Whether you are looking for a credits to finish up a minor, searching for classes that meet a GEC/GEF requirement, or want to find a class that expands on your current skill set–we have just the course for you! Read more about some of our featured courses to see what piques your interest this summer.

PHIL 308 Philosophy of Religion (Online)


Students in this course will analyze various philosophical questions that arise within theism. Some topics for discussion include: characteristics of a divine being who is worthy of human worship; the problems of suffering and evil; and problems with atheism. The course will conclude with a look at the relationship between faith and reason. Can a person be justified in holding a religious belief, even if the person lacks evidence for the truth of that belief? Fulfills GEF Area 5, GEC Objective 4 and GEC Objective 8.

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PHIL 301 Metaphysics (Online)


This course will provide a survey of contemporary work on central topics in metaphysics. Metaphysics is the study of the most basic or general elements of reality. As part of this course’s intriguing exploration into the fundamental constitution of our world, we will tackle such issues as the ultimate nature of objects and their properties, the nature of causation, whether there are other possible worlds, and the nature of time. Following the successful completion of this course, students will be acquainted with philosophical issues and arguments concerning the deep structure of existence. Fulfills GEF Area 5 and GEC Objective 4 and GEC Objective 6.

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WMAN 314: Marine Ecology (3credits)

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Marine Ecology is a study of key coastal species and their interactions. The class includes self-paced lectures and exercises, as well as a one-week field trip to the Atlantic coast in New Jersey during May 8-12. Students will live in camp and participate in hands-on study of invertebrates, coastal fishes and birds, and marine ecology. Food, lodging and transportation to and from Morgantown is included in a special fee of $260 (in addition to tuition & fees for the course). The course is limited to 13 participants.

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ART 331 Jackson Hole Photography Workshop


The Jackson Hole Photography Workshop is a 10-day intensive field course that explores the diverse and remote region of northwestern Wyoming, including Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. The 2017 Workshop will be held June 15-25. Daily excursions exploring this stunning region are complemented by darkroom and digital work sessions, critiques of work in progress, gallery visits, and evening presentations. The program is limited in size to ensure a close working relationship with the faculty and a significant amount of one-on-one attention. This course is an elective for School of Art and Design majors, and fulfills a 3-credit requirement for Photography minors and a Humanities elective for non-majors. It is also a popular course for non-traditional students as well.

Enrollment is limited to 12 students and the registration deadline is April 14. In addition to tuition, students pay a Workshop Fee of $1,500. Airfare is not included. See application here.

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SBHS 630, CRN 52244: Foundations of Wellness

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Foundations of Wellness will be offered July 10-14, as a 3-credit-hour graduate course in the WVU School of Public Health. This experiential learning opportunity focuses mindfully on the physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects of health. The class will be held daily at the WVU Student Recreation Center (M-Th: 8 am to 6 pm; Fri: 8 am to 2 pm). The course involves readings, exercises in mindfulness, application of wellness concepts to everyday life, in-class lectures, discussions, group learning activities, and the completion of a term paper. A major emphasis is on mindful awareness as a tool to enrich day-to-day life.

To register, contact Dr. Bill Reger-Nash at wreger@hsc.wvu.edu; (304) 685-6740. There are no prerequisites, but permission of the instructor is required.

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DANC 170 Introduction to Dance (Online)


Introduction to Dance is a six-week summer online course, taught by Yoav Kaddar, Director of Dance in the WVU School of Theatre and Dance. The course is designed to help students develop an aesthetic appreciation and understanding of dance as a fine art and also an appreciation of its impact on society. This introductory lecture course fulfills GEC Objective 5 and GEF Area 6 requirements.

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WVU Teacher Institute: Smithsonian Folkways Certification Course in World Music Pedagogy

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The WVU School of Music will host its second Smithsonian Folkways Certification Course in World Music Pedagogy, June 26-30. This intensive, week-long course is intended to help teachers design innovative curricula that will connect K-12 music programs with local and global musical cultures. Participants will engage with world music in daily workshops featuring several musical cultures including Appalachia, Australia, Brazil, Trinidad, and West Africa led by WVU faculty and guest artists, including Ginny Hawker. Through this partnership with Smithsonian Folkways, teachers will develop a foundation in world music pedagogy and will have access to the rich ethnographic audio, film, and print resources of Smithsonian Folkways. Teachers successfully completing the course will receive certification from the Smithsonian Institute documenting specialization in world music pedagogy.

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RESM 493A: Project Management (Online)

Project Management

Study the discipline of project management and learn how these skills can benefit you personally and professionally. This course is built around the concepts and best practices of modern Project Management (PM) which is, by industry definition, the effective application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to manage activities in order to meet the requirements of a project. These important concepts will, in turn, be applied to the needs of the energy industry.

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SOCA 357: Archaeology Field School

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Have fun and earn credit this summer at Archaeology Field School, May 22-June 23! The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at West Virginia University, in cooperation with California University of Pennsylvania and the Mon-Yough Chapter of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology is offering this five-week course. Students will have a local opportunity to participate in an archaeological field investigation and earn either 3 or 6 credits. No previous experience is required. Students will learn field techniques, artifact and feature identification, and procedures to properly record, collect and process finds. They will also learn through a series of on-site lectures, field trips and special guest visitor presentations.

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NAS 493W: Culture of Hawaii

(Special Topics – 3 credits)
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This 3-credit introductory class to Hawaiian culture is open to all students and includes an overview of the society and its beliefs and practices, from the pre-contact period to present Hawaii. The course will explore art, music, literature, dance, food, tattoo, religion, land, language, entertainment, and more. Learning materials may include: The Descendants (film), Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell, and Hawaii’s Story by Queen Liliuokalani. Instructor Connie Pan is from Maui, Hawaii and explores Hawaii and its issues in her writing.

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FCLT 240: The Italian-American Experience

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This course investigates literary and historical perspectives on the experience of Italians in the United States and their contribution to U.S. culture. Students will explore in depth the role of ethnicity in defining what it means to be an “American.” The approach will be multidisciplinary and there will be six modules, each lasting two weeks. Reading will include texts of various kinds—historical, fictional and theoretical—and students will also view movies and documentaries. The class will be taught in English and fulfills GEC 6 & 7 or Objective 8.

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Biol 318W: Writing Appalachian Ecology

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The Fernow Experimental Forest hopes to inspire a new generation of scientists and creative writers by offering a course each summer through the English Department at WVU. This summer’s course is titled “Writing Appalachian Ecology: Long-Term Reflections on Environmental Biology.” The class challenges students to slow down, get out of the classroom, and think deeply about what they see and learn. They are encouraged to think about the long-term future of our planet. What could our world be like in 200 years? How will current environmental problems change the future? What will the effects of global climate change look like? How will our relationships with the natural world change? Students have the opportunity to address questions like these in a creative nonfiction essay that will enhance understanding of long-term environmental issues.

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FOR 293: WV Trees and Shrubs

(Special Topics – 3 credits)
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This is an intensive, two-week course where students will learn how to identify common trees, shrubs, and woody vines of West Virginia. It will be held July 17-28. Morning lectures will focus on the life history (silvical) traits and distinctive characteristics of woody plants. Daily field excursions introduce students to the attributes used to identify seedlings, saplings, and mature plants. Included will be field trips to bottomland forests and northern hardwood forests, as well as oak-hickory and cove hardwood forests more typical of the region. This course is designed for majors in the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources, but is appropriate for anyone with an interest in tree identification.

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A&VS 462: Performance Horse Industry Tour

(Special Topics – 3 credits)
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Spend a week exploring the ins and outs West Virginia's horse industry. Performance Horse Industry Tour” is an intensive one-week course is designed to introduce students to the performance horse industry. Trips will include visits to breeding farms, training facilities, breed association headquarters, equine veterinary clinics, horse shows, and more throughout West Virginia. Travel dates are May 15-21. WVU tuition and fees apply, plus a travel cost of $400.

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ULIB300: Film and Media Literacy


“Film and Media Literacy” is a fun 12-week summer online course you can take from anywhere you have internet access. Students will study several film genres that influenced Quentin Tarantino in the context of his films. They will also learn and apply concepts of media literacy and practice researching and writing about film. This 3-credit course fulfills GEC 5 and 7, and GEF 6. It runs May 15-August 8, 2017. To register in STAR, use the Class Schedule Search and set Subject to Library Instruction and Campus Location to All. For more information, visit the WVU Libraries’ website or contact instructor Beth Toren at beth.toren@mail.wvu.edu.

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FCLT 250: Russian Fairy Tales

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Folk beliefs are a rich and enduring component of Russian culture. Students in this class will develop or enhance their understanding of the continuing cultural influence of fairy tales and folk beliefs in literature, orchestral music, opera, ballet, painting, posters, and in folk art and film. Professor Lisa Di Bartolomeo will present a broad spectrum of approaches to the interpretation of fairy tales, including psychoanalysis, sociology, structuralism, and feminism. The course also analyzes Russian fairy tales in comparison with the Western fairy tale tradition, such as Grimm’s, Perrault, and Disney.

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Biology 107: Biotechnology and Society

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Biology 107 “Biotechnology and Society” is a great course option for students who need to fill GEF 2A or GEC 2B and 4. This 3-credit class is all about the history of biotechnology and how we use living things to make familiar products like cheese, wine and more! Learn more about buzzwords like “organic” and “GMO” and how they come into play throughout this 12-week course. There are no prerequisites required and it is open to non-majors.

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