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Maymester runs from May 18 to June 5, 2015. Current students will be able to take one course with an HWS faculty member for 3.5 hours, five days a week. Classes are scheduled in the mornings, with afternoons and evenings for class preparation, projects and assignments.

The tuition for courses is $3,000 for current HWS students, including graduating seniors. Room and board are extra, and campus housing, food services and facilities will be available.

Registration will take place March 9 - May 1.


All courses meet Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.* (and include an 18 minute break).

AMST 101: Myths and Paradoxes, Elizabeth Belanger
How do we study American culture though an interdisciplinary lens? How do American ideals-such as freedom and individualism-relate to American inequalities? Is “America” itself a place or an idea? This introductory course in American Studies will engage a number of questions that are central to an evolving field by focusing on tensions and contradictions in American culture. Students will examine core American concepts, such as the "American Dream," " 'freedom and equality,' " immigration and the "'melting pot,'" as well as infrastructures like consumer culture, democracy and national borders. The course also introduces students to American Studies methods through close interdisciplinary analysis of a variety of cultural artifacts, such as popular fiction, leisure, music, performance, propaganda or social practices. Readings will be drawn from a range of sources, including politics, history, popular culture, literature, media studies, and contemporary theory.


DAN 900: Beginning Dance Technique, Donna Davenport
This course is an introduction to traditional and contemporary dance techniques for the beginning level student. Students explore the basic principles of dance technique: strength, alignment, coordination, spatial and rhythmic awareness, and performance skills within the context of the unique vocabulary and aesthetic of each dance form. Topics each term are determined by the instructor and may include a combination of Jazz/Ballet/Modern or Modern/Afro-Caribbean styles.


ECON 160: Principles of Economics, Jennifer Tessendorf
This course is the first course in economic theory. Microeconomic topics include supply and demand, comparative advantage, consumer choice, the theory of the firm under competition and monopolies, and market failure. Macroeconomic topics include national income accounting, the determinants of national income, employment and inflation, the monetary system and the Fed, and fiscal policy. This course is required for all majors and minors in economics.


ECON 196: Principles of Accounting, Warren Hamilton
This course explores the theory and application of accounting principles in recording and interpreting the financial facts of business enterprise. The course covers such topics as the measurement of income, capital evaluation, cost accounting, budgeting and financial analysis. Prerequisite: ECON 160.


ECON 207: Economics of Education, Christina Houseworth
This course applies the tools of economic analysis to the issue of education in the United States. It will use both current events and economic and sociological literature to provide an introduction to various aspects of the topic such as the history of education and governance in the U. S., higher education as an investment decision, teacher quality and school type, and class and demographic issues
(e. g., race, ethnicity, gender, inequality and the importance of family). Finally, the course will also evaluate the U.S. Education system in relation to other countries. Prerequisite: ECON 160.


EDUC 203: Children with Disabilities, Mary Kelly
The intent of this course is for students to develop a thorough understanding of and sensitivity to children and youth who experience disabilities. The course examines the following questions: How does society determine who has disability? What impact does labeling have on children’s lives? How special is special education? What are the various disabilities children may experience? How do children with disabilities fit in the mainstream of American life? Disabilities will be explored from a variety of perspectives (family, social, legal, education, etc.) There is a service-learning component to this course.


EDUC 370: Multiculturalism, Khuram Hussain
This course examines the institution of schooling, broadly conceived, as it is positioned in a multicultural and diverse society. It looks at historical and contemporary debates surrounding the concept of multiculturalism and explores how the ideas are played out in U.S. education systems and in our everyday, public and private social experiences. Students examine the relationship of schooling to other societal institutions in order to understand the academic, political and social effects on students and society. Throughout the course students tackle topics with an eye for meaningful incorporation of personal and systemic dimensions of diversity and broaden their knowledge about being responsible citizens of the world.


ENG 201: History of the English Language, Laurence Erussard
The purpose of this course is threefold. First, it surveys the development of English from its earliest forms to its functions and varieties since it emerged as an official language after the decline of French. This history starts with the 5,000-year-old reconstructed Indo-European language; it then moves from the Germanic branch of languages to the Old English literary vernacular in the British Isles and to the interplay of Old English, Norman French and Latin and the advent of Middle English. It follows the evolution through the “great vowel shift” and looks at the rise of the English literary vernacular as it appears in the works of Shakespeare, in the King James Bible, and Samuel Johnson’s dictionary. Second, it familiarizes students with the “scientific tools” of linguistic studies: articulatory phonetics and phonology, the mechanics of language changes, socio-linguistics, and comparative philology. Finally, this course will also deploy ways to look at language and language change, at the status of standards, at the descriptive or prescriptive roles of dictionaries. It will dismantle Babel by exposing some of the commonly believed myths about language.


ENG 270: Globalization and Literature, Biman Basu
Globalization as a contemporary phenomenon has been in the ascendancy. It is, among other things, an economic, cultural, technological, and demographic phenomenon. Students examine globalism and its related metaphors of hybridity, cosmopolitanism, migrancy, exile, and so on against nationalism and its privileged metaphors of rootedness and identity. If the production of a national subject is no longer the purpose of “discipline,” what does it mean to produce a transnational subject? These are some of the concerns of the fiction students read for this course. We typically begin with two famous American novels, Upton Sinclair's The Jungle and Don DeLillo's White Noise, to examine the impact of globalization on the United States. We then move to two South Asian novels, Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children and Hanif Kureishi's Black Album. We end with two important novels by black women writers, Tsitsi Dangarembga's Nervous Conditions and Toni Morrison's Tar Baby.


GEO 184: Introduction to Geology*, Nan Crystal Arens
We will explore the form and function of the solid Earth, using plate tectonics as a central paradigm. From this framework, we investigate minerals and rocks, volcanoes, earthquakes, the rise and fall of mountains, the origin and fate of sediments, the structure of our landscape and geologic time. We analyze geological resources such as minerals and fossil fuels, and the many other ways human society interacts with our restless planet. We work extensively in the field and may take one mandatory weekend field trip. Prerequisite: MATH 100 or a score of 20 or better on the math placement test. This course is a prerequisite for many geoscience courses.

This course meets Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. AND Wednesdays 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.


ITAL 201: Intermediate Italian, Caroline Travalia
As the first course in the intermediate sequence, Italian 201 is best suited for students who have completed Italian 105 or the equivalent. With a focus on oral communication, students will continue to expand their vocabulary while being introduced to more complex grammatical structures, including subjunctive and more advanced uses of the simple and complex indicative tenses they are already familiar with. The textbook draws from current events and cultural trends to provide opportunities to apply lexis and grammar in meaningful contexts. Prerequisite: ITAL 105


POL 236: Urban Politics, Justin Rose
This course interrogates how American political and economic commitments have informed the urban experience. Specifically, the course examines the organization of urban governments, the relationship between local, state, and federal governments, and the concentration of power in urban settings including the politics of segregation, suburbanization, and urban renewal. More specifically, this course considers these topics in terms of the challenges posed by American democratic commitments and gives special attention to ‘public’ space (both material and figurative) as a necessary requirement for democratic practice. This is one of the core courses in the Urban Studies program.


PSY 275: Human Sexuality, Sarah Branch
This course is designed as a broad survey of human sexuality. As a psychology course, the emphasis is on the subjective experience of sexuality, but will include an overview of the sexual biology of men and women. Topics include the evolution of sexuality, gender, sexual health, sexual orientation, attraction and desire, romantic relationships, sexual behaviors (both normative and non-normative), cultural variation, and sexual violence. Prerequisite: None


SPAN 225: Hispanic Media, Fernando Rodriguez-Mansilla
This course will develop students' cultural awareness through a series of written assignments organized around major journalistic and academic genres. We will investigate contemporary issues as presented in the media of Spain, Latin America and U.S. Latino communities. More specifically, the course will explore such topics as immigration and multiculturalism, gender and sexuality, linguistic variety of the Spanish language, and issues of cultural identity among others. The Internet, printed, audio and visual media material will provide the foundation for class discussions, oral presentations, cultural projects and other activities. Critical readings will complement the material and provide a broader understanding of contemporary cultural realities on both sides of the Atlantic. Prerequisite: Completion of SPAN 122 or the equivalent.


THTR 130: Acting I, Chris Hatch
“ Non-actors often ask actors “how do you learn all those lines,” thinking that the memorization process is the bulk of what it is to be an actor. This course will work to demystify the acting process and to introduce the beginning student to the craft of acting through the use of improvisation, theatre games, acting exercises, monologues and scene work. Instead of simply relying on their instincts, students will learn how to craft a performance through careful analysis of the character and the script with a special emphasis placed on objective/action-based acting. Time will also be spent discussing how the techniques we learn about acting can help us in our pursuit of accomplishment in other professional settings such as job interviews, business presentations and public speeches. Our class will progress through the semester to a final presentation that will be open to the public. This course is a prerequisite for all other courses in acting and directing.


WRRH 205: Rhetorical Bytes, Ben Ristow
Digital Rhetorics analyzes the rhetorical and ideological aspects of established and emerging new media forms from Facebook to wikis and memes. Students produce content for digital platforms while building an understanding of written and visual rhetoric in an online environment. Although the course discusses the importance of digital literacy and how to use some technologies, the class more specifically examines how different new media and virtual interfaces impact the viewer, the reader, and the listener. Students have the opportunity to develop analytical skills that prepare them to write and design for specific audiences in both local and global contexts. By examining the cultural impact of word/sound/image in digital space, students perform as writers who better understand how technology (and the Internet) functions creatively and rhetorically.


WRRH 303: Introduction to Publishing, Cheryl Forbes
This course focuses on the principles and practices of magazine and book publishing. It explores the way rhetoric functions in publishing and how “gate keeping” functions in this industry of ideas and cultural influence: who decides what and who gets heard. The issues of gender, race and class are central. Students study general interest and special interest magazine publishing; general trade book, academic or special interest book publishing; and the history of American publishing from the colonial era. Participants keep a reading journal; write several critical essays about the major issues in magazine and book publishing today; and complete a major project, individually or in teams (for instance, editing a book-length manuscript or producing a magazine).


Additional Financial Information

Refund Policy
Notification of withdrawal and requests for refunds must be made in writing and addressed to the appropriate Dean with copies to the Student Accounts Office. A full refund will be given to students who withdraw after tuition, room, and board have been paid, but who withdraw prior to registration and the first day of classes. After the first day of classes, the refund of tuition, room, board, and return of federal and education loans and other sources of payments, are prorated based upon the percentage of the Maymester that the student is enrolled. If the student is enrolled past 60% of the Maymester, there is no refund of costs of attendance, and no loans will be returned to the grantors. The official withdrawal date used by the appropriate Deans Office will be used to determine the prorated refund.

Loan Information
Students taking one class in the summer can apply for a private alternative loan to assist with the costs. Students taking two classes in the summer can have a parent apply for a federal parent loan or a private alternative loan to assist with the costs.

For more information regarding summer aid options, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 315-781-3315.


DeWayne Lucas
Associate Dean of Faculty

Phone: 315-781-3902
E-Mail: lucas@hws.edu

Important Dates

Registration: March 9 - May 1, 2015. For more information, click here.

First day of classes: May 18

Last day to drop/add a course: May 18

Last day to withdraw from a course: May 29

Last day to change grade status (graded to CR/DCR/NC): May 29

Last day of classes: June 5

Last day to change incomplete grades: Oct. 9

Estimated Costs

(Estimated costs are for current students for three weeks of services)

Campus Housing: $247.50

Campus Dining: $630.00