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)
MATH 114 Mathematics for Informed Citizenship
MDSC 309 Media Industries

Three-week courses

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 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.


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.