One course could make all the difference this summer at Illinois

by John Postlethwait | May 07, 2018

1690x624-summer-18Are you still considering your summer plans? Why not take a summer course and take advantage of the excellent courses that the University of Illinois has to offer? With over 350 online courses available during the summer, in a variety of subjects, you are sure to find a course to fit your needs!

Online summer courses are a great way to get ahead in your studies or to catch up if you’re a little behind. Not only can you take a class from anywhere in the world, a majority of them offer a flexible class schedule that allows you to work at your own pace. With such a large offering of courses, online courses are also a great way to learn about subjects that are relevant and interesting specifically to you. While we’ve highlighted a few of the courses being offered this summer below, there are so many more interesting courses to choose from. Check out the rest of the courses we offer at our online.illinois.edu.

English 104: Intro to Film
Summer is usually the time for binge watching Netflix shows, so why not kill two birds with one stone by enrolling in this fascinating course? During this course you will explore a diverse range of films in order to gain cinematic expression as well as explore a film’s ability to entertain while exerting artistic and social influence. While films are created to entertain, there’s often a deeper and hidden purpose behind a film that is often lost on the audience. This course will help you explore these hidden messages and allow you to assign a deeper meaning to films.

Geology 104: Geology of the National Parks
National parks such as Yellow Stone and Yosemite have long been popular travel destinations because of the natural beauty that they possess.  This course will help you understand the geological background of some of the most famous national parks. Students will explore how the landscapes have changed and how they will continue to change in the future.

Sociology 350: Technology and Society
Technology has and will continue to change society as we know it. We are surrounded by constant innovation that pushes the boundaries of what we thought was possible. SOC 350 explores the social and cultural origins of modern technology and technological innovation and the effects that it has had on society. Specific topics in this course include the impact of technology on beliefs and values, accommodation and resistance to change, and technology’s role in the third world.

Geology 118: Natural Disasters
While Illinois isn’t well known for its natural disasters, learning about these feats of nature can be extremely interesting. This course introduces the nature, causes, risks, effects, and prediction of natural disasters including earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, subsidence, global climate change, severe weather, coastal erosion, floods, mass extinctions, and meteorite impacts. Students will have the chance to learn about the science behind these natural disasters as well as study some of the most well-known and destructive natural disasters in history.  

Spanish 101: Intro to Spanish
Con aproximadamente 400 millones de hablantes, el español es el segundo idioma más hablado en el mundo. If you didn’t understand that first sentence, then maybe consider taking Spanish 101 this summer! With over 400 million Spanish speakers worldwide, Spanish is the second most spoken language behind Chinese. Having the ability to speak Spanish opens up countless possibilities in the United States and worldwide. Spanish 101 is an intensive beginner Spanish course where you will develop basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills to a novice high level.

 

 

 

 

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