New Summer Courses Available

Stressed by your course load? Worried about your GPA? Concerned about being on track for graduation? Wanting to take a lighter course load next year – especially if you will be starting Senior IS or taking on the challenge of Student Teaching? Wishing you could focus on just one class and do well in it? Looking for something to give your summer focus and a sense of accomplishment? Just wanting to stay connected with Wooster faculty and students over the summer?

The College of Wooster is pleased to announce new fully-remote Summer Sessions for 2022. We are offering ten courses, all of which meet requirements that count toward graduation.  All courses will be taught remotely, using a combination of synchronous and asynchronous modes of learning. Some class schedules will be flexible, to allow for your work schedule and/or different time zones.  All classes will earn a full Wooster credit (1.000), so there is no need to worry about the paperwork or costs of transferring credits in from other institutions. Classes last for 4 or 6 weeks, giving you plenty of time to relax before the fall semester begins. Best of all, you will be working with Wooster faculty and other Wooster students on courses directly related to your Wooster curriculum requirements.  If you need to take a class this summer, why not make it a Wooster class?

For these ten special summer session courses, The College of Wooster is offering a significant tuition discount. For each course credit, tuition will be $2,600, discounted from the usual summer tuition price of $3,150. On top of that, need-based financial aid will be available, based on your FAFSA status. Students may take up to two courses in the summer session.

For more information, please contact Prof. Hettinger, Director of the Wooster Summer Sessions: mhettinger@wooster.edu.

Choose from these 10 Courses:

DATA 10200: Introduction to Statistics (May 23-July 1)

Instructor: C. Horr
Meeting info: MWF 9:30-10:50 am. plus asynchronous class recordings and small group consultations.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course covers an introduction to basic statistical methods and concepts – the basic elements of descriptive and inferential statistics. Course material includes exploratory data analysis, categorical data, experimental design, sampling, inference for means and proportions, confidence intervals, and regression. The course consists of regular in-class examples and activities to promote experiential learning, independent homework assignments, exams, and a final project designed to demonstrate what students have learned throughout the course. This course does not satisfy the prerequisites for further Mathematics courses, nor does it count toward a major or minor.

ENGL 27008: Writers’ Habits, Routines, and Strategies (May 23-July 1)

[AH, W]
Instructor: A. Brazeau
Meeting info: TR 7:00-8:30 p.m. plus one small group discussion per week to be arranged.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Maya Angelou wrote in the mornings, in a space cleared of decoration and distraction. Steven King assigned himself the task of completing six pages every day. Kurt Vonnegut and Haruki Murakami swim, run, and do push-ups. In this course, we will explore how professional writers practice and conceptualize the work of writing, and then consider how these individual accounts match up with academic research on how writers learn and develop their abilities. We will also experiment with adopting and evaluating these habits, routines, and strategies for ourselves. Course projects will prompt students to examine and analyze their own writing process, and critically evaluate the strategies and routines of professional writers.

ENVS 22000: From Farm to Table: Understanding the Food System (May 23-July 1)

Instructor: M. Mariola
Meeting info: MWF 3:00-4:50 pm. Plus asynchronous opportunities.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this class is to come to a deeper understanding of the complex system of the production and consumption of food. We begin on the farm, discussing the history of American agriculture and the rise of modern industrial farming. Then we explore some of the alternatives that have been proposed to industrial farming, including organic farming and going local. Finally we turn our attention to food itself and tackle the most basic question of all: what should we eat? This course mainly consists of analysis and discussions of agriculture in the United States, including its historical and geographic diversity. We also discuss the topics of the family farm, nutrition, and the “western diet,” and how these link back to the industrial farming system. In the second half of the course our discussions will center on a book about a family farm in Nebraska This Blessed Earth, by Ted Genoways, which contextualizes and humanizes the themes of the course. A unique feature of the course will be opportunities to share our recipes and experiments in home cooking as we consider how the ingredients we use are related to the themes of the course.

HIST 10102: Homecomings: Histories of Return Migration (May 23-July 1)

[HSS, D, GE]
Instructor: B. Adams
Meeting info: W 6:00-9:00 p.m. plus asynchronous opportunities.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  While the act of return is frequently part of migratory experiences, return migration is largely overlooked as a key aspect of migration history. This course will center on the experiences of migrants who make temporary and permanent returns home. In addition to exploring transnational and interdisciplinary narratives of return migration, the course will also ask students to consider what it means for us to understand a place to be our home. Key readings for this course will include Call to Home: African Americans Reclaim the Rural South by Carol B. Stack and Homecomings: Unsettling Paths of Return, edited by Markowitz, Fran, and Anders H. Stefansson.

PSYC 29916: Neurodiversity (May 23-July 1)

[HSS, D]
Instructor: G. Herzmann
Meeting info: MWF 1:00-2:50 p.m.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course will introduce students to neurodiversity, the idea that neurological differences, whether arising from developmental (i.e., Dyslexia, ADHD, Autism) or mental conditions (i.e., Schizophrenia or Tourette’s) should be accepted and valued as natural variations to human brain and behavior. This course will combine synchronous and asynchronous activities including small-group discussions, large-group discussions, student presentations, and lectures with active learning components. Asynchronous activities will include reading of primary literature as well as auto- and biographical essays, watching videos, reflective writing, and experiential learning. The usual pre-requisite for this course is Psychology 100 or Advanced Placement Psychology, but this requirement will be waived as long as the student has taken an introductory level course in one of the social or natural sciences, such as Biology 111, Neuroscience 200, or Sociology/Anthropology 100.

SPAN 10100: Beginning Spanish I (May 23-July 1)

Instructor: A. Diaz de Leon
Meeting info: MTWF 9:30-11:20 a.m.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This is the first of a two-semester sequence of courses that introduces students to the Spanish language and the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Through the integration of grammar topics, conversational activities, reading materials and listening exercises, students will receive a basic training in the language with special attention given to the acquisition of a functional vocabulary. Homework and exams will be completed and submitted on the textbook website. The course textbook is Aventuras (e-Book and online access key required), which can be purchased through the Wilson Bookstore. Students will attend four synchronous sessions per week, MTWF from 9:30 AM – 11:20 a.m. to practice the language in an online group setting. Upon completion of this course, students will be fully prepared to continue with SPAN 102, which will cover the second half of the Aventuras textbook.

SPAN 10200: Beginning Spanish II (May 23-July 1)

Instructor: O. Balam
Meeting info: MTWF 9:30-11:20 a.m.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This is the second of a two-semester sequence of courses that introduces students to the Spanish language and the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world through a variety of participatory activities structured around reading, listening, writing, and speaking. SPAN 10200 builds on the vocabulary and grammar taught in SPAN 10100 and promotes the active use of Spanish in everyday situations. As an online course, students will attend four synchronous sessions per week, MTWF from 9:30-11:20 a.m., for the purpose of practicing the language in an online group setting. Homework and exams will be completed via the textbook website, which provides exercises for practicing the language and for learning vocabulary and grammar. Students enrolled in the course should plan to spend 1-2 hours per day studying for the course in addition to the time spent in the online classroom. Synchronous attendance is required. Testing, however, will be asynchronous. This course is not recommended for students who are unable to attend the scheduled online sessions. The book that will be used in the course is Aventuras (Vista Higher Learning, 5th Edition, 2018), which can be purchased through the Wilson Bookstore (e-Book and online access key required).

GMDS 13000: Introduction to Film Studies (May 23-June 17)

Instructor: A. Atay
Meeting info: TR 1:00-2:50 p.m. plus asynchronous small group discussions.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This class provides an introduction to the basic tools of film analysis and introduces students to film aesthetics through the analysis of film form and style. The course aims to provide students with a fluency in and understanding of film’s unique language as it evolves technologically, historically and generically. We will examine how elements like mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing and sound work together to create meaning in a range of films. We will also examine how these elements are put together in different types of films – narratives, documentaries and experimental cinema – and how films function in society to circulate ideas and ideologies.

PSCI 20600: Political Parties and Elections (May 23-June 17)

Instructor: B. van Dorn
Meeting info: MW 1:00-2:50 p.m. plus asynchronous small group sessions.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Elections and political parties are central to representative democracy. But how well do they work? Our primary goal in this class is to systematically examine elections and election campaigns in the United States, with a particular focus on the role of parties and partisans in these events. We will seek answers to interesting questions such as: How do the rules of the game shape elections? Who votes, how, and does that matter? How do voters decide who to vote for? How do campaigns strategically craft their messages? Do campaigns matter and, if so, how and when? This class will be a collaborative learning experience. We will work together to use current elections as a laboratory to test and apply theories and findings from political science.

PHIL 25000: Ancient Philosophy: Plato and Aristotle (June 20-July 15)

[AH, GE]

Instructor: E. Schiltz

Meeting info: T 1:00-3:00 p.m. plus about five hours of asynchronous content per week.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The story of ancient Greek philosophy is the story of a remarkable transition in thought – from thinking of the world in terms of the intentions of the Olympian gods to the systematic study of questions in philosophy, natural science, physical science, history, psychology, political science, literature, and rhetoric. (Just to name a few!)  This course examines the major philosophical texts of ancient Greece and the Pre-Socratic writings out of which they grew. The writings of these philosophers have implications for contemporary politics, education, morality and knowledge.  Asynchronous engagement with the course content is a significant part of the student’s responsibilities for this course.