Summer Session


Jamie MaKinster
Associate Provost for Curricular Initiatives and Development and Professor of Education
Phone: (315) 781-3304
E-Mail: makinster@hws.edu


Registration Period: April 14-June 1, 2022. For more information, click here. Late registration for courses may be permitted if seats remain. Please contact Jamie MaKinster at the email above.

First day of classes: June 13

3-week Session
Last day to drop/add a course: June 13 (one day only)
Last day to withdraw from a course: July 1
Last day of classes: July 1

5-week Session
Last day to drop/add a course: June 14
Last day to withdraw from a course: July 15
Last day of classes: July 15

Last day to submit incomplete grades: August 26
No class on Juneteenth, June 20 and July 4


Tuition: $3000 per course
Room (3-Week): $345
Meals (3-Week): $555
Room (5-Week): $575
Meals (5-Week): $925

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 third day of classes. After this deadline, tuition/room/board charges and the return of federal and education loans and other sources of aid will be 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.

Financial Aid

Tuition discounts are available to matriculated HWS students on a limited basis, based on demonstrated financial need (e.g., Pell eligibility).


Students may apply for summer housing here.

Summer Session includes both a 3-week (June 13 to July 1) and a 5-Week program (June 13 to July 15). Current students and non-matriculated students may take a maximum of two courses with an HWS faculty member. Classes in the five-week session meet two hours a day (either 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.), five days a week. Classes in the three-week session are scheduled in the mornings (9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) or afternoons (1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.). The tuition for courses is $3,000 for current HWS students, including graduating seniors, and non-matriculated students. Courses will be either in-person or remote depending on the instructor’s preference and availability. Modality is listed with each course below or may be found in the PeopleSoft course listing.

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 Jamie MaKinster at MaKinster@hws.edu.

2022 Courses

Three-Week Courses Offered (details below)
EDUC 252 Why Normal?
ENG 235 Arthur: Once & Future King
GEO 107 Statistics for Citizens
MATH 114 Mathematics for Informed Citizenship
MDSC 200 Cultures of Advertising
MDSC 309 Media Industries
WRRH 221 Going Places

Five-Week Courses Offered (details below)
ARTS 166 Video Art: Creating Time-Based Art
BIOL 150 Surviving Epidemics

Three-week courses

EDUC 252 Why Normal?
Susan Pliner
How have conceptions of “disability” changed over time? What are, and what have been, the lived experiences of people with disabilities? We will explore disability as a cultural and historical phenomenon exploring changes and continuities in the ways people in different times and locations have thought about concepts in law, policy, scientific inquiry, medical interventions, and academic discourse, and in popular culture. A critical analysis of the lived experience of those individuals perceived to be disabled, with first person accounts, are central to this course.

ENG 235 Arthur: Once & Future King
In-Person Course
Laurence Erussard
During this course, we will try 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 come to inspire so many stories? Why do Arthurian myths continue to flourish in literature and films today? Works from the High Middle Ages will be the central focus but this course will also follow Arthur, Guinevere, Merlin and the Knights of the Round Table from the medieval mists of Tintagel through their Romantic revival and to the edge of the 21th century. Methodology: All texts and their textual characteristics will be studied within their historical and socio-cultural contexts. Therefore, the approach will also be formalist and historicist. We will pay attention to literary technique, style, generic ascription and variation. The course will follow the historical chronology with its the geographical and linguistic implications.

GEO 107 Statistics for Citizens
In-Person Course
Nan Crystal Arens
Statistics surround us: Politicians tell us that “half of all Americans earn less than the median income…” The weather forecaster says “there’s a 30% chance of rain…” This course will explore the path from data to inference using basic descriptive statistics, data visualization and inferential tests such as t-tests, ANOVA, correlation and linear regression. Students will experience these ideas through a series of hands-on experimental and observational projects. They will visualize and analyze data in the R statistical computing environment. This course substantially addresses the general curriculum goal for reasoning quantitatively and partially satisfies the scientific inquiry goal.
Note: Students must bring a laptop to class for this course.

MATH 114 Mathematics for Informed Citizenship
Jonathan 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 grips 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. The course has a significant writing component.

MDSC 200 Cultures of Advertising
In-Person Course
Media and Society
Becky Burditt
Advertising is among the most pervasive forms of cultural representation in our global society. In this course, we will analyze advertisements as objects that both drive and are shaped by economic, aesthetic, and ideological forces. We will study the industrial and aesthetic history of advertising by analyzing advertising campaigns as well as their strategies, themes, and practices. Our materials will be drawn from both corporate and non-profit campaigns, as well as from anti-consumerist actions and other resistant practices. Our work will cover diverse media, including: print culture, television, social networking sites, and new media branding and marketing campaigns.

MDSC 309 Media Industries
Media and Society
Lisa Patti
At the end of a film, television show, or other media text, a credit sequence may list hundreds of individuals and companies.  What roles do they play?  How do changing economic conditions, labor practices, federal and state policies, new technologies, and consumer habits influence their work?  How do media industries affect us as consumers and citizens? This course analyzes multiple contemporary media industries in the US (including film, television, streaming, social media, gaming, journalism, and marketing) and their points of intersection.  We explore the impact of digitization, globalization, and corporate consolidation on the production, promotion, distribution, and reception of media, examining the roles of various institutions (including studios, networks, publishers, platforms, and unions) and individuals (including executives, directors, writers, publicists, agents, critics, and activists). Our case studies, drawn from recent and emerging media trends and issues, focus on the social inequalities generated, sustained, or challenged by the media industries. Students collect and analyze data that reflect current patterns of representation in the media industries and draft original policy proposals in response.  Throughout the semester, we learn from alumni working in the media industries who share their perspectives during visits to our classes.

WRRH 221 Going Places
In-Person Course
Writing and Rhetoric
Cheryl Forbes
This is a journalism course. This is a food course. This is a traditions and rituals and customs course. This is a history course. This is a religion course. This is a political science course. This is a language course. This is a creative nonfiction course. This is a science course. In short, this is a travel writing course. For travel writing—good travel writing—can be all of the above, and it certainly includes elements of them most of the time. What it isn’t is a how-to or –where-to-go, -eat, -stay course. Students travel around the Finger Lakes, investigate interesting places, and write two drafts of three major pieces. The course includes an anthology of contemporary travel writing and my book manuscript, Mangia! Mangia! The Art of Italian Eating, a travel book focused on food and culture.

Five-week courses

ARTS 166 Video Art: Creating Time-Based Art
Art and Arch
Christine Chin
Art 166 Video Art: Creating Time-Based Art In this course students will create original visually-based art works using video, sound, and stop-motion animation. Emphasis will be placed on developing composition and design skills and visually communicating conceptual ideas that engage artists and audience in a deeper understanding of the human experience. Students will develop works that will be revised and enriched through the critique process. In addition, students will consider the history of video and performance and how the medium is being used by contemporary artists to address current issues. Video capable DSLRs will be available to enrolled students.

BIOL 150 Surviving Epidemics
Sigrid Carle
This non-majors course explores some of the worst diseases to plague humanity (e.g cholera, influenza, HIV, and of course, COVID-19). We will explore the discovery of diseases-causing agents and the efforts to control diseases, including vaccination, medication, and pesticide application. You will learn about diseases and their treatments by gaining a basic understanding their biology, including the roles of evolution, genetics, and important biological molecules (i.e., DNA, RNA, and proteins). Through course readings, discussions, and assignments, students will develop skills of scientific thinking and literacy. Typical readings include scientific articles, media content, and web-based case studies. Prerequisites: none. This course counts towards the scientific inquiry goal.


Loan Information
Students taking one class in the summer can apply for a private alternative loan to assist with the costs. Students taking two classes in the summer can have a parent apply for a federal parent loan or 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.