Summer and January Courses

Roberto Mugnani, Director

Amy Nichols, Senior Administrative Assistant


Merrill House
413-538-3478
https://www.mtholyoke.edu/professional-graduate/courses

Overview and Contact Information

During the summer and in January, graduate and undergraduate courses are offered through Mount Holyoke's Professional and Graduate Education (PaGE) programs. Courses are available for academic credit, professional development, and personal enrichment. 

Courses are open to students from any college or university as well as to community members. Students who are already enrolled in a PaGE Master's degree program do not need to submit a separate application to register for summer or January courses.

Students enrolled in Mount Holyoke's Bachelor of Arts programs are welcome to apply and enroll in summer and January course offerings. Credits earned by undergraduate students are not automatically applied towards degree requirements.  Credits earned through PaGE courses must qualify as transfer credits per the College's usual transfer credit policies in order to be applied toward the Bachelor of Arts degree. Grades and GPA appear on a Mount Holyoke non-matriculated student transcript and do not appear on the Mount Holyoke undergraduate or graduate transcripts.

All courses, workshops, seminars, and institutes offered through Mount Holyoke’s Professional and Graduate Education (PaGE) programs are coeducational.

Susan Daniels, Graduate, Professional Actor Training, Drama Studio London, B.A., Mount Holyoke College

Rick Feldman, M.P.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst

Leora Fridman, M.F.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst

Janelle Gagnon, M.A., Mount Holyoke College

Holly Graham, Ed.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst

Nicole Gilbert Cote, M.S., University of Massachusetts Amherst; M.A., Mount Holyoke College

Jeffrey Guiel, J.D., Western New England College School of Law

Darren Hamilton, Ph.D., University of Southampton

James Hanson, M.A.T., Mount Holyoke College

Himali Jayathilake, Ph.D., Wayne State University

Cheryl Lavigne, M.A., Mount Holyoke College

Yan Ma, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Amy Martin, Ph.D., Columbia University

Matteo Pangallo, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst

Lorna Ritz, M.F.A., Cranbrook Academy of Art

Tom Schiele, M.A., Simmons College

Mark Shea, Ph.D., Michigan State University

Gary Snyder, Ph.D., California Institute of Technology

Noah Tuleja, M.F.A., Indiana University

Nicole Michaud Wild, Ph.D., University at Albany, State University of New York

All courses, workshops, seminars, and institutes offered through Mount Holyoke's Professional and Graduate Education (PaGE) programs are coeducational.

Students who are already enrolled in a PaGE Master's degree program do not need to submit a separate application to register for summer or January courses. 

To apply as a non-degree student for summer or January courses, students will need to submit an application via the online application.

Financing

Please see Graduate Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid for further information.

Course Offerings

X.ART-246 Introduction to Contemporary Art

Credits: 4

In this course, by drawing on methods that have risen to prominence in art history since its "global turn," we will emphasize the historical contexts for various art currents. We will analyze the diverse artistic, discursive, and economic practices that have constituted contemporary art around the world since 1980. While studying artists from six continents, the class also will examine the venues in which contemporary art is exhibited. Topics will include artists in Port-au-Spain, Trinidad, and Nigeria; public art in Marfa, Texas, and Moscow; biennials in Sao Paulo and Shanghai; and art fairs in Sharjuah and New Delhi.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
A. Gilvin

X.BIOL-207 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy with Lab

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

We will study the structures that allow vertebrates to perform basic functions in an evolutionary context. We will connect the functions with day-to-day challenges for vertebrates, and we will discuss disruption such as disease and trauma. In lab we will dissect fresh frozen and formaline preserved vertebrates emphasizing mammals. A willingness to work with such preserved material is critical to your success in class. Students are expected to work in groups during class time, as well as read required chapters BEFORE class. This class requires you to memorize the names of several structures in a functional context.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
P. Brennan
Coreq: X.BIOL-207L.

X.BIOL-228 Human Physiology with Lab

Credits: 4

With humans as our primary model system, we will cover cellular and general tissue physiology and the endocrine, nervous, cardiovascular, digestive, respiratory, and renal organ system. Primary emphasis is on functional processes in these systems and on cellular and molecular mechanisms common across systems. Students will engage in class problems, lectures, and laboratory activities designed to strengthen knowledge of physiological concepts and of fundamental scientific, quantitative, and analysis skills.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
C. Gill
Coreq: X.BIOL-228L.
Advisory: Human Anatomy I expected, but not required.

X.BUS-429 Building Effective Organizations

X.BUS-429CU Building Effective Organizations: 'Inclusion and Cultural Competency'

Credits: 2

Research indicates that organizations with greater diversity and inclusion outperform their peer organizations in terms of financial performance, innovation, and the ability to develop talent. In order to build an inclusive organization, it is critical that leaders are able to understand how to effectively engage and support culture and diversity in their organizations. In this course students will learn to define, assess and enhance cultural competence in their own work, their organizations and in community efforts. Student will examine case studies, learn to conduct a strategic audit, and build a cultural competency toolkit that will focus on relevant foundational and strategic issues.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
C. Rich

X.CHEM-101 General Chemistry I

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

Introduces and develops fundamental concepts in chemical science, including stoichiometry, reactions in aqueous solutions,atomic structure, and chemical bonding. The laboratory emphasizes basic skills and quantitative chemical measurements.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
H. Jayathilake
Coreq: X.CHEM-101L.
Advisory: basic arithmetic, algebra, calculator use

X.CHEM-201 General Chemistry II

Credits: 4

Continuation of General Chemistry I. Topics include thermochemistry and thermodynamics; quantitative treatment of chemical equilibrium with applications to acid-base, solubility, and electron-transfer reactions; and chemical kinetics. Laboratory emphasizes analytical skills and experimental assessment of kinetic and thermodynamic parameters.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
H. Jayathilake
Prereq: CHEM-101 with grade of C or better. Coreq: X.CHEM-201L.

X.CHEM-202 Organic Chemistry I

Credits: 4

Introduces organic chemistry, emphasizing the principles governing broad classes of reactions. Topics include stereochemistry, nucleophilic substitution and elimination reactions, the chemistry of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alcohols, and ethers, and an introduction to infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Laboratory work includes synthesis, practice in the techniques of distillation, crystallization, chromatography, molecular modeling, and identifying unknown organic compounds by chemical and spectroscopic means.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
G. Snyder
Prereq: CHEM-201 with grade of C or better. Coreq: X.CHEM-202L.

X.CHEM-302 Organic Chemistry II

Credits: 4

A continuation of Chemistry 202 that addresses the chemistry of aromatic compounds, the carbonyl group, and a number of other functional groups. Examples drawn from compounds of biological interest. The laboratory includes organic synthesis and the identification of unknown compounds by chemical and spectroscopic means.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
D. Hamilton
Prereq: CHEM-202 with grade of C or better. Coreq: X.CHEM-302L.

X.CMPTC-101 'Computer Science 101': Problem Solving and Object-Oriented Programming

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

Computers are used every day for an enormous variety of tasks, from playing games and chatting with friends to transferring billions of dollars, delivering radiation treatments, and controlling the electrical grid. Computer programs are an essential ingredient in allowing for this grade diversity of applications. In this course, you will learn to create your own programs based on core programming concepts and analytical problem solving approoaches. You will develop dynamic programs first using Adobe Flash CS4 and AS3 (ActionScript 3), the technology behind many Web applications. The last portion of the course will teach you Java, a very popular modern programming language. We assume no prior study of computer science. Programming intensive.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
A. DeFlumere
Coreq: X.CMPTC-101L.

X.CMPTC-109 iDesign Studio

Credits: 4

Designers are continually innovating ways of incorporating technology into today's world, from projections of performance dresses to "smart" purses that sense a missing wallet. The recent emergence of low-cost, user-friendly components is making this new world of design accessible to a broad community. In this course, students will think critically about products already in the marketplace and will be given the tools to create their own designs. A sequence of hands-on workshops on electronics basics and microcontroller programming will provide the surprisingly minimal level of comfort and background in technology required to produce prototypes of these designs.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
A. St. John

X.COMM-413 Building Bridges: Facilitating Courageous Conversations

Credits: 2

Building the capacity of groups to dialogue, create, and collaborate is an essential skill in professional settings across our region, nationally, and globally. This course offers a critical introduction to the principles and the role of intergroup dialogue and facilitation in creating transformative spaces for groups to explore differences and commonalities, increase awareness as individuals and as members of various social groups, build authentic relationships and identify actions that foster perspective taking and empathy. Through intergroup dialogue, role-play exercises, and assigned readings, participants will actively learn to engage in courageous conversations and facilitate groups across social divides to work together more effectively, collaboratively and compassionately.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement

X.ENGL-227 Jane Austen in Adaptation

Credits: 4

Jane Austen's work stands almost as its own subgenre in the evolution of the novel. Happening at a moment of transitions, her work can be read formally as a bridge between the experiments of eighteenth century realism and what was just to come in the Victorian novel. Although she is often admired for her humor and satire around marriage and sex, the novels also engage with aesthetics, epistemology, and sensibility: political ideas about what constitutes beauty, what it means to know something, and how much one should feel. We will read the completed novels, some of her influences and contemporaries, and critical and theoretical contexts.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
J. Pyke

X.LANG-101JP Intensive Elementary Japanese I

Credits: 4

This course is designed for students who have never previously studied Japanese. The course will introduce the overall structure of Japanese, basic vocabulary, the two syllabaries of the phonetic system, and some characters (Kanji). The course will also introduce the notion of "cultural appropriateness for expressions," and will provide practice and evaluations for all four necessary skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
W. Tawa

X.LANG-102JP Intensive Elementary Japanese II

Credits: 4

This course follows Elementary Japanese I. The course will continue to introduce the notion of "cultural appropriateness for expressions," and will provide practice and evaluations for all four necessary skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
W. Tawa
Prereq: Intensive Elementary Japanese I or equivalent.

X.PHYS-101 Physics I

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

This algebra-based introduction to physics covers kinematics, force, Newton's laws, equilibrium, momentum, energy, conservation laws, gravitation, rotation, and oscillations. Jointly with the Physics 2 course, it will provide a good preparation for the physics components of the MCAT.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
The department
Coreq: X.PHYS-101L.
Advisory: Math competency up through but not necessarily including calculus

X.PHYS-151 Physics II

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

This is the second half of the algebra-based introductory physics sequence. Topics, drawn largely from the MCAT syllabus, include fluids and elasticity, thermodynamics, sound and light waves, electricity and magnetism, and atomic structure.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
H. Hatch
Coreq: X.PHYS-151L.
Advisory: Math competency up through but not necessarily including calculus

X.PSYCH-100 Introduction to Psychology

Credits: 4

This course provides an introduction to Psychology. How do we make decisions, form attachments, and learn a language? Can we inherit schizophrenia? Why are we fearful of some situations and not others? What factors influence the way we form attitudes or develop prejudices? This course addresses such questions to provide an overview of current research in psychology.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
N. Gilbert Cote

X.PSYCH-210 Social Psychology

Credits: 4

This course surveys a range of topics within social psychology. How do other people influence us? How do people perceive one another? How do attitudes develop and change? Under what conditions do people conform to, or deviate from, social norms? We will survey concepts across several areas of social psychology with an emphasis on empirical research evidence.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
N. Gilbert Cote

X.PSYCH-230 Human Development Throughout the Lifespan

Credits: 4

This course surveys human development from conception and infancy, through childhood and adolescence, and into late adulthood. Through consideration of major theories and current research, we will discuss the core issues of human development within the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive domains. Through guided discussion, readings, and activities, we will journey through the rapid physical and cognitive development of infancy; explore adolescence and the search for identity; examine moral reasoning in young adulthood; appraise the classic theoretical approaches to midlife changes; and attempt to define "successful aging" in late adulthood. These topics, among many others, will be addressed through a lifespan perspective as we endeavor toward understanding the remarkable human developmental experience.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
C. Lee
Notes: The course is designed to fulfill requirements for those pursuing credit within the social sciences, education, and health fields (however, students should check with their department to ensure course approval). Students of any field or level are welcome.

X.PSYCH-236 Adolescent and Adult Development

Credits: 4

When we think of human development, we often think of the period between infancy and late childhood. However, contemporary research contends that we continue to develop in crucial ways across the "other" 3/4 of our lifespan. This course surveys human development from adolescence to late adulthood through consideration of major theories and current research relating to social, emotional, and cognitive domains. We will journey through adolescence and explore the search for identity, examine moral reasoning in young adulthood, appraise the classic theoretical approaches to midlife changes, define "successful aging" in late adulthood, and identify issues that surround death and bereavement.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
C. Lee

X.SOCAN-253 Sociology of 9/11

Credits: 4

You will explore the cultural and political impact of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The media's role in constructing meanings will be a main organizing focus of the course. Using readings, discussions, assignments, and films, the course will allow you to form a picture of how 9/11 changed America and beyond.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
N. Michaud Wild
Prereq: SOCI-123.

X.WRTNG-106 Blank Slate and Blank Page: Generative Writing

X.WRTNG-106JA Blank Slate and Blank Page: Generative Writing

Credits: 2

In this course we will learn to see the opportunity in the blank page & in the outlines of the sculpture that lies within the blank slate. We will learn strategies to give ourselves the structure we need to get started. We'll work with daily prompts for writing in various creative genres, using the visual, the somatic, and the written to get us started. We'll create prompts for one another & reflect on what is most effective to get us started & keep us moving. At the end of the course, you will have a collection of prompts you can use moving forward, as well as a whole collection of rough draft work to revise on your own time.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
L. Fridman
Advisory: A minimum of one course in freshman composition, an equivalent, or proof of waiver of such a course would be ideal in order to make sure students have English reading and writing fluency.
Notes: Please note that this is a two-credit, writing-intensive course. We will do quite a bit of work in just over two weeks, so be prepared to commit to reading and writing. It is imperative that you stay on track with assignments, which will build on each other. If you fall behind with reading or assignments, you will have difficulty completing the course.

X.WRTNG-106SM Blank Slate and Blank Page: Generative Writing

Credits: 4

Do you struggle to get started on papers or creative projects? Do you love writing and want to express yourself, but feel intimidated by the blank page? In this course we will learn to see the opportunity in the blank page and in the outlines of the sculpture that lies within the blank slate. We will learn strategies to give ourselves the structure we need to get started. We'll work with daily prompts for writing in various creative genres, finding our feet via different themes each week, from ekphrastic prompts to collaboration, corporeal writing to imitation. We'll create prompts for one another and reflect on what is most effective to get us started and keep us moving. At the end of the course, you will have a collection of prompts you can use moving forward, as well as whole collection of rough draft work to revise on your own time. In the last week of our course we'll have the opportunity to learn workshopping technique and begin revising new work and providing useful, thoughtful feedback to our peers.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
L. Fridman
Advisory: This course is appropriate for those with lots of experience in writing and for those with very little experience -- the purpose of the course is to generate your own momentum in ways that will be useful for to our in both creative and academic writing. English reading and writing fluency (a first-year course in composition or equivalent).
Notes: Please note that this is a four-credit writing-intensive course. We will do quite a bit of work in just over six weeks, so be prepared to commit to reading and writing. It is imperative that you stay on track with assignments, which will build on each other. If you fall behind with reading or assignments, you will have difficulty completing the course.

X.WRTNG-201 Introduction to Creative Writing

Credits: 4

We will learn to use words as creative medium by exploring examples of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, by writing, by experimenting with our own writing, an by responding to one another's work. At the end of the course, you will have a revised manuscript in a genre you choose, experience writing in multiple genres, a vocabulary for the craft of writing, a literary community, a notebook of ideas to keep you going, and the ability to give and receive constructive feedback. It is imperative that you stay on track with assignments, which will build on each other. If you fall behind with reading or assignments, you will have difficulty completing the course.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
L. Fridman

X.WRTNG-406 Creative Inquiry and Writing a Research

Credits: 2

This course will immerse students in writing as informal research practice. Taking as our starting point contemporary American writing addressing the labor conditions of late capitalism, we will examine strategies for creative inquiry used to document and research topics not normally or officially investigated. Due to the length of this course, we'll focus particularly on short forms and generating new writing, as opposed to revision and critique. Topics to be discussed will include research as community building, fragment as form, and the collapsing of high vs low culture in contemporary American experimental writing. Students will write into a variety of forms modeled by readings from Jill Magi, Bhanu Kapil, Dodie Bellamy, Brandon Brown and Stephanie Young, among others.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
L. Fridman
Advisory: English (reading and writing) fluency is required. Previous experience with creative writing is advised, but not required.
Notes: Requirements of the coure will include daily class participation including reflective and critical posts, as well as a final portfolio of original writing.