Dickinson is excited to offer a wide-ranging slate of courses during the summer of 2019.

If you’re interested in anything from creative writing to renewable energy, from sustainable agriculture to acting, from ethics to microeconomics (and courses in 10 other academic areas), we’ve got something to enlighten, enrich and prepare you for the future.

Who can take classes?

Current Dickinson students, students from other colleges or universities, qualified high school students and community members, just to name a few.  Non-Dickinson students can contact reg@dickinson.edu for additional info.

Dates & Deadlines

Feb. 1: Schedule of classes posted

Feb. 18: Registration opens

April 18: Application deadline for non-Dickinson students

April 28: Application deadline for Summer Housing

April 30: Registration deadline

May 28: First day of classes

July 1: Last day of classes/final exams

Apply for Summer Courses

Summer School Application 
(For Non-Dickinson Students)

Campus classes outdoors

Summer Course Fees

Please see the Summer Programs section of our Annual Fees page for costs.


Introduction to Organisms, Populations, and Ecosystems: Topics in Field Natural History

During the past fifty years, people have become nearly isolated from their natural environment.  Fewer small farms, urbanization, the expansion of suburbs, air conditioning, mall shopping, posted land, less access to waterways, forgotten victory gardens and a host of other societal changes as created a generation that is suffering from Nature Deficient Disorder. Even the science of Biology has become more concentrated in the cellular and molecular realm than the field sciences. This course will explore the realm of field biology and natural history in the Carlisle area and familiarize students with some of the common forms of life outside the classroom. Being familiar with the organisms that compose ecosystems enables a student to have a better understanding of the principals of ecology everywhere in the world.  Most labs will be outdoors.  Some may require old sneakers to enter water.

Lab Science, Quantitative Reasoning, and Sustainability Investigations course

Faculty: Gene Wingert

Introduction to Organisms, Populations, and Ecosystems: Topics in Ocean Ecology 

The overall goal of this course is to give students an understanding of the biology of marine communities. This includes principles of marine science, organisms of the ocean, structure/function of marine ecosystems, and the interactions between humans and the ocean.

Lab Science, Quantitative Reasoning, and Sustainability Investigations course

Faculty: Michael Potthoff

Contemporary Issues in American Education

An examination of current policies, practices, and problems in the landscape of American education with particular attention to the perspectives of various stakeholders (e.g. teachers, students, families, community leaders, employers, and elected officials). U.S. diversity with respect to race, class, gender, language, and exceptionality is considered within a variety of educational contexts. The course also examines the ways in which educational issues and reform efforts intersect with social, economic, political, and cultural forces.

Appropriate for First-Year, US Diversity, Social Sciences, Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship elective, American Studies Structures & Institutions elective, and Environmental Studies Disciplinary Specialization course

Faculty: Elizabeth Lewis

Elementary Statistics 

An introduction to the science of collecting, organizing, analyzing, and interpreting data. The focus is on data presentation and statistical reasoning based upon the analysis of data sets. Topics include the study of sampling methods, observational and experimental studies, graphical and numerical summaries of data, probability, sampling distributions, significance testing, estimation, and simple linear regression. Does not count toward the major or minor in mathematics.

Appropriate for First-Year, Quantitative Reasoning, Archaeology Area A or B elective, Environmental Studies Foundations, and Law & Policy/Policy Management Empirical Social Analysis course

Faculty: Jeff Forrester

What Is Religion?

The course introduces students to methods in the study of religion and to major world religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The approach in the course is comparative and interdisciplinary.

Appropriate for First-Year, Global Diversity, and Humanities course

Faculty: Peter Schadler

 Intermediate Spanish

This course is a continuation of Spanish 102. The course focuses on all four language skills: listening, reading, writing, speaking, with increasing emphasis on writing and speaking.

NOTE: Prerequisite: Spanish 102 or Departmental placement

Faculty: Abraham Quintanar