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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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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