of Sociology

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

3070 Lincoln Hall

702 S. Wright St.

MC 454

Urbana, IL 61801


Students can now book appointments with Sociology Advisors using the online web tool: .   Just use the drop down calendar to find “Sociology Undergraduate Advising” and then select the Advisor and week you are looking for an appointment.  Advising appointments that are available show up in green.


Please see the attached flyer for CI 210, Intro to Digital Environments, taught by  Education Professor, Dr. Robb Lindgren.  This is a fantastic course for students  interested in the impact of digital environments on teaching and learning.

CI 210 Intro to Digital Environments Flyer Fall 2016


Kathy Ryan
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
College of Education at Illinois │ Student Academic Affairs Office

PoliSci Course for Great Students in Summer, 2016



Will you be in the area over the summer?  Will you have Monday and Tuesday evening free?  Would you like to learn more about government?  Former U.S. Representative Tim Johnson will teach a course studying processes, policies and politics of government, with an emphasis on the federal government and the U.S. Congress.  This course is a great opportunity to learn about politics “first-hand.”   The course meets Mondays and Tuesdays, 6-8:50pm from June 13 to August 16 (Summer 2).  All are welcome.  Register at CRN: 38811


And, there are other great courses – for great students – this summer!  These include in-person classes on public policy (PS 220 in SU1 at CRN 30320) and introduction to political science (PS 100 in SU2 at CRN 30313).


For students needing just one more advanced level course or just one more general education course to finish – or for students wanting to learn and get ahead – political science offers several great on-line courses.  These include: PS 101: U.S. Government and Politics (a social science general education course required for many different programs, CRN 30314); PS 241: Comparative Politics in Developing Nations (a new on-line course, a social science and non-western general education course addressing questions of development and related issues); PS 305: The U.S. Supreme Court (an advanced course examining this political institution – now very much in the news at CRN 36371); and PS 385: Government and Politics of the European Union (CRN 38327; looking for a great idea – take this course over the summer – and take a special section of a follow-on course about Global Governance & Europe (PS 457 – CRN 66639)


Questions? Call the Department of Political Science at 333-7491 and ask to speak with an advisor.


Joseph Hinchliffe, PhD

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Department of Political Science

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

421 David Kinley Hall (DKH), MC-713

1407 West Gregory Drive

Urbana, Illinois 61801


Phone: 217.333.7491 (office)

217.244.1820 (direct)

217.244.5712 (fax)



Honduras Water Project Courses AY 16-17

ENG 398/598 HWP will be offered in 2016-2017 to teach students who are interested in international development about how to provide sustainable infrastructure solutions by focusing on community needs, culture, and political structure. This course has been immensely popular during its first three years, and many students continue to engage with the course partnership even after graduating.


This year-long course is open to undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines. Working with a community in rural Honduras, the students develop an understanding of community needs for a safe drinking water supply, investigate conditions that affect the operation and sustainability of the system, visit the community over Winter Break 2017 to perform field investigations, and develop a holistic design to improve the community’s health through drinking-water improvements and education. Water systems already have been constructed or are under construction in past partner communities of Las Queseras and Fatima, Honduras, and this year’s course is completing design now for the village of Cerro Verde.

In addition to engineering students, we welcome all disciplines and particularly encourage students in Community Health, Political Science, Spanish language, Global Studies, Dietetics, and Education to participate.


Ann-Perry Witmer, P.E.

IEFX Teaching Associate

EWB-UIUC Faculty Advisor

University of Illinois College of Engineering

102 Engineering Hall

1308 West Green Street

Urbana, IL 61801

Ph 217.244.7805

New GEOG classes for fall

As fall registration continues, I wanted to draw your attention to two new courses in the Department of Geography and GIS. The first, GEOG 221, Geographies of Global Conflict, will be useful for students interested in international politics and territorial conflicts who are looking for a Social Sciences course at the 200 level. (It’s an upgraded version of GEOG 110, so students who have taken that course cannot receive credit for this one as well.) It’s also cross-listed as GLBL 221.


The second course, GEOG 484, Cities, Crime, and Space, is an extremely timely course. It covers issues of policing, crime mapping, perceptions of safety and crime, disparate experiences of racial and ethnic minorities, and how the spatial structures of U.S. cities influence all of these. Dr. Brian Jefferson’s research is in this field, and students who took this course when it was offered as a topics class had very positive things to say about him and the course.



Julie Cidell


Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Department of Geography & GIS

University of Illinois

FAA Academic Affairs: Interesting Courses for Fall 2016

Good morning!

Please share the following course information with interested students. Thanks for your help!

ARTS 445 Special Topics in New Media – PERFORMANCE

A hands on course that will explore performance within the field of New Media. It meets MW 1pm-3:40pm.  The class thrives when there’s a mix – grads and undergrads, students from Art & Design, Dance, Theatre, Music, Landscape Architecture, Computer Science, English.  Students may contact Deke Weaver at for more information.

GCL 220 Frameworks for Health & Wellness: Building Healthy Communities

As an innovative course in Grand Challenge Learning, Frameworks for Building Healthy Communities gathers expert faculty from across campus – all renowned for excellent teaching and research. Students will explore health and wellness across the arts, natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences while earning General Education credit in Cultural Studies and Humanities & the Arts. GCL 220 meets twice per week: on Mondays for a lecture that gathers all students and faculty, and on Wednesdays in seminars of up to 25 students. Through this unique structure, students benefit from the expertise of six different faculty while joining a seminar with one professor and a small network of peers. Registration for GCL 220 includes the lecture as well as enrollment in one of the participating professor’s seminars (for a total of 3 credit hours).



Zelda Gardner
Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs

College of Fine + Applied Arts