Take any of the following summer courses of interest to you!
Graphic Novels, Comics, and Geek Culture
Hollywood has its own translations of comic characters, as has publishing, licensing, and other industries, and comic conventions have now become worldwide gateways to this phenomenon. This course pulls back the curtain to reveal how it all works, including a historical look at female and black creators who often did not enjoy the spotlight. This eye-opening course starts with fan passion then lays out the inner workings of an entire industry.
How to LOVE Group Projects
College is full of group projects, whether class assignments or teamwork in clubs or athletics. You’ll learn techniques to help you be a better leader and member of inclusive and effective teams, become more culturally competent so you can benefit from the input of individuals from diverse backgrounds and identities, and master both in-person and online tools to help you manage projects and responsibilities. We’ll actually use these tools in short group exercises so you’ll get to know your classmates and get a preview of what some typical college course group projects look like.
Human Performance: The Science of Exercise
It is no secret that exercise has numerous health benefits that can help a wide array of individuals, from an elite-level athlete to a fitness-phobe. The vast amount of information regarding health and wellness is enough to overwhelm anyone, but understanding the basics can help make an exercise regimen more effective. The goal of this course is to help students become “educated consumers” of the health and wellness movement. Discussion will include topics such as how exercise affects the body, the importance of health and wellness to the general and athletic population, and popular claims in human performance.
The Knee Bone’s Connected to the…? Introduction to the Human Body
Health professionals across multiple disciplines must work together in order to provide the best quality care for their patients. While the various treatments may look differently depending on one's career choice (whether that be on the field, in the operating room, or in the clinic), one thing remains the same: the language of anatomy. Develop a foundational understanding of the human body—including anatomical directions, bony landmarks, joints, muscle groups and much more—in order to enhance your knowledge for future career endeavors.
Knocking off the Rust
Are you excited about studying music but a little anxious about your latent music theory, aural training, and keyboard skills? Have no fear! We will knock the rust off skills that may have been on the back burner for a while and help you enter your first semester on the fast track toward success. (You'll get the best results if you have access to a keyboard.)
Hoping to manage the stress of transitioning to college? Explore various techniques of sitting and walking meditation. Meditation has been associated with health benefits such as reduction of stress, depression, and anxiety, as well as improvements in cardiovascular and digestive health. It's an effective tool for navigating the uncertainty in our lives. Join us as we cultivate an enhanced sense of balance, inner peace, and well-being. You'll learn transformative techniques for deep relaxation to help you throughout your college career and your entire life.
Money and You
This introductory personal finance course focuses on financial decision making for college students. Topics covered include: banking, savings and checking accounts, fundamentals of personal financial statements and budgeting, financing purchases, debt management, insurance, and investing basics.
Movies and Philosophical Conversation
Watch movies like The Laramie Project and Captain America alongside readings in philosophy and be inspired to consider questions deeply and from different perspectives. Topics will include the existence of God, the nature of mind, personal identity, and moral responsibility.
Notes and Keys: Preparatory Musicianship
Master the fundamental skills needed for first-year musicianship courses: Aural Skills I, Keyboard Musicianship I, and Fundamentals of Music Theory. In this self-paced course, you'll advance your music literacy skills while learning basic vocal and keyboard performance techniques, even without access to a keyboard. If you're ready to succeed in core musicianship classes, you'll be ready to succeed in other aspects of your music degree. You'll also have the option to complete extra modules that can serve as review for the Keyboard and Theory placement exams.
Once Upon This Time: Reflecting on Fairy Tales
Using the fairy tale genre and its storytelling patterns, you'll use the process of reflective writing as a prompt for creative writing and self-discovery.
Queer Representation on Television
This seminar focuses on queer representation on American television from the 1950s through the present day. Through lectures, readings, and screenings we will examine the role television has played in the “construction” of the images of gay men, lesbians, bisexual, and transgender people on fiction and non-fiction television programs on commercial broadcast and cable television and streaming services. As we trace the social and political changes that have shaped the lives of LGBQT people over the past seven decades, we will investigate the dual role television has played in affirming and challenging the dominant beliefs, attitudes, and social myths about queer people.
Song-listening and Songwriting: Performance Practice, Artistic Engagement, and Community Building
Learn about writing and singing music, interpreting songs and poems, reaching out to audiences, and collaborating with others as you engage with music you love and with other students. Songwriters, singers, and listeners of all skill levels are welcome.
Storytelling in the Modern World- A Hero/ine's Journey
Through films such as Finding Nemo to The Matrix as well as video games, folk, fairy tales and true stories we will reflect upon and discuss how the Hero/ine's Journey permeates and impacts our cultural and personal choices, and our identities.
Thriving in College Based on Your Personality Type
This seminar will prepare students for success in every aspect of the college experience, from achieving academically to improving personal relationships to choosing a career path. We will take a deep dive into how a student's personality type can affect his or her learning style, study habits, test taking, roommate and personal relationships, time management, and stress in college. Students will learn their own MBTI® types and focus on practical strategies for overcoming potential challenges and achieving success. MBTI stands for Myers Briggs Type Indicator, a tool with decades of research to help individuals understand their own communication preference and how they interact with others.
Did you ever wonder about autism? Did you know that 1 in every 59 people are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder? Regardless of the field you choose—health, business, communications, or education—this topic is relevant. Explore the characteristics of autism, understand changes through the lifespan, investigate interventions that help individuals with autism in community, school, and home settings, and discover how to include individuals with autism in all aspects of our society. You will leave this course with a greater understanding of the impairment and how to be an advocate for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Virtuoso Learning: Cultivating Artistry & Community as Performers
Are you preparing for an up coming performance event? As musicians, public speakers, actors, writers, athletes, teachers, dancers, or divers, Virtuoso Learning is designed to give incoming students skills and habits upfront, so they arrive ready to succeed academically, and equipped to support one another and find the support they need for success in performance. In addition to practical information about how to organize and prepare for auditions, performances, lessons, events, meets, presentations, or public speaking, this class also addresses the essential skills every performer needs for fostering a healthy mindset in the short and long term.