Summer Scholars Program Courses

Students in the Summer Scholars Program will take one 3-credit course during the two-week period that will meet Monday through Friday for three hours a day.

Students in this program will take classes alongside current college students and are expected to complete approximately five hours of pre-work through an online communication website prior to the beginning of class. This may include discussion boards, papers, or another way that students can demonstrate their knowledge.

Successful course completion requires dilligence and organization. Students in the program have many opportunities to study for their courses during the day and evening while Summer Scholars facilitators provide weekly one-on-one meetings to gage how each student is handling the course. In addition, we encourage students to visit their professors during their office hours to ensure they are on track to complete their course.

*Course offerings are subject to change. Contact us at with any questions.

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    1. Biology: Identity and the Human Genome (Professor Olivia Harriott)
      This course introduces scientific and social aspects of human genetics. Topics of discussion include the structure and function of genes, human genetic diversity, Mendelian inheritance, and the ethical and legal issues related to emerging genetic technologies.

    2. Communication: Family Communication (Professor Maggie Wills)
      In this course students come to understand how families are constituted through symbolic processes and interaction; explore the verbal and non-verbal communication behaviors that are developed and preferred in different kinds of families; learn various theories for understanding family interactions at the individual, dyadic, group, and systems levels; analyze family communication patterns using established theories and methods; connect family dynamics to social trends and processes including the roles of the mass media and popular culture; and explore ways culture, class, gender, and sexuality affect and are affected by family structures, roles, and communication patterns.

    3. Economics: Introduction to Microeconomics (Professor Phil Lane)
      This course analyzes the behavior of individual consumers and producers as they deal with the economic problem of allocating scarce resources. The course examines how markets function to establish prices and quantities through supply and demand, how resource costs influence firm supply, and how variations in competition levels affect economic efficiency. Topics may include antitrust policy, the distribution of income, the role of government, and environmental problems. The course includes computer applications.

    4. English: Creative Writing (Professor Elizabeth Hilts)
      This course fosters creativity and critical acumen through extensive exercises in the composition of poetry and fiction.

    5. English: Fairy Tales (Professor Robert Epstein)
      A study of classic fairy tales in their oldest preserved versions by authors like Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm; in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature influenced by the fairy tale tradition; in post-modern literary retellings; and in film and popular culture. The class leads to the production of a term paper involving research in primary sources and literary and folklore criticism. 

    6. Music: History and Development of Rock (Professor Brian Torff)
      This course surveys the musical and social trends that resulted in the emergence of rock and roll as an important musical and cultural force in America. The course traces the roots of rock, blues, and country styles, showing how they merged with popular music. Students examine periods from the 1950s to the present, along with Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, the Beatles, the British invasion, folk music, Bob Dylan, jazz and art rock, Jimi Hendrix, the west coast movement, and the music industry. Students learn to understand, discuss, and differentiate between stylistic periods and their historical relevance to American culture.

    7. Philosophy: Introduction to Philosophy (Professor Kris Sealey)
      The aim of the course is to introduce students to the vocation of wonder and questioning by engaging students in discussions about some of the basic questions of philosophy. Students will read texts from historical and contemporary writers, and will be asked to develop their own skills of thinking, reading, and writing critically.

    8. Studio Art: Foundation: Drawing (Professor Kevin Ford)
      This course focuses on the act of seeing and its intimate connection with mark-making. Experiences develop observational, expressive, and conceptual skills. Students explore the formal elements of drawing, such as line, value, composition, and form, and how they can be used to express an awareness of one's self and the world around one. The course explores a variety of materials and processes through in- and out-of-class projects. Students participate in critiques of these projects and, through writing and speaking, develop a language of aesthetic awareness and a sense of artistic quality. Students will be emailed a list of materials to be purchased prior to the start of the program.

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