Department of Humanities

2020 Winter Humanities Courses

Complete a Course in 10 Days During the Winter Break

Undergraduate students can accelerate their learning this winter by taking a 10-day online course being offered over winter break by the Department of Humanities. Whether you want to get ahead on course credits, fit another course into your tight schedule, satisfy a Humanities requirement, or simply enjoy a Humanities course in a different format, one of these courses might help you reach your goal.

These courses are designed to cover all of the same material covered in a one-semester course but in 10 days. This design converts to an average of about 6 hours of work per day. Accordingly, it is not wise to take one of these courses if you have any other demands on your time – including travel, weddings, internships, jobs, weekend obligations, or other such commitments – and no allowances can be made for interfering events.

Dec. 13-22:

PHIL 304: Judgement and Decision Making (CRN 14397): Will this job make me happy? Should I have this lump removed? Usually, we don’t make the best decisions, even when we have the best information. The quality of our decision-strategies depends upon factors in economics, philosophy, and psychology.

COM 380: Digital Media and Citizenship (CRN 14399): This course examines the implications of emerging digital media practices for citizenship, equality, participation and belonging. 

Jan. 2-12:

HIST 352: History of Chicago: History of Chicago from the late 17th century to the present, beginning with the intersection and clash of peoples both native and settler, through the rise and development of the incorporated city, including its "machine" politics, ethnic neighborhoods, and more. 

HUM 200: History of Photography: History and theory of photography through the investigation of images, important figures and dates and to understand the impact photography had made on society

HUM 200: Meaning of Life: The course will explore different aspects of what is commonly discussed under the heading ‘the meaning of life’.

Additional Information

Cost. The cost to students will be a flat fee of $1,600 per course.

Registration. Register for December courses using the fall 2020 registration schedules, and register for January courses using the spring 2021 registration schedules. 

Overload. Students already with 16 credit hours for fall or spring will need to request an overload permit from their adviser to register for a J-term class in that same term.

Last day to withdraw. The last day to withdraw from winter term courses is the first day of class.

Course syllabi. Requests for course syllabi should be sent to the instructor or to humanities department coordinator Amber Moore at


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