|@St. Norbert July 2006 - Seasonal sessions provide a unique but challenging academic experience||St. Norbert College|
Wendy Scattergood (Political Science) lectures on politics and government to a summer session class on the terrace of the Campus Center.
Seasonal sessions provide a unique but challenging academic experience
Smaller class sizes and unique course offerings have students sitting on the sunny lawns of campus to earn college credit this summer. The College is offering multiple educational opportunities to students through summer session and January semester (J-Term) classes. These classes have proved successful since they began in the summer of 2004, with more than 860 courses completed by:
• recent high school graduates
• current students
• students from other colleges or universities who are hoping to gain college credit while they are home for the summer
Courses cover a wide variety of topics, including:
• The End of the World, taught by Robert Kramer (History)
• Raku Ceramics, taught by Donald Taylor (Art)
• Women in the Bible, taught by Betsy Bauman-Martin (Religious Studies)
• Society, Sex and Marriage, taught by Thomas Faase (Sociology)
• United States Politics and Government, taught by Wendy Scattergood (Political Science)
Most students spend between two and three hours a day in class for a three- or five-week session. “Faculty members enjoy the opportunity to have their students’ full attention during the compressed sessions,” said Michael Marsden (Academic Affairs).
Students are very satisfied with their summer session and J-Term experiences, "I really enjoy one-subject intensive learning. I think I learn more. It is an immersion experience with more one-on-one contact with the professors … There is a professor in my class and another professor's wife in my class. This would not happen during the school year,” said Jenny Silva ’07.
Allie VandeHei ’07 said the intensity of the accelerated sessions meant different demands from regular semester coursework. Completing more work in a shorter period of time made diligent evening preparation even more vital.
Summer courses are attractive to students and professors because of the learning environment they provide. John Dose (Psychology) said, “It facilitates a relaxed and interactive environment. If the students are motivated, it can truly be a unique learning experience.”