Summer Session 2020 Courses 

Courses subject to change without notice.

Courses will also appear in WesMaps. Courses may only be taken for credit; auditors are not permitted in Summer Session courses. Incompletes will not be granted for Summer Session courses. All courses are 1 Wesleyan credit, with the exception of Chemistry 152 (Lab) which is worth .5 credit.

Summer enrollments are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. The request, payment and any approvals must be fully complete before enrollments are processed.  No seats are saved for students majoring in the course's concentration. For example, no seats will be saved for students majoring in IDEA in IDEA190.

 SUMMER SESSION I: MAY 27 - JUNE 25, 2020

  • ENGL 259/WRCT 228: The Art of the Personal Essay / Meg Weisberg

    Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
    Prerequisites: None
    Grading Mode: Graded
    Schedule: TBA
    Location: TBA

    The personal essay is short-form, first-person, narrative nonfiction that encompasses many genres: memoir, reflection, humor, familial and social history, and cultural criticism. Yet even these boundaries often often blur within a single essay, and the personal essay can expand to include almost any toopic. Writing personal essays--what author and critic Philip Lopate calls "the self-interrogative genre"--helps us find out what we think, often makes us change our minds, and, ideally, leads us to new insights. In class, we will discuss the assigned readings, participate in group responses to each others' writing (workshops), and write in response to prompts. We will study both traditional and unconventional techniques of nonfiction, focusing on the elements of craft: structure, voice, clarity, the use of descriptive detail, and revision.

  • QAC/CIS 251: Data Visualization / Valerie Nazzaro

    Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM QAC, SBS QAC
    Prerequisites: None
    Grading Mode: Graded
    Schedule: TBA
    Location: TBA

    This course will introduce students to the principles and tools necessary to present quantitative information in a visual way. While tables and graphs are widely used in our daily lives, it takes skill to deconstruct what story is being told. It also takes a perceptive eye to know when information is being misrepresented with particular graphics. The main goals of the course are for students to learn how to present information efficiently and accurately so that we enhance our understanding of complex quantitative information and to become proficient with data visualization tools. Beginning with basic graphing tools, we will work our way up to constructing map visualizations and interactive graphs. This course will require a substantial amount of computation in R. No prior programming experience is necessary, but learning does require willingness and time.

  • IDEA/PHYS/CIS 170: Introduction to Design and Engineering / Daniel Moller

    Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM CIS
    Prerequisites: None
    Grading Mode: Student option
    Schedule: TBA
    Location:
    TBA

    This course will provide a hands-on introduction to design and engineering. Students will engage in individual and team projects in a studio environment where we seek to develop a shared practice and understanding of the engineering design process. We will study biological organisms to find inspiration for design hoppers, swimmers, and climbers. Students will build skills using computer-aided design (CAD) software and using tools for fabrication and prototyping including laser cutting and 3D printing. We will also hone skills in identifying which scientific and engineering principles need to be understood to achieve design goals.

  • COMP 112: Introduction to Programming / James Lipton

    Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM MATH
    Prerequisites: None
    Grading Mode: Student option
    Schedule: TBA
    Location:
    TBA

    The course will provide an introduction to a modern, high-level programming language including a discussion of input/output, basic control structures, types, functions, and classes. The lectures will also discuss a variety of algorithms as well as program design issues.

  • CHEM 141: Introductory Chemistry I / Anthony Davis

    Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM CHEM
    Prerequisites: None
    Grading Mode: Graded
    Schedule: TBA
    Location: TBA

    This course emphasizes rigorous descriptive reasoning. While intended for students with little or no previous background in chemistry, the course is taught at a relatively high level. The topical coverage emphasizes the relationships between electronic structure, chemical reactivity, and the physical properties of the elements and their compounds.

    CHEM152, the associated laboratory course, may be taken concurrently. CHEM152 will span over Summer Session I and II. 

  • CHEM 152: Introductory Chemistry Lab / Anthony Davis

    (Note: .5-credits; 6-week course)

    Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM CHEM
    Prerequisites: None
    Grading Mode: Graded
    Schedule: TBA
    Location: TBA

    This course provides an introduction to the application of chemical concepts in the laboratory. The course will focus on practical aspects of fractional distillation, qualitative inorganic analysis, and synthesis of inorganic compounds. It should be taken by those who plan to take more than one year of chemistry.

    This course takes place over both Summer Sessions and is worth .5 credits total. 

SUMMER SESSION II: JUNE 29 - JULY 28, 2020

  • ARST 190/IDEA 190: Digital Art /¬†Christopher Chenier

    Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ART
    Prerequisites: None
    Grading Mode: Graded
    Schedule: TBA
    Location: Digital Design Studio

    This experience will introduce students to the digital arts, an area of creative practice encompassing computer-based art from GIFS and graphics to cutting edge digital fabrication tools. While developing the critical and methodological tools to engage problems in our digital culture, students will acquire the practical skills necessary to create and communicate digitally. Sessions will emphasize the ways software is used for project development, prototyping, and experimentation. Most of our time will be spend in Adobe Creative Cloud. The core elements of CC will be covered through workshops in image editing, graphics, layout, and type. Translating digital files into physical objects, students will work with a laser cutter, large format inkjet printers, and a CNC mill.

  • GOVT 115: International Politics / Giulio Gallarotti

    Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS GOVT
    Prerequisites: None
    Grading Mode: Graded
    Schedule: TBA
    Location: TBA

    This introduction to international politics applies various theories of state behavior to selected historical cases. Topics include the balance of power, change in international systems, the causes of war and peace, and the role of international law, institutions, and morality in the relations among nations.

  • CHEM 142: Introductory Chemistry II / Andrea Roberts

    Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM CHEM
    Prerequisites: CHEM141
    Grading Mode: Graded
    Schedule: TBA
    Location: TBA

    This course is a continuation of CHEM141. This course emphasizes rigorous descriptive reasoning. While intended for students with little or no previous background in chemistry, the course is taught at a relatively high level. The topical coverage emphasizes the relationships between electronic structure, chemical reactivity, and the physical properties of the elements and their compounds.

    CHEM152, the associated laboratory course, may be taken concurrently. CHEM152 will span over Summer Session I and II. 

    Please note: prerequisite required for CHEM142. PreCollege students may enroll with special permission only. For more information, please send email to precollege@wesleyan.edu