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2006-2007 EIU Undergraduate Catalog 
2006-2007 EIU Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Information

Generally, courses numbered 1000-1999 are freshman courses; 2000-2999, sophomore courses; 3000-3999, junior courses; 4000-4999, senior courses; and 5000-6999, graduate courses. However, if prerequisites are met, students may enroll according to the following schedule:

Class   Courses Numbered
Freshman   1000   2000 a a
Sophomore   1000   2000 3000 a
Junior   1000   2000 3000 4000
Senior   1000   2000 3000 4000/5000-5499b
Graduate       4750-4999c 5000-6999  
  • a – Courses numbered 3000-4999 in chemistry, foreign languages, mathematics, and military science may be taken by students who have prerequisites and permission of the department chairperson.
  • b – Courses numbered 5000-5499 may be taken by students who have a 2.75 GPA and permission of instructor and Dean of the Graduate School.
  • c– Courses numbered 4750-4999 are open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

Numbers in parentheses following the course title indicate the number of class hours per week, laboratory or studio hours per week, and credit hours. For example (3-0-3) indicates three hours of classroom work each week, no laboratory hours, and three semester hours credit. Students enrolled in courses whose meeting times are noted as “arranged” (Arr.) should contact the instructor by the beginning of the semester. Unless indicated as below, courses are offered every term. Offering times indicated are: Su – Summer Term; F – Fall Semester; S - Spring Semester. Writing-Intensive courses are designated “WI.” Certain course descriptions include abbreviations pertinent to the Illinois Articulation Initiative. Those abbreviations are explained below.

Prerequisites for courses are printed immediately following the course description. Prerequisites are predicated upon the assumption that students require certain knowledge and/or skills gained in one or more previous courses. Of particular concern in this regard are courses numbered 3000 or above, especially those required in majors and minors. Such courses often connect to a series of prerequisites, and, in many cases, only the highest ranking prerequisite in the series is listed with the course description. Students must be aware that the listed prerequisite may itself have one or more prerequisites. It is the student’s responsibility to consult the catalog course descriptions to be sure that all prerequisites in a series have been met.

A student may not enroll in a course serving as a prerequisite for another course he or she has already completed. (This rule does not apply to students who do not earn grades of C or better in ENG 1001G, ENG 1002G, and/or CMN 1310G or in accepted substitutions.) A student may not enroll in a lower level course which substantially duplicates a higher level course already completed. Should a student violate this prescription, he/she may not receive credit for the course toward graduation.

The Illinois Articulation Initiative

Eastern Illinois University is a participant in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI), a statewide agreement that allows transfer of the completed Illinois General Education Core Curriculum between participating institutions. Completion of the transferable General Education Core Curriculum at any participating college or university in Illinois assures transferring students that lower-division general education requirements for an associate or bachelor’s degree have been satisfied. This agreement is in effect for students entering an associate or baccalaureate degree-granting institution as first-time freshmen in summer 1998 (and thereafter). In course descriptions, the following codes identify qualifying general education courses:

C (Communication)
F (Fine Arts)
M (Mathematics)
P (Physical Sciences)
H (Humanities)
L (Life Sciences)
S (Social/Behavioral Sciences)

The following codes identify qualifying baccalaureate majors:

Agriculture (AG)
Art and Art Education (ART)
Biological Sciences (BIO), Business (BUS)
Chemistry (CHM)
Clinical Lab Sciences (CLS)
Communication Studies (SPC)
Computer Sciences (CS)
Criminal Justice (CRJ)
Early Childhood Education (ECE)
Elementary Education (EED)
Engineering (EGR)
English (ENG)
History (HIS)
Manufacturing Technology (MTM)
Mass Communication (MC)
Mathematics (MTH)
Music (MUS)
Political Science (PLS)
Psychology (PSY)
Secondary Education (SED)
Social Work (SW)
Sociology (S)
Special Education (SPE)
Theatre Arts (TA).

For more information, visit the IAI website: www.itransfer.org/IAI/.

Subject Area Notes


Note: Studio courses meet for double periods. Discussions and critiques may be incorporated into the studio hours.

The Department of Art reserves the right to retain for exhibition purposes any student work produced in art classes for a period of one academic year after the year in which the work was produced.

All materials and art supplies which go into finished works of art are to be furnished by students. Courses in Art Education, Ceramics, 2D Foundations, 3D Foundations, Jewelry and Metalsmithing, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Graphic Design, Digital Art, Introduction to Art, and Multicultural Aesthetics, and Weaving may charge a studio laboratory fee for use of materials and services.

Core Curriculum: The core curriculum is a prescribed program of study required of all art majors and is basic to all options. Courses in the core curriculum consist of Art 1000, 1110, 1111, 2601G and 2602G. In addition, ART 2050 and 2500 are required common courses in the Art Education, Graphic Design and Art Studio options.


Chemistry 1040G is a one-semester course covering topics of contemporary interest for the non-science oriented student. It is particularly appropriate for use in meeting the Scientific Awareness General Education requirement.

For most other students, Chemistry 1310G (lecture) and 1315G (laboratory) are taken in the first semester, and Chemistry 1410 (lecture) and 1415 (laboratory) are taken in the second semester. Students who have had no high school chemistry should complete Chemistry 1040G prior to enrolling in Chemistry 1310G/1315G.

Note: Students in laboratory courses will be assessed a course fee for consumable materials. Students in these courses are required to purchase a pair of the goggles designated for use in chemistry labs. Suitable goggles are available in the bookstore.

Communication Disorders and Sciences

For information on admission to the major and access to upper division CDS courses, see the description of the Communication Disorders and Sciences major in the “College Descriptions and Program Requirements” section of this catalog.


See Senior Seminar, Study Abroad, and University Foundations.


Courses in English are grouped for curriculum selection as follows (the Groups are further indicated by numbers at the end of the course descriptions):

  • Group 1–Required Courses: 2205***, 2601, 2901* or 3901 or 4901, 3001, 3401*, 3402*, 4300, 4390**, 4644**, 4801*, 4950
  • Group 2–Literary/Cultural Studies: 2602, 2692, 2705, 2850, 3009G, 3099G, 3705, 3903
  • Group 3–Periods: English Literature before 1660: 3800, 3801, 3802, 3803, 3804, 3892
  • Group 4–Periods: English Literature after 1660: 3805, 3806, 3807, 3808
  • Group 5–Periods: American Literature: 3700, 3701, 3702, 3703, 3704
  • Group 6–Special Areas, Topics and Studies: 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2603, 2760, 3005, 3405, 3504, 3600, 3601, 3604, 3606, 3706, 3970, 4275, 4750, 4752, 4760, 4761, 4762, 4763, 4764, 4775, 4850, 4903, 4905, 4906

Note: A student who enters the University with a deficiency in the basic skills in English–reading, writing, spelling, elements of grammar and good usage– may be required to take work in fundamental English in addition to the ENG 1001G and 1002G requirements.

Note: Students who intend to teach should realize that some school systems require of candidates for English positions a course in the teaching of reading. See MLE 4280.

Note: Except for ENG 3009G and 3099G, English courses in the General Education program do not fulfill requirements in the English major or minors.

* Required for Teacher Certification only
** Required of Honors students only
*** Concurrent or prior registration in English 2205 is strongly recommended for majors in all courses at the 2000-level and above.

Foreign Language

Conversational Courses, 1001 and 1002
As part of its comprehensive course listings, the Department of Foreign Languages offers two conversational courses in French, German, and Spanish. These are numbered 1001 and 1002 and are two semester hours each. While they may be taken Credit/No Credit only, they are not counted against the Credit/No Credit option limit of courses. 1001 is primarily for beginners. However, a student with up to but no more than one year of high school study in foreign language may enroll. A student with any college credit in foreign language may not take this course for credit. 1002 is primarily for those students who have completed 1001. However, a student with one or two years of high school study in foreign language may also enroll. A student with any college credit in foreign language other than 1001 may NOT take 1002 for credit.

Note: For enrollment in other language courses after earning credit in one or more of the C/NC courses above, consult the Department Chairperson.

A student who wishes to continue the study of a language begun in high school should enroll in an appropriate language course as indicated below. If previous language study was not recent, placement at a lower level may be more appropriate. Permission is required from the Department Chairperson.

High School Units
Less than 2 years   Elementary 1101
2 years   Elementary 1102
3 years   Intermediate 2201G
4 years   Intermediate 2201G, 2202G, or 3000 level
4+ years   Intermediate 2202G or 3000 level

Advanced Competency Credit Policy
Advanced Competency Credit is credit toward graduation for previously acquired language proficiency. It is available in French, German and Spanish only.

  1. To be eligible a student must apply for Advanced Competency Credit during the first semester he or she is enrolled in a foreign language course.
  2. A transfer student who took language courses at another institution and received college credit for these courses will not be eligible for Advanced Competency Credit in those languages.
  3. Advanced Competency Credit will be granted as follows:

A student beginning at the 1102 level and completing eight semester hours of course work with a grade of C or better in each course will be granted four semester hours of advanced competency credit.

A student beginning at the 2201G or higher level and completing eight semester hours of course work with a grade of C or better in each course will be granted six semester hours of advanced competency credit.

Independent study courses, courses taken credit/no credit, and courses for which Advanced Placement Credit has been granted may not be included in the total required to qualify.

Qualifying courses should be taken consecutively or concurrently unless approval for another arrangement is obtained from the Department Chairperson.

Health Studies

Note: Courses in First Aid and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation may charge a laboratory fee for use of materials and services.


Upper-division courses that count for US history credit are indicated by “US” at the end of the course description. Upper-division courses that count for non-US history credit are indicated by “NUS”. Courses that count for Non-US 3rd World credit are indicated by “NUS3”. Courses with no indicator require a waiver in order to count for US or non-US credit.


In planning student programs it is important to check the course prerequisites including placement exam requirements as listed with the course descriptions below. “High school mathematics” as used here includes high school courses in algebra, geometry, and trigonometry and modern courses which integrate these subjects; it does not include “general mathematics,” “consumer mathematics,” “shop mathematics,” etc.

When ACT scores are used for placement purposes, scores of 19 or less on the mathematics portion generally will result in placement in non-credit courses such as MAT 1020, 1070, or 1270. Incoming students should consider taking appropriate courses to strengthen their background the summer prior to enrollment.

A tutoring service is available in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science throughout the year for students who may need assistance in undergraduate courses.

Courses in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciences are designed to serve the following purposes: (1) to contribute to the development of an informed citizenry; (2) to provide specific skills and knowledge of the discipline for those who plan to pursue careers in teaching mathematics or industry; (3) to provide the background for graduate study; and (4) to provide service for those disciplines outside mathematics. Except for 1441G proficiency credit will not be allowed for courses numbered below 2000.


Introductory Applied Study.
Introductory study in music performance on a one-to-one basis with a studio instructor. Recommended for majors studying a secondary applied instrument or voice. Open to all university students. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: All students who wish to enroll in applied study must audition and demonstrate beginning-level music reading skills.

Music Ensembles
Membership in music ensembles is open to all university students, including music majors, minors, and non-majors. Selection can be made on the basis of auditions, which are posted in the Department office prior to each semester. Instruments and lockers are available without charge for students wishing to participate in instrumental ensembles. The various ensembles, with the exception of the Oratorio Chorus (comprised of the Concert Choir, Mixed Chorus, and other vocalists for the study and performance of cantatas, oratorios, Masses, and other major choral works) and Pep Band (contact the Band Office for participation), are listed with their specific course description below. Music majors and minors may count up to six semester hours of ensemble toward graduation; non-music majors may count four semester hours toward graduation.

Physical Education

Activity courses numbered 0020 to 1000 may be taken up to eight times; those numbered 1400 to 1940 may be taken up to four times. Non-physical education majors may count four semester hours in physical education activity courses toward graduation; physical education majors and minors and recreation administration majors may count up to six semester hours of credit in physical education activity courses. Hours beyond the four- and six-hour restrictions will not count toward graduation but will be computed in the cumulative GPA. Physical education and recreation administration majors may not elect the Credit/No Credit option for one-semester-hour activity courses.


PHY 1351G, 1352G, 1361, 1362, and 1371, 1372 constitute the standard introductory sequence in physics for majors and minors in chemistry, physics, and pre-engineering. PHY 1151G, 1152G and 1161, 1162 are intended primarily for geology, life science, and industrial technology majors, students in the health professions and others desiring a full-year cultural exposure to physics in a course with less technical emphasis than the 1300 series.

Senior Seminar

(To be taken after the student has completed 75 semester hours.)
Senior seminars are offered in a number of subjects and disciplines each semester, each one organized around a particular subject/issue important to contemporary society. Each seminar is listed by title and instructor in the schedule of courses during registration each semester. The student must successfully complete a seminar outside of his or her major.

The Senior Seminar at Eastern Illinois University is designed to be a cross-disciplinary culminating experience that will provide students with an opportunity to apply concepts and use skills developed in both their general education and major courses. Information about topics of major importance, e.g., the Holocaust, Social Movements, Women in Science, Technology, Controversies in Education, Sociobiology, etc. will be read, analyzed, discussed, and written about in a three semester-hour seminar led by a faculty member of a discipline different from those of the students. To allow ample time for writing and discussion, senior seminars will be limited to a maximum of 25 students. As an element of the general education curriculum, each senior seminar shall focus on some aspect of citizenship. As the capstone course to the general education curriculum, each senior seminar will incorporate assessment activities into the course; these activities may include tests, surveys, and other instruments.

Women’s Studies

For complete descriptions of additional courses applicable to the Women’s Studies Minor, see the following:

  • ART 3685 - Women in Art. (3-0-3)
  • ECN 3873 - Economics of Race and Gender. (3-0-3)
  • EIU 4108G - The Changing World of Women. (3-0-3)
  • EIU 4162G - Women’s Voices: Women in the Theatre. (3-0-3)
  • ENG 3903 - Women, Literature, and Language. (3-0-3)
  • FCS 2831 - Women in Contemporary Society. (3-0-3)
  • HST 3560 - Women’s Health. (3-0-3)
  • HIS 3900 - Women in American History. (3-0-3)
  • JOU 3903 - Women and the Media. (3-0-3)
  • PLS 3903 - Gender, Public Policy, and the Law. (3-0-3)
  • PSY 3720 - Psychology of Gender (3-0-3)
  • SOC 3903 - Gender Roles and Social Change. (3-0-3)
  • CMN 3903 - Rhetoric of Women. (3-0-3)