Level Up Your Summer With These Dickinson Courses

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Calling all students, alumni, community members and parents! Summer classes are a great way to explore something new and connect.

Registration begins March 1

Ready to level up your summer? You can spark your curiosity with our community of summer learners who’ll venture far beyond beach reads and endless scrolling. Dickinson will offer an expanded array of online and in-person summer courses this year. Students looking to get an academic leg up and adult learners eager to explore something new are invited to dive in.

Registration for summer school begins Friday, March 1.

For adult learners, it’s a chance to explore a new topic through in-depth conversation or pick up a professional skill, like statistics. That includes Dickinson alumni, who may enjoy reconnecting with their roots, either on campus or online. “Alumni tell us that they enjoy staying in touch with Dickinson this way,” says Registrar Elizabeth White-Hurst. “They also get to connect with current students and see what’s going on at their alma mater today.”

Students using their summer months to advance their educations will also connect with each other over the summer, whether on campus or online. Those from other institutions, including qualifying high-schoolers, will also enjoy a taste of Dickinson’s world-class education. Dickinson students can take summer courses without worrying about transferring credits.

This year’s online summer courses are:

  • Art & Sustainability
  • Creative Writing: Poetry and Fiction
  • Environmental Economics
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Development
  • Introduction to Photography
  • Introduction to Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies
  • Questions of Contemporary Fiction

Want the camaraderie of in-person classes? Try:

  • Bioarchaeology
  • Brain and Behavior (with lab)
  • Elementary Statistics
  • God in America (history)
  • Native Americans and Film
  • Music 360: Introduction to Audio Engineering

Check the online schedule to learn more.

Planning to earn credit for summer courses? You must register by May 1. Auditing? You’ve got more time. Just email the professor for permission to audit and fill out a registration form; all forms for auditing must be processed and confirmed by May 28. (Questions? Email registrar@dickinson.edu.)

So dive into meaningful discussions about global issues, bioarchaeology, contemporary fiction and the mysteries of the human brain. Shore up your human-resources or data-analysis skills. Learn about Native Americans in film, try your hand at creative writing or photography, explore environmentalism through art or economics. Ponder American views on the divine. Enrich your summer and fuel your passion—or discover a new one. And make summer 2024 one for the books!

“It’s an opportunity to recreate one of the best aspects of being a student at Dickinson: learning from dynamic professors who are effective teachers and experts in their field,” says Wil Scott ’72, who took his first online Dickinson class during the pandemic and followed up with several more courses and online discussions in the years since. “It’s just such a positive experience. But for me, the best part is sharing the experience with fellow Dickinsonians. It’s uplifting and stimulating to connect with people who share a sense of curiosity, a commitment to lifelong learning and who are aware of different cultures and societies all around the world.”



Published February 9, 2024