Summer Study at Colorado State University
NON-CREDIT ENRICHMENT CLASSES
ART: CREATE SOMETHING GREAT -- There was a time when Picasso had never picked up a paintbrush. Maybe you’re destined to display your artwork alongside his! Instructors lead you in drawing and painting, while focusing on the importance of composition, perspective and color. Self-expression leads to greatness! Explore basic mediums such as pencil, charcoal and watercolor, while cultivating your own unique style. Materials will be purchased by students at a nominal cost.
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY: SAY CHEESE! -- If capturing the perfect moment were easy, we would all be photographing models for magazines. Whether your style is Vogue or National Geographic, the new, advanced technology of the digital camera can be used to capture the essence of any moment! Explore camera use and functions, cropping, lighting, and flash. Learn how to download photos to your computer, back up your images, create slideshows and photo collages, adjust coloration, e-mail and print photos, and have fun while doing it! With Colorado as a magnificent backdrop and faces in your program from around the world, your photo memories will last a lifetime! Students must bring a digital camera with necessary connection cables. Minor supplemental costs for printing.
GUITAR WORKSHOP: LIKE A ROLLING STONE -- Ever wanted to learn how to play the acoustic guitar? Now is your chance! Learn the basic development of sheet reading and guitar strumming while having fun. Students are welcome to bring their own guitar. Rentals are available for $75 for 3 weeks and $95 for 4 weeks during our summer programs for high school students in Colorado.
SPEED READING: DO THE HUSTLE -- Wish you could get through that tough required reading quicker and easier? Learn to read faster, with improved comprehension. Double, even triple your speed! Understand what you read, retain more, process information more efficiently and reduce study time. And with all that extra time, this valuable skill can also be applied to leisure reading.
Supplemental cost: $150
SKILLS FOR SUCCESS: AVOIDING COMMON MISTAKES IN COLLEGE -- Learn to take thorough notes and use them well to prepare for exams. Practice essential stress-reducing skills in preparing for and taking tests. This class will also review concepts of time management and motivation enabling you to learn how to balance the academic side of college with the social and personal pressures of your newly found independence.
CULTURE AND FITNESS
HEALTH AND WELLNESS: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST-- Making the point to exchange bad health habits with positive methods is essential for a successful life in college. (Ever hear of the "freshman fifteen?") This workshop will help you focus on improving your mind and your body by examining your health holistically. On your journey you'll examine the relationship between your mental and physical states, and find the balance that will bring you to your ideal health. This workshop will teach you to enhance your overall wellness using yoga, aromatherapy, stress, nutrition and physical fitness. Awareness is channeled through discussions and out of class activities.
THE HISTORY OF ROCK AND ROLL: FROM AEROSMITH TO ZEPPELIN -- Do your parents get emotional about their Beatles records? Have you downloaded all of your favorite artists' albums? Rock music has the capability to influence generations of people. Listen to, analyze and discuss the impact of this timeless musical genre. Examine the social impact that the music and lyrics of Rock 'n Roll have on today's and yesterday's youth.
LAW AND WRITING
CREATIVE WRITING: WRITE AWAY! -- Finally, a class where your mind has to wander! And though we may wander, we are by no means lost. Inspired by entertaining and generative writing exercises, you will work on establishing a distinct style, unique characters and sensible plot. You’ll explore the creative styles of known authors, playwrights and poets, focusing mainly on dialogue, metaphor, and the development of your own writer's voice. This class is workshop-style, and takes a “hands-on” approach to writing.
EXPOSITORY WRITING: PRODUCING THE RIGHT COLLEGE ESSAY -- Today’s assignment: Compose a quality piece of writing that clearly communicates your ideas and explores YOUR perspective on a controversial issue. If you enjoy debate, exploring multiple perspectives, or just speaking your mind, this class is for you! The meat of the course will consist of thesis development, organization of ideas, paragraph structure, strategies for editing and revision, and the importance of correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar. We will work with a variety of styles within the expository genre, including journalism, creative non-fiction, and persuasive essays. Our class will leave you feeling more confident in your writing, and in yourself.
DEBATING TOPICS IN HISTORY (1930's-today): MAKE YOUR CASE -- Students will put their persuasive skills to use as they bring to light some of the controversial topics of modern history and policy. Specific topics are at the instructor's discretion, but include prohibition, economic and foreign policy, as well as cultural and social controversies that have developed over time. At the conclusion of this course, students will be assigned a topic (based on a recent historical event or period) for which they will present convincing arguments.
ESL: ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE -- This intensive class is designed for foreign-born students who want to improve their English language skills. Participants will be individually tested and assigned a personalized program. Emphasis will be placed on conversational skills as well as mastering English grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing skills.
LAW & THE JUSTICE SYSTEM: KNOWLEDGE IS POWER -- This workshop is an introduction to careers in law and some specialty fields such as criminal, real estate and entertainment law. Examine the fundamental concepts within negligence, bankruptcy, copyright and trademark law. Examine the American criminal justice system and its attempt to curb violence, crime and civil disobedience. Participation in a mock trial will give you an understanding of lawyers' roles: investigation, research, advocacy, negotiation, trial preparation, and dispute resolution.
PUBLIC SPEAKING: SPEAKING YOUR MIND -- Someone once said that people are more afraid of public speaking than death. With that in mind, learning to speak publicly will have a greater impact on your education than any other skill. In this class, you will learn to prepare and present a public address. We will discuss different methods of addressing an audience, depending on the situation, as well as many types of speeches (i.e.: Personal Statement speech, Pet Peeve speech, Demonstration speech, Informative/ Explanatory speech and others).
GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY -- This class will provide an interdisciplinary analysis of the issues associated with applying the concepts, foundations, and metrics of global environmental sustainability. The course will first explore the historical development of "sustainability" as a concept and it will then look at how the concept of sustainability has influenced real-world practice in various sectors such as health, agriculture, natural resource management, energy, and other relevant areas of study.
COMMUNITY SERVICE WORKSHOP -- Want to make a difference this summer? Students who enroll in the Community Service workshop will dedicate their heart, sweat and tears to helping local non-profit organizations. A portion of this workshop (sponsored by Habitat for Humanity) will allow students to dedicate their efforts towards building affordable, low cost housing to qualified families in need of adequate shelter. In addition, students will also join their classmates in extended local projects around campus that are beneficial to the community and enriching to you. At the conclusion of the program, students will be issued a Certificate of Accomplishment from Summer Study Programs attesting their hours performed during the workshop. High school credit may be available. This course is capacity controlled.
Supplemental Transportation Cost: $150 for 2 weeks, $195 for 3 weeks, $245 for 4 weeks
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH
ALGEBRA I,II: YOU CAN COUNT ON ME -- A firm understanding of algebra is necessary in order to continue on to more advanced levels of math. This class will improve your understanding of the basic concepts of high school algebra using familiar drills and exercises. Mind bending includes a review of basic geometric principles, also fundamental in math. This class is especially helpful in preparation for the math section of the SAT exam. Students must have completed two years of high school math to enroll in this class.
ANIMAL SCIENCE: FOR THE ANIMAL LOVERS -- Students will learn about the various components of animal science including comparative anatomy and physiology, genetics, nutrition, research, reproduction and economics. Emphasis will be placed on the best evidence-based practices in regard to the maintenance, health, and welfare of companion, farm, exotic, and laboratory animals.
ARCHITECTURE: DESIGNING THE FUTURE -- The study of architecture is an exciting multidisciplinary activity that combines design creativity, historical perspective, technical excellence, social responsibility, and global and environmental leadership. Using the areas on and around campus as a textbook, learn how practicing architects develop their ideas into a structural reality. Become more aware of the space around you, and determine if it is efficiently being used. Instructors will teach you elementary concepts in aesthetics, structures, building design, light and sound. Learn to communicate these ideas and apply what is learned to a small design project that utilizes your new skills.
THE BRAIN: HOW YOUR MIND WORKS -- Ever wonder how the brain works? We mean REALLY works? How does the physical brain create the mind and influence our actions? The course will cover topics such as the structure of the brain, sensory system, behavior, memory and learning. Students will engage in various discussions as they learn about this complex organ.
CALCULUS: WHAT’S YOUR FUNCTION? -- A comprehensive introduction to college calculus including functions, limits, analytic geometry, derivatives, differentials and their applications as well as integrals and their applications. Students should have a strong math background having completed 2 years of algebra and 1 year of geometry, and have a working knowledge of pre-calculus.
ENGINEERING: BRIDGE THE GAP -- With the future in mind, instructors will introduce you to the “big four” disciplines of engineering: civil, chemical, electrical and mechanical. Work in teams and as an individual to visualize and design projects that briefly explore other disciplines of engineering as well (bio-medical, aerospace, computer and environmental). Engineers build the world, and perhaps you’ll help to make it a more functional place!
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES: THE WORLD WE LIVE IN -- This course serves as an introduction to and covers broad aspects of environmental science and environmental studies. Negative environmental impacts are studied in detail. Specifically, this course examines the risks associated with industrial growth in a developing world, the impact of population growth on natural resources, air and water pollution, mineral and resource extraction, water usage, and various sources of power generation. Emphasis is placed on a holistic approach to environmental science using known test results, surveys, and class discussions to reinforce specific concepts.
PRE-CALCULUS: DON’T BE IRRATIONAL -- The word might be frightening, but this course will make calculus far less complicated than you thought it would be. Use this class to prepare yourself for what’s to come in high school calculus classes. Topics to be covered include equations, inequalities, functions and their graphs, polynomial and rational functions, analytic geometry and complex numbers. Sounds like Swahili, but really its just a numbers game!
PHILOSOPHY AND ETHICS: DISTINGUISHING RIGHT FROM WRONG -- “Hey, that’s not fair!” Questions concerning rightness and wrongness, justice and injustice, goodness and badness, virtue and vice, and praise and blame, permeate our modern world. Philosophers have been thinking about these issues for more than 2000 years! Why haven’t they reached a consensus? The course will introduce students to the terms of the debates in ethical theory, and prepare students to construct, analyze, and assess ethical arguments in the modern world. Topics include: deontology, consequentialism, virtue ethics, and more.
PSYCHOLOGY: UNDERSTANDING "WHY" -- Do you dream about mermaids and wonder why? Is some of your "abnormal" behavior actually "normal?" This class examines the major theories of human behavior, exploring experimental methods and testing that psychologists use to study it. Discover what role the brain plays in everyday situations, during sleep, on drugs and in emergencies. Understand how psychologists classify and explain various types of problems, and discuss their recommended therapies.
BUSINESS AND MARKETING
INTRO TO BUSINESS: EFFECTIVE OPERATIONS -- The course touches on some of the key terms and principles studied in business, including finance, accounting, marketing, and business law. Through a hands-on approach, students will develop a business plan, which will include effective marketing strategies and campaigns in today’s economy. Emphasis is placed on various business strategies of the past and present, and how organizations have failed/succeeded with these methods.
PUBLIC RELATIONS: PERSUADING THE MASSES -- This course will acquaint you with a basic understanding of the dynamic field of public relations by examining the communication and persuasion concepts underpinning the field, in addition to its history, role, ethical and professional standards, strategic plans and tactical plans. Students will learn the tasks, skills, and resources needed to mount a professional PR campaign. Career opportunities in the field will also be discussed.
Last Updated 5/23/15
"I had the best summer of my life. I had never done a summer program before and this was the perfect start. I made amazing friends that I will stay in touch with forever. The instructors taught me so much in a low-pressure, high interest environment. It was a perfect mix of academics and fun."
- Kalpana Vallabhaneni, Brentwood, TN