Summer Sessions Enrollment Process for Incoming Fall Rice Undergraduate Students

Rice University is pleased to allow incoming Rice freshman and transfer students the ability to take a course during the Summer Sessions. The schedule of Summer Sessions blocks can be found on the Academic Calendar for Summer 2021. The Academic Calendar for Summer 2021 also includes information regarding add/drop dates, tuition refunds, and withdrawals.

Courses will be available online only except for the exceptions noted below.

Registration Requirements

Incoming students are eligible to take one online for-credit course (up to 4 credit hours) from a selection of approved summer courses (listed below), beginning in Summer Block D1. These approved courses have been listed below. Incoming students will not be able to register for a course that has not been approved. The tuition rate for Rice undergraduates is $300 per credit hour, and financial aid is available for eligible students.

Blocks Block Dates Registration via ESTHER Deadline
Summer Block D1 May 31-August 6, 2021 (10 weeks) May 30, 2021
Summer Block E1 June 14-July 30, 2021 (7 weeks) June 13, 2021
Summer Block B2 June 28-August 13, 2021 (7 weeks) June 27, 2021
Summer Block C2 July 5-August 13, 2021 (6 weeks) July 4, 2021

Incoming students who would like to take a summer session course must do two things before registering for courses:

  1. Attend one of the virtual Intro to Academics Session listed below. Sign up will be available within the Applicant Portal after clicking on the "Summer at Rice" tab.
    • Session 1: Wednesday, May 12, 2021, from 6:00 - 7:00pm CST
    • Session 2: Saturday, May 22, 2021, from 1:00 - 2:00pm CST
  2. Complete the 2021 Matriculating Class Canvas module, inclusive of the Honor Code Quiz and Rice Policies modules: https://canvas.rice.edu/courses/40153

Once these elements are complete, registration holds will be removed from student accounts within two to three business days. All other holds will also need to be cleared before students can login to the ESTHER course registration system and register for their course.

Please check your holds by:

  1. Logging in to ESTHER
  2. Select “Student Services & Account Information”
  3. Select “View Holds”
  4. Confirm that there are no other holds on your account

If you have holds on your account, consult the Holds page at registrar.rice.edu/students/holds.

2021 Summer Tuition and Fees

Tuition for the 2021 Summer Sessions is available on the Cashier's Office website.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have AP credit (or other credit), but ESTHER is not allowing me to register for a higher-level course. Why?

AP credit (and other credit) is not given to Rice by the testing organization until July, and then it takes some time for Rice to process the credit. Until the credit is on your record, you will not be able to register for a higher-level course. Information about course credit for transfer students is available on the Office of the Registrar’s website.

Am I able to use Financial Aid to help cover the cost of a summer course?

Yes. For more information about Financial Aid and summer students, please visit the Financial Aid website.

I’m having trouble logging into Canvas/accessing the 2021 Matriculating Class Canvas module. What do I do?

Contact helpdesk@rice.edu if you are experiencing any issues with Canvas. If you have problems accessing the 2021 Matriculating Class Canvas course or the modules, please contact oweek@rice.edu.

How do I drop a course, and when is the last day I can do so?

For the Summer Semester 2021, Fall matriculants may drop a course up until the last day of classes for the respective class. How you drop a course is dependent upon when you are dropping:

Please note that depending on when you drop the course, you may or may not receive a refund for the course. You should consult the Academic Calendar for Summer 2021 (and Financial Aid, if receiving aid) to determine if you will be issued a refund.

Student Support

We are here to support you over the summer through a range of offices and services that are available to you as a Rice student.

Office of Academic Advising
Email: aadv@rice.edu | Phone: 713-348-4060

Student Success Initiatives - Help with study skills, time management
Email: success@rice.edu

The Honor Council - For questions regarding the Honor System and academic integrity
Email: honor@rice.edu

Center for Academic and Professional Communication - Writing support
Contact CAP-C

Wellbeing and Counseling Center - Mental health and wellbeing support
Contact Center | Phone: 713-348-3311

Center for Career Development
Email: ccd@rice.edu | Phone: 713-348-4055

Disability Resource Center
Email: adarice@rice.edu | Phone: 713-348-5841

Office of Financial Aid
Email: fina@rice.edu | Phone: 713-348-4958

2021 Summer Courses Eligible for Incoming Matriculants

The Summer 2021 course schedule is posted to Rice's Course Schedule, but not all courses are eligible for incoming matriculants. Approved courses are listed below.


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INTRO TO STUDY OF LANGUAGE (ANTH 200)

Area

Anthropology

Session

Summer Block C2 (6 Wk)

Instructor

Manker, Jonathan

Credits

3

CRN

30959

Overview of the scientific study of the structure and function of language. Introduces the main fields of linguistics: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, discourse, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, and psycholinguistics. Highlights the interdisciplinary relationship of linguistics with anthropology, sociology, psychology, and cognitive sciences.

Method of Instruction: Online

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LAW AND RESISTANCE (ANTH 396)

Area

Anthropology

Session

Summer Block E1 (7 Wk)

Instructor

Bray, Jessica L.

Credits

3

CRN

30840

This course will explore how people interact with the law in their everyday lives – in the U.S. and elsewhere. Examples will include how individuals experience and respond to policing, examining the effects of immigration and border security policies, and tracing how people and groups mobilize to challenges laws perceived as unjust.

Method of Instruction: Online

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CONVERSATIONAL ARABIC (ARAB 238)

Area

Arabic

Session

Summer Block C2 (6 Wk)

Instructor

Elsherbiny, Hossam A.

Credits

1 TO 4

CRN

31029

Topics and credit hours may vary each semester. Contact department for current semester’s topic(s).

Method of Instruction: Online

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FILM GENRE: THE WESTERN (ARTS 432)

Area

Visual Arts

Session

Summer Block E1 (7 Wk)

Instructor

Huberman, Brian M.

Credits

3

CRN

30937

Survey of the essential American film experience spanning all the years of U.S. cinema, with emphasis on the western and its mythic function in society. Space in studio classes is limited. Registration does not guarantee a place in class. The class roster is formulated on the first day of class by the individual instructor.

Method of Instruction: Online

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STARS, GALAXIES & THE UNIVERSE (ASTR 101)

Area

Astronomy

Session

Summer Block E1 (7 Wk)

Instructor

Johns-Krull, Christopher M.

Credits

3

CRN

30841

An introductory course for students in academic programs. The formation, evolution, and death of stars; the composition and evolution of galaxies; the structure and evolution of the universe.

Method of Instruction: Online

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GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (CHEM 122)

Area

Chemistry

Session

Summer Block C2 (6 Wk)

Instructor

Siitonen, Juha H.

Credits

3

CRN

31013

A continuation of CHEM 121. Either CHEM 122 or CHEM 152 may be taken as prerequisites for higher study in chemistry, but only one may be taken for credit. Students must also register for CHEM 124 General Chemistry Laboratory II. The course and the co-requisite lab are graded jointly.

Method of Instruction: Online

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GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II (CHEM 124)

Area

Chemistry

Session

Summer Block C2 (6 Wk)

Instructor

Siitonen, Juha H.

Credits

1

CRN

31011

Required laboratory component of CHEM 122. Students must also register for CHEM 122. Credit may not be received for both CHEM 124 and CHEM 154. The course and the co-requisite lab are graded jointly. Distribution Credit for CHEM 124 no longer eligible beginning Fall 2019.

Method of Instruction: Face to Face

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FIRST YEAR CHINESE I (CHIN 141)

Area

Chinese

Session

Summer Block D1 (10 Wk)

Instructor

Fu, Liang

Credits

3

CRN

30918

Development of interactional competence in Chinese (sociolinguistic and sociocultural knowledge) to communicate and interact with speakers of Chinese. The course is based on a student-centered, critical-thinking approach to language analysis/acquisition. No prior knowledge of this language is necessary. Effective May 15, 2019, this course does not carry D1 credit.

Method of Instruction: Online

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RHETORIC AND POPULAR WRITING (COMM 239)

Area

Communication

Session

Summer Block E1 (7 Wk)

Instructor

Cummins-Munoz, Elizabeth A.

Credits

3

CRN

30993

This course examines the rhetoric of popular writing in outlets such as National Geographic and Sports Illustrated. Through critical reading and writing workshops, students will acquire a nuanced understanding of available stylistic choices as they build the skills they need to develop their own voice with clarity, confidence, and style.

Method of Instruction: Online

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PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS (ECON 100)

Area

Economics

Session

Summer Block C2 (6 Wk)

Instructor

DeNicco, James P.

Credits

3

CRN

30698

Introduction to the basic concepts of microeconomics and macroeconomics. Microeconomics component includes analysis of supply and demand, consumer and producer behavior, and competitive and noncompetitive market equilibria, with applications to current policy issues. Macroeconomics component provides an overview of the determination of national output, employment, interest rates, and inflation, and analyzes monetary fiscal policies and international trade. Designed for both non-majors and majors.

Method of Instruction: Online

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MACROECONOMICS (ECON 203)

Area

Economics

Session

Summer Block D1 (10 Wk)

Instructor

Carlton, Amelie B.

Credits

3

CRN

30860

Analyzes aggregate performance of the national economy including output, inflation, interest rates, employment, the business cycle, monetary and fiscal policy, and more generally the role of government in influencing aggregate economic performance. Introduces both the traditional aggregative only approach to Macroeconomics and the more recent New Classical and New Keynesian micro-foundations approaches.

Method of Instruction: Online

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CRITICALLY READING GREAT LIT (ENGL 200)

Area

English

Session

Summer Block D1 (10 Wk)

Instructor

Johnson, Amanda L.

Credits

3

CRN

30920

A course designed for and required of all prospective English majors. Emphasis is on close reading, literary interpretation, and critical writing. Attention is paid to the major genres (poetry, drama, and fiction) across a range of historical periods.

Method of Instruction: Online

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LITERATURE AND MEDICINE (ENGL 272)

Area

English

Session

Summer Block C2 (6 Wk)

Instructor

Graham, Lindsay D.

Credits

3

CRN

30968

Designed for, but not limited to, students interested in the medical profession, this course introduces the study of medicine through reading imaginative literature--novels, plays, essays, poems--by and about doctors and patients, focusing on understanding ethical issues and on developing critical and interpretive skills.

Method of Instruction: Online

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LITERATURE AND MEDICINE (ENGL 272)

Area

English

Session

Summer Block B2 (7 Wk)

Instructor

Graham, Lindsay D.

Credits

3

CRN

30989

Designed for, but not limited to, students interested in the medical profession, this course introduces the study of medicine through reading imaginative literature--novels, plays, essays, poems--by and about doctors and patients, focusing on understanding ethical issues and on developing critical and interpretive skills.

Method of Instruction: Online

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SHAKESPEARE ON FILM (ENGL 320)

Area

English

Session

Summer Block E1 (7 Wk)

Instructor

Choate, Evan W.

Credits

3

CRN

30919

A course that examines both the text of selected Shakespearean plays and films based on them, focusing on the difference between film and drama.

Method of Instruction: Online

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SURVEY OF AMER FILM & CULTURE (ENGL 373)

Area

English

Session

Summer Block B2 (7 Wk)

Instructor

Aranda, Jose F.

Credits

3

CRN

30950

A course that explores the history of cinema in the U.S. from its origins to the present day. This course will examine the development of narrative, sound, the classical Hollywood form and style; film genres; the emergence of television; the influence of postwar “art cinemas”; the origins of the blockbuster; and the status of Hollywood as “global cinema.”

Method of Instruction: Online

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SURVEY OF AMER FILM & CULTURE (FILM 373)

Area

Film

Session

Summer Block B2 (7 Wk)

Instructor

Aranda, Jose F.

Credits

3

CRN

30964

A course that explores the history of cinema in the U.S. from its origins to the present day. This course will examine the development of narrative, sound, the classical Hollywood form and style; film genres; the emergence of television; the influence of postwar “art cinemas”; the origins of the blockbuster; and the status of Hollywood as “global cinema.”

Method of Instruction: Online

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FILM GENRE: THE WESTERN (FILM 432)

Area

Film

Session

Summer Block E1 (7 Wk)

Instructor

Huberman, Brian M.

Credits

3

CRN

30924

Survey of the essential American film experience spanning all the years of U.S. cinema, with emphasis on the western and its mythic function in society. Space in studio classes is limited. Registration does not guarantee a place in class. The class roster is formulated on the first day of class by the individual instructor.

Method of Instruction: Online

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BEGINNING DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY (FOTO 210)

Area

Photography

Session

Summer Block B2 (7 Wk)

Instructor

Roykovich, Justin

Credits

3

CRN

30926

Introduction to digital photography through exploration of light, camera, and computer. Assignments include looking, taking, discussing, adjusting, printing and writing about photographs. The class is a balance of visual awareness, technical skills and meaning in the context of photography’s continuing history.

Method of Instruction: Online

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BEGINNING DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY (HART 209)

Area

Art History

Session

Summer Block B2 (7 Wk)

Instructor

Roykovich, Justin

Credits

3

CRN

30939

Introduction to digital photography through exploration of light, camera, and computer. Assignments include looking, taking, discussing, adjusting, printing and writing about photographs. The class is a balance of visual awareness, technical skills and meaning in the context of photography’s continuing history.

Method of Instruction: Online

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NINETEENTH-CENTURY ART (HART 257)

Area

Art History

Session

Summer Block C2 (6 Wk)

Instructor

Costello, Robert L.

Credits

3

CRN

30969

This course examines the histories and methodologies of art from the long nineteenth century. Students will be introduced to major movements and artistic styles including Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, and Post-Impressionism. Between a combination of lecture and discussion we will explore a variety of mediums across multiple countries. We will also consider these objects, artists, and periods within larger socio-political frameworks such as class, gender, and the rise of industrial modernity.

Method of Instruction: Online

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SURVEY OF AMER FILM & CULTURE (HART 380)

Area

Art History

Session

Summer Block B2 (7 Wk)

Instructor

Aranda, Jose F.

Credits

3

CRN

30965

A course that explores the history of cinema in the U.S. from its origins to the present day. This course will examine the development of narrative, sound, the classical Hollywood form and style; film genres; the emergence of television; the influence of postwar “art cinemas”; the origins of the blockbuster; and the status of Hollywood as “global cinema.”

Method of Instruction: Online

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INTRO TO HEALTH & WELLNESS (HEAL 119)

Area

Health Sciences

Session

Summer Block E1 (7 Wk)

Instructor

Diep, Cassandra S.

Credits

3

CRN

30862

Designed to help students develop a greater understanding and appreciation of health and well being, as it relates to themselves and others around them, and for students to apply health and wellness knowledge in their personal life to improve their health.

Method of Instruction: Online

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MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY (HEAL 132)

Area

Health Sciences

Session

Summer Block C2 (6 Wk)

Instructor

Kabiri, Laura S.

Credits

3

CRN

30861

This course introduces the student interested in medical and health professions to a large vocabulary of medical language which develops skills in understanding and remembering new words. It describes word origins, basic terms in anatomy and terms pertaining to each body system as well as pharmacology and medical equipment, and many frequently used medical terms, abbreviations and symbols.

Method of Instruction: Online

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FOURTH YEAR JAPANESE II (JAPA 402)

Area

Japanese

Session

Summer Block C2 (6 Wk)

Instructor

Takayama, Hiromi

Credits

3

CRN

31064

Emphasis on strengthening speaking and writing skills at the advanced level with more authentic reading and listening materials selected from literary works, academic texts, news articles, movies, and online resources.

Method of Instruction: Online

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FOUNDATIONS OF KINESIOLOGY (KINE 120)

Area

Kinesiology

Session

Summer Block C2 (6 Wk)

Instructor

Perkins Ball, Amanda M.

Credits

3

CRN

30863

An introduction to studies in the areas of human movement: anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor learning and control, and psychological aspects of sport and exercise.

Method of Instruction: Online

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PSYC OF SPORT & EXERCISE (KINE 310)

Area

Kinesiology

Session

Summer Block C2 (6 Wk)

Instructor

Perkins Ball, Amanda M.

Credits

3

CRN

30867

Examine the psychological foundations that underlie sport and exercise participation.

Method of Instruction: Online

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MOTOR LEARNING (KINE 311)

Area

Kinesiology

Session

Summer Block C2 (6 Wk)

Instructor

Perkins Ball, Amanda M.

Credits

3

CRN

30868

Designed to provide a basic understanding of the theories related to skill acquisition, development, and movement. Learners develop an understanding of the cognitive, behavioral, and neurological concepts needed to become skilled at movements. The course will also incorporate laboratory experiences in the physiological, neurological, and psychological factors of human movement.

Method of Instruction: Online

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STATS FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONAL (KINE 319)

Area

Kinesiology

Session

Summer Block C2 (6 Wk)

Instructor

Rodriguez, Augusto X.

Credits

3

CRN

30870

Topics include displaying and describing data, the normal curve, regression, statistical inference including parametric and non-parametric analyses, and hypothesis testing. Students also have the opportunity to analyze data using SPSS and Excel software.

Method of Instruction: Online

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INTRO TO STUDY OF LANGUAGE (LING 200)

Area

Linguistics

Session

Summer Block C2 (6 Wk)

Instructor

Manker, Jonathan

Credits

3

CRN

30873

Overview of the scientific study of the structure and function of language. Introduces the main fields of linguistics: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, discourse, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, and psycholinguistics. Highlights the interdisciplinary relationship of linguistics with anthropology, sociology, psychology, and cognitive sciences.

Method of Instruction: Online

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ELECTRICITY&MAGNETISM W/LAB (PHYS 102)

Area

Physics

Session

Summer Block C2 (6 Wk)

Instructor

Cone, Michael T.

Credits

4

CRN

30878

A calculus-based introduction to electricity and magnetism. Includes classes and lab exercises on electric and magnetic fields, Maxwell's equations in integral form, and AC and DC circuits. Primarily for physical science and engineering students. May receive credit for only one of PHYS 102, 112, 126, AP Physics-B (PHYS 141 and 142) and AP Physics-C E&M. Students must also register for PHYS 104.

Method of Instruction: Online

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E & M DISCUSSION (PHYS 104)

Area

Physics

Session

Summer Block C2 (6 Wk)

Instructor

Cone, Michael T.

Credits

0

CRN

30880

Small group discussion section to extend and reinforce concepts presented in PHYS 102. Students must also register for PHYS 102.

Method of Instruction: Online

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GENERAL PHYSICS II (WITH LAB) (PHYS 126)

Area

Physics

Session

Summer Block C2 (6 Wk)

Instructor

Beaird, Robert P.

Credits

4

CRN

30882

A calculus-based survey of E&M and optics primarily intended for bioscience and premedical students. Includes classes and lab exercises on wave and ray optics, electric field and potential, magnetic fields and induction, and DC circuits. May receive credit for only one of PHYS 102, 112, 126, AP Physics B (PHYS 141 and 142), and AP Physics-C, E&M.

Method of Instruction: Online

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INTRO TO INTERNAT'L RELATIONS (POLI 211)

Area

Political Science

Session

Summer Block C2 (6 Wk)

Instructor

Oestman, Jared

Credits

3

CRN

30884

This course introduces students to major topics in the subfield of International Relations, including the causes of war, political dimensions of the international economy, international organizations, and interstate cooperation to address contemporary global challenges. This course helps students navigate upper division courses in International Relations and explore the international world.

Method of Instruction: Online

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INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (SOCI 101)

Area

Sociology

Session

Summer Block C2 (6 Wk)

Instructor

Casarez, Raul S.

Credits

3

CRN

30829

Introduction to the principal concepts, theories and methods of sociology. Required (normally) for sociology majors and minors. Enrollment in section 003 of this course is reserved for new matriculants only.

Method of Instruction: Online

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SOCIAL PROBLEMS (SOCI 231)

Area

Sociology

Session

Summer Block C2 (6 Wk)

Instructor

Boyd Heredia, Catherine A.

Credits

3

CRN

30828

This course will confront "social problems" in everyday life by focusing on contemporary issues, situations, behaviors, and ideas in national and international contexts. The course will focus primarily on case studies in contemporary issues including racism, religion, politics, classism, sexism, and heterosexism.

Method of Instruction: Online

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SOCIOLOGY OF IMMIGRATION (SOCI 340)

Area

Sociology

Session

Summer Block D1 (10 Wk)

Instructor

Casarez, Raul S.

Credits

3

CRN

30827

Sociology of Immigration traces the migration process from initiation through its long-term consequences using theories of initiation (e.g. economic and sociological models) and adaptation (e.g. segmented assimilation, new assimilation theory). It also explores the effects of immigration policies.

Method of Instruction: Online

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LAW AND RESISTANCE (SOCI 396)

Area

Sociology

Session

Summer Block E1 (7 Wk)

Instructor

Bray, Jessica L.

Credits

3

CRN

31079

This course will explore how people interact with the law in their everyday lives – in the U.S. and elsewhere. Examples will include how individuals experience and respond to policing, examining the effects of immigration and border security policies, and tracing how people and groups mobilize to challenges laws perceived as unjust.

Method of Instruction: Online

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SECOND YEAR SPANISH II (SPAN 264)

Area

Spanish

Session

Summer Block C2 (6 Wk)

Instructor

Garcia-Rueda, Claudia M.

Credits

3

CRN

30932

Continuation of SPAN 263. Development of interactional competence in Spanish (sociolinguistic and socio cultural knowledge) to communicate and interact with speakers of Spanish. The course is based on a student-centered, critical-thinking approach to language analysis/acquisition.

Method of Instruction: Online

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SPANISH FOR INTERCULTURAL COM1 (SPAN 321)

Area

Spanish

Session

Summer Block D1 (10 Wk)

Instructor

Stasevicius, Maria L.

Credits

3

CRN

30974

This course helps students develop an advanced level of proficiency in Spanish through the analysis and use of the target language in the context of specific topics of interest that will vary.

Method of Instruction: Online

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SCHOLARLY APPROACHES TO S&E (UNIV 105)

Area

University Courses

Session

2nd Half of Full Term (2ND) Block

Instructor

Wolf, Michael

Credits

0

CRN

31150

A six-week, academically intensive, pre-college program for pre-matriculating students who intend to major in science or engineering. The program includes coursework in Calculus, Chemistry, and Physics, with a focus on the most challenging topics from the freshman curricula; daily homework and group-work; and complementary seminars on design, bioscience research, and discrete math.

Method of Instruction: Face to Face

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