Get a jump start on your college career! Students who live within commuting distance from Mount St. Mary's are welcome at Mount Summer. You may take as many as two courses per session. Most credits will easily transfer to the four year university of your choice.
You must meet all prerequirements for these courses, as found in the detailed course descriptions below. Most summer school students are rising juniors and seniors with a 3.0 GPA or equivalent. Rising sophomores are allowed to take courses as well, but you should be a serious student who is comfortable taking courses with current Mount St. Mary's undergraduates.
Session I: May 28 - June 28, 2013
ASL 101A Beginning American Sign Language I (3 Credits) - Marjarum - M/W - 1 to 4 p.m.
This introductory course is aimed at developing basic communicative proficiency in American Sign Language, and also offers insight into Deaf culture and Deaf community. This course does not fulfill Mount St. Mary's University's core language requirement.
ECON 101A Foundations of Economics (3 Credits) - Canadas - M/W - 6 to 9 p.m.
This course introduces students to the field of economics via macroeconomics. Topics include basic concepts such as: efficiency; trade; supply, demand, and how markets function; taxes and price controls; national income accounting, inflation, and unemployment. It also explores how market/capitalist systems work and how countries can foster economic growth. As a Core course, it touches upon economic ideas in the development of the West with the rise of market systems from the Industrial Revolution, the battle between economic systems of capitalism and communism in the twentieth century, to questions of the economic system’s connection to society and culture today. It also covers the recent shift in macroeconomic emphasis from ad hoc attempts to steer the economy with fiscal (tax and spending) and/or monetary policies, to setting the right policy conditions for long run stability and growth.
ENWI 100A Writing About Literature: Human Experience (3 Credits) - Scott - T/Th - 1 to 4 p.m.
Understand the world through literature by studying some of the very best American and English imaginative writing to date. Through this interactive, hands-on course, you will cultivate a passion for a range of genres, including the short story, the poem, and the play. This class will encourage you to develop lines of inquiry that will lead you to both deepen and extend the range of your thinking and practice the analytical writing skills so essential to success in and beyond college. This course satisfies the Writing Intensive requirement for the Veritas core curriculum and serves as an English elective. We will also attend the Maryland Shakespeare Theatre's production of Twelfth Night. This outing is free to students enrolled in the course. This course is not open to entering freshmen.
GNSCI 135A Physical Science: Forensics (4 Credits) - Epstein, M/W/F - 9 to 12 p.m.
This laboratory-based course is designed to introduce the student to the scientific aspects of forensic investigation as well as the ethical issues facing the forensic scientist. Topics include a broad range of forensic procedures such as physical and chemical methods for visualizing fingerprints, ballistics including bullet identification and gunshot residue analysis, blood detection and characterization, testing of controlled substances, DNA profiling, and fiber and hair analysis. Students will experience some of the analytical and instrumental methods used in investigating crimes, with an emphasis on the measurement accuracy and traceability required in criminalistics. Numerous case studies from the literature will be evaluated and the course will culminate in the investigation of a simulated crime followed by student presentations of their investigation to a jury. Integrated lecture and lab.
SOC 100A Foundations of Sociology - (3 Credits) - Hansen - T/Th - 6 to 9 p.m.
A course designed to place sociology’s development as a social science in the evolution of Western thought; it will also cover the elements of social scientific thinking. Major emphasis will be given to the analysis of culture, social structure, socialization, institutions, social inequality and social change. This course fulfills the social sciences requirement for the core curriculum and is normally a prerequisite for all 300- or 400-level courses in sociology.
SPAN 101 Beginning Spanish I - (3 Credits) - Samples - M/T/W/Th/F - (5/28 to 6/10) - 1 to 5:30 p.m.
SPAN 102 Beginning Spanish II - (3 Credits) - Roman - M/T/W/Th/F - (6/11 to 6/24) - 1 to 5:30 p.m.
These introductory courses are aimed at developing basic communicative proficiency in Spanish and also offer insight into Spanish-speaking cultures. NOTE: During Mount Summer both courses are offered in a highly compressed, two week format during Summer Session I.
Prerequisite for high school students: Students wishing to enroll in SPAN 101 must have successfully completed 1 year of high school Spanish. Students wishing to enroll in SPAN 102 must have successfully completed SPAN 101 or 2 years of high school Spanish.
Session II: July 1 - August 2, 2013
ASL 101A Beginning American Sign Language I (3 Credits) - Marjarum, M/W - 1 to 4 p.m.
ASL 102A Beginning American Sign Language II (3 Credits) - Marjarum, M/W - 6 to 9 p.m.
These introductory courses are aimed at developing basic communicative proficiency in American Sign Language, and also offer insight into Deaf culture and Deaf community. These courses do not fulfill Mount St. Mary's University's core language requirement.
CJUST 110A Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 Credits) - Benny, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
A general introduction to the three components of the American justice system: the police, the courts and corrections. Special emphasis on the historical development, procedures, problems and directions for reform of each component. This course is normally a prerequisite for CJUST 317 and 318.
ECON 102A Foundations of Economics II: Microeconomics - (3 Credits) - Larrivee - M/W - 6 to 9 p.m.
This course introduces students to microeconomics: examination of economic behavior of individuals, firms, or markets. It begins with consumer theory, examining why people like goods and services and how they behave. It progresses to firm theory, e.g. production and costs, exploring such concepts as diminishing marginal productivity and economies of scale, as well as examining particular market types such as price takers, monopolies, and oligopolies. The course closes with capital and resource markets (e.g. wages, benefits, income, as well as natural resources). It often includes special applications such as market failures (e.g. externalities, public goods, information problems which are at the heart of many business/government and environmental issues), poverty, health care, education, social security, etc. There are NO prerequisites for this course.
GNSCI 130A Discovery in Science: Chemistry of Food (4 Credits) - Lyons - M/W/F - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
This integrated laboratory and lecture course surveys food’s chemical constituents in minerals, carbohydrates, calories, vitamins, proteins, preservatives and flavorings, as well as a variety of cooking and preparation processes with respect to chemistry. Students will also gain an understanding of food borne illnesses. Course will also include the current interest in genetically modified foods and molecular gastronomy, popular with many chefs today. Students will gain a better understanding of the food we eat and how to prepare it safely, nutritionally and tastefully. Integrated lecture and lab. Prerequisite: none
MATH 111A Mathematical Thought & Problem Solving (3 Credits) - Petrelli - M/W - 1 to 4 p.m.
This course provides students with a mathematical approach to solving problems as well as an introduction to the nature of mathematics. The course seeks to improve facility with computations, mathematical notation, logical reasoning, and verbal expression of mathematical concepts. Content is selected from classical and modern areas of mathematics such as geometry, number theory, algebra, graph theory, fractals, and probability. The delivery of the content takes on a variety of forms, including in-class activities, projects, discovery learning, and lecture.