Fall 2024 Honors Courses


ABE 199 CHP: Water in a Global Environment,
Prof. Prasanta Kalita

55376 | MW | 1:00-2:50 p.m. | 1st 8 weeks Online | 3 Hours

“Water in a Global Environment” enhances students’ understanding and appreciation of the impact water has globally, including in various cultures around the world. Students will be encouraged to step outside their traditional thinking and become knowledgeable about how water availability and quality affect the day to day lives of people. Without water, or suitable water, cultural infrastructure is destined to fail. Water is arguably the most precious resource in the world, and the fact that it is non-renewable provides additional value that students will become well-versed in. Water quality and its impact on global environment will be explicitly covered. Students develop in-depth analyses of case studies that examine historical and current water-related issues and the solutions utilized to tackle the issues in various parts of the world (i.e., Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, South America, USA). This course’s goal is to not only educate students on one of the most important and critical areas of concern in the world today, but to motivate them to use enhanced knowledge to make an impact both locally and globally.

*This course will be petitioned for General Education credit for Natural Sciences and Technology: Physical Sciences and Cultural Studies: Non-Western Cultures*

**This course is currently closed for continuing students. Seats have been held back for incoming freshmen**

Instructor: Prasanta Kalita is Professor in the soil and water resources engineering program in Agricultural and Biological Engineering. His research focuses on water management and water quality, hydrology, erosion and sediment control, and global food security. Professor Kalita is an Elected Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) and the Indian Society for Agricultural Engineers (ISAE).


ARTD 299 CHP: Design Futures, Prof. Stacey Robinson

49801| MW 1:00-2:20 p.m. | 306 Flagg Hall | 3 Hours

In this introductory multimedia studio course, students will speculate about equitable futures by reading and viewing current trends, cultures, movements, and key figures in order to create artistic responses from culturally respective vantage points. The course will touch upon the myriad practices of graphic design. Students will produce and analyze form and content to increase their cultural and design understanding.

*This course will be petitioned for General Education credit for Humanities and the Arts: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives*

Instructor: Stacey A. Robinson, born in Albany, NY, is Associate Professor of Graphic Design. The influences of science fiction, Black liberation politics, and comic books fuel Stacey’s multimedia practice. Stacey was a 2019-2020 Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellow at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, and completed his MFA at the University at Buffalo in 2015. Illustrated books include: ‘I Am Alfonso Jones’ (Tony Medina, 2017) and ‘Across the Tracks: Remembering Greenwood, Black Wall Street, and the Tulsa Race Massacre (Alverne Ball, 2021). Exhibitions include Ascension of Black Stillness at CEPA Gallery (2021) and The Black Angel of History at Carnegie Hall (2022).


ARTJ 209: Chado – The Way of Tea, Prof. Jennifer Gunji-Ballsrud

Two sections of this course are being offered in Fall. Register for one section only.

CH1 74959| W | 9:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. | Japan House | 3 Hours and
CH2 78299| W | 1:00 – 3:40 p.m. | Japan House | 3 Hours

The main focus of this course is the exploration of how the Way of Tea can be applied to different disciplines as well as to one’s everyday life. Through the study of the Way of Tea and the Zen worldview, it is hoped that students will acquire a better understanding of Japanese culture and also come to see their own culture in a new light. In this course, the study of Zen aesthetics and philosophy, as well as special rituals and equipment for serving a bowl of tea will be introduced. Serving a bowl of tea is an ordinary act, yet in the tea ceremony this very ordinary act has been elevated into an extraordinary art form. When one wishes to serve a bowl of tea in the sincerest and the most pleasant manner, one has to pay detailed attention to each movement, and the recipient is to enjoy a bowl of tea not only with the palate but also with all other senses. Thus, both host and guest can enrich life through a bowl of tea. Through this course experience, it is hoped that students realize that any simple and ordinary act can be extraordinary and can contribute to their success in all human endeavors. One of the most important objectives of this course is to learn what it means to be a fine human being.

*An additional materials fee of $50.00 is required for this course*

**This course satisfies the General Education requirement for Cultural Studies: Non-Western**
**The afternoon section of this course is currently closed for continuing students. Seats have been held back for incoming freshmen**

Instructor: Jennifer Gunji-Ballsrud is Associate Professor in the School of Art and Design and the current Director of the Japan House. She has been studying the Urasenke Way of Tea since 1990 under various teachers. She has earned the Wakindate level as an intermediate student in the Urasenke Foundation and has been teaching university courses for Japan House for the past 20 years. She was awarded the College of Fine & Applied Arts Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2004 and was awarded the Broadrick-Allen Award for Excellence in Honors Teaching in 2017, an award presented annually by the Campus Honors Program.


ASTR 330 CHP: Extraterrestrial Life, Prof. Leslie Looney

73938  |  TR | 8:30 – 9:50 p.m.  | 124 Observatory |  3 Hours

More than half of all Americans believe in aliens, but what do we really know about ET life? In the last 15 years we have gone from knowledge of only 8 planets around only our Sun to nearly 4000 planets around many suns. In the near future, NASA will have missions that may find signs of life on Titan, under the oceans of Europa, on Mars, or may even produce imaging of Earth-like planets around nearby stars. In this course, we will examine the current status of one of the ultimate questions: “Are we alone?” And, perhaps we will ask some new ones. We are searching for signals from ET today, but if we do detect a signal what do we do? Why do “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence?” What are the problems with interstellar travel? The class will dive into many fields ranging from cosmology to anthropology with a little science fiction thrown in for fun and speculation.

*This course will be petitioned for Natural Science & Technology: Physical Science General Education credit this term*
**This course is currently closed for continuing students. Seats have been held back for incoming freshmen**

Instructor: Leslie Looney is Professor of Astronomy. With an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering and Physics, he worked as a system engineer at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for the Space Shuttle’s digital processing system (i.e., computers, interfaces, and software)– launching shuttles. In 1998, he obtained a Ph.D. in astrophysics. Leslie’s main research topic is the early stages of star formation. In particular, he studies the circumstellar disks surrounding young protostars; these disks are thought to be the natal environment of planets. He has  discovered many new worlds and new stars. As protostars form in dense clouds of gas and dust, Leslie uses some of the world’s most sensitive telescopes operating from infrared to millimeter wavelengths.


BADM 199 CHP: Exploring Leadership – Insights from Philosophy to Pop Culture, Prof. Elizabeth A. Luckman

53818 | TR | 3:30-4:50 p.m. | 212 Honors | 3 Hours

Chances are you’ve taken a leadership class or workshop before. What did you learn? Did they teach you leadership types? Did they share frameworks for effective leadership that you were expected to memorize? Did they talk about the communication and critical thinking skills you need to develop? And when you left, did you promptly put all of those things away in a corner of your mind until you needed them in the future?  

This is a different type of class on leadership. We are going to explore leadership as a concept. Through reading (and watching!) and meaningful dialogue, we will define leadership as a class. We will talk about the challenges that all of those leadership “typologies” lead to and why it is so challenging to be an effective leader. We will explore leadership not as a formal role, but as a way of stepping up and being the best version of yourself. In this class, we will read widely from ancient Chinese philosophy (Tao te Ching by Lao Tzu) to the cutting-edge work on leadership being done in the organizational sciences (Dare to Lead by Brene Brown, PhD). We will wrap up class by watching Ted Lasso – and considering what it is about this fictional character and television show that has captured the attention of audiences everywhere. 

This course will utilize the Harkness method of discussion. Harkness is a method of “student-led learning” that is rooted in student curiosity and enquiry.

*This course will be petitioned for General Education credit for Social and Behavioral Science: Social Science*

Instructor:  Professor Luckman’s teaching model combines a dynamic classroom with mentorship. In addition to content mastery, she emphasizes broader themes: problem-solving for complexity, continuous learning and improvement, how ethical, adaptive leaders cultivate higher performing organizations, the vital roles of communication and social interaction, and the paramount goal of creating value for stakeholders, especially the end customer. She is specifically interested in leadership, ethics, negotiation, management, organizational development and change.

Her significant experience with a major corporation, including five years in management, adds valuable insight to her teaching. Having led teams that successfully battled to achieve demanding performance objectives amplify her ability to prepare students to lead with impact.


CHP 395A: Student Life – Analyzing the College Experience Through Autoethnography, Prof. Ann Abbott

31622 | TR | 2:00 – 3:20 p.m. | 212 Honors | 3 Hours

In this course you will learn about the research methodology and methods of  autoethnography. In particular, you will explore why autoethnography can render unique insights about the intersections between your identities and campus culture(s). We will explore the interplay of research and creativity and assume the role of autoethnographers by keeping a research journal, exploring topics through mini-autoethnographies and producing a final paper. By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define autoethnography, list its research methods and recognize the variety of formats the final outcome can take.
  • Engage in the inquiry process by collecting data, posing and refining research questions, drawing conclusions and participating in the peer editing process.
  • Explore official and unofficial campus cultures with special emphasis on the role of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, class, languages, nationalities, and more.
  • Apply the autoethnographic methodology to create several autoethnographic projects in class and as assignments.
  • Creatively apply the autoethnographic methodology through non-written examinations of the self in relation to campus culture.

*This course will be petitioned for General Education credit for Social and Behavioral Science: Social Science and Cultural Studies: Western/Comparative Cultures*
**This course is currently closed for continuing students. Seats have been held back for incoming freshmen**

Instructor: Ann Abbott is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Spanish and PortugueseHer work focuses on student learning outcomes in and critical analysis of the following: foreign language community service learning, social entrepreneurship, social media and languages for specific purposes. She also creates curricular materials that reflect current researchShe was the recipient of the inaugural 2021 Xiaohui Zhang Diversity and Community Engagement Award.


CHP 395B: History of Presidential Elections,
Prof. Peter Fritzsche

31625| MW | 9:00 – 10:20 a.m. | 212 Honors | 3 Hours

This course will examine the 2024 presidential election by exploring the outcome of the 2016 and 2020 elections, the history and development of populism, populism’s reshaping of the Republican Party, and the “real time” setting of the current election. It will provide a history of the present by moving from the recent past to populism’s twentieth-century origins, and then arc back to the present.   

The basic requirements include class participation prompted by the readings, one critical essay (about 5-6pp) on one of the supplementary readings assigned in the beginning of the semester, several (very short) short oral power point reports for presentation sessions (probably three), and a modest research paper (12-15pp) on a topic accounting for the results of the 2020 election. All papers may be rewritten.

*This course will be petitioned for General Education credit for Humanities and the Arts: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives and Advanced Composition*

Instructor: Peter Fritzsche has taught History at the University of Illinois for nearly thirty years. He has received Guggenheim, Humboldt, and NEH fellowships, and has written seven books in German and European history, including: Life and Death in the Third Reich, Germans into Nazis, Reading Berlin 1900, Nietzsche and the Death of God, Stranded in the Present, and, most recently, An Iron Wind: Europe Under Hitler. Fritzsche has served as chair of the Department of History and has been recognized for his excellence in teaching, including regular inclusion on the “List of Excellent Teachers.” He has taught honors courses on the Holocaust and on World War I as well as on the wars in Iraq. His pedagogy emphasizes the close analysis of key texts through discussion and debate and the creation of defensible interpretations of human behavior through writing and rewriting and an empathetic understanding of narrative, documentary, and argumentative strategies. His ultimate aim is to give students confidence in speaking about the world and ultimately in judging it.


CWL 189 CHP: Literature of the Islamic World,
Prof. Eric Calderwood

35845 | TR  |  9:30 – 10:50 a.m. |212 Honors | 3 Hours

This course offers students a wide-ranging introduction to the history and cultures of the Islamic world through an exploration of major literary and cultural works from the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and the Indian Ocean world.

*This course satisfies the General Education requirements for Cultural Studies: Non-Western Cultures and Humanities and the Arts: Literature and the Arts*

Instructor: Eric Calderwood is Associate Professor in Comparative & World Literature.  He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2011 and taught at the University of Michigan for three years before joining the faculty at UIUC in 2014.  His teaching and research explore the history and cultures of the Mediterranean world, with a particular focus on cultural relations between Spain, North Africa, and the Middle East.  He is the author of a book on colonial Morocco.  He is currently finishing a second book on the political uses of the past in contemporary Mediterranean culture.  In addition to his scholarly work, he has contributed commentary and essays to such venues as NPR, the BBC, and Foreign Policy.


DANC 100 CHP: Intro to Contemporary Dance,
Prof. Alexandra Barbier

46037| TR | 1:00-2:20 p.m.| Rm 109, 907 Nevada/111 Dance Studio | 3 Hours

This CHP section of Dance 100 focuses on performance-making as a method of autoethnographic research. Students will encounter definitions, histories, and methodologies of autoethnography and performance (including dance, theatre, and performance art) through lectures, viewings, and readings. Experiential and compositional activities (including movement improvisations and embodied rituals) will help students explore the various possibilities of physical performance. The final project asks students to synthesize these ideas into an autoethnographic performance study of their own design. The course consists of one seminar class (Tuesdays) and one studio practice class (Thursdays) per week.

*This course satisfies the General Education requirement for Humanities and the Arts: Literature and the Arts and Cultural Studies: Western/Comparative Cultures*

Instructor: Alexandra Barbier is an interdisciplinary artist whose works are often whimsical and humorous while also inspiring critical thought and societal/cultural commentary and inquiry. Weaving together practices from dance, performance art, theatre, installation, Blackness, queerness, and Southern-ness, these works have been presented in theaters, parks, gardens, libraries, festivals, and DIY spaces throughout North America. Her current body of work-in-progress, Stations of Black Loss, is an autoethnographic collection of performance, visual art, and creative non-fiction works that chronicle her journey of learning to love and embrace Black identity. The performance components have been supported by and presented through NCCAkron (Akron, Oh), loveDANCEmore (SLC, Ut), and the dance department at University of Illinois (Urbana, Il), with research presentations and lecture-demonstrations presented through the International Association of Blacks in Dance, Collegium for African Diaspora Dance, and Popular Culture Association conferences. Alexandra is Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and has previously held faculty positions with the University of Utah’s School of Dance, the Joffrey Ballet and Jazz + Contemporary Trainee Programs, and Joffrey South summer intensive.


ENGL 330 CHP: Slavery and Identity, Prof. David Wright Faladé

66192 | TR | 11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.| 212 Honors | 3 Hours

This course explores the experience of slavery in the Americas through its representation in literature and film over time. Using a variety of disciplinary approaches, we will look at the enslaved, the enslavers, and the middle merchants who facilitated the trade, and will examine the economic, political, religious, and scientific justifications used to maintain it. The course will also examine the West African cultural traditions from which the slaves emerged and the aspects of it they were able to retain to create a new African American — and, later, American — culture.

*This course satisfies the General Education requirements for Cultural Studies: U.S. Minority Culture(s) and Humanities and the Arts: Literature and the Arts*

Instructor: David Wright Faladé is Professor of English and the author of the novel Black Cloud Rising, selected by the New York Times and the New Yorker as one of the Best Books of 2023. (He spoke on this book as our CHP Kelroy Convocation Author in November 2022.) His first book, Fire on the Beach,was one of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Best Books of 2001. His second, Away Running, was named an Outstanding International Book by the US Board on Books for Young People. His stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Village Voice, Newsday, and elsewhere. His new novel, Paris 1947, will be published in 2025.


FAA 110 CHP: Exploring Arts and Creativity, Profs. Bradley Mehrtens and J. W. Morrissette

66964 | R | 1:30 – 2:50 p.m. | 301 Arch Bldg | 3 Hours

High and street art, tradition and experimentation, the familiar and unfamiliar, international and American creativity provide this course’s foundation. Students will attend performances and exhibitions, interact with artists, and examine core issues associated with the creative process in our increasingly complex global society. Faculty from the arts, sciences, humanities, and other domains will lead students through visual arts, music, dance, and theatre experiences at Krannert Center and Krannert Art Museum to spark investigation and dialogue. The class meets twice per week: once a week for discussions, and a second time to attend performances and/or exhibitions at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and/or Krannert Art Museum. Event dates will vary. Admission to all events will be provided without charge to students enrolled in the course.

*This course satisfies the General Education requirement for Humanities and the Arts: Literature and the Arts*
**This course is currently closed for continuing students. Seats have been held back for incoming freshmen**

Instructor: Bradley Mehrtens is Instructor and Advisor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. He earned his bachelor’s in biology from Truman State University, and his master’s in microbiology from Illinois. His research interests include educational pedagogy, course design, and assessment. His advising interests include transitions for freshmen and transfer students, preparing for professional or graduate programs, understanding the undergraduate research experience, and acknowledging and addressing academic or personal issues. As for hobbies, he enjoys acting, theatre, movies, music, and sports.

Instructor: J.W. Morrissette is the Associate Head of the Department of Theatre at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He has served in the Department of Theatre for 24 years. He has served as chair of the BFA Theatre Studies Program, the Assistant Head for Academic Programs as well as the assistant program coordinator for INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre. He completed his BFA in Acting at Otterbein College in Westerville, OH and both his MFA in Acting and MA in Theatre History at the University of Illinois. J.W. has taught and directed for the past 22 years with the summer Theatre Department at Interlochen Center for the Arts. For the University of Illinois his classes include Acting, Directing, Introduction to Theatre Arts, and Broadway Musicals. He has spent several summers acting with the Utah Shakespeare Festival and the Interlochen Shakespeare Festival and directs professionally when time allows. He has received the Provost’s Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award at the University of Illinois.


FIN 199 CHP: Finance for Non-Finance Majors, Prof. Richard Excell

39678| TR | 2:00-3:20 p.m. | 1029C BIF | 3 Hours

This class is intended to introduce the concepts of Finance to non-Business majors. The purpose of the class is to prepare students for their lives after they graduate. You will learn how overall financial markets function, looking at each asset class, which will help as you begin to save and invest for retirement. We will discuss the concepts of the time value of money and discounted cash flows -important when considering whether to pay cash or pay credit, whether to buy or to rent, and whether to borrow or to lend. Finally, you will learn to write a business plan and gain practice presenting that to potential investors.

* This course will be petitioned for General Education credit for Quantitative Reasoning I*
**This course is currently closed for continuing students. Seats have been held back for incoming freshmen**

Instructor: Richard Excell is Instructor of Finance in the Gies College of Business. He has recently retired as a Senior Portfolio Manager at Wolverine Asset Management in Chicago, where he ran a global equity long/short hedge fund portfolio.

Excell holds a B.S. in Finance with a minor in Accounting and Japanese Studies from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. He was a member of the inaugural Campus Honors Program class. He became a CFA® charter holder in 1999 while living in Singapore and a CMT charter holder in 2018. He is on the Board of Directors of the CFA Society Chicago and serves on the Education Advisory Group and Communications.  Outside of work, he is Director of the Western Golf Association/Evans Scholars Foundation and a board member of the Bright Promises Foundation in Chicago.


GER 199 CHP: Harry Potter and Western Culture,
Prof. Laurie Johnson

64578 | MWF | 11:00 – 11:50 a.m. | 212 Honors| 3 Hours

How does one of the most significant literary and pop-cultural phenomena of all time—the Harry Potter series—reflect and transform central aspects of Western culture? We will explore this question while investigating ways in which myth, fantasy, and the novel relate and differ as forms. We will examine issues of character, genre, structure, and the philosophical and ethical issues raised within and by the Harry Potter series. 

You will read all seven volumes in the series; this is the only reading for the class, but it is substantial. Although the books will always be central to our discussions, we’ll also consider the relation between the books and the corresponding films and explore how different media represent and transform content. We’ll also think about the author’s problematic statements about gender and identity and explore the relation of author to work. 

By the end of the semester, you will have learned and used the tools of close reading, explored different methods of literary and cultural analysis, acquired familiarity with significant movements in Western thought, and become acquainted with contemporary discussions about connections between traditional and popular culture as well as between literature and film. 

*This course will be petitioned for General Education credit for Cultural Studies: Western/Comparative Cultures*
**This course is currently closed for continuing students. Seats have been held back for incoming freshmen**

Instructor: Laurie Johnson is Professor of German, with affiliations in Comparative & World Literature, Criticism & Interpretive Theory, and the European Union Center. She works on eighteenth- through twenty-first-century intellectual history, literature, psychology, philosophy, and visual studies, with emphasis on Romanticism and its afterlife. She has published four books and numerous articles and essays. Johnson has won several teaching awards, and was named Helen Corley Petit Scholar at the University of Illinois for exceptional research and teaching while on the tenure track. She has taught and researched at public and private universities, a liberal arts college, and a community college. Johnson has coached faculty around the country for the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity’s Faculty Success Program, and she was a Campus Workshop Facilitator for the NCFDD. She also was Visiting Professor for a year at the University of Ghent. Currently Johnson directs the Campus Honors Program.


HIST 268: Biology and Society from Darwin to the Human Genome, Prof. Mark Micale

70838 / MW 2:00 – 3:20 p.m. / 212 Honors / 3 Hours

It is universally acknowledged that Darwinian evolution provides the central explanatory paradigm in all of the life sciences today. The ideas of Charles Darwin also initiated one of the most profound transformations in the general history of human thought and culture.

History 268 is an interdisciplinary course about the intellectual origins, scientific content, and social, cultural, and religious impacts of Darwinian evolutionary theory in the nineteenth and twentieth century. Our methodological approach will be historical and contextualist. The core subject is Darwin’s life, work, and world; collaterally, we will explore the careers of several other Victorian intellectuals whose lives intersected with Darwin’s. We will also study the influence of Darwinian ideas outside the sciences in fields as diverse as Victorian-era relition, politics, philosophy, social theory, gender relations, and international affairs. The course provides a historical case study in the development and diffusion of radical scientific ideas in modern history. This seminar is designed for undergraduates with a wide range of interests and majors in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

*This course satisfies the general education requirements for Humanities and the Arts: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives and Cultural Studies: Western*
**This course is currently closed for continuing students. Seats have been held back for incoming freshmen**

Instructor: Mark S. Micale is Professor Emeritus in the Department of History, where he has taught since 1999.  He specializes in modern European history (especially the history of France) and the history of science and medicine.  Most of his publications books deal with the history of psychiatry, neurology, and psychoanalysis; they include Beyond the Unconscious, Traumatic Pasts, Interpreting Hysteria, Discovering the History of Psychiatry, and The Mind of Modernism.  He is currently working on a collection of essays about “the founder of neurology,” the nineteenth-century French physician Jean-Martin Charcot.  Professor Micale has won teaching prizes on the departmental, college, and university levels, and in 2018 he was awarded the King Broadrick-Allen Teaching Prize by the students of CHP.     

HK 340 CHP: Social and Physical Aspects of Physical Activity,
Prof. Steven Petruzzello

79138 | TR | 1:00 – 2:20 p.m. | 130 Freer Hall | 3 Hours

Social and Psychological Aspects of Physical Activity is designed to acquaint you with how psychological, social processes, and constraints influence human action in physical activity environments. The course will utilize both lecture and laboratory/discussion formats, with ample opportunity for interaction and discussion between professor and students and among yourselves. There may be occasional guest lectures. You, as the student, should feel free (and are strongly encouraged) to ask questions, take alternate viewpoints, present supportive arguments for statements, and generally make yourself a presence in the class. This cannot be emphasized enough. Keeping your insights and ideas to yourself will deprive us all of potentially illuminating, interesting, and useful information.

I believe in the following statement by Socrates: “I cannot teach anybody anything; I can only make them think.” From you I expect: (a) commitment to excellence, that is, I don t want you to overlook other important aspects of your life, but I do expect you to do work, spend the time, and do the reading and writing (and thus, thinking) necessary to be successful in this course; (b) self-motivation; and (c) initiative and critical thought. If you leave my classroom and have acquired a stronger ability to think, I will have done my job.

*This course satisfies the General Education requirement for Advanced Composition*
**This course is currently closed for continuing students. Seats have been held back for incoming freshmen**

Instructor: Steven Petruzzello is Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health. He received his Ph.D. in Exercise Science, Psychology of Exercise and Sport from Arizona State University in 1991. He began his career at UIUC in 1991 and has served as the Associate Head for Graduate Studies, Department of Kinesiology & Community Health since 2011. He has also been a Research Scientist for the Illinois Fire Service Institute since 2005. Professor Petruzzello’s research focuses on determining the mechanisms underlying the effectiveness of exercise in improving affect/emotion. The second line of research examines the physiological and psychological aspects of firefighting. Professor Petruzzello has been awarded the College of Applied Health Sciences Undergraduate Teaching Faculty Award, the Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and has consistently been named to the “List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students.”


LAW 306 CHP: The Operation of the American Criminal Justice System, Prof. Jennifer Pahre

78259 |MW | 3:00-4:15 p.m. | Law Bldg, Room K | 3 Hours

This course focuses on the operation of the criminal justice system in the United States.

The words “the justice system” broadly describe the laws that regulate society, and the law enforcement and court units that function throughout the nation at the federal, state, and municipal levels.

Focusing on criminal law, we will learn how the state and federal systems differ; the roles that law enforcement personnel, investigators, judges, attorneys, and other people play in the system; and the process that moves cases through the courts. We will meet with key legal professionals, including judges, prosecutors, and public defenders, and talk with them about what they do and what they see as the challenges and opportunities in their work.  We will also explore the substantive law and review the rules of criminal procedural law and the key cases that have established that law. 

In addition, we will learn about the role that poverty and mental illness plays in the justice system, and note the special problems that arise when juveniles commit crimes.  Finally, we will explore a variety of controversies that have plagued the justice system through the years, and we will consider how well our society has responded.

*This course will be petitioned for General Education credit for Humanities and the Arts: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives*

Instructor: Professor Jennifer Pahre is Teaching Associate Professor in the College of Law.  She has taught courses in insurance law, constitutional law, remedies, and evidence.  She oversaw the Legal Externship Program for 15 years, and then became the College of Law’s first Director of Undergraduate Studies.  Working with other faculty from other campus units, she created the Legal Studies Minor, and she now teaches two of the core classes in the minor.

Jennifer Pahre was awarded her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University with dual majors in international relations and German studies and was inducted into the Pi Sigma Alpha International Relations Honors Society. She earned her JD degree from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles, where she was the chief note and comment editor of the Loyola International and Comparative Law Review.

Professor Pahre is admitted to the state bars of California, Michigan, and Illinois and has practiced law in all three states. In addition, she is admitted to practice in the Sixth and Ninth Circuits of the United States Court of Appeals; in the United States District Courts of the Central, Northern, and Southern Districts of California; in the United States District Courts of the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan; and in the United States District Courts of the Central and Northern Districts of Illinois.


LER 199 CHP: Immigration & Race: Inequality in Work,
Prof. Michael LeRoy

70463 | T | 3:30 – 5:50 p.m. | 51 LIR | 3 Hours

Throughout U.S. history, whites have erected legal barriers to racial equality in the workplace. This course examines public policies, drawn from the U.S. Constitution, laws, court rulings, executive orders and related policy directives that have led to inequality in work. Our weekly readings will examine these topics:

  1. Constitutional debates, admission of free and slave states, and related court rulings that maintained and enhanced slavery as well as inferior legal status for free blacks.
  2. Public policy debates over “compassionate” repatriation of blacks to Liberia, and the presumption that whites and blacks are inherently incapable of working side-by- side.
  3. Court rulings declaring that slaves and peons are property or of such inferior legal status as to deny those individuals basic human rights of liberty and equality; and protests, revolts, and other organized resistance by slaves and people of color.
  4. Radical Republicans, Reconstruction, and the Fourteenth Amendment Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses.
  5. The rise of the Ku Klux Klan, white terrorism, quasi-slavery, and sharecropping; and passage of the Ku Klux Klan Act.
  6. Chinese immigration and “Yellow Fever”; and the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.
  7. Legal dismantling of the Ku Klux Klan Act and emergence of Jim Crow.
  8. Japanese and pan-Asian immigration restrictions; the National Origins Formula.
  9. Labor unions and the reborn KKK: The segregated workplace.
  10. The Two Faces of FDR: Japanese Internment and Executive Order 8802 (ordering integration of U.S. industrial plants).
  11. Legislating racial equality in the workplace, 1964-2016: Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965.
  12. White Supremacy and Nativism in the Age of Trump.

*This course will be petitioned for General Education credit for Cultural Studies: Non-Western Cultures and for Cultural Studies: U.S. Minority Cultures*
**This course is currently closed for continuing students. Seats have been held back for incoming freshmen**

Instructor: Michael LeRoy has published extensively on antitrust in professional sports, immigration, race, and employment policy (in particular, the “gig economy”), strikes and lockouts, voluntary and mandatory arbitration, employee involvement teams, and labor law implications stemming from national emergencies. Professor LeRoy has testified before the full U.S. Senate Committee on labor and human resources; consulted at the request of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers in connection with the Taft-Hartley labor dispute involving Pacific Maritime Association and International Longshore and Warehouse Union; and served as an advisor to the President’s Commission on the United States Postal Service.


PHIL 214 CHP: Biomedical Ethics, Prof. Jonathan Livengood

75438 | MWF | 1:00  – 1:50 p.m. | 212 Honors | 3 Hours

Biomedical Ethics (PHIL 214) teaches students to think critically about ethical problems that arise in the fields of medicine and bio-engineering. These typically include topics such as euthanasia, cosmetic surgery, genetic modification, involuntary psychiatric commitment, informed consent, vaccination and other public health initiatives, organ transplantation, non-human animal research, and state provision of healthcare. This semester, the course will focus on ethical, legal, and policy issues related to abortion.

***This course satisfies the general education requirement for Humanities; Historical & Philosophical Perspectives***
**This course is currently closed for continuing students. Seats have been held back for incoming freshmen**

Instructor: Jonathan Livengood is Associate Professor of Philosophy. His research is motivated by his interest in scientific method — an interest he’s had since reading C.S. Peirce’s Illustrations of the Logic of Science as an undergraduate. For those who want to read the Illustrations as they originally appeared, Google Books has you covered: see The Fixation of Belief, How to Make Our Ideas Clear, The Doctrine of Chances, and much more. Currently, Professor Livengood is working on several problems under the umbrella of causal reasoning. Some of his research concerns the psychology and semantics of causal reasoning, the normative questions about causal inference from data, and the role and legitimacy of causal reasoning in science. He is keenly interested in biomedical ethics and thinking through the ethical implications of current technology.


PS199 CHP: How Presidential Campaigns Win and Why They Lose,
Prof. Scott Althaus

41344| TR | 3:30 – 4:50 p.m. | 136 Armory | 3 Hours

This course explores the strategies and tactics of modern presidential campaigns. Focusing on the period from 1952 to the present, we will review how presidential campaign strategists assess prospects for winning, how and why they develop Electoral College strategies focused on a small number of battleground states, and what impact their campaign efforts are likely to have on election day. We will investigate theories of mobilization and persuasion that are especially relevant to political campaigns, and also explore the strategies, methods, and communication technologies that have been used in the modern era to mobilize and persuade voters in presidential elections.

*This course will be petitioned for General Education credit for Social & Behavioral Sciences: Social Science*

Instructor: Scott Althaus is the Merriam Professor of Political Science, Professor of Communication, and Director of the Cline Center for Advanced Social Research at the University of Illinois. Professor Althaus’s research and teaching interests explore the communication processes that support political accountability and that empower discontent in both democratic and non-democratic societies. His research explores how professional journalists construct news about public affairs in an increasingly hybridized communication ecosystem, how leaders shape professionally-produced news coverage for political advantage, how citizens use professionally-produced news coverage to make sense of public affairs, and how citizens convey their preferences to leaders through collective behaviors such as voting and acts of civil unrest. His most recent book (co-authored with Daron Shaw and Costas Panagopolous and to be published by Oxford University Press in summer of 2024) is Battleground: Electoral College Strategies, Execution, and Impact in the Modern Era, which draws on internal campaign records and novel data sources covering every presidential election from 1952 through 2020 to identify the Electoral College strategies for every major presidential campaign in the modern era, assess how well they executed their plans, and illuminate what difference their state-by-state allocation of candidate visits and television spending made on election day.