DU students and faculty discuss the benefits of summer courses


As spring quarter reaches its end, DU students and faculty are preparing for a summer quarter at the university.

Summer quarter starts June 17 and ends August 15, and the university is offering a variety of programs to fit students’ schedules.

DU undergraduate students can take a course for the entire term, or they can choose to opt for single 4-week sessions.  Three 3-week course sequences are also available to students looking to complete courses that require an entire sequence, such as natural sciences.

The “Summer at DU” Campaign

Advertising for the "Summer @ DU" campaign.

Advertising for the “Summer @ DU” campaign.

This year’s summer quarter has been heavily advertised at DU.  There are signs across campus publicizing and informing students about the potential of summer studies at DU.

Faculty have been working to create a program that can appeal to students of all departments, and they have created an organized campaign to make DU students aware of what is offered during the summer quarter.

“We’ve always had summer school at the University of Denver,” said Dr. Jennifer Karas, Associate Provost to Undergraduate Programs.  “But, as we looked at increasing demand from our students that wanted to use their summer quarter in an academic sense, we needed to do something a bit more systematic.”

In an effort to reach out to students, a more coordinated summer program was developed offering students more options in course offerings, including DU common curriculum courses.

Class Organization During the Summer Quarter

DU students studying during the summer quarter are able to create a class schedule that enables them to plan for the entire summer.  Students with other summer plans can take a single 4-week session in the beginning or the end of the term; other students can choose to take a single course for the entire term.

According to Dr. Nancy Sasaki, Associate Dean of Math and Natural Sciences, summer courses are typically smaller and more personable.  Due to time constraints, students are immersed in their courses for much longer periods of time during the day.

“There’s a lot of energy you have to bring, and it’s tiring at the end,” said Sasaki.  “Some students you can tell get swept up in it, and some students are like, ‘Oh my gosh, is it ever going to be over?’”

Benefits to Students

Taking courses during the summer offers DU students many benefits and flexibility with their schedules.  Additionally, many of the courses are available online to students, enabling students to complete course requirements without having to remain on campus.

Shelby Carpenter, a sophomore Biology major at DU, is planning on taking online courses this summer

Shelby Carpenter, a sophomore Biology major at DU, is planning on taking online courses this summer

“It’s really convenient,” said Shelby Carpenter, a sophomore majoring in Biology.  “I can work from my hometown and take the classes at the same time without having to be on campus in Denver.”

Another benefit noted by Sasaki was the immersion structure of summer courses at DU.

“The content during the summer quarter isn’t broken up,” said Sasaki.  “It’s really intensive, and students get more out of it.”

Karas agreed that the scheduling of summer courses was a benefit to DU students, adding that students could choose whether to take an intensive course load or merely use the summer as a means to finish a course requirement.

One Response to DU students and faculty discuss the benefits of summer courses

  • Hsing Tseng
    Hsing Tseng says:

    I liked your video – your use of b-roll was very nice, though some of the clips didn’t have much relevance to the material, but the interviews you used were very good and relevant and did a great job of telling your story. One thing that was really noticeable were the jumps in audio – it was clear where you cut the clips, but that is something that is oftentimes unavoidable too.

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