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College Credit6½ weeks
Enrichment Classes/Workshops6½, 3½ or 2 weeks  
Intensive Workshops2 weeks
Internships6½, 3½ or 2 weeks   





PENN STATE PRE-COLLEGE SUMMER CREDIT COURSES

 

ART

Intro to the Visual Arts: This Penn State Summer Program's course is an introduction to the visual arts and has no prerequisites. Students are assumed to have little or no background in studying or making art. Students will become familiar with a broad range of subject matter, style and medium and with the principles of design that organize works of art. They also experience the challenge of making art themselves, and develop a more informed critical point of view. ART 001 is primarily a lecture course with a text, but students actively participate in individual and collaborative activities during class.

Introduction to Drawing: This course is intended as a general survey of the art of drawing for non-majors. Emphasis is placed on hands-on studio activities as well as learning processes which involve students in basic studio materials and techniques. Slide presentations, studio visits and museum critiques will augment studio exercises to facilitate a greater awareness of the cultural context in which drawing functions.

Introduction to Sculpture: This course is intended as a general survey of the art of sculpture for non-majors. As a studio offering, emphasis is placed on hands-on studio activities, which promote visual literacy and sensitivity to the various sculptural conventions. Students are given the opportunity to briefly explore many of the traditional materials of sculpture including those that are used in modeling and replication, subtractive processes, and fabrication.

Introduction to Ceramics: This Penn State course is intended as a general survey of the art of sculpture for non-majors. As a studio offering, emphasis is placed on hands-on studio activities, which promote visual literacy and sensitivity to the various sculptural conventions. Students are given the opportunity to briefly explore many of the traditional materials of sculpture including those that are used in modeling and replication, subtractive processes, and fabrication.

 

 

ART HISTORY

Introduction to Art: An approach to the understanding of art through a critical analysis of selected works of architecture, painting, and sculpture.

 

 

AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES

The Life and Thought of Martin Luther King Jr.: A survey of the civil rights leader including his religious beliefs, intellectual development, and philosophy for social change.

 

 

AFRICAN STUDIES

Modern African History: This course reviews the impact of the slave trade, expansion of Islam, colonial conquest, social and cultural transformations, resistance, nationalism, and independence.

 

 

ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS

Astronomical Universe: The development of modern understanding of the astronomical universe from planets and stars to galaxies and cosmology.

 

 

BIOBEHAVIORAL HEALTH

Introduction To Biobehavioral Health: Introduction to an interdisciplinary study of health, examining the interaction of biological processes and behavior of health.

Drugs, Behavior and Health: Health aspects of use and abuse of licit and illicit drugs; related social problems and prevention.

 

 

COMMUNICATIONS

Media & Democracy: This course considers the role of the mass media with regard to developing civic awareness and engagement in democratic societies.

The Art of the Cinema: The development of cinema to its present state; principles of evaluation and appreciation; examples from the past and present.

 

 

CRIMINOLOGY

Criminology: Criminology is the study of the causes of criminal behavior. This course introduces the topic with special focus on the major theories explaining criminal behavior and concludes by using the knowledge generated to study the link of our understanding of criminal behavior and the emerging crime control policies of the past few decades. Students learn the various research techniques and gain an understanding of crime and how it is enmeshed in human social life

Introduction to Criminal Justice: This course provides an overview of the criminal justice system, including legal foundations, processing and correction of offenders, extent and types of crime and victims.

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ECONOMICS

Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy: Microeconomics deals with the behavior of individual households and firms and how government influences that behavior. This course introduces microeconomic analysis and policy. Its principal objective is to enable students to analyze major microeconomic issues clearly and critically. Students will be introduced to the methods and tools of economic analysis, and these analytical tools will be applied to questions of current policy interest.

Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy: Macroeconomics is concerned with economy-wide factors such as inflation, unemployment, and overall economic growth. This course introduces macroeconomic analysis and policy. Its principal objective is to enable students to analyze major macroeconomic issues clearly and critically. Students will be introduced to the methods and tools of economic analysis, and these analytical tools will be applied to questions of current policy interest. Broadly, the course focuses on the determination of national income, unemployment, inflation, and economic growth in the context of a global economy and how monetary and fiscal policy, in particular, influences the economy.

 

 

ENGINEERING DESIGN & GRAPHICS

Introduction to Engineering Design: Introduction to engineering design through team-oriented design projects supported by communication skills: graphically, verbally, and written.

 

 

ENGLISH

Basic Writing Skills: Intensive practice in writing sentences and paragraphs and instruction in grammar, usage, and punctuation; Designed for students with deficient preparation.

Introduction to Creative Writing: If you believe that the heart of a poet beats inside you or, if you simply enjoy writing to express yourself creatively, you will be at home in this course. You will also be at home here if you are an avid reader of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, but have never tried your hand at writing it. This course explores the genres of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry by reading published essays, short stories, and poems and by writing personal essays, sketches, scenes, and poems. We'll discuss the relationship between the genres and also discuss what makes each a distinct art form.

Rhetoric and Composition: Instruction and practice in writing expository prose that shows sensitivity to audience and purpose.

 

 

GEOGRAPHY

Intro to Physical Geography: Introduction to Physical Geography systematically examines the spatial patterns and interrelationships among physical elements at the earth's surface. Physical geography does not simply discuss the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere in isolation; instead, it concentrates on understanding the integration of these realms of the natural world.

Intro to Human Geography:  Introduction to Human Geography introduces students to the breadth of contemporary human geography. It explores both the range of topics that geographers study, and some of the concepts and methods they use to study them. Major topics include the spatial organization of human activities; ways in which social processes and structures can be understood through a geographic lens; and geographic perspectives on human-environment interactions.

  

 

HISTORY

World History I: History 010 is an introductory survey of ancient history from the emergence of Homo Sapiens to the onset of European exploration (approximately 1500), examining the evolution of the world's various peoples and cultures. The course will focus on the historical processes that led to human diversity, as expressed in varying patterns and systems of government, economics, arts, ideas, belief systems and social organizations.

World History II: This Penn State summer program's course is an introductory survey of modern history from approximately 1500 to the present, viewing the world and its various peoples and cultures as a whole. This course will focus on the historical processes that have led to modernization, such as exploration, contacts among peoples and cultures, voluntary and forced migrations, the growth of technology and science, industrialization, urbanization, and other trends that have shaped the world since 1500.

History of Fascism and Nazism: The study of right-wing totalitarianism in the twentieth century, with special emphasis on Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany.

 

 

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT & FAMILY STUDIES

Adolescent Development: Only in early infancy do minds, bodies, and abilities change as radically as they do during the teenage years. This introductory course explores the developmental processes that shape our lives between puberty and the end of college. Although each life unfolds in its own unique pattern, we will explore the ways biological, psychological, and sociological influences systematically combine to shape its course. This class will help to develop an understanding of the concepts, methods, and research findings central to the study of adolescent development.

Infant and Child Development: This course introduces students to the study of children from the prenatal period to (not including) adolescence. Students will become familiar with the most prominent theoretical ideas about child development. The latest research on prenatal development, infancy, early and middle childhood will inform the discussions, and students will become familiar with key studies.

 

 

MATHEMATICS

Finite Mathematics: Introduction to logic, sets, probability. Prerequisite: 2 units of high school mathematics.

General View of Mathematics: Survey of mathematical thought in logic, geometry, combinatorics, and chance.

 

 

METEOROLOGY

Severe and Unusual Weather: This course is a Non-technical introduction to the physical processes important in the formation of various severe and unusual weather phenomena.

 

 

PHILOSOPHY

Basic Problems of Philosophy: This Penn State's summer program's course provides a critical introduction to, and overview of, fundamental philosophical problems. It includes an examination of historical and contemporary thought through in-class presentation, readings, discussions, and student writings. Students will examine diverse viewpoints that will allow them to understand a wide range of views and challenge them to defend their own positions.

Critical Thinking: This course is designed to bring students to a critical awareness of the function of argumentation in the various forms it takes, both in the academic realm of logic, as well as the everyday world. Students will examine how arguments are constructed and the means that are used to make an argument convincing. They will learn to critically analyze arguments in order to detect careless language use and fallacies. They will also learn various types of arguments.

Philosophy of Law: This class will provide students with a critical overview of central positions and figures in philosophy of law and teach students interpretative and critically evaluative methods for distinguishing and attempting to resolve philosophical problems within these positions.

 

 

PSYCHOLOGY

Introductory Psychology: Psychology is a scholarly discipline, a scientific field, and a professional activity. Its overall focus is the scientific study of behavior and experience, and of associated mental and physiological processes. As a scholarly discipline, psychology represents a major field of study in academic settings, with an emphasis on theories and principles of behavior and experience. As a science, psychology is a domain of research in which investigators analytically and systematically study behavior and experience to develop theories and principles and to understand their application to real-world situations. As a profession, psychology involves the practical application of knowledge, skills, and techniques for enhancing well-being and quality of life, as well as solving or preventing individual and social problems. This course provides an overview of the field of psychology, including research, theory, and application.

 

 

SOCIOLOGY

Intro to Sociology: Introductory Sociology provides perspectives and information useful in understanding all societies. The major theories (functionalism, conflict, and symbolic interactionism) and concepts provide the foundation upon which the remaining material rests.

Social Problems: This course is designed to introduce students to the main societal issues facing humanity at the present time and in the foreseeable future. Although the course examines a number of social issues in the United States (such as crime and poverty), the course generally takes an international and inter-cultural perspective. The primary social issues that affect individuals and their children today are global, rather than national, in scope.

 

 

STATISTICS

Statistical Concepts & Reasoning: Introduction to the art and science of decision making in the presence of uncertainty.

 

 

THEATER

Fundamentals of Acting: Introduction to performance skills for non-theater majors.

 

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Non-Credit Enrichment Classes/Workshops

 

THE ARTS

 

ACTING: ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE

Performing on a New York stage or a Hollywood movie set is a dream for many and a reality for only a few. If a life in the spotlight is your destination, then this class is a great stop along the way. This introductory course provides students with a closer look into the world of acting. Through scene work and monologues from a variety of plays and time periods, students will be able to polish their acting techniques. Test your stage presence through character development, improvisation, and acting exercises.

  

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. Students will need to purchase materials at a nominal cost.

  

COMPUTER ANIMATION: ANIMANIACS

Finding Nemo would be virtually impossible if computers couldn’t create a world realistic enough for him to get lost in. With the latest software packages at your fingertips, learn to bring your creative abilities and computer knowledge to life. Instructors will guide you in producing short animated projects using Macromedia Flash. Navigate through one of computer technology’s most exciting areas, and experience the intensity that filmmakers face when creating 2-D computer animation.

  

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY: CAPTURE THE MOMENT!H

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 in our Digital Photography course offered during one of the many Penn State summer programs. 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 PSU 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.

  

FASHION AND DESIGN: CHANNEL YOUR INNER CHANEL

If the shoe fits, you need an entire outfit to go with it! Explore the latest fashion trends in design, color and texture as you compare and contrast the styles of famous men and women’s designers. Learn the process of bringing a line from the drafting table to runway shows to magazine covers, all while developing your own idea of exactly what comprises haute couture, or “high fashion.” You will discover how designers combine form and fabric to create the next “fad” that winds up in your closet, and go into some of the more exclusive designers and what makes their products so highly in demand. 

 

GUITAR WORKSHOP: LIKE A ROLLING STONE

Learn the basic notes and chords that are the cornerstones for all melodies. Have fun while learning how to read tablature and sheet music. Students may bring their own guitar or rent one for $75.

 

 

BUSINESS & MARKETING

 

GRAPHIC & LOGO DESIGN: MAKE IT APPEALINGH

The premise of this class is to motivate students to get off their laptops and computers and get into the physical world. This is a chance and opportunity for students to open their eyes and use their hands to generate ideas and come up with some inspirational design pieces revolving around logo design, fantasy & design, typography, and the world of print (ie: business cards, booklets, posters, packaging, etc). Computers are incorporated, but are not the focus. Great work comes from great IDEAS! 


 

INTRO TO BUSINESS: EFFECTIVE OPERATIONS

The Penn State summer program's course, Introduction to Business, 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 pre-college summer 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.

 

 

 

COLLEGE PREPARATION

 

THE PRINCETON REVIEW SAT Prep WITH ACT BOOST

Prepare for the SAT and the ACT with The Princeton Review. The Princeton Review’s SAT and ACT courses will prepare you to perform at your very best on all sections of the exams. Students learn critical test-taking techniques, receive realistic testing practice with proctored exams and are assigned drills and homework assignments to practice outside class (don’t worry – it won’t be too much). Students who complete the SAT Preparation with ACT Boost course will be eligible for The Princeton Review’s satisfaction guarantee as well as the following additional services:

  • FREE unlimited access to The Princeton Review’s SAT and ACT online courses
  • FREE online wrap-up courses before your SAT/ACT test date
  • FREE Access to The Princeton Review’s best-fit college search program and the extensive admissions/financial resources of PrincetonReview.com

Supplemental Cost: $895 (regularly retails for as much as $1,398 if taken in your home city).

  

SAT SMALL GROUP INSTRUCTION WITH THE PRINCETON REVIEW

Prepare for your SAT in a group of 3-5 students. This program is a hybrid between the classroom program described above and private tutoring. As with all Princeton Review programs, you will receive all of the materials, testing, instruction and online tools necessary to prepare comprehensively for your SAT, but you’ll have the added advantage of an incredibly small class. Students who participate in this program will be eligible for The Princeton Review’s satisfaction guarantee as well as the additional services listed above.

Supplemental Cost: $1,699


 

SKILLS FOR SUCCESS IN COLLEGE: AVOIDING COMMON MISTAKES

Staying awake in class is usually just half the battle. During this Penn State summer program's course 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 life with the social and personal pressures of your newly found independence.


 

SPEED READING BY EVELYN WOOD: TIME IS MONEY

Wish you could get through that tough required reading quicker and easier? Learn to read faster, with improved comprehension during the Penn State summer program's speed reading course. 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


 

TOEFL PREP: ON THE PATH TO AN AMERICAN UNIVERSITY

The Test of English as a Foreign Language is used by colleges and universities during the admissions process. The TOEFL evaluates the English proficiency of non-native speakers who wish to study at a North American institution, and this course focuses exclusively on preparing you for the TOEFL exam. The program offers intensive lessons, techniques, test strategies, verbal and written practice to help you achieve your desired score. The course includes full length TOEFL diagnostic exams. Supplemental cost: $495

 

 

CULTURE & 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.


 

HISTORY OF ROCK ‘N ROLL: A to Z (AEROSMITH TO ZEPPELIN)

Do your parents get emotional about their Beatles records? Have you downloaded all of the latest 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.


 

POP CULTURE: THAT’S HOT

Whether you are obsessed with the Kardashians, can’t get enough of Justin Timberlake, or you are first in line to get the new Cosmo Magazine, this class is for you. Explore the role of mass media in our society, the effects of social influences, and the dynamics that exist between “users” and consumers.” Through discussion based classes, students will develop a better understanding of the ever-changing world of mass media in our information-addicted society.


 

SPORTS FIGURES IN SOCIETY: WHAT ARE THE EXPECTATIONS?

The role that most professional athletes play in America is not limited to sports. Players like Serena Williams and LeBron James are as valuable to advertisers as they are to tennis and basketball. In this class, you’ll ponder the significance of being a rich, famous, talented superstar and the responsibility it bears. Do these icons serve as role models, and to what extent is preferential treatment acceptable, especially in the legal system? Are superstar athletes overpaid, or will you establish a deep understanding of why professional athletes are paid “the big bucks?”


 

YOGA & FITNESS: GET OUT THERE!

Take the summer to work-out, relax, and easy your body and soul. With all of the stress during the academic year, this is the time to work on yourself and achieve the results that you strive for through various yoga and fitness classes, along with outdoor physical fitness challenges. Take a break from the classroom this summer with this fun and active class!

 

 

LAW & COMMUNICATIONS

 

DEBATE: WINNING IS KEY

This Penn State program's class (open to all levels) will teach you public speaking, critical thinking and verbal skills that will be helpful to you in any leadership role. In an open forum, deliberate the social topics and current events that pertain to being a teenager in today’s world. Learning to view issues from a different perspective is crucial to arguing an idea effectively. Take your position, stand your ground, and boost your confidence when it comes to validating your argument.


 

LAW & THE JUSTICE SYSTEM: KNOWLEDGE IS POWERH

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: SPEAK 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).

 

 

LEADERSHIP

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE: BE A LEADER IN THE COMMUNITY

Join your instructor and classmates in extended projects on and around campus that are beneficial to the community and enriching for you. This “feel good” class will pique students’ interests through a variety of activities targeting social concerns in the area. In class, you will discuss the effectiveness of each project, and how you have made a difference even after the summer ends. Volunteers will receive a certificate of accomplishment. High school credit is available.

 

 

MATH, TECHNOLOGY & ARCHITECTURE

 

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.


 

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.


 

CALCULUS: WHAT’S YOUR FUNCTION?

This is the perfect way to ease into college-level calculus so that you don’t have a midlife crisis on the first day of class. You’ll know your stuff about 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 concepts.


 

ENGINEERING: BRIDGE THE GAPH

With the future in mind, Penn State summer program 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 (biomedical, aerospace, computer and environmental). Engineers build the world, and perhaps you’ll help to make it a more functional place!


 

PRE-CALCULUS: DON’T BE IRRATIONAL

The word might be frightening, but this Penn State summer program 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 it’s just a numbers game!

 

 

SCIENCE & MEDICINE

 

BIOLOGY IN OUR WORLD TODAY: ANSWERING LIFE’S QUESTIONS

Learning the basics of Biology is a great start but do you ever wonder how all that information affects your everyday life and the world around us? This course will strengthen your current knowledge of biology and will help you to understand how these concepts impact the world around us. Through a combination of group activities, discussion and the reading of scientific articles and current journals, learn how scientists are finding the answers to life’s most important questions. Topics explored include Cancer, H1N1 Flu, Stem Cells, Metabolism and much more!


 

CAREERS & TRENDS IN HEALTHCARE: PAGING DR. (YOUR NAME HERE)

Is your dream to wear a white coat someday? This examination of medical professions explores the roles of doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals in today’s society. Stimulating discussions of current medical controversies include genetic engineering, the pharmaceutical industry, health care reform, aged care, legalizing euthanasia and ethics. Learn about the long journey to enter the medical field… but don’t get sick!


 

PRE-MEDICINEH

See yourself performing “miracles” in the emergency room? Do you have a passion for helping others? Do you have what it takes to become a doctor? Join the pre-med class this summer and study the basics of physiology and pathology in order to gain a better understanding of the human body and the origins of diseases. Learn to manipulate data and information in diagnosing mysterious conditions, create presentations on key topics covered in class, and examine relevant medical cases… much like medical school residents might be expected to do on hospital rounds. Students will gain insight to popular paths and professions in medicine and become familiar with the requirements for each.


 

CSI: PENN STATE – FORENSIC SCIENCE

Intensive Workshop (double period, 2 hours/day)
Who dun it? What was the motive? What was the murder weapon? Be a part of this exciting workshop and solve the crime. This workshop will provide students with a rigorous and comprehensive view of the techniques and methods used in crime scene units. Students will learn through lecture, laboratory and field activities how to explore, manage, process, and preserve evidence. For students who would like to pursue areas in government agencies, the judicial community, private, state or federal police forensics, THIS WORKSHOP IS FOR YOU!! Supplemental Cost: $150

 

 

SOCIAL SCIENCES

 

PHILOSOPHY & ETHICS: DISTINGUISHING RIGHT FROM WRONGH

“Hey, that’s not fair!” Questions concerning right and wrong, justice and injustice, good and bad, 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.

 

 

WRITING

 

CREATIVE WRITING: WRITE AWAY!H

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 will 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 Penn State summer program class is a workshop-style, “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.


 

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.


 

JOURNALISM/COMMUNICATIONS: STOP THE PRESSES

The source of a good news story always requires a bit of investigating. See if you have what it takes to research, analyze and write accurate hard news and feature stories “on deadline.” Learn the techniques, ethics and guidelines that are used by world-class journalists. Exercises and assignments will introduce you to proper news coverage within our campus community. Discuss the many different areas of print and broadcast media (newspapers, magazines, radio and TV) and analyze the news presentation for its informational value and fairness in reporting. Your class publication of a student-run newsletter, the SSPS Press, and a potential trip to a local newspaper add immensely to your journalistic experience. 

 

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Penn State Summer Programs - Non-Credit Internships 


SPORTS MARKETING/MANAGEMENT

Students who participate in our sports marketing/management internship will get “real life” work experience with a sporting organization. With Beaver Stadium, the Bryce Jordan Center and Medlar Field (homes to the Penn State Nittany Lions football, basketball and baseball teams) right on campus, interns will go behind the scenes to learn what it takes to market and manage a successful sports franchise. Areas of involvements include ticketing operations, event planning, promotion & community relations, sales and more. Students will also understand the legal aspects of the sports business sector by working closely with Sports Agents/Attorneys and participating in activities including mock salary arbitration, collective bargaining processes and recruiting methods used when representing professional athletes. Students will work with the sports organizations in the campus area on the entry-level to understand the complete vertical integration of all the organization’s functions into their “big picture.” If you are interested in a career in sports but the “Hall of Fame” isn’t in your future, this internship is a great way to gain valuable experience in sports marketing and business and to understand what it will take to break into the industry. Note: Students participating in this internship carry a large responsibility and must be dependable, punctual, anticipate changes of duties, etc throughout the internship. Students will be responsible for attending on-site projects as well as classroom time. 

 


CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT & EDUCATION

This internship is an opportunity for students to get hands-on experience working with children in a state-of-the-art daycare center on the campus of Penn State University. Each intern will be paired with an experienced teacher to work together on a daily basis. Through practice and observation, interns will learn about early childhood and elementary education while gaining an understanding of human development and family studies. The goal of the Bennett Center is “… to provide a supportive and nurturing environment in which to nourish the minds and bodies of children.” Now you can be a part of that wonderful process!

 

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Penn State Summer Programs: 2-Week Non-Credit Intensive Workshops


 

ARCHITECTURE: DESIGN, CREATE, EXPLORE

Students develop an understanding of what it is like to actually be an ARCHITECT by working to cultivate their very own design into a three-dimensional model, and develop projects, sketch work, and have one-on-one consultations with their instructor. The world of architecture will be discovered through examples of texture, lighting, color, design and layout through various interactive learning techniques including the use of computer drafting and design programs. Those who are interested will also be advised on how to create a compelling portfolio of creative work for admissions into an architectural design program of choice.


 

ART: BETWEEN THE LINES

Jackson Pollock once said of art, “It’s all a big game of construction, some with a brush, some with a shovel, some choose a pen.” Pollock is correct in his comment—there are lots of medium in the art field, and lots of ways to show off. Use this intensive workshop to help find your artistic spirit and medium. We will delve right into self-expression using printmaking, drawing, painting, clay sculpture, glasswork, jewelry, and pottery making to tell our stories. Besides personal expression, we will take a brief look into art history and discuss some of the great artists work, past and present. Come explore your inner creativity using two- and three-dimensional based media.


 

COLLEGE BOUND: COLLEGE PREP!

There are many diverse elements present in a well-prepared college applicant. This Penn State summer program's course is a workshop that will help you prepare for the next big step in your academic career by concentrating on the most important elements: choosing the right school for you, the college essay, applications, and interview skills. The first few classes will help you narrow down your college search by identifying reach vs. safety schools, discussing merits of size and location of college/universities, strength of major, etc. This workshop will then delve into your personal statement, a mainstay on almost all college applications. You will write and critique your own personal statement until you feel like it highlights your profile. The class will also discuss the importance of the college interview and help you with the skills to make it feel easy and devoid of stress. You’ll work on eye contact, typically asked questions and ways to avoid common pitfalls. This is a perfect workshop for rising juniors and seniors.


 

DIGITAL VIDEO & FILM: MOVE OVER SPIELBERG

Do you love movies? Are you attached to your video camera? Have you been waiting for the opportunity to learn the technical components of digital video editing? Don’t just WATCH movies, MAKE ‘em this summer! This active Penn State summer program's course in film editing is designed to teach students the many roles, skills and techniques involved in home-movie production and even a possible career in the movie industry. Whether out on the campus or inside the studio, all elements necessary in filming, producing, screenwriting, directing, designing, editing, and sound engineering come into play. Students will be able to work in small groups to conceive and brainstorm their very own short film using digital technology.


 

VIDEO GAME DEVELOPMENT

This exciting Penn State summer program's course is a workshop that will give you the opportunity to create your very own video game from the ground up. As you learn how to draw game art, write programs, and record sound effects, you will become familiar with some of the latest and most powerful game development software available. You'll also learn about the history of video games, discuss current issues in the gaming industry, and think critically about aspects of game design. Don't miss this opportunity to show off your creative side and take home a copy of your very own video game!


 

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS: D.C. BOUND

Prepare yourself for a future in politics, law, or leadership with this special intensive workshop. Our class will start with an introduction to American government to give you a firm background in the subject. We won’t just study history; we’ll discuss real world issues that are currently affecting our modern society. From there we will discuss the law and judicial system in the United States to enhance your knowledge. Later in the workshop we will concentrate on debate and public speaking so we can continue to build you into a future leader of the world. For a more hands-on feel, we’ll practice giving speeches, debate hot topics, and put together a plan for a better future. If you have interest in government or leadership, or just loving public speaking, this is a workshop you will not want to miss.


 

HEALTH, FITNESS, AND NUTRITION: ONE HEART

Your seventh grade gym teacher may have told you that your body is a temple- your teacher was right! Your body is made up of living cells that must be treated with great care in order to stay healthy, fit, and rid of disease. This intensive workshop will be divided into two parts: 1) Overall health and nutrition, and 2) physical fitness. The first part of each period revolves around in-class discussions on digestion and vitamin absorption, carbohydrate, fat, and protein requirements, food fads, diets, overall nutrition and additives. The second part of each class period will concentrate on physical fitness. Workouts will take place at “The Lionheart Health & Fitness Center,” a 20,000 sq.ft gym facility housing state of the art aerobic and weight training equipment. You will learn about the body’s complex muscle groups and different exercises that can be used on each muscle, the basics of strength training, cardio exercise, and static stretching (yoga and pilates). This class has a mandatory fee of $50 for the fitness center membership.


 

PSYCHOLOGY: MAKING SENSE OF IT ALL

Psychology can be defined as the scientific study of mental processes and behavior. While psychology is most often associated with clinical issues (abnormal, personality), this makes up only a small portion of the field. Other specialties within the field include, to name a few, physiological, social, organizational, and developmental psychology. We cannot understand ourselves or the individuals around us without looking at how we develop, how we behave in a social context, or the physiological components of our behavior. Thus, this course will serve as an overview of the major fields within psychology and key terms that students may encounter in psychology classes when in college. Students learn to critically evaluate "common sense" knowledge about how people function.


 

SPORTS MARKETING/MANAGEMENT: FAME & FORTUNE

Why did the Public Relations director of the LA Rams become the NFL commissioner? How did a successful entrepreneur in computer systems and internet media become owner of an NBA franchise? This two-week workshop is designed two-fold: 1) to study sports management comprised of a variety of topics such as marketing, communications, and law 2) how to break into the business through various disciplines within the industry. This workshop is designed to be hands on lessons in the unique world of sports theories, guest speakers, collaborative group work and it will furthermore have a presentation to reinforce the concepts learned to round out the workshop curriculum.


 

THE PRINCETON REVIEW SAT PREP WITH ACT BOOST

Prepare for the SAT and the ACT with The Princeton Review. The Princeton Review’s SAT and ACT courses will prepare you to perform at your very best on all sections of the exams. Students learn critical test-taking techniques, receive realistic testing practice with proctored exams and are assigned drills and homework assignments to practice outside class (don’t worry – it won’t be too much). Please note that students in our 2-week programs will receive their ACT Boost as an online supplement after their program has ended. Students who complete the SAT Preparation with ACT Boost course will be eligible for The Princeton Review’s satisfaction guarantee as well as the following additional services:

  • FREE unlimited access to The Princeton Review’s SAT and ACT online courses
  • FREE online wrap-up courses before your SAT/ACT test date
  • FREE Access to The Princeton Review’s best-fit college search program and the extensive admissions/financial resources of PrincetonReview.com

Supplemental Cost: $895 (regularly retails for as much as $1,398 if taken in your home city)

 

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Last Updated 10/18/13