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IC 103 First Year Foundations (1)
The subject of this class is SUCCESS…what success is for students personally and how students can achieve it. In the coming weeks, students will learn many proven strategies for creating greater academic, professional and personal success. We will use guided journal writings to explore these strategies.

IS 110 Exploring American Culture
This course provides a general overview and exploration of American culture(s) and what it means to be an American. It is designed as an introduction to the values, traditions, and customs in American culture, acquainting students with characteristics of American society in general, and with the history and aspects of everyday life in west central Illinois specifically. Consideration is also given to the diversity of American culture(s) in other regions of the country. In addition to the regular classroom experience, this course includes field-based activities through which students experience first-hand various dimensions of living in this region. Recommended for, and enrollment limited to, international students who are new to Illinois College; may not be repeated. 4 credits. Offered Fall semesters.

IS 201 Travel Study Program within the United States (1-3)
This course number designates academic credit in connection with a BreakAway trip within the United States.

BreakAways: Credits vary (1-3), depending on the length of the trip and hours of preparatory course sessions. Students register for a BreakAway trip during the semester in which the trip and/or preparatory course takes place. (May-June BreakAways mean Spring registration for the course.) Prerequisite: Application to participate in a BreakAway and instructor approval.

IS 202 Travel Study Abroad Program (1 - 15)
This course number designates academic credit in connection with either an international BreakAway trip or study abroad.

BreakAways: Credits vary (1-3), depending on the length of the trip and hours of preparatory course sessions. Students register for a BreakAway trip during the semester in which the trip and/or preparatory course takes place. (May-June BreakAways mean Spring registration for the course.) Prerequisite: Application to participate in a BreakAway and instructor approval.

Study abroad: For Fall or Spring study abroad, a student registers at IC for a block of 15 credits. After receipt of the transcript from the program abroad, the 15-block credit is replaced by individual course titles with their respective credits. Summer study abroad credits vary according to program. Prerequisite: Application for study abroad and approval by the Committee on Study Abroad and BreakAways, IS 203, and IS 204 (upon return).

IS 203 Introduction to Cross-Cultural Experiences (1)
This course constitutes the first of an interdisciplinary two-course sequence related to study abroad. This course focuses on getting ready for departure and is specifically designed for students who have been approved for study abroad. During the semester prior to their anticipated term abroad, students develop a mindset and skills that will help them make the most of their experience outside the United States. Required for study abroad participants. Offered every semester.

IS 204 Integrating Cross-Cultural Experiences (1)
This course constitutes the second of an interdisciplinary two-course sequence related to study abroad. This part focuses on integrating the experience of students returned from abroad into the remainder of their undergraduate career, anticipating graduation, applying to graduate school, or searching for a job. Required for students returned to campus from study abroad. Offered every semester.

IS 205 Ethical Leadership in Democracy (4)
In this course students read, discuss, and reflect on the fundamental concept of leadership across a wide range of historical periods. They grapple with such questions as Why lead? Why follow? How are leaders best educated to be effective in a democracy? What type(s) of leaders are the best in a democracy? How important should morality be to leaders? What do citizens owe one another? In what way(s) does leadership intersect with the idea of service? The course is open to all Illinois College students.

IS 232 German Cinema (4)
This course explores German society and culture through the medium of film. The course discusses historical and contemporary issues raised in classic and contemporary German cinema and how film functions as a medium for as entertainment, education and political action. 

IS 234 Marx, Nietzsche, Freud (4)
This course will examine the contributions of Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud to the making of the modern world. The course will analyze selections from original works of these authors and explore contemporary expressions of their ideas in films, advertising, entertainment and other current media. 

IS 236 Gender in Germany. (4)
This course examines the discourse of gender in German society from early modern times to the present on the basis of historical and current documents, literature, film and other cultural artifacts. 

IS 237 The Romantics: Music, Art and Poetry (4)
A study of the Romantic movement in central Europe as reflected in music, poetry, prose, the arts and other cultural discourses in society.

IS 238 Philosophy and Literature in Germany (4)
This course will examine the exchange of ideas and images between philosophy and literature and the arts in German culture from the 1700s to the present day. The course will examine the role played by philosophical ideas in German novels, poetry, essays, film, music and art.

IS 248 Prostitutes to Midwives (4)
This course introduces students to early modern voices asserting centuries ago that women had contributions to make in the world, and that they, too, should be taken seriously in education, politics, religion, science, daily life. Students will gain an overview of the position of women in early modern Europe and examine texts from the 1400s to the 1700s, written by women such as courtesans, princesses, nuns, midwives, and commoners. All readings are in English. On the one hand, students will encounter a world very different from their own, and on the other, come across many of the same questions we ask today. 

IS 250 Business in Germany and the European Union (4)
An introduction to German business vocabulary, forms, economic matters and career possibilities. Comprehension and communication in many common business situations.

IS 270 Latino Community Tutoring (1)
Students tutor Spanish-Speakers in the community on a weekly basis, helping them improve their use of English. Their work helps Spanish-speakers in the local community gain the language and intercultural skills to integrate into society. Through working with Spanishspeakers, students learn about local Hispanic cultures. Through training and practice, students gain basic skills in second-language tutoring. Class is repeatable.

IS 301 IC Explorers Internship (1 - 6)
The IC Explorers program partners agencies throughout the state of Illinois with Illinois College interns who engage in learning opportunities that encourage them to put their academic knowledge to work. Students who are chosen to participate in the program complete a three-credit internship as a requirement of their internship.

IS 357 Business Law I (4)
This course is designed to provide students with a general overview and introduction to the American legal system, both procedural and substantive, with an emphasis on civil law. Topics include: the courts, trial procedure, torts, personal property, real property, insurance, contracts, and contemporary issues.

IS 360 Writing Politics in America: Public Advocacy in the 21st-Century (4)
This course focuses on public writing which defends causes, urges people to take action in the civic realm, advocates or attacks policies. We will examine all forms of written communication directed at political advocacy in the public realm, especially civic journalism, which has exploded in volume recently on the internet, as well as less formal media, such as graffiti. Our goals will be to improve our abilities to understand the meanings of such writings and to critique these writings on the bases of technique, accuracy, and effectiveness. The major project for students and professor will be the composition of a piece of written advocacy directed toward a purpose of the author’s choosing.

IS 400 Internship: Washington Center Program (1 - 15)
Training in a number of disciplines through internships in Washington, D.C., under the auspices of the Washington Center Program. As part of the program, students take one, sometimes two courses parallel to the internship experience. For Fall or Spring internships, a student registers at IC for a block of 15 credits. After receipt of the transcript from TWC, the 15-block credit is replaced by individual course and internship titles with their respective credits. Summer internship credits vary. Open to Juniors and Seniors. Prerequisite: Application for off-campus study and approval by the Committee on Study Abroad and BreakAways.

IS 406 Enactus (1 - 4)
Through independent and group work the student is given the opportunity to put into practice or teach others, on and off campus, some of the skills and knowledge acquired in prior course work. (Formerly SIFE - Students in Free Enterprise.) 

IS 461, 462 Independent Study in Interdisciplinary Studies (1 - 4)

IS 463, 464 Internship in Interdisciplinary Studies (1 - 4)

IS 465, 466 Independent Research in Interdisciplinary Studies (1 - 4)