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Maymester runs from May 22 to June 11, 2019. Current students and non-matriculated 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, and non-matriculated students. Room and board are extra, and campus housing and facilities will be available.

HWS matriculated students can register through their HWS PeopleSoft account. Non-matriculated students should fill out a non-matriculated student application form and send it to Provost and Dean of Faculty DeWayne Lucas at


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

Christine Chin

ARTS 165 Introduction to Imaging, Christine Chin
An introduction to the methods, materials, and history of photography. Lectures involve camera usage, lighting, wet-darkroom skills, digital darkroom techniques, digital printing, and pictorial composition. Weekly lectures on the history of photographically based imaging from 1839 to the present will illuminate the profound influence such methods have on the way we perceive reality. Access to either a 35mm film SLR camera or a digital SRL camera is required. This course substantially addresses the Artistic Process Goal.

David Slade

CHEM 198 Searching for Miracle Drugs, David Slade
Many different diseases are the result of some enzyme or other large biomolecule misbehaving—and once a link has been established or posited between an “unmet medical need” and some underlying biological mechanism, drug companies swing into action. Medicinal chemists make hundreds or thousands of new molecules, each slightly different, and these potential drugs are tested for (1) activity against an enzyme, (2) where a “drug” goes in the body?, (3) does the “drug” do anything in the body, as opposed to in a test tube?, and (4) does the “drug” have toxic side-effects whether in an acute or in a longer-term sense? Once ALL of these parameters have been optimized in a lab setting and/or animal models, the real work begins; testing in humans—is the drug effective and safe in people with the disease? This course will begin with a short chemistry primer, so that the basics of chemical structure can be understood, and then the pitfalls, challenges, and interesting questions of drug discovery will be explored. This course is intended to improve scientific literacy while developing analytical skills. No prerequisites. This course substantially addresses the Scientific Inquiry Goal and partially addresses the Quantitative Reasoning Goal.

Joshua Newby

CHEM 199 Introduction to Fermentation, Josh Newby
Fermentation can generically be defined as the process of the chemical breakdown of materials by microorganisms. This course will present a broad introduction to fermentation science placed in a context of local relevance. Thematic topics will include brewing, wine making, and spirit production. These topics will be explained through the lens of science, where chemistry and biology come together. In these areas, students will learn about the concepts of chemical structures and reactions, pH, equilibrium, metabolism, extraction, and distillation. Major themes of this course will be scientific literacy, questioning, and analysis. This course substantially addresses the Scientific Inquiry Goal.

Kristin Slade

CHEM 248 Chemical and Biochemical Foundations, Kristin Slade
This course will provide an introduction to the fundamental chemical principles that guide metabolism. Significant focus will be given to the complexity of proteins, their role as enzymes and the unique chemistry of the amino acids making up these proteins. Other major topics covered include ligand binding through the model of hemoglobin, and the regulation of major pathways, such as glycolysis, that harvest energy stored in fuel molecules. Prerequisites: BIOL 167 and CHEM 240. This course substantially addresses the Scientific Inquiry Goal.

James Capreedy

CLAS 290 Ancient Law and Morality, James Capreedy
When was murder justified? Was private property protected? How did courts protect the people and what were the penalties? In this course, we will read court speeches from ancient Athens and examine the ways in which rhetoric and law converged and justice was administered. We will study how the Athenians defined, developed, and exercised law within their own cultural beliefs and how the Athenian legal system compares to modern Western law including its differences, similarities and uniting principles. Law as an idea, then, is as central to this course as the practices and procedures of the ancient Athenian court system. This course substantially addresses the Cultural Differences Goal and partially addresses the Ethical Judgment Goal.

Feisal Khan

ECON 160 Principles of Economics, Feisal Khan
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. This course partially addresses the Quantitative Reasoning Goal.

Christina Houseworth

ECON 301 Microeconomic Theory, Christina Houseworth
A study of pricing and resource-allocating processes in the private economy, this course examines the theories of demand and production, and the determination of prices for commodities and factors of production in competitive and non-competitive markets. The concept of economic efficiency is central to the course. Prerequisites: ECON 160, one 200-level topics/issues course, and MATH 130 or equivalent.

Rob Carson

ENG 136 Shakespeare on Screen, Rob Carson
Shakespeare was primarily a playwright rather than a poet. His plays were designed for the stage, not for the page; they were meant to be experienced as embodied public performances rather than read silently and in solitude. In this introduction to Shakespeare's work, we will draw upon the rich archive of Shakespeare on film to watch more than a dozen productions of his plays (some feature films, some stage productions that were filmed). Our goal will be to engage broadly with Shakespeare's plays, to develop a sense of what makes these plays exciting as works of drama, and to respond critically to both their political and aesthetic dimensions. This class will have film screenings every morning at 9 and class discussions every afternoon from 2-4.

Laurence Erussard

ENG 235 The Once and Future King, Laurence Erussard
This course tries to answer some questions about the development of stories concerning Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. How did the possibly historical and legendary figure of Arthur and his fictitious knights came to inspire so many stories? Why do Arthurian myths continue to flourish in literature and films today? This course follows Arthur, Guinevere and the Knights of the Round Table from the sixth century and the medieval mists of Tintagel through their Romantic revival and to the edge of the twenty-first century. The main focus is the exploration of the emergence and the development of the legends of King Arthur and their relationship to the imaginative literature and the glorious chivalric mentality of the Middle Ages. All texts and their textual characteristics are studied within their historical and socio-cultural contexts. Therefore, the basic approach is both formalist and historicist. This course partially addresses the Cultural Difference Goal, the Ethical Judgment Goal, and the Social Inequality Goal.

Craig Talmage

ENTR 120 Economic Principles for the Entrepreneur, Craig Talmage
The course seeks to provide students with the foundational understanding of microeconomic theory necessary to pursue entrepreneurial enterprises in contemporary markets. Students will acquire the analytical tools for solving complex organizational or policy issues. Key topics will include economic principles guiding various types of organizations; rational behavior; competition vs. monopoly power; simple game theory; pricing strategies; and production costs and behavior in the short and long-term. This course will be more applied than a traditional intro to economics class, relying on entrepreneurial case studies and news reports as appropriate.

Chip Capraro

ENTR 203 Doing Well and Doing Good, Chip Capraro
Ethical structures are a necessary feature of any proper entrepreneurial endeavor. In the liberal arts tradition, this course brings together, in a rich dialectic, a series of fascinating entrepreneurial narratives and a set of profound ethical writings. We will pursue such questions as: How do we act with ethical awareness in entrepreneurial activity? What lessons can we learn from historical experience? How might ethical writings inform our entrepreneurial ventures? Narratives include the racial integration of Major League Baseball; the global expansion of McDonald's hamburgers; the founding of Genentech and the biotech industry; the management of difficult emotions in family businesses; the domination of cigarettes in U.S. cultural history; the construction of the worldwide pornography industry. Ethics readings include selections from: Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics (virtue ethics); Machiavelli's The Prince (political ethics); Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals (deontological ethics); J.S. Mill's Utilitarianism (utilitarianism); Karl Marx's Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 (Marxist ethics); Carol Gilligan's In a Different Voice (feminist ethics). Also featured will be guest presentations by entrepreneurial HWS graduates, including previous winners of The Pitch. This course fulfills the "ethic course" requirement for the Entrepreneurial Studies minor. This course substantially addresses the Ethical Judgment Goal and partially addresses the Social Inequality Goal.

Kristen Brubaker

ENV 200 Environmental Science, Kristen Brubaker
This course focuses on the science behind and plausible scientific solutions to pressing environmental issues like population growth, ecosystems, exotic species, resource use, e.g., soil, mineral, water and energy resources, and the impact of their use on the planet, i.e., global warming, acid rain, pollution, toxicity, and waste disposal. This course meets Monday through Friday 9 am – 12:30 pm AND Wednesdays 1 - 4 pm. This course substantially addresses the Scientific Inquiry Goal and partially addresses the Quantitative Reasoning Goal.

Nan Crystal Arens

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 typically 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 am – 12:30 pm AND Wednesdays 1 - 4 pm. This course substantially addresses the Scientific Inquiry Goal and partially addresses the Quantitative Reasoning Goal.

Mark Deutschlander

ENV 216 Birds in Our Landscape, Mark Deutschlander
Birds are an apparent and familiar part of our environments, whether hiking in a national forest or spending time in our own backyards. From pristine natural areas to the most urban settings, birds are ubiquitous and serve as sentinels for the health of the environment. Examining population trends and geographical distributions of birds can help us understand the impacts of urbanization, pollution and pesticides, climate change, and more. In this course, you will learn how distributions of birds inform scientists about environmental change and the impacts of change on the function of ecosystems. You will learn, firsthand through field excursions and exercises, to identify local bird species and how to conduct some basic field techniques to direct monitoring of birds. You will learn how scientists collect distribution data on birds using remote sensing and how citizen science has greatly advanced our ability to understand the distributions and movements of birds. You will also learn how scientists communicate their findings by reviewing scientific publications, which we will use as case studies of how birds in our landscape impact us and tell us about our environments. This course substantially addresses the Scientific Inquiry Goal.

Laura Free

HIST 111 Topic: the History of Stuff, Laura Free
What do people want and what have they done to get it in America? In this course, we will examine the history of various critical material objects and commodities, the history of how those commodities were transported and sold, the impact and the history of how these commodities, or “stuff,” became corporate, ubiquitous, and essential to American life. The class will be divided into three units: the first will focus on the history of various colonial products like cod, sugar, and tobacco; the second will explore the history of the transportation of products within the United States as America shifted from a predominantly pre-modern agricultural society to a modern, industrial one; and the third will look at the history of shopping, advertising, garbage, and fast food to consider how desire and demand are created. Broadly, this class will ask what the things that humans grow, make, desire, acquire, change, produce, sell, and throw away tell us about people’s values. We will also consider how those goods and values have prompted people to explore their globe, establish empires, enslave their fellow humans, stretch their imaginations and resources, and ultimately transform their world.

Melissa Autumn White

LGBT 204 Bodies of Difference, Melissa Autumn White
This course brings queer and critical disability studies together to analyze scientific discourses around disruptive/ ‘excessive’ bodies and affects. We will examine how the self-representation of queer, crip, and gender non-conforming bodies, subjectivities, and emotions challenge and seek to transform dominant forms of purportedly “objective” knowledge, with a specific focus on the complex of rationalities central to the project of capitalist modernity and colonialism: medicine, psychiatry, law, demographics, and eugenics. We will center the ways that those labelled “crippled,” “perverse,” “criminal,” and “insane” have resisted and sought to transform such bodies of knowledge through the creation of coalitional counter-publics, memoirs, theory, film, and the erotic arts.

Leah Shafer

MDSC 100 Introduction to Media and Society, Leah Shafer
This course provides an introduction to various media and their modes, methods, and themes. We will explore the role of the media in shaping social consciousness, global economies, and material culture. Examples drawn from film, television, print media, and digital environments will be contextualized, analyzed, and theorized as crucial elements of our media culture. Students will gain an appreciation for the social, cultural, economic, and political influences of global communications while performing close readings of conventional media objects. Writing assignments, exams, and projects will help to cement insights gained through close investigation of films, TV shows, advertisements, video games, music videos, and more. This course partially addresses the Artistic Process, the Social Inequality, and the Cultural Differences Goals.

Eric Klaus

MDSC 209 German Cinema, Eric Klaus
This course will introduce students to major periods and themes of German cinema and the historical contexts that gave rise to them. Some examples include silent "Orientals" and expressionist film in the Weimar Era to the propaganda film of Hitler's Third Reich, postwar cinema that sought to reconstruct and rewrite national identity to transnational and queer cinema that sought to unhinge essentialism from German identity, or the work of the great auteurs of New German Cinema and Turkish-German Cinema. By drawing out the complex relationship between politics and film, we will learn to appreciate and interrogate the role that film has played in shaping and being shaped by German history, society, and culture. (Not open to students who have taken GERE 104.) This course substantially addresses the Cultural Differences Goal and partially addresses the Social Inequality Goal.

J Ricky Price

POL 212 Media and Politics, J Ricky Price
We live in a world of mediated political realities. Like Plato's prisoners in the cave, we see only shadows, not realities. Yet these shadows have become our reality, through the power of the mass media. This, of course, raises a fundamental question about our ability to be self-governing when our understanding of politics is determined not by the events themselves, but by those who create and report them.

Brien Ashdown

PSY 205 Adolescent Psychology, Brien Ashdown
This course examines the developmental processes and social forces that contribute to adolescence as a distinct part of the life span. Emphasis is placed on major theories, research findings, and the biological, cognitive, and social changes that occur during adolescence. This course also focuses on contextual influences (i.e., the family, peers, schools, neighborhoods, the media) on development and issues such as intimacy, identity, sexuality, autonomy, and psychological problems (e.g., eating disorders, depression, antisocial behavior). Students can take either Psy 203 or Psy 205 (not both), and exceptions can be considered on a case by case basis. Prerequisite: PSY 100. This course partially addresses the Scientific Inquiry Goal and the Social Inequality Goal.

Kendralin Freeman

SOC 212 Data Analysis, Kendralin Freeman
This course provides an introduction to the organization and analysis of data in the process of social research. Presentation of data in tabular and graphic forms, the use of elementary descriptive and inferential statistics, and the use of bivariate and multivariate analytic procedures in the analysis of data are examined. This course includes a laboratory experience in the use of computing software to display data and test hypotheses. The course is ultimately intended to prepare students for original research efforts and to help them become more sophisticated consumers of the literature of the social sciences today. This course meets Monday through Friday 9 am - 12:30 pm AND Tuesdays and Wednesdays 2-3:30 pm. This course substantially addresses the Quantitative Reasoning Goal.

Christine Woodworth

THTR 130 Acting I, Chris Woodworth
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 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. This course substantially addresses the Artistic Process Goal.

Jessica Hayes-Conroy

WMST 204 Politics of Health, Jessica Hayes-Conroy
This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the critical study of health politics, including the politics of gender, race and sexuality. Through the themes of social and environmental justice, students will explore the uneven distribution of health care and wellness both within the United States and beyond. Topics include the history of the women's health movement, breast cancer awareness campaigns, reproductive health and technologies, HIV/AIDS, feminist psychology, eating disorders, environmental health and toxicity, and more.  In exploring these topics, feminist theory will serve as a lens through which we examine different experiences of illness and disease. At the same time, feminist pedagogy will serve as the model upon which we build our policy recommendations. This course substantially addresses the Ethical Judgment Goal and Social Inequality Goal.

Cheryl Forbes

WRRH 221 Going Places: Travel Writing, Cheryl Forbes
"Journeys," writes Susan Orlean, "are the essential text of the human experience." That experience is at the heart of this course. As Orlean says, though, a journey need not be to an exotic place, though she has been to many such places. But a piece about a journey,a piece of travel writing can come from somewhere just around the corner, down the street, up a flight of stairs, any 'there-and-back-again" that you might take. The only requirement is that the writer be the traveler first, then the writer pay attention. Students read exemplary travel writers, write their own travel pieces, keep a reading journal, and observation notes to prepare for their formal essays.


DeWayne Lucas
Provost and Dean of Faculty

Phone: (315) 781-3304

Important Dates

Registration Period: March 25 – May 3. For more information, click here.

First day of classes: May 22

Last day to drop/add a course: May 22

Last day to withdraw from a course: June 11

Last day to change grade status (graded to CR/DCR/NC): June 11

Last day of classes: June 11

Last day to change incomplete grades: September 6

Maymester Courses Offered

Estimated Costs

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

Maymester campus housing and food: $933*


Maymester lodging: $270

Maymester meals: $663

Maymester grand total for lodging and meals: $933

Questions can be directed to Erica Cooney-Connor, Director, Conferences and Events at (315) 781-3103 or

Additional Financial Info

Loan Information

Students taking one class in the summer can apply for 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.

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.


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