Wesleyan’s 2013 Summer Session offered students a unique opportunity to complete semester-long courses in only five weeks. Courses spanned the curriculum, including gateway courses and special two-course Thematic Institutes, which are only available during the summer. All courses followed the Wesleyan tradition of small classes, which allow for closer relationships with faculty and fellow students as well as immersive study and a concentrated focus.
This summer, one session ran from May 29 – June 27 and the other from July 1 – July 30. The first session included 12 courses while the second session included eight courses, two of which comprised a Thematic Institute on Visual Storytelling.
Examples of courses offered this summer were “The Graphic Novel,” “Elementary Statistics,” “Drawing I,” “Life Science, Art, and Culture, Medieval to Present,” and “Foreign Policy at the Movies.”
Some courses gave students the chance to knock out a gateway course for their major over the summer. For example, all English majors are required to take English 201 and Professor Stephanie Weiner’s course, “Ways of Reading: Reading for Genre: Form, History, Theory.” By completing this course over the summer, students are able to pursue different courses during the regular academic year. Other classes, such as Professor John Kirn’s “Comparative Animal Behavior,” are only offered during the summer. All courses are open to Wesleyan and non-Wesleyan students alike.
In addition to the Summer Session, Wesleyan also offers pre-college students the opportunity to experience a Wesleyan education during the summer. Beginning this summer, Wesleyan is offering fully online seminars developed specifically for high-achieving high school juniors and seniors. Pre-College courses are taught by Wesleyan faculty, allowing students to get the full benefit of Wesleyan while also interacting with classmates, participating in writing and interactive projects, completing assignments, and gaining valuable, individualized feedback on a flexible schedule. Students receive a Certificate of Completion with an optional letter grade.