Reminder: Spring 2014 Registration
Registration for transfer students will begin November 15th ; registration appointments are assigned beginning in mid-October. Students should check MyNIU for their appointment day and time. All new undergraduate students MUST meet with an academic advisor following their orientation session before they will be allowed to register.
Sociology Introduces New Certificate in Criminology
New for Fall 2013, this certificate is recommended for all students interested in issues associated with the patterns, correlates, explanations, and societal ramifications/responses to crime. Students intending to work in careers related to the criminal justice and legal system, public health, security, education, and human services fields may benefit from this program of study.
SOCI 381 – Criminology (3 credits)
SOCI 383 – The Criminal Justice System (3 credits)
Electives (any 3 of the following):
SOCI 357 – The Sociology of Gender (3)
or SOCI 361 – Race and Ethnicity (3)
or SOCI 450 – Social Inequality (3)
SOCI 380 – Deviance in Society (3)
SOCI 384 – Police in a Democratic Society (3)
SOCI 386 – Peace and Social Justice (3)
SOCI 388 – Punishment and Corrections (3)
SOCI 390 – Internship in Sociology (3)
SOCI 395 – Contemporary Topics in Sociology (3)
SOCI 480 – Communities and Crime (3)
SOCI 485 – Law and Society (3)
SOCI 487 – Gender and Crime (3)
SOCI 488 – Juvenile Delinquency (3)
SOCI 492 – Comparative Criminology (3)
SOCI 495 – Proseminar in Sociology (3)
NGOLD Announces New Minor
Along with its major program, NIU’s Center for Nongovernmental Organization Leadership and Development (NGOLD) is now offering a minor in Community Leadership and Civic Engagement. This course of study prepares students for a variety of careers with social service and nonprofit organizations and is a perfect complement to any number of majors. Learn more about non-governmental (nonprofit) organizations, management, social entrepreneurship, international organizations, philanthropy, and more!
The minor requires only 6 courses (18 credits):
Departmental Requirements (6 hours total):
CLCE 100 – Introduction to Public Service (3)
CLCE 410 – Civic Engagement (3)
Requirements Outside the Department (3 hours total):
PSPA 326X Nonprofit Management (3)
or POLS 326 Nonprofit Management (3)
Three of the following from different departments (9 hours):
ANTH 329 – Anthropology and Contemporary World Problems (3)
CLCE 350 – Community Organizations in a Digital World (3)
CLCE 390 –Special Topics in Community Leadership and Civic Engagement (3)
CLCE 430 – International NGOs and Globalization (3)
MGMT 217 – Legal Environment of Business (3)
MGMT 311 – Social Entrepreneurship (3)
MGMT 333 – Principles of Management (3)
PSPA 201 – Public Service Leadership (3)
PSPA 301 – Philanthropy and Volunteerism (3)
PSPA 402 – Resource Strategies for Non-Profit Organizations (3)
or MGMT 402X – Resource Strategies for Non-Profit Organizations (3)
SOCI 375 – Sociology of Organizations (3)
SOCI 392 – Organizing for Social Action (3)
Special Pricing for Community College Students, Faculty, Staff
NIU Admissions is offering a Game Day Experience package exclusively for community college students, faculty, and staff at home football games on Saturday, October 26; Wednesday, November 13; and Tuesday, November 26. For just $5.00, you can get a ticket to the game and free parking! The Huskies remain unbeaten and have now won 20 straight games against MAC opponents, a new conference record. They are ranked at No. 18 in the BCS standings and “Bowl Buzz” is beginning again this year. Register today for your $5.00 ticket package and help us pack the stands for the NIU Huskies!
Transfer Tuesdays are BACK!
If your students are considering transferring to NIU, this is a great way to cover all their bases in one fell swoop. Students will meet with an admissions counselor, hear a presentation about transferring to NIU, tour campus, and even see our posh, newly renovated residence hall for juniors and seniors, Gilbert Hall, if they plan to live on campus. Transfer Tuesdays occur weekly between October 22 and December 10, from 12:30 to 3:00 PM. Pre-registration is required and can be completed online.
Can’t Make it To Campus? Transfer Webinars Can Provide Answers for Your Students
Join Transfer Center Counselor Arielle Kalvelage as she leads a conversation about transferring to NIU. Students with any number of credit hours or completed degrees can determine what steps they need to take to enroll in on-campus, off-campus and/or on-line programs with NIU.
Fall 2013 webinars will be held:
Fall 2013 Open House
Registration is required. Log-in information will be sent after registration is complete.
“I looked at a lot of expensive schools around the country. NIU is affordable and puts students on the path to successful employment. I’m glad I made the right decision.”
Isaac Palma, May 2013 graduate, Assistant Manager for the Chicago Metro District, Sherwin-Williams
An Aurora, Ill., native, Isaac says deciding where to complete your bachelor’s degree can be “daunting yet exciting, and as I sorted through a half-dozen schools to transfer to after community college, NIU was the clear choice for me.”
He says the quality of the faculty was “especially important to me as a political science transfer student. I was searching for a place that would challenge me academically, enhance my professional skills and give me the opportunity to get involved and help others. I found all of these opportunities at NIU.”
Isaac says getting involved helped NIU become “a home away from home” for him.
“I thought it would be a bit difficult to transition without having been a freshman at the university, especially not knowing anyone, but....NIU has countless opportunities to become involved, including clubs, organizations, campus jobs, internships and student government.”
Isaac was a senator for the Student Government Association, worked as a manager at a coffee shop on campus, and completed a marketing and communications internship with NIU’s Division of University Relations before landing a job as assistant manager for Sherwin-Williams prior to his senior year!
“Without NIU, I would not be where I am today. Transferring to NIU was the best decision I ever made.”
Meet the Transfer Center Team
NIU’s Transfer Center Team has some new faces as well as seasoned veterans ready to assist you and your students in making a smooth transition to NIU. On the Center’s website you can find the transfer counselor assigned to your college and learn when he/she will be on your campus, verify admissions requirements for transfer students, and get a checklist of steps for your students to successfully transfer to NIU. For students in the Chicago area, Transfer Admissions Counselor Ty Garland is in NIU’s Chicago office on most Tuesdays and Thursdays; email him at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm his schedule and set up an appointment.
Special Services for Transfer and Non-Traditional Students
NIU’s Office of Off-Campus and Non-Traditional Student Services is a resource center and lounge space for students who live off campus, commute from home, have children, are military students and/or are over age 24. Staff can assist with finding housing, carpool connections, locker space (locker rentals are just $15 per semester or $25 per year), and computer access. Free beverages (and even warm soup/snacks on certain days throughout the year!) are readily available. Find their office in the Holmes Student Center, rooms 023J and 023K (lower level near Orientation Office), call them at 815-753-9999, or email staff at email@example.com.
Honoring our Veterans
For your students who are veterans, remember that NIU received the 2014 Military Friendly School designation from G.I. Jobs. This honor is reserved for the top 20% of schools nationwide that deliver the best experience for students with military backgrounds. Send your vets to us, and we’ll give them a top-notch education and college experience.
NIU Named “Innovation and Economic Prosperity Institution”
NIU is among the first 16 universities selected by the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) to receive this designation. The honor is reserved for those institutions who are working in both the private and public sectors to support economic development through innovation and entrepreneurship, technology transfer, and talent, workforce and community development. APLU President Peter McPherson said the designation “recognizes universities that are really stepping up to strengthen their local economy.”
Political Science Announces Mentoring Program
The Department of Political Science is developing a new mentoring program for its undergraduate students. The program will match students and alumni with similar career and professional interests. The guidance and advice offered by the accomplished professionals who will serve as mentors will make our students more marketable in the workplace.
Living downstate before beginning my career as an advisor at NIU, I became familiar with most of the community colleges from Harrisburg to Kankakee and Champaign to the Spoon River. When I moved to DeKalb in 1996, I grew familiar with community colleges north of I-80. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences appreciates the strength of our community college system and the importance to the areas they serve. We appreciate the diverse nature of these areas and the many ways transfer students from all across the state enrich the NIU community.
As we work toward growing our transfer student community, CLAS advisors are ready to work directly with each of you to share program information, explain policies, and ease transitions to NIU. The importance of your role in easing that transition makes you an important part of the NIU community. We look forward to seeing you at the articulation conference in March, but feel free to call or email to ask a question or introduce yourself before then.
Acting Director of Undergraduate Studies
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