by Grace Hatton, Reverb editor
With four weeks left in the semester you may be itching to be done with classes and thus be free to frolic in the summer sun. Yet for some students this summer will be a continuation of school. For the first time, Warren Wilson has decided to offer multiple summer classes in various departments in order to give students a chance to get ahead, catch up, or plan in order to graduate on time.
The possibility of offering summer classes has been a discussion for some time but last year Mark Brenner, environmental studies and biology professor at Wilson, pitched an idea for a summer class to Dean of Students Paula Garrett. Last summer that class was well-attended, which has given the college incentive to start offer more classes this summer.
Paula Garrett sees summer classes as a great opportunity for students to stay on track with their graduation at Warren Wilson.
“Our degrees require 128 hours,” she said. “That works out to sixteen hours a semester for eight semesters—no mistakes, no withdrawals, no bad grades. If you have even one hiccup, then you are ‘behind.’ You either have to take an overload in one semester, take summer school, or delay graduation. Of those options, summer school can be a great choice.”
There will be two summer class sessions, the first running from June 10 to July 3 and the second running from July 8 to July 31.
Multiple departments are offering classes during the summer sessions including Anthropology, English, Math, Psychology, Global Studies and Creative Writing. The cost for summer classes is $2,430 for each four hour course, plus $350 Room and Board per term.
Enrollment for summer classes is now open and students can sign up via Campus Web under the ‘My Registration’ link. For students who are planning to enroll or already enrolled for the summer classes tuition payment is due on May 17. After May 17 any registered students who have not completed payment will be dropped from summer classes.
It’s yet to be seen how successful this summer courses will be as far as enrollment, but what is clear is that these summer classes are evidence that our college is continuing to grow and experiment with new educational opportunities for students.