Summer Semester Courses

Summer Semester at Assumption: Small Classes, Reduced Cost

Assumption's summer day courses provide students with the opportunity to complete a semester-long course in six weeks with smaller class sizes at a reduced cost per course. Whether a student seeks to accelerate his/ her degree program, catch up, or simply focus on a particular course, this is an opportunity worth exploring.

The courses offered during the summer are the same versions as their fall or spring semester counterparts, taught by the same professors, and provide the same level of intellectual rigor. As such, no special permission is needed for Assumption students to “count” these courses as part of their curriculum. The only real difference is the summer classes cost less than the fall and spring versions.

Summer Session I (May 26 - July 2)

Course Name Instructor Days/Times
Corporate Finance* White Tu/Th 9-12
Film & Literature DiDomenico M/W 9-12
West & the World I Christensen Tu/Th 9-12
Elementary Functions Katcher Tu/Th 9-12
Human Heredity** Betancourt-Calle Tu/Th 8:30-11:30; Lab 1-4
Moral Theology* Klofft M/W 9-12

Summer Session II (July 6 - August 14)

Course Name Instructor Days/Times
Cultural Anthropology King Tu/Th 9-12
American Literature* Beyers M/W 9-12
West & The World II Christensen Tu/Th 9-12
Calculus Alfano MTWR 9:30-11
Catholicism Today Klofft Tu/Th 9-12

*Has prerequisites
**May be taken for four credits (with lab) or three credits (without lab)

Summer Semester I (May 26 - July 2)

BIO 105 - Human Heredity (Betancourt – Calle) Tu/Th 8:30-11:30; Lab 1-4
This course for non-science majors introduces the principles of human genetics. Major topics are: (1) patterns of inheritance in human families; (2) sex determination and sex-linked traits; (3) how DNA works (the explanation of some human genetic traits at the molecular level); (4) genes in human populations; and (5) interactions of genes and the environment. An historical approach is used and most genetic principles are introduced by examples from human medical genetics. Familiar human conditions such as albinism, hemophilia, sickle-cell anemia, dwarfism, Down Syndrome, and colorblindness are discussed. Three lectures and one laboratory per week. Lab Fee: $400.00. This course fulfills the Core Curriculum requirement for a science with a lab.

ECO 325 - Corporate Finance (White) Tu/Th 9-12
Introduction to the principles and techniques utilized in the financial management of business. Topics to be covered include: interpretation of financial statements, time value of money, stock and bond valuation, ratio analysis, risk and return, capital budgeting, cost of capital, leverage, and capital structure. Prerequisites: ECO 110–111, ACC 125.

ENG 237 - Film & Literature (DiDomenico) M/W 9-12
This course will explore the rich tradition of film adaptations of literary texts, focusing on the exciting changes that occur when artists produce their own cinematic translations and interpretations of important literature. Students will develop their abilities to analyze texts and film productions with pleasure and critical insight and learn a critical vocabulary for this analysis. We will examine the effects of genre and medium on the adaptive process, and investigate how film adaptations contain cultural responses to literature and deploy literary texts to respond to culture.

HIS 114 - West & The World I (Christensen) Tu/Th 9-12
This course explores important episodes and trends in the history of Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas from ancient times until the late eighteenth century. Participants study the origins and worldwide expansion of Christianity, the dramatic transformation of Western European societies during the Renaissance and after, and the collision and convergence of European, American, Asian, and African civilizations across the centuries. The course emphasizes the written analysis of primary and secondary documents. This course fulfills the Core requirement in History and Humanities.

MAT 114 - Elementary Functions (Katcher) Tu/Th 9-12
A survey of those topics in algebra, trigonometry, and analytic geometry which provide the background for the study of calculus. Topics to be covered include exponential and logarithmic functions, complex numbers and polynomial functions, trigonometry, plane analytic geometry, and systems of linear equations and inequalities. The department also offers sections of MAT114 with a specific emphasis on business or science applications; the content coverage may include topics in financial mathematics and matrices. Not open to those who have completed MAT 117 or 131. Prerequisite: MAT 111 or departmental permission through placement. Counts in the Core Curriculum Requirements as Mathematics Group A. If only one Mathematics course is taken to fulfill the Core requirement in Mathematics, it must be at this level or higher.

THE 202 - Moral Theology (Klofft) M/W 9-12
No one can live a genuinely human life without asking the question “How should I live and what kind of life will make me happy?” This course introduces students to the unique way in which theology goes about answering the question of human flourishing. Moral theology is not so much preoccupied with drafting ethical and legal codes, but rather with shedding light on those actions that respond to the deepest aspirations of the human heart. Beginning with the premise that human beings need to be related to God if they are to be truly happy, this class invites students to think about what it would mean to live a morally serious human life. This course counts as a second Theology in the Core Curriculum. Prerequisite: THE 100.

Summer Semester II (July 6 - August 14)

ANT 131 - Cultural Anthropology (King) Tu/Th 9-12
Introduction to the basic concepts and findings of contemporary socio-cultural anthropology. An understanding of diverse human lifestyles around the world will be approached by examining and comparing the culture and social organization of several societies. Content will vary from year to year. This course counts as a social science in the Core Curriculum requirements.

ENG 223 - American Literature (Beyers) M/W 9-12
Participants in this course will read, discuss, and write about American literature from the 17th century to the present day. The focus of the course will be on literature as a form of rhetoric, that is, how literature contributes to the debate of key issues in American life. Writing assignments will invite students to explore the methods used by texts to persuade readers to accept a point of view and the ways in which texts connect to one another to create a national “conversation.” (Spring) Prerequisite: Complete ENG 130 and any Introduction to Literature.

HIS 115 - West and the World II (Christensen) Tu/Th 9-12
This course explores the expansion of political participation in Europe from the Atlantic Revolutions of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries to the present. Students study the commercial revolution in Europe and North America as well as other areas of the world. They examine the experiences of societies in Asia, Africa, and the Americas as global capitalism emerged and European and North American colonial empires expanded. The course also treats the two World Wars of the twentieth century and the emergence of powerful challenges to liberal democracy worldwide, including communism, fascism, and anti-colonial nationalism. It concludes with the study of particular episodes and trends in world history after 1945. At the instructor’s discretion, these might include the Cold War, emergence of the United States as a superpower, the rise of mass consumer societies, decolonization, changes in gender and family relations, 9/11, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and other themes. The course emphasizes the written analysis of primary and secondary documents. This course fulfills the Core requirement in History and Humanities. HIS114 is not a prerequisite.

MAT 117 - Calculus I (Alfano) M/Tu/W/Th 9:30-11
An introductory course in differential calculus. Topics to be covered include limits and continuity, the derivative and applications, and an introduction to integration. The department also offers sections of MAT 117 with a specific emphasis on business applications. Not open to those who complete MAT 131. Prerequisite: MAT 114 or department permission through placement.

THE 204 - Catholicism Today (Klofft) Tu/Th 9-12
Catholics do not live their lives within a Catholic bubble, a hermetically sealed world in which everyone and everything is shaped by the teachings of Catholicism. Christ himself said this would not be the case, informing his disciples that in this world they would have to render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God that things that are God’s. As a result, the Catholic Church has always had to find some way of engaging the world in which it currently finds itself. This course introduces students to Catholicism’s ongoing engagement with the world today, paying particular attention to both the main currents in contemporary thought and the representative social movements that shape the modern world. This course counts as a second Theology in the Core Curriculum.