North Central College - Naperville, IL

History of Ideas Courses

NOTE: This page contains all of the regular course descriptions for this discipline or program. Academic credit for each course is noted in parenthesis after the course title. Prerequisites (if any) and the general education requirements, both Core and All-College Requirements (ACRs), which each course fulfills (if any) are noted following each course description. Not all courses are offered every year. Check Merlin, our searchable course schedule, to see which courses are being offered in upcoming terms.

HOI 100 Authority and Freedom: 1000 BCE-5000 CE (3.00)
This is the introductory course to the History of Ideas program, designed to introduce some of the most important intellectual traditions in the ancient world. The texts are global, representing traditions from East Asia, South Asia, the West, South America and Africa. The course engages fundamental questions about ways in which societies establish social order by balancing institutional authority and individual freedom. Honors course. College Scholar or instructor consent. Core: Humanities; ACR: Religion & Ethics.

HOI 102 History of Ideas I: Greek and Hebrew Thought (3.00)
An examination of the artistic, literary, philosophical, religious, and social/political thought of the ancient Greeks and Hebrews. Honors course. College Scholar or instructor consent. Core: Humanities; ACR: Religion & Ethics.

HOI 103 History of Ideas II: Roman and Christian Thought (3.00)
An examination of the artistic, literary, philosophical, religious, and social/political thought of the Romans and Christians. Honors course. College Scholar or instructor consent. Core: Humanities; ACR: Religion & Ethics.

HOI 201 History of Ideas III: Medieval and Renaissance Thought (3.00)
An examination of the artistic, literary, philosophical, religious, and social/political thought of the medieval period. Honors course. College Scholar or instructor consent. Core: Humanities; ACR: Religion & Ethics.

HOI 202 History of Ideas IV: Early Modern Thought (3.00)
An examination of the artistic, literary, philosophcial, religious, and social/political thought of the early modern period. Honors course. College Scholar or instructor consent. Core: Humanities or Social Science.

HOI 203 History of Ideas V: 19th and 20th Century Thought (3.00)
An examination of the artistic, literary, philosophical, religious, and social/political thought of the 19th and 20th centuries. Honors course. College Scholar or instructor consent. Core: Humanities or Social Science.

HOI 210 Cultures in Contact: 500-1500 (3.00)
This course explores the expanding networks of cultural, commercial, and religious exchange that mark the millennium between 500 and 1500, a period in which major events and trends confronted people with the problem of negotiating cultural differences and led to the development of new social and cultural forms. This course will examine how such encounters were experienced and interpreted during some of this era's major historical turning points.

HOI 220 Power and Statecraft 1500-1800 (3.00)
This course examines the rise of the West as the dominant culture and the rise of empire. It will examine both influential accounts and critiques of the relationship between power and statecraft in mulitple cultural traditional, both Western and non-Western. Honors course. College Scholar or instructor consent. Core: Humanities.

HOI 230 Revolutions: 1800-2000 (3.00)
This course will focus on the concept of revolution, broadly defined. It will consider different ways of defining revolution and how the term can be used. It will consider political revolutions, intellectual revolutions, artistic revolutions, and technological revolution, among others. In the process, we will explore dramatic shifts in perception, including science, gender, and empire. We will questions whether revolution is specific to the modern era, and what modernity can mean. Lastly, as we think about revolutions, we will analyze how power works in different contexts, such as in gender relations, class relations, and race relations. Honors course. College Scholar or instructor consent. Core: Humanities.

HOI 299 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

HOI 360 Advanced Seminar (3.00)
Advanced level close reading of texts of pertaining to one major theme, which, or by one major figure, who has been studied in one of the previous four courses in the program or who addresses ideas and issues treated in one of the previous courses. Course provides the opportunity for more in-depth study of a narrower range of material. Topics for the seminar will be themes, thinkers, writers, or artists who are recognized and established as major contributors to intellectual history, have had an important influence, or who are widely considered to be currently making a contribution of lasting significance to contemporary thought. Same As: HON 360 Honors course. College Scholar or instructor consent.

HOI 395 Capstone Seminar (3.00)
Capstone course for Program. Provides opportunity for students to reflect on contemporary perspectives on the ideas met in the History of Ideas program. The seminar draws from multiple cultural traditions, both Western and non-Western, and includes perspectives on gender, sexuality, race, critiques of modernity. Same As: HON 395, IDS 395. Honors course. College Scholar or instructor consent. ACR: Intercultural.

HOI 399 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

HOI 499 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.