Accelerated online courses offered for Maymester

For students who waste no time getting an education, USF will begin offering online summer courses this May that will take place over three weeks.

Maymester will run from May 11 to 29. Because of the accelerated nature of the classes, students can only enroll in one Maymester course and may only take one overlapping Summer A or C course. 

Owen Hooper, the assistant director for the program, said Maymester is an Office of Student Success initiative with an emphasis on career readiness by getting students one step closer to graduation.

“Students can take three credits for their major and have the rest of summer really open to completing what they label as successful for them,” he said. “It sets them up for going home, working a job, doing an internship or studying abroad.”

However, Hooper said students need to look at Maymester for what it is — a normal 16-week course condensed into a three-week session — and not enroll in one half-heartedly.

“Students should know that every day they will have assignments that are due, there will be reading that needs to be done to be successful,” he said. “We encourage students to have already taken an online course before enrolling in Maymester.”

There are no prerequisites required for any of the classes offered, and all majors are welcome to enroll. Some classes are prerequisites for courses necessary to some majors. Courses include: 

Intro to 3D Printing for Cultural and Natural Heritage (ANT 4930/GLY 4930/EVR 4930)

An introduction to the modeling software and equipment used in commercial 3-D printing that further examines how a concept turns into a printed model.  It also explores how the technology can be used in various industries.

Basic Marketing (MAR 3023)

A course that teaches key marketing principles, concepts and terminology. The class also delves into common marketing strategies, such as product, pricing, promotion and distribution, as well as examining the relationship between marketing and other aspects of a business.

Music Culture: Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll (MUS 4930)

A study of how the three topics reflected and shaped popular culture throughout history. The course specifically reviews the 1940s through the 1960s, such as how racial tensions and the Cold War coincided with rock music.

Survey of Jazz (MUH 3016)

A survey that teaches students to appreciate the art form both for its musical merit and its historical roots. It is designed to teach about the historical and cultural forces in the U.S. that gave rise to some of the most talented musicians the jazz world has ever seen, as well as exploring how the genre continues to evolve to this day.

Selected Topics in Art: Visual Literacy (ART 2930)

A course that promotes visual literacy by allowing students to create visuals instead of essays to explore deep concepts. Some examples include comic books, television shows, Internet memes, film and photography. 

Drugs and Crime (CCJ 4651)

An examination of the prominence of drugs in the U.S. and how they affect American society. It also explains the legal side of drug crimes, such as the punishment for using and selling drugs.

Intro to Health Professions (HSC 2000)

An exploration of the wide variety of health professions. The course also looks at the differences between health care systems around the world and the constant state of health care reform.

Health Promotion for an Aging World (GEY 4935)

A course that teaches how aging affects promotion of health, as well as an evaluation of health promotion campaigns.  

The Life Cycle (DEP 2004)

An analysis of how people change from conception to death. The course teaches developmental psychology, emotional changes and common milestones throughout life, as well as the role of nature versus nurture.

Child Development in a Global Context (EDG 4909)

An examination of how children in different cultures learn different skills and attitudes. The course also emphasizes the importance of education and recreation to a well-adapted child across all cultures.

Equity in Schools and the Workplace (EVT 4651)

A course on how diversity, such as gender, race and ethnicity, benefits schools and the workplace. It further examines how prejudice can have a negative impact on inequity in school and work.

ESOL III — Language Principles, Acquisition and Assessment for English Language Learners (TSL 5242) 

A comprehensive overview for instructors of English Language Learners and how to help learners develop literacy skills. The course also explains how to to teach American cultural competency.

Internet in Education (EME 6053)

A graduate level course on how to create an effective Web page. It expands on such topics as recording podcasts, social media collaboration and Web page design advice.

Literature in Childhood Education (LAE 4414)

An analysis of children’s literature that studies its history, authors and illustrators. It also examines how children’s literature reflects culture as a whole and aids in the development of its youth.

Career Development for Today (SLS 2401)

A course that advises how to navigate one’s career choices and how to consider the decisions necessary in today’s job environment. Such advice includes how to effectively search for a job, give a good job interview and how to write a resume and a cover letter.

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