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    Summer Term at Washington College

     Washington College is excited to offer a wide range of academic opportunities for undergraduate students, as well as high school students, working adults, and more. We will be offering in person and remote classes, to allow learners to access our exceptional programming from anywhere across the globe (although we are partial to the Chester River in the summer). No matter where you are joining us from, rest assured that you will discover rich opportunities to expand your academic horizons, enhance your skills, and experience an unparalleled liberal arts education. Continue building towards your future—join us this summer at WC.


    Cost of Attendance

    Summer courses are open to:

    • Current Students & Incoming First Year Students 
    • Non-Degree Seeking Students (including students from other Colleges and Universities) 

    Summer Term tuition will be $2300. Housing costs will be per night. Meals can be purchase individually.



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    Classes in Summer Term Session 1 are offered online, in person, and as hybrid (where students may elect either option). Be sure to look at the mode column to know which option the instructor has chosen when offering the course. These are 4 credit courses, unless otherwise noted.

    Classes are from May 28 - June 21, 2024, with no classes on June 19th (Emancipation Day). Course descriptions are provided lower on this page 

    Instructor's Name

    Course Name

    Course Title




    Friday Lab

    R.C. De Prospo

    Introduction to American Culture I

    AMS/ENG 209





    Jason Patterson

    Introductory Drawing Studio

    ART 261





    Austin Lobo

    Computer Science 1

    CSI 111





    L. Michelle Johnson

    Educational Psychology

    EDU 252





    Amber Taliancich

    Introduction to Creative Writing

    ENG 103





    James Hall

    Intro to Poetry

    ENG 222



    SMITH 111


    Rebecca Mensch

    Introduction to Environomental Studies with Lab

    ENV 101

    M-Th 12:2:45; 


    CMWL 210 (LEC) & 204 (LAB)

    Friday 1:00-5:00

    Dylan Poulsen

    Statistical Inference and Data Analysis

    MAT 109



    DUNN N103


    Shaun Ramsey

    Differential Calculus

    MAT 111



    DALY 106


    Jonathan McCollum

    World Music & Ethnomusicology

    MUS 104





    Joseph Prud'homme

    SpTp: Monotheisms

    PHL 294





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    Classes in Summer Term Session 2 are offered online, in person, and as hybrid (where students may elect either option). Be sure to look at the mode column to know which option the instructor has chosen when offering the course. These are 4 credit courses, unless otherwise noted.

    Classes are from June 24 - July 19, 2024, with no classes on July 4th (Independence Day). Course descriptions are provided lower on this page 

    Instructor's Name

    Course Name

    Course Title




    Kenneth Schweitzer

    Rock, Pop, & American Culture

    MUS 106




    Bin Song

    SpTp: Confucianism & Ru Meditation

    PHL 394




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    Course Descriptions

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    AMS/ENG 209 Introduction to American Literature and Culture I

    Instructor: DeProspo

    This course is concerned with the establishment of American Studies as a curriculum in post-World War II American colleges and universities. Readings will include a variety of written texts, including those not traditionally considered literary, as well as a variety of other-than-written materials, including popular cultural ones, in accordance with the original commitment of American Studies to curricular innovation. Introductions to the modern phenomena of race, gender, sexual orientation, generation, and class in U.S. culture will be included. A comparatist perspective on the influence of American culture internationally and a review of the international American Studies movement in foreign universities will also be introduced.

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    ART 261: Introductory Drawing Studio

    Instructor: Patterson

    This studio class introduces students to drawing through a range of material, conceptual, and skill-based approaches. While focusing on basic skills and concepts of drawing, the curriculum is also interdisciplinary in nature. In addition to drawing fundamentals, the course also places emphasis on experimental approaches and on connecting conceptual thinking to one’s broader creative practice. Contemporary and historical examples of artists working within such a creative practice are covered through readings, lectures, and screenings.

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    CSI 111: Computer Science 1

    Instructor: Lobo

    The objectives of this course are threefold: to introduce programming concepts and algorithmic development, to teach an object-oriented programming language, and to teach how to design, code, debug and document programs using the techniques of good programming style.

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    EDU 252: Educational Psychology

    Instructor: L Michelle Johnson

    A general summary of theories of educational psychology. Aspects of evaluation, individual differences, and psychological adjustments that are relevant to education and applicable to classroom practices will be examined.

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    ENG 103: Introduction to Creative Writing

    Instructor:: Amber Taliancich

    A workshop introducing new writers to several forms of creative writing, including poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Students will use classic and contemporary literature as models for their own efforts. Counts for Creative Writing minor, Journalism, Editing & Publishing minor, W2 requirement.

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    ENG: 222: Introduction to Poetry

    Instructor: James Hall

    This course will provide an introduction to the study of various styles and forms of poetry. By reading a wide range of poetic styles from a number of aesthetic schools, students will consider the ways in which poetry has become a conversation across centuries, how the genre may act simultaneously as a personal and a political voice, and how it may be interpreted not only as intimate confession but also as “supreme fiction.” Counts for Creative Writing minor, Humanities distribution, and W2 requirement.

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    ENV 101: Introduction to Environomental Studies with Lab

    Instructor: Rebecca Mensch

    This course is an introduction to the discipline of environmental studies. A multidisciplinary view of human responsibility toward the natural world will be emphasized, focusing on significant contemporary environmental issues. Topics to be covered include environmental literature (both historical and current), economic and ethical environmental concerns, scientific methods of assessment and analysis of environmental problems, and possible solutions to representative environmental problems. The laboratory/recitation section will be utilized for field trips, data collection, demonstrations, and discussions. This course is a prerequisite for all upper-level ENV courses. The course should be completed by the end of the sophomore year if it is going to be counted toward the major.

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    MAT 109: Statistical Inference and Data Analysis

    Instructor: Poulsen

    Introduction to the theory and practice of data analysis and statistics in the natural and social sciences. Statistical software will be used. Topics will include data ethics, sampling, experimental design, descriptive statistics, conditional probability, the normal distribution, simple linear regression, confidence intervals, hypothesis tests, and decisions. MAT 109 and BUS 109 may not both be taken for credit

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    MAT 111: Differential Calculus

    Instructor: Ramsey

    Analytic geometry, the derivative and differential, elementary functions, limits, continuity, and applications. Prerequisite: It is strongly recommended that a student should have strong algebra and trigonometric skills before taking this course.

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    MUS/ANT 104: Intro to World Music and Ethnomusciology

    Instructor: McCollum

    An introduction to music of the world, including popular, folk, religious and classical traditions. Explores the way ethnomusicologists organize and analyze knowledge about the world, while investigating the ways music acquires meaning in performances that are socially, historically, and culturally situated.

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    MUS 106: Rock, Pop, and American Culture

    Instructor: Schweitzer

    An examination of popular music in America from the 1830s through the modern day. With a particular emphasis being placed on the 1950s and 1960s, students will develop an understanding of the cultural, political, and economic forces of these eras and will examine how popular music history intersects with all aspects of American history and culture. This course also examines several important threads in popular music history, including the ever-present, but ever changing, role of race relations, the impact of evolving technologies, and the history of the music industry. In addition to reading the assigned textbook, students are also asked to watch/listen to important archival performances, televised interviews with notable musicians, radio interviews with scholars of popular culture, and other relevant primary sources.

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    PHL 294: SpTp: Monotheisms

    Instructor: Prud'Homme

    This distinctive course explores the topic of monotheism as a religious belief and system of thought. One issue surrounding monotheism is whether it intrinsically pulls believers toward intolerance, at least relative to polytheistic or non-theistic beliefs. Other questions concern the variety of monotheisms and whether the concept has a stable meaning. Another is the rational basis for monotheism. This course will explore such questions by reference to historical polytheisms; Judaism; trinitarian thought in Christianity; Islam; contemporary monotheisms outside the Judeo-Christian-Islamic framework, including elements of Hinduism; and modern theologies. Religious texts and concepts as well as sociological developments will be examined. Guest experts will enrich the learning experience.

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    PHL/REL 394: Special Topic: Confucianism and Ru Meditation

    Instructor: Song

    This course introduces the philosophical concepts, sociological foundation, political implementation, and spiritual/religious practices of the Asian Ru (Confucian) tradition. While remaining sensitive to its varying characteristics through different historical periods, the course also presents Ruism's development across Asian countries such as Korea, Japan, Vietnam and Indonesia, and studies its historical interaction with Western cultures. Students are encouraged to think over and practice Ruist insights in a broader context of philosophical and religious studies, while being able to compare it with other major Asian and Western philosophical and religious traditions. Special acquired skills: students will learn Meditation in Motion in its varying forms, such as breathing, sleeping, quiet-sitting and Taiji martial arts, to strengthen their mind-body general well-being and increase creativity and productivity.


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