Department of Humanities

2021 Winter Humanities Courses

Complete a Course in 12 Days During the Winter Break

Undergraduate students can accelerate their learning this winter by taking a 12-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 12 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. 12–23:

PHIL 304: Judgement and Decision Making: 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: This course examines the implications of emerging digital media practices for citizenship, equality, participation and belonging. 

Dec. 27–Jan. 7:

HIST 353: Prohibition Era in Chicago, 1920-1933: A study of the people, places, demographics, institutions, politics, culture, and national context of the federal Prohibition (of alcohol) era in Chicago. Students will learn not only about historical events and personages but also consider the interplay of various social, political and economic factors which made the Prohibition era within Chicago unique.

HUM 200: History of Photography: History and theory of photography through the investigation of images, important themes, and hands-on workshops with the aim of understanding the impact photography had, and still makes, on society.

Additional Information

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

Duration. Classes will run 12 days: two sessions of five days separated by a break of two days. December classes run from Dec. 12–23. January classes run from Dec. 27 to Jan. 7.

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

Overload. Students already with 18 credit hours for fall or spring will need an overload permit to register for a J-term class in that same term.

Permit required. These are all online courses, and require a permit from the Humanities Department. Contact to obtain a permit. Faculty teaching these courses cannot issue permits.

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


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