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

Creative Writing: Poetry and Fiction

An introductory creative writing workshop in poetry and fiction.

Appropriate for First-Year, Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship elective, and Arts course

Faculty: Siobhan Phillips

Introductions to Microeconomics

A study of the fundamentals of economic analysis and of basic economic institutions, with particular emphasis upon consumer demand and upon the output and pricing decisions of business firms. The implications of actions taken by these decision-makers, operating within various market structures, upon the allocation of resources and the distribution of income are examined. Special attention is given to the sociopolitical environment within which economic decisions are made.

Appropriate for First-Year, Quantitative Reasoning, Social Sciences, and Environmental Studies Disciplinary Specialization course

Faculty: Tony Underwood

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

Practical Ethics

This course introduces students to contemporary debates in practical ethics. Course materials investigate how theoretical approaches to ethics apply to practical issues, including discussions of animal ethics, environmental ethics, reproductive ethics, civil disobedience, and the ethics of mass incarceration and the death penalty. This course is best suited for students interested in thinking about the relationship between ethical theory and practice, with an emphasis on how power, privilege, and responsibility intersect in our everyday lives.

Humanities course

Faculty: Amy McKiernan

International Relations

An introduction to global politics which examines the interaction of states, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and individuals in the world arena. Topics covered include traditional concerns such as war, balance of power, the UN and international law along with the more recent additions to the agenda of world politics such as international terrorism, human rights, and economic globalization.

Appropriate for First-Year, Social Sciences, Environmental Studies Disciplinary Specialization, Law & Policy Policy elective, Policy Management International Policy elective, Political Science elective, and Security Studies course

Faculty: Toby Reiner

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

Renewable Energy Field Course

This course will cover the rationale, science, and practical implementation of renewable energy technologies available for use in residential, business, and developing world applications, including solar electric, solar thermal, biogas, biodiesel, wind, and microhydro systems. Curriculum will include readings, lectures, and exams combined with field trips and hands-on labs focused on designing, developing, and testing small scale renewable energy projects.  

Faculty: Sustainability Staff

Food Systems Exploration: Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture

This course aims to provide students with a full-spectrum experience in what it means to be a farmer and consumer in the 21st century. Students will explore the theories and practices of sustainable food production plus learn about the issues facing farmers and consumers, from field to farmers' market. The curriculum will include readings, lectures, and exams along with hands-on experience in food production, field-based research labs, and field trips.

Faculty: Jenn Halpin

Acting I 

An introduction to the principles and theories of acting combined with practical exercises and scene performance. This course fulfills the Arts distribution requirement.

Appropriate for First-Year and Arts course

Faculty: Michael Miller