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2020 Summer Session

Session I: May 26 - July 6| Session II: July 7 - August 17

Summer Session Classes are 100% Online!

Summer session registration for all McDaniel students is completed online via Self-Service.  For newly admitted students or members of the community, please contact the Registrar's Office to complete your registration.

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  • Priority registration, March 23- April 17: $1,900 per 4-credit course
  • Regular registration, April 18 and later: $2,160 per 4-credit course
  • Interested in signing up with a friend? Contact and you will both receive a $100 rebate! (The rebate will be applied to the fall tuition bill upon completion of the course.)

Summer Session I: May 26 - July 6

All Courses are 4 Credits

BUA-1T01 Personal Finance

Personal Finance equips students with the knowledge and skills to make financial decisions that contribute to overall well-being. Topics include cash and credit card management, consumer loans, insurance, investments, retirement and estate planning, tax planning, financial planning, and the time value of money.

BUA-1T02 Introduction to Excel

This course provides basic training in Microsoft Excel for Windows. Students will learn the essentials of spreadsheet creation, including data entry and editing, formatting, and printing. Emphasis will be placed on creating and using formulas and functions, moving and working with data.

COM-1102 Intro to Comm | Interpersonal

A broad historical and theoretical introduction to the study of human communication in the context of face-to-face and small group interaction. Homework and classroom participation put a strong emphasis on writing and speaking.

ENG-1104 Writing from the Underground

In this course, students will compare/contrast both mainstream media and underground/alternative media to deconstruct the style, argument, and effectiveness of zines as a tool for subverting political or cultural oppression. McDaniel Plan: Multicultural

ENG-2219 Multimedia Writing & Design

In this design sampler course, students are introduced to multimedia design principles. Students learn to use a number of design softwares to refine their abilities to mix imagery, words, typefaces, sounds, and music to construct persuasive arguments in a variety of genres (e.g., posters, video commercials, and websites). After completing the course, students will have the confidence to use design software and design effective and appealing documents for their audiences. McDaniel Plan: Creative Expression

GSC-1106 Understanding the Universe

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. McDaniel Plan: Scientific Inquiry with Embedded Lab

PSY-2204 Social Psychology

This course will introduce students to research and theory in social psychology. Social psychology involves the study of how other people (real, imagined, or implied) influence our thoughts, feelings and behavior. This course will include discussion of research in the areas of the self, social organization, conformity, persuasion, group behavior, stereotyping and prejudice, attraction, aggression, prosocial behavior, and gender and culture. McDaniel Plan: Social, Cultural, and Historical Understanding

SOC-1104 Introduction to SOC: Global

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, crimes, groups, personality, and human interactions. McDaniel Plan: International Nonwestern; Social, Cultural, and Historical Understanding

Summer Session II: July 7 - August 17

All Courses are 4 Credits

BUA-1T01 Personal Finance

Personal Finance equips students with the knowledge and skills to make financial decisions that contribute to overall well-being. Topics include cash and credit card management, consumer loans, insurance, investments, retirement and estate planning, tax planning, financial planning, and the time value of money.

BUA-1T03 Mathematical Essentials for Business, Accounting & Economics

This course provides an overview of the mathematical concepts and techniques required for successful participation in Economics, Business and Accounting courses. The objective is to develop and strengthen math skills required for problem-solving and decision-making. Topics include a review of foundational math skills (exponents, prime numbers, fractions, decimals); operations with real numbers; equation-solving techniques (solving linear equations); algebraic pathways (introduction to functions, Cartesian coordinate system, slope-intercept form) ; measurement & geometry ; personal finance (simple and compound interest) ; sets and logic (Venn diagrams, inductive and deductive reasoning) and an introduction to the basics of descriptive statistics and probability theory.

ENG-1122 Food in Children's Literature

In this course, students will apply a variety of literary theories to the analysis of children's and young adult literature, specifically those texts that emphasize food imagery and symbolism. McDaniel Plan: Textual Analysis

ENV-1131 Environmental Problem Solving

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. McDaniel Plan: Scientific Inquiry Embedded Lab

HIS-2220 Twentieth Century Europe

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. McDaniel Plan: International; Social, Cultural, and Historical Understanding

HIS-2240 Modern China in Films

This is a course on Modern Chinese history (1749-2008). We are going to look at films as a historian would. Students will gain a broad understanding of modern China's historical development, from the mid-eighteenth century to the 2008 Olympic Games to the present. We will focus on the connection between an opium-war-inflicted China and a cacophonous post-socialism China. Movies will include Good Earth, Once Upon a Time in China, Early Spring in a Town, Lin Family's Shop, To Live, Please Vote Me, Not One Less, Chinese Odyssey, Still Life, and Young and Restless in China. Using films as texts, we will look at social and cultural transformation in modern China and representations of modern Chinese history presented in films. By exploring modern China in films, the course encourages critical reflection on historical interpretations of modern China. McDaniel Plan: International Nonwestern, Social, Cultural, and Historical Understanding

PHI-2229 Asian Philosophy

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. In addition, we will discuss the benefits and risks of engaging Asian philosophers by comparing them to Western thinkers. 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. This course is unique in that it approaches philosophy as a practice. 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: Textual Analysis; International-Nonwestern

PHI-2232 The Power of Pretty

Throughout the history of western philosophy, femininity has been defined in bodily terms, and closely connected to the ideal of beauty. A woman's worth has been tied to her physical appearance. The female body has long dominated thinking about women and thus exhibits power over the way that women see themselves; however, there are many counter-examples from the past and today of women who use their beauty and sexuality as expressions of power. This course will explore the way that women have contested or embraced concepts of feminine beauty. Guiding questions include: What does it mean to be a woman? What does it mean to have a female body? How do women 'perform' beauty? Is this performance a form of self-expression or is it intended for the masculine gaze? McDaniel Plan: International; Social, Cultural, and Historical Understanding; Textual Analysis

Important Dates

Mar 23

Priority Registration Opens

Apr 17

Last Day for Priority Registration

May 26

Summer Session I Begins

Jul 7

Summer Session II Begins