GLS Summer Study

The Wesleyan Graduate Liberal Studies summer term is ideal for educators and other individuals who would like to make use of an available summer season. The GLS program is designed to help you meet your professional needs and fulfill your personal interests. Our course selection and scheduling options allow you to build an academic plan that is specific to you and your goals, while taking advantage of the extraordinary resources of a world-class university.

Students studying together over summer term A photo of Wesleyan Campus Students enjoying a classroom discussion

Wesleyan offers a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) and a Master of Philosophy in Liberal Arts (MPhil) as well as non-degree graduate study. Courses are offered in visual arts, art history, creative and professional writing, literature, history, mathematics, film, government, education, biology, psychology, astronomy, and more. Students with interests beyond our curriculum may create their own courses (graduate tutorials) and study one-on-one with faculty. 

Join us for an upcoming info session and for a better understanding of what makes GLS great.

More about Summer Study

Immersive Course Options

Courses meet twice a week (morning, noon, or evening), three hours per course meeting, during the regular, 5-week summer term in July. Immerison courses pack 30 hours into just 5 or 6 days, either consecutively or on weekends. All of these study options create a summer study plan that immerses you in the course material, and gives you regular, individualized attention from faculty. Students find that summer courses also create the strong academic and social bonds typically found in a cohort program.

Campus Community

Wesleyan offers a vast array of opportunities outside of the classroom in July. Each year, a curated film series is hosted by Wesleyan Film Studies, featuring a screenstar or director from their collection. Previous series have featured Paul Newman, Frank Capra, Audrey Hepburn, and Jimmy Stewart. The Center for the Arts features performances of dance and music, as well as a visual arts gallery.

Beyond the Campus

Middletown is located in the heart of Connecticut River Valley. Oustanding hiking, kayaking, and other outdoor activities are minutes from campus. For those inclined to urban travel, both New York and Boston are easy daytrips. And for those inclined to explore locally, Middletown has much to offer. The dining selections on Main Street span everything from Tibetan to Italian, Thai to vegan. Additionally, Middletown is home to numerous boutiques and local business that are well worth a visit.