2024 Summer Exploration Course Registration is Open

Registration is open for our 2024 Summer Exploration Courses! These online courses are ideal for students who are looking for the flexibility of an online experience and interested in building confidence in college-level course work. They are also a great way to supplement an academic portfolio.

Choose from seven course options this summer:

  • Biological Basis for Human Disease: Have you ever wondered how a normal cell becomes cancer?  Where does a virus go inside the body to cause symptomatic infection? The answers to these questions (and more) are rooted in the biology of human health and disease. This course will provide a foundational framework to better understand the pathophysiology of human disease.
  • Case Studies in Biology: Use real world examples to learn about the scientific process and how theories and hypotheses are developed. This course is ideal if you are looking to gain experience reading scientific literature and reviewing case studies. 
  • Introduction to Environmental Science: Sustainability is a unifying theme throughout the course, as is an understanding of the linkages between ecosystems. This understanding will give you a greater appreciation for and better stewardship of the world in which you live. 
  • Metacognating Mario: Learning and Video Games: Video games, while often dismissed as frivolous entertainment, provide one such example of a significant experiential learning context: individual players develop skills in the pursuit of goals, collaborate with each other to advance their theorizing about the game's mechanics, and display deep engagement and persistence in the face of frustration despite a lack of extrinsic rewards.
  • Personal Narrative: Do you have an interest in story telling? Ready to get started on your college essays? Through this course you will experiment with various genres of personal narrative writing, develope your ability to tell your stories and share them with others...all while gaining confidence for your college admission essays!
  • Set in Stone? Monuments, Memory & Public History: This course is designed to provide you with a historical perspective of the centrality of monuments and memory to nation building and walk you through an analysis of recent actions to bring down statues/monuments.
  • Spandex, Spangles, and Stripes: Race, Gender, and the American Superhero: What does the popularity and ubiquity of superheroes in film and television say about contemporary US culture? You will examine how the superhero as a character, genre, and industry has both reflected and critiqued discourses on national identity, citizenship, and globalization, especially in relation to race, gender, and sexuality.

Scholarship assistance is available. Space is limited in these courses, so we encourage you not to wait until the May 3, 2024 deadline to submit your registration.

Register today!