Summer Courses at McDaniel


Undergraduate Summer Session 2016

Priority registration for all McDaniel students (including degree and non-degree seeking) begins Monday,  March 28, online and at the Registrar’s Office.


Registration for all other students and members of the community, begins Monday, April 18, online and at the Registrar’s Office.

Regular Courses
SESSION 1: May 23 - June 24

ENV 1131: Environmental Problem Solving      4 credits      M. Becker
MTWTHF   8:00 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.   

This course is the introductory course for environmental science. An interdisciplinary study of environmental problems that considers world populations, energy, air and water pollution, sustainable agriculture, biodiversity and environmental health. Class discussion will center on solutions including technical and human behavioral modifications that can lead to the sustainable use of our environment. Approximately 3/4 of this class will meet in the classroom, and 1/4 of this class will have an online component.
McDaniel Plan: Scientific Inquiry with Embedded Laboratory

SOC 2265: Food, Culture, and Society      4 credits      L. Semu
Online 5 week session    5/23 – 6/24

Eating: the consumption of nutrients is a biological imperative; but food is more than nutrition. This course therefore views food production, processing, distribution and consumption as social and cultural phenomena. It is through foodways that individual and cultural identity is expressed; struggles and aspirations of minority and immigrant communities; social class and culture are expressed. This course will enable students develop a sociological framework for understanding the role of food in their own lives, that of the contemporary United States, as well as a broader perspective for engaging other cultures. Students will also be able to draw connections between the various issues on food: GMOs, obesity and hunger, food deserts, agricultural subsidies, federal food regulation and the global dimensions of agri-food networks.

ENG 1101: Introduction to College Writing      4 credits      W. Spence
Online 5 week session    5/23 – 6/24

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.
McDaniel Plan: First Year Writing Requirement

PHI 1101: Introduction to Philosophy      4 credits      J. Baron
Online 5 week session    5/23 – 6/24

A study of selected thinkers dealing with basic epistemological, metaphysical, and ethical questions. The course may include issues such as theories of knowledge and reality, the relationship of philosophy to daily life situations, science, and religion.
McDaniel Plan: Social, Cultural, and Historical Understanding; Textual Analysis

SOC 1104: Introduction to Sociology: A Global Perspective       4 credits      R. Smith
Online 5 week session    5/23 – 6/24

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: International Nonwestern; Social, Cultural, and Historical Understanding

PSI 2208: Inventors of Political Ideas      4 credits      F. Grice
MTWTHF  6:00 p.m. – 8:40 p.m.  

This is an introduction to political theory through the close study and critical assessment of selected original works by leading Western political thinkers. Students will be introduced to the central concepts in political theory including justice, virtue, sovereignty, liberty, equality, state of nature, social contract, democracy, liberalism, and republicanism. We will also explore similarities and differences between the ancients and moderns, especially the relationship between nature or natural law and politics, the relationship between morality and politics, the relationship between the individual and the state, the role of religion in politics, and the equality or inequality of human beings.
McDaniel Plan: Social, Cultural and Historical Understanding; Textual Analysis

HIS 2220: Twentieth Century Europe      4 credits     J. Zejmis
Online 5 week session    5/23 – 6/24

In the early twenty-first century, historians must grapple with how to define the tumultuous and in many ways tragic period that preceded. 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. On campus option available.
McDaniel Plan: International Western; Social, Cultural, and Historical Understanding

GSC 1106: Understanding the Universe      4 credits      A. Mian
Online 5 week session    5/23 – 6/24

Did you ever want to understand the inner workings of the universe? If so, then 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. This course may count as a Physics elective.
McDaniel Plan: Scientific Inquiry

SESSION 2: June 27 - July 28

PHI 2265: Asian Philosophy      4 credits      E. Grosz
Online 5 week session    6/27 – 7/28

This course will introduce students to some of the major Asian philosophical traditions. We will explore foundational texts in Confucian, Daoist, Hindu, and Buddhist schools of thought with an eye to how these major traditions influence and respond to each other. Key concepts of Asian philosophies will be embedded in historical, cultural and geographical frameworks. Our guiding questions will be: What is the nature of reality? What is the self? What is the meaning of human existence? And, how should one live? Another major point of focus will be the relation between theory and practice. Many of the authors who we will read do not merely aim at communicating objects of knowledge to the reader; rather, they aim to transform the reader’s very being. While students will become familiar with how authors respond to philosophical problems, it is hoped that the course will open up a space in which students can develop the ability to think critically about their own lived experience in light of the readings.
McDaniel Plan:  International Non-Western; Textual Analysis

PSY 2214: Behavioral Neuroscience      4 credits      M. Rhodes
MTWTHF  2:00p.m. - 4:40p.m.

Behavioral Neuroscience investigates the relationship between the brain and behavior. The first part of the course is designed to provide students with a solid background in the fundamentals of neuroanatomy, nervous conduction and psychopharmacology; this will allow students to actively participate in classroom discussions in the second part, when major issues in behavioral neuroscience such as learning, memory, emotions, sleep, biological rhythms, and stress are investigated.
Prerequisite: PSY1106, Introduction to Psychology
McDaniel Plan: Scientific Inquiry

REL 2000: Christianity: The Basics      4 credits      B. Stoddard
MTWTHF  8:00 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. 

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

AHY 1114: History of Western Art II Survey      4 credits      I. Galliera
Online 5 week session    6/27 – 7/28

Continuation of the survey of History of Western Art I, 1400 to present. Emphasis is placed on the Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic, and Modern periods.
McDaniel Plan: Creative Expression

EPE 2265: Medical Terminology      4 credits      S. Brunner
Online 5 week session    6/27 – 7/28

This course examines medical vocabulary including root words, prefixes and suffixes used in various health professions. Students review the nervous, skeletal, cardiovascular, muscle and other major systems of the human body, and discuss terms related to physiology, anatomy and pathological conditions. Students will develop a working knowledge of medical terms and abbreviations.
Prerequisite: BIOL-1111, Principles of Biology

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 28–July 10, 2016), now celebrating its 22nd 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 credit or non-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: $1630 per 4-credit course

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

2. Housing: $835 (standard double room, other options available)

3. Meals:

  • $740 (14 meals per week)
  • $990 (20 meals per week)