Summer study empowers students to get ahead, explore interests

By Shelby Williamson, Senior Communications Specialist, Office of Marketing and Communications

Summer is a time for adventure, and summer study at Marquette University gives students the opportunity to explore interests they may not be able to delve into during traditional semesters.

Taking courses over the summer is also a great way for students to catch up on credits or advance, says Dr. Jenny Watson, associate dean of the Graduate School and academic liaison for Summer Studies.

The first session of Summer Studies is already underway, but there is still time to sign up for the second session. Those interested must register online before July 1.

“Summer study classes are taught in an accelerated format – a semester course in just six weeks,” adds Watson. “This means that if students take two six-week courses over the summer, they can complete a full year of a discipline in one summer. What is also attractive is that by taking just a couple of courses, students can focus on one or two subjects instead of dividing attention across multiple disciplines as during the regular academic year.”

More than 400 courses and sections are offered online and on campus in all disciplines, with the exception of Opus College of Engineering, which generally requires its students to participate in internships or internships during the summer.

“A wide range of courses is offered,” says Watson. “There is something for everyone.”

Additionally, Watson says that Summer Studies is offering more Marquette core curriculum courses this summer than in previous years to provide more options outside of the fall and spring to better meet the high demand for core courses.

Summer study classes are held online and on campus and are also offered at a reduced price of $780 per credit.

Online classes, Watson says, give students the flexibility to work from anywhere and study at times that work best for them. On-campus classes are wonderful for students to interact more directly with faculty or focus on hands-on lab work.

Perhaps one of the biggest benefits of taking summer classes through Marquette, Watson says, is that students don’t have to worry about transferring credits or whether their work will count toward their programs. A summer class at Marquette counts the same as a class taken in the fall or spring at Marquette. The credits are the same and appear the same way on the transcripts.

Some students, he adds, consider taking courses at a community college down the street from their house during the summer. The problem some students encounter is that credits from other schools don’t always transfer to Marquette. It is safer for students to take classes through the school where they are earning their degree.

“Here, you know what you’re getting and what you’re working toward,” says Watson. “You know you will have a great faculty and you will continue to get the Marquette learning experience.”

More information about Summer Studies is available online.

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