Flexible Options Open Myriad Summer Learning Possibilities

If getting ahead, catching up or educational enrichment are on your summer to-do list, there’s a very good chance you’ll find a host of options in the Summer@Stonehill Program, the College’s summer session.

“The summer session gives students the option to spread out their course loads or satisfy general education requirements,” notes John Pestana, assistant dean and registrar. “It’s a great opportunity for students who have changed majors and need to satisfy prerequisites as well as for lifelong learners who want to explore new topics.” 

This summer, Stonehill is offering 34 courses — its highest number ever — with a dozen different introductory or general education classes. This year’s offerings include courses in a variety of formats — online, on campus and hybrid — to fit almost any schedule. Online courses run for eight weeks, from May 30 to Aug. 11, while on-campus courses are held in three- and five-week formats. 

Broad Spectrum of Topics

Popular topics include writing, healthcare, criminology and business. “This year, we have a social media marketing course, which I think will not only attract students but some professionals as well,” Pestana says. Classes on timely topics include Immigration and the American Ideal and Film as Propaganda and Protest, while Electric Guitar in American Culture will give students the opportunity to build their own electric guitars.

By far, Summer@Stonehill’s most popular offerings are online courses, which earn high marks from students. “Last summer, I took American Family History online for my history cornerstone,” says Maty Diabate ’19. “It was my first online class, and I loved it. It still felt like a normal classroom setting, with plenty of discussion and feedback.”

Growing Online Offerings

This year, more students will have the opportunity to take online courses: The college is doubling the number of online courses from seven to 14, in subjects ranging from business to writing. And unlike large universities or for-profit providers, “our online courses are thoughtfully constructed, high-touch experiences,” explains Phyllis Thompson, director for the Center of Teaching and Learning. “Classes are small, capped at 25, which gives students the opportunity to get copious feedback. Every course has been extensively rethought to support online teaching and learning. Faculty who participated in workshops throughout the year specifically focused on identifying best practices in designing and teaching online courses.” 

Summer@Stonehill also features out-of-the-ordinary experiences, including:

Pestana notes that Summer@Stonehill registration is open to all — Stonehill and non-Stonehill students alike. “We’re offering many universal topics and introductory courses that will easily transfer to other institutions,” he concludes.

The registration and payment deadline is one week prior to the first class meeting; early registration is encouraged.