Summer Session

To register for a summer session course, complete and submit the Undergraduate Registration form, found on the Registrar's Office Forms page. Registration begins March 3. For questions, call the Registrar's Office at 802.654.2571.

Summer session housing is also available.

Courses On Campus 2015

Course Code Course Name and Credits Day Time/Dates
BI 108 A Topics in Organismal Biology: Human Nutrition - 4cr. MTTH&F 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
May 25 - June 19
EN 323 Poetry Writing Workshop - 4cr. MWTH 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
May 25 -June 25
EN 404 Film and the Environment - 4cr. TW&TH 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
May 26 - June 25
Fine Arts
AR 127 Ceramics I: Wheelworking - 4cr. M&W 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
May 11 - June 15
AR 215
 Digital Imaging - 4cr. TW&TH 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
May 26 - June 25
Environmental Studies
ES 301 Advanced Topics: Permaculture Design - 2cr. 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Intensive twelve day program
Saturday, June 20 -
Thursday, July 2
Religious Studies    
RS 120
Christianity: Past and Present - 4cr.
MWF 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
May 25 - June 26

Campus Course Descriptions

AR 127 Ceramics I: Wheelworking
Instructor: Jeremy Ayers

LSC: Artistic Experience
Lab fee $250.00

Description: Will provide students with a comprehensive introduction to the practice of throwing on the potters wheel including clay preparation, centering, formation of vessels, trimming, glazing and firing. We will also look at the work of historical and contemporary ceramic artists.
Misc. Notes: The course meets at Burlington City Arts Clay and Craft Studio.

AR 215 Digital Imaging
Instructor: Brian Collier

LSC: Artistic Experience
Description: An introduction to basic techniques and strategies for using digital imaging hardware and software for the production of both screen-based and printed artworks.

BI 108 Topics in Organismal Biology: Human Nutrition
Instructor: James Willard

LSC: Processes of Scientific Reasoning
Lab fee $105.00

Description: An intensive lab science course for non-science majors that will consider the components of human diets, how such components are processed by the human body, and how nutrition affects human health throughout the life cycle. Topics include the physiological requirements for and chemistry of the main nutrients: carbohydrates, proteins, lipid, minerals and vitamins. Laboratories consisting of computer-assisted dietary analyses will complement material covered in lectures.
Misc. Notes: Biology 106, 108, and 110 are laboratory courses designed for students who are not science majors. They may not be taken by biology majors or minors.

EN 323 Poetry Writing Workshop
Instructor: Greg Delanty
LSC: Artistic Experience
Description: A workshop in which students read and write a range of different types of poems based on the technical aspects of poetry, on prosody, on presenting this material for discussion with their peers and the instructor, and revising and editing for final presentation in portfolio form. Discussions of poetry and the writing of poetry complement the workshops.

EN 404 Film and The Environment
Instructor: Robert Niemi

LSC: Literary Studies
Description: This course surveys a diverse array of fiction, science fiction, and docudrama films that dramatize a broad range of environmental issues, e.g., soil and water conservation, food crises, industrialization, overpopulation, pollution, nuclear energy, fracking, and humanity’s relation to wild animals and the wilderness. We will screen, analyze, discuss, and write these films both in cinematic terms and in terms of the ethical and philosophical issues they raise about the technocratic transformation of life on Earth in the modern era.

Film list: The Grapes of Wrath (1940); Soylent Green (1973); Chinatown (1974); Logan’s Run (1976); An Enemy of the People (1978); China Syndrome (1979); Koyaanisqatsi (1982); Safe (1995); Erin Brockovich (2000); Grizzly Man (2005); Into the Wild (2007); WALL-E (2008); Avatar (2009); Promised Land (2012)

ES 301 Advanced Topics: Permaculture Design Certification
Instructor: Anjanette DeCarlo and Keith Morris
Lab fee $50.00, Room and Board $600.00
Description: In this 12-day intensive, students will learn the fundamentals of permaculture design and complete a practicum to earn their permaculture design certificates (PDCs). This course takes place at Willow Crossing Farm in Johnson, VT, the home of Prospect Rock Permaculture.

RS 120 Christianity, Past and Present
Instructor: Rev. David Theroux
LSC: Study of Christian Traditions and Thought
Description: A survey of Christianity, its origins and major periods in its historical development, the character of its faith in God and in the person of Jesus Christ, and theological and ethical perspectives it offers on contemporary issues of moral choice and human community.

Hybrid Courses 2015

Spend three days on campus and take the rest of the course online. Housing is available at a reduced rate of $190.00 for on-campus meeting days. Due to the multimedia aspects of these courses, broadband Internet access is required for participation. 

Open to Saint Michael's students and to all college students currently enrolled at another institution - credit may be transferable.

Business Administration and Accounting
BU 205 Business Communications - 4cr. May 11-June 5, Online duration: 3 weeks
On-Campus Meeting Days: May 11, 12, 13
1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Political Science
PO 101 Introduction to Politics - 4cr. May 11-June 5, Online duration: 3 weeks
On-Campus Meeting Days: May 11, 12, 13
8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
PS 350  Psychology of Health and Illness - 4cr. May 11-June 12, Online duration: 4 weeks
On-Campus Meeting Days: May 11, 12, 13
8:00 p.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Hybrid Course Descriptions

BU 205 Business Communications
Instructor: Erik Kaarla

Description: This course enhance students’ understanding of communication theory and capability in multiple communication channels and situations. Also develops critical thinking skills and ethical integrity in discerning credible information and responding appropriately. 

PO 101 Introduction to Politics
Instructor: Jeffrey Ayres

LSC: Social and Institutional Dimensions of Human Behavior
Description: An introduction to the basic concepts of politics and the tools of political analysis.

PS 350 Psychology of Health and Illness
Instructor: Melissa Tomasula

LSC: Social and Institutional Dimensions of Human Behavior
Pre-requisites: PS 214 or Permission of Instructor
Description: Theory and research regarding the biological, psychological, and social aspects of health and illness will be examined. The interrelationships of stress, emotion, and illnesses including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and immune dysfunction will be discussed. Students will complete a health genealogy project to improve his/her quality of life (physical and psychological).

Accelerated Summer College courses

Course Catalog for Accelerated Summer College

May 18 – June 26, 2015

Please click to register for Accelerated Summer College courses.  

Get ahead with the Accelerated Summer College (ASC) in a six-week, eight-credit experience that offers an innovative instructional model to help you get ahead or catch up in your academic career. Accelerated Summer College students will take two of the courses below, each course is worth four credits.

Students should be advised that credits earned at Saint Michael's College are transferable at the discretion of the receiving institution.

Student Life and Academics will have required orientation activities for all enrolled students on May 17, 2015.

Organizational Problem Solving

This course will engage each student in developing professional skills, working with a team, and providing research and ideas of real value to a company or organization. Each of the sections, described below, will partner with a different client, receive a challenge or challenges from that client, conduct research and work to develop solutions, culminating in a public presentation to the client. Along the way, students will learn resume writing, interview skills, research techniques, business etiquette, and presentation skills. Each section has a maximum number of students, so students will indicate their first and second choices of site options of the community/Vermont-based organizations and non-profits, prior to the beginning of the summer program.

BU 117 S - Market Research

The OPS sections that partner with profit-making businesses will give students an exposure to the realities of contemporary organizations and to the skills and knowledge needed to make an impact on these organizations.  Working in teams, students will take on the role of external consultants, meeting with representatives from a client organization and then conducting research on an assigned challenge.  The project will culminate in a presentation of recommendations to the client. As in all the OPS sections, students will also learn career-relevant competencies, including preparation of impactful resumes, cover letters, and interviewing skills.

BU 117 T - The Business of Responding to Poverty

Students will explore firsthand a local non-profit and its approach to alleviating poverty through education, community building, and direct assistance in Vermont.  In the classroom, students will examine the complexities of poverty in Vermont and experience a variety of programmatic responses from local organizations through tours, interviews, and volunteer opportunities.   Students will conduct varied research for the administration of one non-profit and work on a project related to programming, development (fund raising), or marketing for this organization.  Students will present findings and creative solutions to the staff.  

BU 117 U - Wilderness Photography

This digital-based photography section of OPS will explore the methods and artistry of outdoor, adventure photography and multimedia storytelling. Through the analysis of historical and contemporary work, students will develop the technical skills and creative approaches necessary for documenting recreational and adventure sports pursued in the natural world. Additionally, in the experiential learning component of this class, students will be responsible for creating multimedia marketing presentations for Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing. By the end of the class, students will be proficient in the following Adobe programs: Photoshop, Audition and Premiere. 


AC 141 Financial Accounting

Introduces accounting principles and practices applicable to the preparation and analysis of financial statements of a business organization. Major topics include the accounting cycle, classification of elements of financial statements (assets, liabilities, equity), measurement of income, and preparation and analysis of financial statements.


AN 109 Cultural Anthropology

LSC: Global Issues that Impact the Common Good

An introduction to the principles and processes of cultural anthropology. The course not only provides students with basic insights into facts and theories, but also, most importantly, the anthropological attitude of a commitment to understanding and tolerating other cultural traditions.


BI 110 Topics: Environmental Science

LSC: Processes of Scientific Reasoning

The goal of this course is to help students develop an understanding of the basic scientific principles and concepts underlying healthy ecosystem and biosphere functioning and sustainability. With this knowledge students can become active participants in moving toward a more sustainable society helping to devise sustainable development that allows us to meet our present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

Business Administration

BU 190 Personal Financial Planning

This is survey course of topics pertaining to one’s own personal finances.  Using a 6-step financial planning process, students will learn how to assess their current financial position, develop a set of personal financial goals, and create and implement a financial action plan.  By the end of the course, the student will be better positioned to make personal finance decisions and to be a wiser money manager and consumer of financial services products.  Specific topics addressed include personal financial statements and budgeting, taxes, financial services and institutions, consumer credit, property and motor vehicle insurance, fundamentals of investing, and retirement planning.

BU 214 Management

This survey course covers the basic principles and management fundamentals of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. Topics covered include leadership, group dynamics, team management, motivation, and communication skills.

BU 215 Marketing

This course will provide a review of the fundamental topics in marketing management, and expose the student to various analytical and decision making tools currently used by marketing managers. The course will focus on the various elements of the marketing mix, and on how the marketing manager must control and integrate each of them to achieve competitive advantage.

BU 405 Principles of Advertising

This course focuses on the management of the promotion function in the context of an integrated marketing communications perspective. The course will consist of an in-depth analysis of the uses of advertising, sales promotion, personal selling, direct marketing, social media, and public relations techniques. The emphasis in the course will be on selecting the most appropriate vehicles for transmitting the organization's marketing message and on integrating the various options into an optimal integrated program.

Computer Science

CS 111 Introduction to Computer Science

LSC: Quantitative Reasoning

The summer ASC Computer Science course is an excellent means of exploring potential interest in a minor or major in Computer Science.  We will combine our campus experience with a visit to a local software development company. Students will be introduced to problem solving using a computer. We will explore the software development process, and learn how to write programs in an object oriented language. Programming language constructs introduced include: primitive data types; classes and methods; control structures; and arrays. Students will implement many short programs. (Java is the programming language currently being used.) 


EC 101 Principles Macroeconomics

LSC: Social and Institutional Dimensions of Human Behavior

An introduction to the macroeconomic approach to economic analysis. Students learn how to measure and interpret: Gross Domestic Product (GDP), unemployment and price levels through a discussion of fundamental economic concepts and the role of markets. We examine macroeconomic instability through a study of causes and policy prescriptions from two major opposing schools of thought: Classical and Keynesian. We continue with a study of money, interest rates and the Federal Reserve. Current economic problems and policy debates including economic controversies on the role of international trade, monetary and fiscal policy, the deficit, economic growth, and productivity are also highlighted.

EC 103 Principles Microeconomics

LSC: Social and Institutional Dimensions of Human Behavior

Introduction to how economists interpret the everyday decisions of consumers, businesses, and workers. Develops concepts and models that explain what is produced, how it is produced, and how output is distributed. Applies the insights of economic analysis to real-world questions such as minimum wage, business profits, taxes, outsourcing, and environmental policies.


EN 101 College Writing

In this workshop course, constant writing allows students to develop ease in writing, practice academic writing, and experience all aspects of the writing process: considering and understanding purpose and audience; generating ideas; gathering and organizing material; finding and sustaining a focus; developing a thesis; making arguments; using evidence; citing sources; doing multiple revisions; and editing for clarity, style, and correctness.

Environmental Studies

BI-110 - Topics: Environmental Science

LSC: Processes of Scientific Reasoning

The goal of this course is to help students develop an understanding of the basic scientific principles and concepts underlying healthy ecosystem and biosphere functioning and sustainability. With this knowledge students can become active participants in moving toward a more sustainable society helping to devise sustainable development that allows us to meet our present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.


HI 103 U.S History since 1865

LSC: Historical Studies

A survey of American society and culture from 1865 to the present. An emphasis will be placed on social history and popular ideologies. Students will consider the ways that family structure, immigration patterns, labor, religious traditions, civil rights, women's liberation, and other related factors have continued to affect our nation.


MA 120 Elementary Statistics

LSC: Quantitative Reasoning

The material and techniques of statistics are an essential background for many fields, and for all of modern life.  We will learn to describe sample data about probability distributions including the Normal distribution (which you may know as the bell curve), and about line of best fit correlation and regression.  We will also study the topic that comes to your mind first when you think about statistics: sampling and drawing conclusions from those samples, called hypothesis testing and statistical inference.  At the end of the course we will cover the related topic of Chi-square tests.

MA 104 Pre-Calculus

A study of logarithms, exponentials, functions, graphing, polynomial and rational functions, conic sections, trigonometric functions, inverse trigonometric functions, and trigonometric identities.

Political Science

PO 285 Comparative Politics

LSC: Global Issues that Impact the Common Good

What is a nation state? Capitalism? Authoritarianism? This course provides an introduction to comparative political analysis and central concepts in this field. The course will investigate political development and contemporary politics, governments and policies of countries around the world.


PS 101 General Psychology

LSC: Social and Institutional Dimensions of Human Behavior

An introduction to the field of psychology, its methods, major perspectives, theories, and area specialties, with emphasis on the normal adult human being. The course explores basic psychological areas such as biopsychology, perception, learning, motivation, developmental, personality, social, abnormal, and therapies.

PS 250 Social Psychology

LSC: Social and Institutional Dimensions of Human Behavior

This course focuses on individuals and how their thoughts and behaviors are influenced by the presence, real or imagined, of others. The course will include topics such as the self, social cognition, social influence, group dynamics, prejudice, attraction, helping behavior, aggression and conflict.

PS 320 Psychology and Law (Forensic Psychology)

Forensic Psychology examines psychological research, methods, theory, and practice as they apply to the legal system. Topics include psychopathy, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder, media violence, the psychology of police, mistaken eyewitness testimony, criminal profiling, false confessions, assessments of competence and insanity, jury decision making, punishment and sentencing, and juvenile and adult corrections. These issues and others are explored through an examination of the relevant court cases and decisions, media coverage, and empirical literature.


SO 101 Introduction to Sociology

LSC: Social and Institutional Dimensions of Human Behavior

This course is an entry level introduction to the basic institutions of society (education, religion, the economy, etc.) and an examination of culture, population, groups, the individual, socialization, social stratification, interpersonal interaction, and community. The "sociological imagination" and standard methods of research and theories are included. 

Online Courses 2015

ID 498 Internship - 4cr. Mandatory informational meeting
(see list below for dates and times)
May 18 - July 3 (first session)
July 6 - August 14 (second session)
ID 499 Internship - 4cr. May 18 - August 14, dates will vary for individual internship applications
MJD 413 Internship in Media Studies, Journalism and Digital Arts - 4cr. Mandatory informational meeting Thursday, April 9, 5:45-6:30 pm or by apt. with instructor, Dates vary between May 11 and August 14, according to individual internships.

Online Course Descriptions

ID 498 Internship
Instructor: Paul Olsen (first session) or Karen Popovich (second session)

Mandatory informational meeting - you must attend one of this meetings:

  • Monday, February 23rd from 12:15 - 1:15 pm in the Vermont Room
  • Monday, March 9th from 4:30-5:30 pm in the Farrell Room(Specifically for Business Students)
  • Thursday, March 26th from 4:45 - 5:45 pm in the Vermont Room
  • Wednesday, April 8th from 5:00 - 6:00 pm in the Farrell Room
  • Tuesday, April 21st from 12:00 - 1:00 pm in the Vermont Room

Description: If you are planning to do an academic internship this summer, register for ID 498.  If you have previously taken or are currently enrolled in ID 498 or BU 498, register for ID 499.  You must also secure an internship site and submit the required Internship Application to the Internship Coordinator by Friday April 24th.  For more information on all internships, please contact Meg Sealey, Internship Coordinator at or 802.654.2549.
Prerequisite: 2.0 GPA/Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors only/Internship applications must be submitted to the Internship Office before taking the course/Open only to students who have not previously completed or are not currently enrolled in BU 498 or ID 498.

ID 499 Internship
Instructor: Staff

Description: The online Internship is designed to support the internship site experience and assist with the integration of learning from the theoretical to the practical by providing a means of reflection and learning. This course offers students the opportunity to share their internship experiences and concerns in a team setting and includes opportunities to develop personal and professional skills. Assignments and online discussions will be related to the internship experience.
Prerequisite: 2.0 GPA/Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors only/Internship applications must be submitted to the Internship Office before taking the course

MJD 413 Internship in Media Studies, Journalism and Digital Arts
Instructor: Allison Cleary
Mandatory Informational Meeting: Thursday, April 9, 5:45-6:30 pm
(Bergeron 113)

Description: Working in collaboration with media professionals at media organizations and in corporate and non-profit media students put theory into practice by producing media in a professional work environment. Possible activities include producing and distributing media, i.e. websites, articles, films, brochures etc. planning and staging media events; researching and evaluating public relations campaigns; and optimization studies. The internship gives students a practical context in which to examine and interpret issues and concepts they have studied in their Media Studies classroom courses.

Pre-requisite: Permission of Instructor required.

International Study Courses 2015

AH 280 Culture & Society in Medieval Burgundy - 4cr.
  **Study tour is full for listed term, no longer accepting applicants
May 16 - June 3
AN 335 Media Nomads: Youth, Television, Trekking in the Buddhist Himalayas - 2cr. June 6 - June 22
ES 244
Environmental Study of Sustainable Places - Wales Field Trip - 2cr.
**Study tour is full for listed term, no longer accepting applicants
May 14 - May 28
MJD 226 Chinese Media and Culture: China - 2cr. May 12 - May 26
PO 353 Applied Health and Development Approaches in East Africa:Tanzania -2cr. May 14 - June 10

International Study Course Descriptions

AH 280 Culture & Society in Medieval Burgundy
Instructor: Terryl Kinder and Marie-France Nelson

LSC: Historical Studies or Study of Christian Tradition and Thoughts
Satisfies Experiential Learning requirement
Description: An 18-day academic study-abroad course in Burgundy, France, focusing on the historical, political, artistic, religious, literary, cultural, and social developments of medieval Burgundy. Based in Pontigny, students travel every other day to cities, abbeys, castles, cathedrals, museums, and archaeological sites which are examined in preparatory classes.
Optional Applied Language Component

AN 335 Media Nomads: Youth, Television, Trekking in the Buddhist Himalayas
Instructor: Adrie Kusserow and Robert Lair

LSC: Global Issues that Impact the Common Good
Satisfies Experiential Learning requirement
Prerequisites: AN 233

Description: Students explore the processes of globalization and the pressure to modernize among youth in Ladakh, northern India, a Himalayan Buddhist community.  Research will focus on Buddhist youth, the influence of television, tourism and global media.  Students divide time between living at a high school teaching media literacy workshops/conducting student interviews, and trekking.

ES 244 Environmental Study of Sustainable Places- Wales Field Trip
Instructor: Jeff Ayres and Jonathan Silverman
LSC: Global Issues or Artistic Experience
Satisfies Experiential Learning requirement
Prerequisites: ES 243

Description: This two-week study abroad course in May focuses on how Wales in the United Kingdom has integrated ecological sustainability throughout its culture, institutions, art, and policies.  Cultural and environmental field studies, on-site guest lectures, exchange of research and artistic projects with University of Wales students and faculty will complement coursework.

MJD 226 Chinese Media and Culture: China
Instructor: Traci Griffith and Robert Williams
Satisfies Experiential Learning requirement
Description: Our Beijing, China trip will be the culmination of a semester-long course in MJDA program on 21st century Chinese media and culture. The trip will involve a comparative cross-cultural perspective on the ways in which 21st century Chinese media users use new digital media platforms for work and play, news  and information sharing, and how different Chinese individuals and organizations - the dissident artist Ai Wei Wei, the LongBow documentary film group, or the Chinese Communist Party - utilize the Internet for information sharing and surveillance.

PO 353 Applied Health and Development Approaches in East Africa: Tanzania
Instructor: Patricia Siplon and Jon Williamson
Satisfies Experiential Learning requirement
Prerequisites: PO 352
Description: This service learning course includes an intensive two week field course based at the Ilula Orphan Program (IOP) in Iringa, Tanzania.  Students will travel to Tanzania to observe first-hand the development challenges related to HIV/AIDS, water scarcity, education and poverty being addressed by the IOP.  The service learning component of the course will involve updating the IOP’s educational and development materials, including the web site, and producing at least one completed grant application.  Students will be expected to complete this work in a one-week work session following completion of the two weeks in-country.