Summer Scholars Program Courses

Students in the Summer Scholars Program will take one 3-credit course during the two-week period that will meet Monday through Friday for three hours a day. Students in this program will take classes alongside current college students.

Students will be expected to complete approximately 5 hours of pre-work through an online communication website prior to the beginning of class. This may include discussion boards, papers, or another way that students can demonstrate their knowledge.

*Course offerings are subject to change. Contact us at summerscholars@fairfield.edu with any questions.

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  1. Biology: Identity and the Human Genome (Professor Olivia Harriott)
    This course introduces scientific and social aspects of human genetics. Topics of discussion include the structure and function of genes, human genetic diversity, Mendelian inheritance, and the ethical and legal issues related to emerging genetic technologies.

  2. Communication: Family Communication (Professor Maggie Wills)
    In this course students come to understand how families are constituted through symbolic processes and interaction; explore the verbal and non-verbal communication behaviors that are developed and preferred in different kinds of families; learn various theories for understanding family interactions at the individual, dyadic, group, and systems levels; analyze family communication patterns using established theories and methods; connect family dynamics to social trends and processes including the roles of the mass media and popular culture; and explore ways culture, class, gender, and sexuality affect and are affected by family structures, roles, and communication patterns.

  3. Economics: Introduction to Microeconomics (Professor Phil Lane)
    This course analyzes the behavior of individual consumers and producers as they deal with the economic problem of allocating scarce resources. The course examines how markets function to establish prices and quantities through supply and demand, how resource costs influence firm supply, and how variations in competition levels affect economic efficiency. Topics may include antitrust policy, the distribution of income, the role of government, and environmental problems. The course includes computer applications.

  4. English: Creative Writing (Professor Ioanna Opidee)
    This course fosters creativity and critical acumen through extensive exercises in the composition of poetry and fiction.

  5. Film: American Films of the 90's (Professor Elizabeth Haas)
    Whatever is happening in the country culturally and historically, one way or another finds its way into the popular media. This course examines how the films of a given 10-year period consciously and unconsciously reflect the era in which they were made.

  6. Finance: Personal Finance (Professor TBA)
    This course covers financial decision-making from a personal standpoint. The course examines investments including stocks, bonds, housing purchases, and mutual funds with an emphasis on the elementary financial principles of risk and return. Other topics include life, health, and other insurance needs, and pension and estate planning.

  7. Philosophy: Introduction to Philosophy (Professor Kris Sealey)
    The aim of the course is to introduce students to the vocation of wonder and questioning by engaging students in discussions about some of the basic questions of philosophy. Students will read texts from historical and contemporary writers, and will be asked to develop their own skills of thinking, reading, and writing critically.

  8. Sociology: Race, Gender, and Ethnic Relations (Professor Margo Ramlal-Nankoe)
    This course analyzes sociological and social psychological dimensions of race relations, ethnic interaction, and the changing role and status of women. It focuses on the American scene but also examines problems of women and minorities in other parts of the world and their importance for world politics. It also considers what sociologists and social psychologists have learned about improving dominant/ minority relations.

  9. Studio Art: Photographic and Digital Techniques in Printmaking (Professor Jo Yarrington)
    This course introduces traditional and experimental approaches to printmaking. It encourages development of imagery and technique, and emphasizes context through the medium. Areas explored include photographic transfer methods, digital imaging, mono-prints, silkscreen, and etching. 

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For studio art supplies, we recommend visiting Jerry's Artarama in Norwalk, 360 Main Avenue, (203) 846-2279. Please ask about discount for students.