Summer Online Courses Offered by McDaniel


Undergraduate Summer Session 2018

SESSION I: Monday, May 21 - Sunday, July 1

SESSION II: Monday July 2 - Sunday, August 12



  • Early registration, March 26 - April 13: $1,700 per 4-credit course
  • Registration, April 14 and later: $2,000 per 4-credit course

Interested in signing up with a friend? Contact Sheila Deane and you will both receive a $100 rebate!



Summer session registration for all McDaniel students (including degree and non-degree seeking) is completed online via Archway and at the Registrar’s Office.  For newly admitted students or members of the community, please contact the Registrar's Office, 410-857-2755, to complete your registration.



AHY-1114: History of Western Art II Survey

Session I | 6 Week Session | I. Galliera

A survey of History of Western Art from 1400 to the present. Emphasis is placed on the Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic and Modern periods.

ENG 2265: Baseball Non-Fiction

Session I | 6 Week Session | D. Schafer

A survey of nonfiction baseball writing as well as cultural studies scholarship, with an additional focus on creative and scholarly writing. Students will think beyond statistics to discuss the deeper implications of baseball in our culture as a bastion American ideology, analyzing the societal implications of racism, classicism, sexism, and heteronormativity as observed in the game. 

ENG 3307: New Media Writing

Session I | 6 Week Session | P. Muhlhauser

Students explore the rhetorical and cultural effects of social media as well as the shifting expectations for writers in these environments. Along with investigating how self and society are shaped by the ways information is presented, collected, vetted, and shared, students work with a variety of social media platforms to create a coherent web presence designed for real audiences. In the course, students learn to effectively curate information, create infographics, podcast, blog, and vlog.

GSC 1106: Understanding the Universe

Session I | 6 Week Session | A. Mian

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.

PHI 1101: Introduction to Philosophy

Session I | 6 Week Session | J. Baron

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.

PSI 2265: Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism

Session I | 6 Week Session | A. Boukhars

This course examines the phenomenon of terrorism: what is it, what is the logic behind it, and what factors could motivate groups and individuals that engage in it? What are the conditions that make some individuals more susceptible to radicalization and recruitment by terrorist groups? Why do individuals with similar experiences, levels of distress, and grievances opt not to join such movements? Students will explore different perspectives and tools to better understand alternative narratives about terroridm, possible motives and the behavior of terrorist groups. 

SOC 2208: Food, Culture, and Society *

Session I | 6 Week Session | L. Semu

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.

SOC 2412: Wealth, Power, and Prestige in American Society*

Session I | 6 Week Session | D. Lemke

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.




COM 3304: History of Animation

Session II | 6 Week Session | R.  Lemieux

In this critical and historical survey of animation as a form of communication and cultural expression, emphasis is placed on the process and forms of animation, influential animators and animation studios, and noteworthy animated films. The course overs both U.S. and foreign animation.

ENG 1104: Writing from the Underground: Zines & Alternative Media

Session II | 6 Week Session | V. Flora-Nakoski

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.

ENV 1131: Environmental Problem Solving

Session II | 6 Week Session | K. Saltsburg

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.

HIS 2220: Twentieth Century Europe

Session II | 6 Week Session | J. Zejmis

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.

PHI 2232: The Power of Pretty

Session II | 6 Week Session | E. Grosz

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.

PSY 2209: Developmental Psychology**

Session II | 6 Week Session | S. Madsen

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 application of research to current topics.

REL 2223: Sex, Drugs, and U.S. Religion

Session II | 6 Week Session | B. Stoddard

Religious leaders expect nothing but sober living and chaste sexuality, right? The history of American religion suggests otherwise. Focusing largely on marginalized religious groups whose "alternative" views on sexuality and drug use push them outside mainstream society, this class explores the complex history of drug use, sexuality, and religion throughout American history. In the process, we also explore the evolving legal and cultural climates that either condemn or support religious drug use and religious views on sexuality. As a result of this analysis, we learn that religious Americans cannot agree on the topics of sex and drugs but that debates about sex and drugs are perennial aspects of American religious history. This class begins in colonial America and ends in contemporary America, where national and local politics are forcing dominant religious groups to reconsider their positions on sexuality and drug use.

SOC 3320: African-American Culture*

Session II | 6 Week Session | R. Smith

In this course, students will examine the historical, economic, cultural, and social experiences of African Americans. Additionally, students will explore the diversity of the culture, changing roles throughout history, and cultural "contributions" in the development of American society. By focusing on the life experiences of African Americans, this course will provide the knowledge and skills necessary to understand institutional arrangements and social/cultural constructions that impact current conditions and social debates about and within African-American communities.


* Course prerequisite is Introduction to Sociology (SOC 1103 or SOC 1104 or FYS 1104) or by permission of the instructor.
** Course prerequisite is Introduction to Psychology (EDU 1141 or FYS 1111 or PSY 1106) or by permission of the instructor.


For questions, contact the Registrar's office at 41-857-2755.

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 a completed 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 Center for Experience and Opportunity and may be arranged directly through the academic departments or programs of the College. For more information, contact the CEO Office:

Common Ground on the Hill (June 24–30, July 1–7 and July 8 - 14), now celebrating its 24th year, is built around an international community of musicians, artists, dancers, poets, and scholars that assemble each year during 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.

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