Summer Courses at McDaniel

Undergraduate Summer Session 2014

Registration for all students (including degree and non-degree seeking) begins Monday, April 1, online and at the Registrar’s Office.

Regular Courses

ENG 1101 01: Intro to College Writing      4 credits      D. Schafer
MTWTH    11:00 a.m.–1:40 p.m.    5/27 – 6/29
Instruction in how to write clear, correct, and effective expository prose; practice in careful, analytical reading of significant literature; training in research techniques. Placement determined by the English department.

GSC 1104: Calculations in Science      2 credits      M. Smith
Online 4 week session    6/30 – 7/25

An online course for students to integrate math with science prior to taking introductory chemistry, biology, physics or environmental science courses.

GSC 1106: Understanding the Universe      4 credits      A. Mian
Online 8 week session    6/2 – 7/25

Did you ever want to understand the inner workings of the universe? If so, this class is for you. This course will introduce students to the fundamental ideas and experiments that scientists rely on to help explain how everything in the universe works. Possible topics include the potential of extraterrestrial life; the mysterious quantum world of matter and light; symmetries in nature; the beginning of the universe; the existence of dark matter and energy and their connection to the universe’s final fate; the fundamental importance of energy; the lifecycles of stellar systems and stars; and Einstein’s theory of relativity and black holes.
McDaniel Plan requirement:  Scientific Inquiry

GSC 1111: Introductory Astronomy      4 credits      A. Mian
Online 8 week session    6/2 – 7/25

This course provides an overview of the field of astronomy. Students will study the history of astronomy; tools and methods used by astronomers; age, distance, size, and temperature scales encountered in the science of the cosmos; motions of celestial objects; composition, characteristics, and development of the planets, Sun, galaxies, and other astronomical bodies; and current events and discoveries, as well as the role of the space program.
McDaniel Plan requirement:  Scientific Inquiry

HIS 2220 01: Twentieth Century Europe      4 credits      J. Zejmis
MTWTH  11:00 a.m.–1:40 p.m.    5/27 – 6/29

In the early twenty-first century, historians must grapple with how to define the tumultuous and in many ways tragic period that proceeded. Worldwide depression, two world wars, Cold War, communism, totalitarianism, Holocaust, collectivization, decolonization; these singular events have greatly altered the image of a prosperous and progressive Europe that took hold in the previous century. In this wide-ranging course, which will consider cultural, social, economic, and political trends in Europe from the First World War to the present, we will attempt to understand the various paths that Europe and individual European nations have taken, their global and human implications, and the place of Europe in the world today.
McDaniel Plan requirement:  International Western; Social, Cultural, and Historical Understanding

HIS 2269 SP: History Practice – Tai Chi      4 credits      Q. Fang
MTWTH  5:00 p.m.–7:40 p.m.    5/27 – 6/29

Students will practice and master taiji (one set of taiji fists and one set of taiji sword) and study its histories and cultures in this course. Taiji (Tai Chi), roughly translated as “internal martial arts,” has achieved popularity in China and beyond. It is not uncommon to see taiji practitioners practicing (with fists, fans, and swords) in a park, by a lake, or in a neighborhood on winter mornings or summer evenings. Taiji emphasizes relaxation, concentration on the body parts, tranquility, and harmony of both mind and body. We will begin by examining early precursors to taiji around the 6th century BCE, and move on to its origins in the sixteenth century, and then to its codification in the eighteenth century. Students will gain an understanding of taiji’s relation with Daoism/Confucianism prior to the 20th century, its connection with nationalism in the 20th century, and its association with the ideas of health and self-cultivation within and beyond a post-socialism China.

MUL 1152: Diversity and Meaning in Popular Music      4 credits      R. Armstrong
Online 8 week session    6/2 – 7/25

Exploration of various types of popular music, their historical origins, cultural contexts, and meanings to their audience. It also examines how the diversity of the United States is represented in the music its populations create and consume.
McDaniel Plan requirement:  Creative Expression, Multicultural

PSY 1106: Introduction to Psychology      4 credits      S. Lippy
Online 8 week session    6/2 – 7/25

An introduction to the basic theories, principles, and methods of psychology, including a focus on neuroscience, personality, social influences, learning, thinking, memory, emotion, and abnormal processes. Universal principles as well as cultural variations in human behavior will be explored. The course will also examine applications of psychological concepts to challenges encountered in life.
McDaniel Plan requirement:  Social, Cultural, and Historical Understanding

PSY 2209: Developmental Psychology      4 credits      S. Lippy
Online 8 week session    6/2 – 7/25

The study of developmental changes from the prenatal period through adolescence, with particular emphasis on how physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development interact in forming the whole person. Special attention will be given to theoretical perspectives, the contexts within which development operates (home/school), and the applications of research on current topics.
Prerequisites:  Psychology 1106 or Education/First-Year Seminar 1111 or Education 1141
McDaniel Plan requirement:  Social, Cultural, and Historical Understanding

SOC 1104: Introduction to Sociology: Global Perspective      4 credits      R. Smith
Online 8 week session    6/2 – 7/25

This course offers an overview of the discipline of sociology from a global perspective, focusing particularly on cross-cultural comparison of social, economic and political relationships. It explores how social forces impact the structure of society, its social institutions as well as cultural patterns, groups, personality, and human interactions. Special attention is paid to indigenous groups in America and other parts of the world.
McDaniel Plan requirement:  International Nonwestern, Social, Cultural, and Historical Understanding

SOC 2412: Wealth, Power, and Prestige in American Society      4 credits      D. Lemke
Online 8 week session    6/2 – 7/25

A survey of classical and contemporary theories and research on the development and consequences of class inequality in American society. Topics include status, social class, social mobility, class conflict, and income distribution.
Prerequisite:  Sociology 1103 or 1104.
McDaniel Plan requirement:  Multicultural, Social, Cultural, and Historical Understanding

Common Ground on the Hill Traditions Weeks
Undergraduate: IDS (Art, Music, English) 2298, 3398, 4498      1–4 Credits
Graduate: IDS (Art, Music, Humanities, English) 551
Two One-Week Sessions    6/29 – 7/4 and 7/6 – 7/11
Common Ground on the Hill Instructors of Record: W. Michael, L. Van Hart, S. Nida, P. Zappardino
See “Special Opportunities” for more information. 

Special Opportunities

Independent Study courses provide opportunity for individual study under the direction of a faculty member. Independent Study is arranged by the sponsoring faculty member and the student, and students complete a form available in the Registrar’s Office.

Student Internships are available through cooperative programs with government, business, industry, institutions, and individuals. Internships are coordinated through the Office of Career Services and may be arranged directly through the academic departments or programs of the College. Credit bearing internships must be sponsored by a member of the faculty, and students complete a form available in the Registrar’s Office.

Common Ground on the Hill (June 29–July 11, 2014), now celebrating its 20th year, is built around an international community of musicians, artists, dancers, poets, and scholars that assemble each year during July for Common Ground’s Tradition Weeks.  Students of all ages may enroll, whether for non-credit or credit. Common Ground courses are academically rigorous, while allowing students to acquire new skills and perspectives in a friendly, encouraging environment. For information on tuition and fees for Common Ground and to enroll, visit or contact 410-857-2771 or


1. Tuition: $392.50/credit hour

  • 4 credit hour course: $1,570
  • 2 credit hour course: $785
  • .5 credit hour course $196

Courses are available to Auditors at one half the tuition.  Senior citizens are charged $25 per credit hour.

2. Housing:
Approximately $152/week, standard double room 

  • Residence hall, 5 weeks: approximately $760
  • Other options available 

3. Meals:
$133/week to $179/week 

  • Five weeks, 14 meals/week: $665
  • Five weeks, 20 meals/week: $895

Registration for all students (including degree and non-degree seeking) begins Monday, April 1, online and at the Registrar’s Office.