Summer Online Courses Offered by McDaniel

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Undergraduate Summer Session 2017

SESSION I: May 22 - June 22

SESSION II: June 26 - July 27



  • Priority registration, April 3 - 21: $1,680 per 4-credit course
  • Registration, April 22 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

Session I | 5 Week Session | I. Galliera

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

ENG 1101: Introduction to College Writing

Session I | 5 Week Session | D. Schafer

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.

ENV 1131: Environmental Problem Solving

Session I | 5 Week Session | D. Balado

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.

EPE-2265-02: Medical Terminology

Session I | 5 Week Session | S. Brunner

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

GSC 1106: Understanding the Universe

Session I | 5 Week Session | S. 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.

HIS 2220-01: Twentieth Century Europe

Session I | 5 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.

REL 1105: Religions: An Overview

Session I | 5 Week Session | B. Stoddard

An introduction to the study of religions at the undergraduate level. The course focuses on how religious studies differs from theology, fundamental terms and categories within religious studies, basic approaches and methods in studying religions, and classic problems, theories and figures in the field. The course requires no prior background in the study of religion.

SOC 1104: Introduction to Sociology: A Global Perspective

Session I | 5 Week Session | L. Semu

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. Students may not receive credit for both Sociology 1103 and Sociology 1104.

SOC 2208-01: Food, Culture, and Society

Session I | 5 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.



ENG 2212: Professional Communication

Session II | 5 Week Session | D. Schafer

An opportunity for students to practice and think critically about communication in the workplace. Assignments will focus on writing forms and topics suitable for students’ fields of major interest. Students will complete individual and collaborative projects designed to help them write clearly and effectively for audiences both within their professions and outside of them. Particular emphasis will be placed on electronic communication forms.

GEO 2200: Human Geography: Cultures of the Non-Western World

Session II | 5 Week Session | O.  K'Olewe

This course takes a multidisciplinary approach to exploring the cultural geography of the non-western developing world. Thematic topics from subject areas like anthropology, sociology, environmental studies and others, are used to study peoples’ experiences. Among other major questions, the course examines: Where are these areas geographically located? What are the common and unique characteristics of the cultural environments that have been created? How have these cultures impacted the western world and vice versa? Geographic areas and regions studied include Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.

GSC 1111: Introductory Astronomy

Session II | 5 Week Session | S. Mian

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.

PHI 1101: Introduction to Philosophy

Session II | 5 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.

PHI 2209: Asian Philosophy

Session II | 5 Week Session | E. Grosz

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.


For questions, contact the Registrar's office at 410-857-2755.

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 25–30 and July 2–7), now celebrating its 23rd 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.

For information on tuition and fees for Common Ground and to enroll, visit or contact 410-857-2771 or