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:
- 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:
F (Fine Arts)
P (Physical Sciences)
L (Life Sciences)
S (Social/Behavioral Sciences)
The following codes identify qualifying baccalaureate majors:
Biological Sciences (BIO)
Computer Science (CS)
Criminal Justice (CRJ)
Industrial Technology (IND)
Mass Communication (MC)
Political Science (PLS)
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 may charge a studio laboratory fee for use of materials and services.
Foundation Curriculum: The foundation curriculum is a prescribed set of studio courses required of all art majors in the Art Education (BFA), Graphic Design (BFA), and Studio (BA and BFA) options. Courses in the foundation curriculum consist of Art 1000, 1001, 1110, and 1111. In addition, ART 2500, 2601G, 2602G and 2749 are required common courses in the Art Education, Graphic Design and Art Studio options; ART 2050 is required in the Art Education and Art Studio options and Art 2050 or 2560 is required in the Graphic Design option.
Students may receive a grade in an upper division business course a maximum of three times. After a grade has been received in an upper division class at EIU, the School of Business will not accept subsequent transfer of an equivalent course from another school unless the School of Business has given prior written approval to enroll in the specific course at the specific university, which must be AACSB-International accredited.
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 Open to Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students – It is strongly recommended that students complete MAT 2110G, (or 1441G) and 2120G or 2190G (or 2550) before enrolling in Economics courses numbered 4750 and above.
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
||Intermediate 2201G, 2202G, or 3000 level
||Intermediate 2202G or 3000 level
The Department of Foreign Languages gladly confers with individual students concerning appropriate placement in our program taking into consideration the individual’s past academic experience as well as personal and professional goals. In addition to the guidelines above, the Department will administer free of charge a placement test to help place students within our four semester beginning/intermediate sequence (1101-2202G). It should be noted that the results of this test are non-binding and are meant as an additional tool to be allow students to place themselves appropriately. Faculty members are also available to perform both oral interviews and to evaluate writing samples to facilitate placement in courses numbered 3000 and above. Contact Department Chair to make arrangements.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 with no indicator require a waiver in order to count for US or non-US credit.
Kinesiology and Sports Studies
Activity course numbered 1000:
May be taken up to eight times; activity courses numbered 1400 to 1940 may be taken up to four times. Non-kinesiology & sports studies majors may count four semester hours in kinesiology & sports studies activity courses toward graduation; kinesiology & sports studies majors and minors and recreation administration majors may count up to six semester hours of credit in kinesiology & sports studies activity courses. Hours beyond the four- and six-hour restrictions will not count toward graduation but will be computed in the cumulative GPA. Kinesiology & sports studies and recreation administration majors may not elect the Credit/No Credit option for one-semester-hour activity courses.
KSS 4900 series of Special Topics Courses:
These special topics courses are offered on a rotating basis. Therefore, if a student receives a grade of “D” or “F” in one of the KSS 4900 courses, the student may take any other KSS 4900 course for grade replacement and GPA recalculation.
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.
Freshmen may enroll in any course whose number is less than 3000, if they have met prerequisites.
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.
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 minors may count up to six semester hours of ensemble toward graduation; music majors may count towards graduation all credits in ensemble courses required for their degree program; non-music majors may count four semester hours toward graduation.
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 applied engineering & 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.
(Students may take a senior seminar once they have completed 75 semester hours. However, so that those nearing graduation will have first access to seats, only students who have earned or will have earned 90 hours may register without the assistance of the offering department.)
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.
The University provides EIU students with affordable, high quality international academic opportunities that allow them to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for leadership in an interdependent world. Program opportunities with courses are offered all over the world and range in length from one week to an academic year. Students are encouraged to explore these opportunities early in their academic career, and apply for scholarships available through the University.
International academic experiences help students develop the personal and professional skills required to become effective and viable global citizens in a diverse world. Eastern Illinois University recognizes study abroad as a fundamental component of excellence in higher education and encourages all students to apply for its competitive programming opportunities.
Students should have completed one semester of college and be in good academic and judicial standing. No student who is on academic or disciplinary probation will be allowed to study abroad on any program through EIU. Students must meet eligibility and admission requirements in order to qualify for a particular study abroad program.
STA 4000G After successful completion of an approved EIU study abroad program, and 75 semester hours, students are eligible to take STA 4000G. As a capstone course, STA 4000G will require students to exercise their abilities to think critically about their global education experiences. They will develop, summarize, and synthesize their individualized experience through readings, assignments, a reflective piece that may be submitted to the Electronic Writing Portfolio, an individualized project, and a presentation. This course incorporates university assessment activities, which may include tests, surveys and other instruments. To allow ample time for writing and discussion, STA 4000G, will be limited to a maximum of 25 students.
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
For complete descriptions of additional courses applicable to the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minor, please see the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minor homepage: https://www.eiu.edu/women. The following are examples of courses applicable to the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minor:
- 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 3970 - Race, Gender, and the Media. (3-0-3)
- PLS 3903 - Women and Politics. (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)