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Maymester runs from May 20 to June 9, 2020. 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. All 2020 Summer Program courses will be offered remotely and students will not be in residence on campus. All students will be covered under the Credit/No Credit grading policy enacted for Spring 2020, and therefore may elect to turn any or all summer 2020 courses to C/NC after they have received their letter grade(s).

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 to Associate Dean for Curricular Initiatives and Development David J. Galloway at

For Summer Session courses, click here.

Maymester Courses Offered


All courses meet Monday through Friday at times noted in the Registrar’s schedule of classes. Courses with an additional lab meeting time are noted in the description.

Christine Chin

ARTS 165 Introduction to Imaging, Christine Chin
An introduction to the methods, materials, and history of photography. Creative projects will explore composition, camera techniques, photographic genres, and communicating ideas and concepts in the visual medium. Lectures and readings will explore contemporary and historical photography, and video demonstrations and guided activities will explore digital techniques and concepts. In this distance version of the course, students will learn concepts through varied course materials including video lectures with learning guides and demo files and the use of discussion boards and virtual meetings to provide feedback on creative projects.

Fabiano Sarra

ARTS 216 Process and Design: Furniture, Fabiano Sarra
In this course students will assume the role of an independent furniture designer preparing to deliver a design brief for a speculative client. Through online lectures and demonstrations, students will be guided through the process of developing their initial concept into a thoughtfully-conceived design. Lectures will include usage of Rhino, principles of working with wood as a material, modern and traditional processes for furniture construction, ergonomics and structure. With emphasis on the integral relationship between materials, aesthetics, and function, this course will broaden students understanding of the influence materials and craftsmanship have on the fit and function of furniture with specific goals in mind.

Christine de Denus

CHEM 102 Forensic Science, Christine de Denus
This course describes basic scientific concepts and technologies that are used in solving crimes. Students are introduced to a number of techniques such as mass spectrometry, gas chromatography, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, high performance liquid chromatography and electrophoresis. Descriptions of how these analytical methods are used in many facets of forensic science such as drug analysis; toxicology; hair, fiber, and paint analyses; and fingerprinting are summarized. This course substantially addresses the scientific inquiry goal.

Christine de Denus

CHEM 302 Forensic Science, Christine de Denus
This course describes basic scientific concepts and technologies that are used in solving crimes. Students are introduced to a number of techniques such as mass spectrometry, gas chromatography, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, high performance liquid chromatography and electrophoresis. Descriptions of how these analytical methods are used in many facets of forensic science such as drug analysis; toxicology; hair, fiber, and paint analyses; and fingerprinting are summarized. Students enrolled in CHEM 302 will have more in-depth assignments that focus on the chemical aspects of the material being covered.

Leah Himmelhoch

CLAS 112 Classical Myths, Leah Himmelhoch
In this course, students study ancient creation myths, the mythology of the Olympian gods, and Greek heroic and epic saga. Particular attention is paid to ancient authors’ exploration of universal human themes and conflicts, mythology as an embodiment and criticism of ancient religious beliefs and practices, and the treatment of mythological themes in the ancient and modern visual arts.

Christina Houseworth

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 with minimum grade of C- or better.

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 21st 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.

Craig Talmage

ENTR 120 Economic Principles, 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.

Tom Drennen

ENTR 201 Quantitative Tools, Tom Drennen
This course teaches the basic accounting, statistical, and Excel skills necessary for success in the Entrepreneurial Studies minor. All of the examples will be done using Excel. The accounting techniques covered will include: accounting terminology; the accounting equation; how to prepare and analyze financial statements (the balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows): operational costing considerations; cost behavior and cost-volume-profit analysis; differential analysis and product pricing; and budgeting. The statistical concepts which will be covered include: data collection; basic measures of summarizing data; presenting data in tables and charts; hypothesis formulation and testing; sampling techniques; normal distributions; and simple regressions techniques.

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). This course fulfills the "ethic course" requirement for the Entrepreneurial Studies minor.

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.

Darrin Magee

ENV 204 Geography of Garbage, Darrin Magee
You probably know where your t-shirt or computer was made, but do you know where they go when you throw them 'away'? Each night, trucks bring tons of New York City waste to processing and storage facilities near Geneva. Meanwhile, boatloads of computers 'recycled' in North America sail for Asia and Africa to be dismantled in dangerous conditions so that small amounts of valuable metals may be recovered. This course will introduce students to the global geography of garbage (garbography?) with a particular focus on environmental, human health, and human rights implications.

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 the ecosystems. You will learn, firsthand through field excursions and exercises, to identify local bird species and how to conduct some basic field techniques for 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.

Nan Crystal Arens

GEO 142 Earth Systems Science, Nan Crystal Arens
Our planet is an integrated system in which rocks, water, ice and air interact and influence each other. This applied geoscience course investigates Earth and its systems for non-majors. The course focuses on global environmental change by exploring the complex links between the geosphere (Earth's rocky surface), hydrosphere (oceans, lakes, rivers and groundwater), atmosphere and biosphere (living things). This course examines each of these "spheres." What are they made of? How are they structured? How do they work? How do they interact with each other? We will consider how humans manipulate Earth's system, particularly considering climate change, nutrient pollution, ozone depletion and loss of biodiversity. We recognize that the geologic past is the key to the present and future, and explore how contemporary environmental change has analogues in Earth history. This course is designed to fulfill a student's curricular goal of experiencing scientific inquiry. It does not count toward the Geoscience major.

Nicholas Metz

GEO 182 Introduction to Meteorology, Nicholas Metz
The influence of weather and climate affect our daily activities, our leisure hours, transportation, commerce, agriculture, and nearly every aspect of our lives. In this course many of the fundamental physical processes important to the climate system and responsible for the characteristics and development of weather systems will be introduced. We will examine the structure of the atmosphere, parameters that control climate, the jet stream, large-scale pressure systems, as well as an array of severe weather phenomena including hurricanes, tornados, thunderstorms and blizzards. Upon completion of this course, we will have developed: (a) a foundation of basic scientific inquiry (b) a basic comprehension of the physical processes that govern weather and climate, and (c) an understanding of the elements of weather and climate that are most important to society. No prerequisites for summer session.

Virgil Slade

HIST 112 Soccer: Around the World, Virgil Slade
Soccer (football) is undisputedly the most popular sport in the world and is watched weekly by literally hundreds of millions of people across the globe. This game is said to foster community and is widely understood to generate affective relationships powerful enough to exceed the everyday social divisions which order the world we live in. However, what is not apparent in this rhetorical understanding of the “beautiful game” is how soccer is also implicated in both creating and maintaining the very divides that it supposedly has the ability to transcend. This course provides a whirlwind tour of the sport that explores its industrial roots, its dissemination around the world, and with scheduled pit-stops on five continents, makes visible the sometimes hopeful, oftentimes violent, and always controversial nature of the beautiful game’s rich past.

Matthew Crow

HIST 244 U.S. Legal and Constitutional History, Matthew Crow
This course examines the development of constitutionalism in what would become the United States from its origins in medieval and early modern English law and institutions through to the ratification of the US Constitution; the institution of slavery, the Marshall Court; expansion policy; the American Civil War and Reconstruction, Jim Crow segregation and the Gilded Age, progressivism, legal realism and pragmatism as modes of constitutional interpretation; the New Deal and the Supreme Court; the Civil rights Movement, modern struggles over abortion, affirmative action, the Equal Rights Amendment, and gay rights; originalism and the impact of the rise of modern conservatism; the imperial presidency, the constitutional implications of the threats of terrorism and great power rivalry, and the resurgence of populism. Our major themes include the legacy of colonial and imperial governance for subsequent American history, the changing politics of constitutional interpretation, the politics of race and slavery, law, labor, and economic change, and the shifting grounds of legitimacy for the exercise of power on the national level.

Jon Forde

MATH 114 Math for Informed Citizenship, Jon Forde
This course explores the uses and abuses of numbers in a wide variety of areas. The modern world is built of numbers. In science, medicine, business, politics, and even culture, numbers are used to bolster claims and debunk conventional wisdom. A deeper understanding of the mathematics behind these arguments can help us determine what to trust and when to doubt, teach us how to weigh the risks versus rewards, and allow us to come to group with the vast scale of the universe and the national debt. Mathematical topics will include randomness, basic statistics, linear regression, inference and nonlinearity. An emphasis is placed on critical engagement with numerical evidence and mathematical thinking as deployed in the culture at large.

MDSC 100 Introduction to Media and Society, Lisa Patti
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.

Leah Shafer

MDSC 390 Video Essay, Leah Shafer
This course examines the video essay and its corresponding or emerging forms in videographic criticism, the essay film, and written essays, including personal narrative, creative nonfiction, or hybrid texts. Students explore source material and develop media competencies that encompass video, sound, image and text in order to critically analyze content that explores facets of identity or dimensions of culture. In addition, students collaborate on lo-fi and more developed video projects that explore the formal dimensions of narrative and criticism. By maintaining a focus on the poetic and rhetorical dimensions of the video essay, students address broader concerns in and around fair use and copyright while determining how the video essay impact them as producers and consumers of media forms.

Charity Lofthouse Cricco

MUS 205 Music at the Movies, Charity Lofthouse Cricco
This course provides a comprehensive survey of film music from the silent era through the present day, exploring its role and relation to the plot and visual elements at small-scale and large-scale (narrative) levels. Topics covered will include general elements of music, musical forms and stylistic periods, as well as film score compositional developments including instrumentation, theme structures, diegetic (part of the film's narrative sphere) and non-diegetic (purely soundtrack) music, music as narrative participant, subliminal commentary, and music as iconographic character. Films viewed will include those with soundtracks by major 20th-century composers and specialized soundtrack composers. The course is designed for varying levels of musical knowledge; reading musical notation is helpful but not necessary.

Ricky Price

POL 200 Topics: Politics of Epidemics, Ricky Price
This course examines a contemporary issue, usually by developing a case specific focus.

Vikash Yadav

POL 254 Globalization, Vikash Yadav
This course looks at five themes: global economics, global migration, global civil society, global human rights, and global institutions. Students examine how international mobility of both capital and labor transforms both lives and politics, and in different ways in different places. Questions include: Why do jobs and people go abroad? Who does it help and who does it hurt? What are the politics of the Caribbean nanny in the middle-class New York home? How does globalization weaken the state, and why is that so dangerous for democracy? Can transnational civil activism make things better? Can the UN or World Bank do a better job? Do "global human rights" exist? Should they?

Brien Ashdown

PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology, Brien Ashdown
This course offers a comprehensive survey of the methodology and content of present-day psychology. Emphasis is placed on the development of a critical evaluative approach to theories and empirical data.

Michelle Rizzella

PSY 201 Psychology Statistics, Michelle Rizzella
A survey of basic procedures for the analysis of psychological data. Topics in this course include basic uni-variate and bi-variate descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, and a variety of analyses used to examine data of single group, between group, and factorial designs.

Jamie Bodenlos

PSY 221 Intro to Psychopathology, Jamie Bodenlos
This course primarily focuses on the theoretical models, diagnosis and assessment of adult psychological disorders. Childhood disorders, relevant controversies and prevention are also covered, time permitting. Typical readings assigned beyond the primary text include case studies and autobiographical accounts of mental illness.

Emily Fisher

PSY 227 Intro to Social Psychology, Emily Fisher
This course introduces students to theory and research in social psychology, the study of the nature and causes of individual and group behavior in social contexts. Emphases are placed on understanding social psychological theories through studying classic and current research and on applying social psychological theories to better understand phenomena such as person perception, attitude change, prejudice and discrimination, interpersonal attraction, romantic relationships, conformity, aggression, and inter-group relations.

Daniel Graham

PSY 299 Sensation and Perception, Daniel Graham
Perception of the world through the senses is one of the most sophisticated yet least appreciated accomplishments of the human brain. This course explores how people experience and understand the world through the senses, using frequent classroom demonstrations of the perceptual phenomena under discussion. The course introduces the major facts and theories of sensory function and examines the psychological processes involved in interpreting sensory input, as well as the evolutionary foundations of human perception. The primary emphasis is on vision, though other senses are considered as well.

Etin Anwar

REL 103 Journeys and Stories, Etin Anwar
What does it mean to live a myth or story with one's life or to go on a pilgrimage? How are myths and voyages religious, and can storytelling and journeying be meaningful in our contemporary situation? This course begins by focusing on the journeys and stories found within traditional religious frameworks. It then turns to the contemporary world and asks whether modern individuals in light of the rise of secularism and the technological age can live the old stories or must they become non-religious, or religious in a new manner.

Richard Salter

REL 226 Religion and Nature, Richard Salter
This course examines various religious traditions to see what they can contribute to a contemporary understanding of humanity's healthy, sustainable relationship with the natural world. The ecological crises of our time have forced us to question the prevailing global modes of production and consumption. Some have faulted the tradition of Western enlightenment and the scientific-technological mindset it has created, while others have focused on monotheistic traditions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) and their alleged anthropocentric desacralization of nature as the roots of our present ills. In order to gain a critical insight into these debates, students read some of the religious works on ecology and environmental ethics along with ecofeminist literature that situates the debates within the context of global capitalism and patriarchal oppression of women. This course substantively addresses Goal 7 (Cultural Awareness) and Goal 8 (Ethical Judgement).

Shalahudin Kafrawi

REL 288 Religious Extremism, Shalahudin Kafrawi
Religious extremism takes shape and flourishes equally in both secular and religious communities. The rising phenomena of exclusionary religious sentiments and intolerance in the United States and across the globe puts into question the notion that a particular religion is immune from extremism while others are more prone to it. They challenge humanity's most cherished values of peace, compassion, and justice that have been viewed as positive contributions of religions to peace. This course will study some basic concepts, examines some key theories, and scrutinize some illustrative cases of religious extremism across traditions including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. It will also investigate the roots of religious extremism from historical, social, political, and theological vantage points. Of a special interest is the connection between religious extremism and religious violence. Among the questions addressed in this course include: What is religious extremism? What social conditions give birth to religious extremism? How does religious extremism interconnect with religious violence?

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. Prerequisite: SOC 100.

Ervin Kosta

SOC 253 Global Cities, Ervin Kosta
Everywhere, in numbers unheard of before, people are flocking to the world's cities, in many cases, regardless of the fact that when they arrive there, they find living conditions awful or even worse. Why? What do people want from cities? This course seeks to answer these questions by exploring the overarching concept of "the global city" developed in the aftermath of the restructuring of the world economy since the mid-1970s. It will examine the historical emergence of global cities (née "world cities"), and critically assess this conceptualization as a paradigm, theory, and research agenda within urban studies. We start with an overview of urbanization processes in the US from the 19th century onwards, introduce the central body of theoretical literature on global cities, and continue exploring thematic topics such as new forms of inequality, labor relationships, neighborhood dynamics, and forms of fragmentation and segregation, through a comparative focus of urban processes around the world. A central feature of this course is the exploration of 21st century urbanism in the non-Western world. Prerequisite: SOC 100.

Hannah Dickinson

WRRH 100 Writer's Seminar, Hannah Dickinson
This course is for students in any major who want to become successful as college writers. By honing skills in critical reading and thinking, students are introduced to analysis and argumentation in order to consider their ideas within the context of academic writing and their own lives. Students develop writing techniques through composing and revising narratives, analytical essays, and guided research projects. The course focuses on writing individually and in collaboration with peers, the instructor, and other student support (Writing Colleagues or CTL Writing Fellows) through an emphasis on the process of invention, drafting, and revision.

Benjamin Ristow

WRRH 219 Feature Sports Writing, Benjamin Ristow
Glenn Strout, series editor of Best American Sports Writing, argues that sports writing is more about people and what concerns us — love, death, desire, labor, and loss — than about the simple results of a game or competition. This course builds from the premise that sports writing offers readers and writers important ways of making sense of our worlds. Whether we are reading Roger Angell's description of a baseball, considering a one-eyed matador, watching a high school girls' softball team, or contemplating a one-armed quarterback, we immerse ourselves and our readers in making sense of the world. We explore such questions as: Why are sports so deeply imbedded in our culture? What are the ethics of sport? How do sports disenfranchise certain populations? To answer these and other questions, students keep journals, write weekly sports features, and produce a mid-term and final portfolio.


David J. Galloway
Associate Dean for Curricular Initiatives and Development and Associate Professor of Russian Area Studies

Phone: (315) 781-3304

Important Dates

Registration Period: April 6-May 8. For more information, click here.

Late registration for courses may be permitted if seats remain. Please contact Dean Galloway at the email above.

First day of classes: May 20

Last day to drop/add a course: May 20

Last day to withdraw from a course: June 9

Last day to change grade status (graded to CR/DCR/NC): June 9

Last day of classes: June 9

Last day to change incomplete grades: September 4

Maymester Courses Offered

Please note: All 2020 Summer Program courses will be offered remotely and students will not be in residence on campus.

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. A full refund will be given to students who withdraw before the second day of classes (for Maymester and Summer-3) or before the third day of classes (for Summer-5). After these deadlines, the refund of tuition and return of federal and education loans and other sources of payments are prorated based upon the percentage of the term that the student is enrolled. If the student is enrolled past 60% of the term, there is no refund of costs of attendance. The official withdrawal date used by the appropriate Deans Office will be used to determine the prorated refund.


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