Spring Semester History Courses

The City of Big Shoulders: A History of Chicago

This course will incorporate academic texts, primary source music, the arts and architecture, politics, crime, sports, and more to thematically explore the history of Chicago. Chicago's moniker "The Second City" is now defunct; the city is the equal of any other in the United States and has the stories to prove it. From a small outpost on the edge of the new nation to its status as a world-leading metropolis, Chicago rewards those who take the time to learn about its history. Assessments will include tests, essays and projects. [Half credit.]


This course introduces students to the nature of business and entrepreneurship. It will focus on what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur through the use of economic theory and the various skills one needs to start and run their own business. Students will learn how to identify, assess and develop a business plan as well as how to find and evaluate business opportunities. The role of marketing, accounting, risk assessment, and other mediums needed to become an entrepreneur will be covered extensively throughout the semester. The students will develop their own business models including a fast casual restaurant, a minor league sports franchise, a small business using a microloan, and marketing an original invention. (Open to juniors and seniors) [Half credit]

Global Economics

This course builds upon the work of Introductory Economics and studies the organization of markets, theory of the firm, theories of economic development, and the role of governments, NGOs, and businesses in all areas of the global economy. Events in the US, Eastern Europe, Africa, China, the Middle East, and the European Union make it essential for students to have the ability to understand economic issues and contribute to economic debates. Special attention is given in this class to contemporary development concerns, such as issues in the economics of health, education, and the environment, as well as to the development of world trade and the expansion of global business. [Half credit.]

Comparative Indigenous Histories

In this course, students will be introduced to different elements of Indigenous culture. Students will be able to identify similarities between these cultures and will also examine the unique characteristics of each culture based on its geography, history, and traditions. The students will discuss the contemporary situation of Indigenous Peoples in the context of their cultural traditions and the historical interactions between Indigenous and non-Indigenous societies. This course will also include the multifaceted encounters that resulted from European colonialism. The focus will be on the lives and experiences of Indigenous Peoples in Africa, the Americas and Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) to develop a comprehensive understanding of colonialism and resistance on a global scale. Emphasis will be placed on specific tribes from the United States, the Zulu of Southern Africa, the Aborigines of Australia, and the Maori of New Zealand. This course will also include film studies within each unit and several film nights, in which students will watch both historically significant and contemporary films to gain a deeper understanding of Indigenous cultures and the impact of colonial contact. [Half credit.]

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