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Summer Session Course Information

Summer Session Information


Quick Facts

  • Six week session June 5-July 14, 2017.
  • Advertised only to Holy Cross students.
  • Twelve courses to choose from (based on student survey responses).
  • Courses taught, with office hours, by Holy Cross faculty.
  • Courses have same standards/expectations as seen during academic year.
  • Tuition: $2325 per course (plus lab and studio fees where appropriate).
  • Non-refundable deposit of $250 (per course) is required to enroll.
  • No federal financial aid available; very limited Holy Cross financial aid available by application.
  • Limited on-campus apartment style housing is available ($145/wk).
  • Permission to take two courses requires the approval of a class dean.
  • Course can be taken P/NP at same cost (but does not count toward 32 course requirement and it can be uncovered at any time before graduation).
  • Course grade factors into HC GPA if taken for letter grade.
  • Each course must have a minimum number of students enrolled to run.
  • After tuition due date, it will be determined if each course will run. If enrollment does not reach the necessary minimum by mid-May, the course will be canceled.
  • Library will be available during posted summer hours but Academic Services and Learning Resources and other support offices (including Health Services, Disability Services and Counseling Center) will not be accessible to students over the summer.
  • Students seeking accommodations through the ADA for summer courses at Holy Cross should contact The Office of Disability Services as soon as possible but no later than May 1, 2017.


Enrollment begins February 15 and extends to the first day of classes. You will not be able to enroll until you have paid the deposit. Within one business day of the deposit being credited to your account, the Registrar’s Office will activate you for summer session and you will be able to enroll in a course through STAR. You will be notified by the Registrar’s Office as soon as you have been activated to enroll for summer.


Students are required to pay a $250 (per course) nonrefundable deposit to secure a spot in a class. Only under the following circumstances will a refund of the deposit be allowed:

  1. The class is canceled by the College and there is not another class the student wishes to enroll in.
  2. The student attempts to enroll in a class within 1 week of making the deposit and the class is full.

The deposit will not be refunded if the student decides not to enroll in a summer class or if the student attempts to enroll in class more than one week after making the deposit and the class is full.

Paying the Deposit

There are three options for paying the deposit:

  1. Electronically – click here and choose the option College of the Holy Cross - Summer Session under the "Make a Payment" section.
  2. In person – visit the Bursar’s Office, O’Kane 159, Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Be sure to specify that it is a deposit for summer.
  3. By mail – send check or money order to the Bursar’s Office – be sure to specify that it is a deposit for summer: Bursar’s Office, One College Street, Worcester, MA 01610

Please note: the deposit cannot be made via wire transfer.

Financial Aid

There is no federal financial aid available for summer courses. There will be very limited summer aid from Holy Cross. The application can be found here.  You will be directed to sign into your Holy Cross e-mail to access the form.  Aid will ordinarily be considered for only one course.   
If you require financial aid to be able to take a summer course, we advise that you not pay a deposit until after you know your financial aid status.  Remember, the deposit is nonrefundable.


There will be very limited apartment-style, on-campus housing available for summer school; housing is not guaranteed. The cost is $145 per week for the 6 week session. The application for housing will be available in mid-March. Information can be found at For questions, please contact the Residence Life office at 508.793.2411.
If you require on campus housing to be able to take a summer course, we advise that you not pay a deposit until after you know your housing status. Remember, the deposit is nonrefundable.

Dining Services

There are no meal plans available during the summer. Dining locations and hours will be posted on the Holy Cross Dining website at (note there are no dining services on the weekends).

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Deposits accepted beginning – Wednesday, February 15
  • Open enrollment beginning – Wednesday, February 15
  • Financial Aid application available – Wednesday, February 15
  • Housing application opens – Tuesday, March 14
  • Financial Aid application due – Monday, March 20
  • Financial Aid decisions announced - April 6
  • Housing application due – Wednesday, April 19
  • Housing decisions announced – April 22
  • Full tuition payment due – Monday, May 15
  • You may add a course up to the beginning of the second day of class.
  • You may drop a course (removed from record) before the third day of class.
  • Pass/No Pass declaration – Friday, June 16
  • Last day to withdraw, with W posted to transcript– Friday, June 30


Tuition is due by Monday, May 15. You will be withdrawn from the course for nonpayment and will not receive your deposit back.
To enroll after May 15th, full payment of tuition (which included the $250 per course nonrefundable deposit) within one day of enrollment is required. You will be withdrawn from the course for nonpayment. You need to contact Kelly O’Brien at so that you can be activated to enroll.

Tuition Refunds

If the College cancels a class, the tuition will be refunded 100% (including deposit)
If you decide to drop the course before the second class meeting, you will receive 100% of the tuition (minus the $250 per course deposit)
If you decide to drop the course before the third class meeting you will receive 50% of the tuition (minus the $250 per course deposit)
If you decide to drop the course on/after the third day of class, you will not receive a refund.


Tuition - $2325 per course
Science Lab Fee - $200
Art Supply Fee - $70
Housing - $145 per week

Non-Holy Cross Student 

College students currently matriculating at institutions other than Holy Cross must submit an application to enroll in summer course(s). A separate form is required for each summer course. Financial aid and/or campus housing will not be available.


Summer 2017 Schedule PDF

Courses available for enrollment in February (Updated Dec 10, 2016) 

Rob Bellin
BIOL-299: Principles of Biochemistry
This course covers the fundamentals of biochemistry as they specifically relate to health professions related fields of advanced study. In comparison to the BIOL-301 and CHEM-301 “Biochemistry” course offerings, this course will include an increased emphasis on developing an integrative understanding of metabolic pathways as they relate to human health and disease.

Common Area: This course is intended for non-biology and non-chemistry majors looking to fulfill their need for a biochemistry course for professional program admission, but with less prerequisites than we require for the major-oriented BIOL-301 and CHEM-301 courses.
Program Requirement: None
Enrollment cap: 30

Schedule: MTRF 9:00 AM -11:00 AM


Robert Garvey
PHYS-199: Introduction to Meteorology

This course deals with the scientific principles that can explain many of the weather phenomena we observe throughout the year. The extent of weather phenomena covered will be fairly extensive. Very little mathematics will be used and knowledge of physics is not necessary.

Prerequisites: None
Common Area: Natural Science
Program Requirements: None. Open to only non-science majors.
This course counts as environmental science for the ENVS minor.
Enrollment cap: 20

Schedule: MTWR 9:00 AM -11:00 AM


Eric Fleury
POLS-299: Terrorism

This course will examine the use of terror as a tactic to achieve political objectives. It will trace the development of terrorist violence through the study of historical and contemporary examples, and evaluate definitions and perceptions of terrorism as a crime, act of war, or form of social protest. It will also compare theoretical understandings of terrorism based on ideological motivation, social dynamics, strategic logic, and other variables. Particular emphasis will be given to current dimensions of terrorism and counter-terrorism, and the factors that favor the success or failure of each.

Prerequisite: POLS-103: Introduction to International Relations
Common Area: Social Science
Program Requirements: International Studies, specifically International Conflict & Conflict Resolution
Enrollment cap: 20

Schedule: TIME CHANGE: MTR 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Renee Beard
SOCL-199: Soc and Psych Persp on Health

This course will cover the research methods, core concepts, theories and disciplinary approaches sociology, and to a lesser extent, psychology take on various health-related topics. It will introduce students to a broad survey of these two fields, with an emphasis on the sociology of health and medicine in particular.

Prerequisites: None.
Common Area: Social Science
Program Requirement: fulfills SOCL-101 requirement for Sociology major; can count as one of two sociology electives allowed for Anthropology major.
Open only to students who have not taken SOCL- 101 may enroll in this course.
Enrollment cap: 15

Schedule: TWR - 12:00 PM -3:00 PM


Daina Harvey
SOCL-299: Food, Beer, and the Environment

This course will look at the relationship between food and beer in the environment, with a particular emphasis on New England. Students will be able to take advantage of my ongoing research in the local craft beer scene with visits to local breweries, farms, and maltsters. They will be able to assist me in constructing interview questions and carrying out interviews. We will also visit (and be visited by) local food producers and personnel in the nonprofit farming community. Taking advantage of the summer, this course will be field intensive and interactive with the local community.

Prerequisites: None
Common Area: Social ScienceProgram Requirement: Course counts as an elective towards the Sociology major or as one of two sociology electives allowed for the Anthropology major. ENVS major: As a social science, arts, or humanities course (Requirement 11) or as an upper level elective in any discipline (Requirement 13 or 14); ENVS minor: As a non-science environmental course.
Enrollment cap: 19

Schedule: MWF 12:00 PM-3:00 PM

Elizabeth Inman

Elements of Spanish 
This course provides an introduction to basic elements of the Spanish language and the culture of the Hispanic world. Student will complete 6 chapters of grammar and vocabulary and will be required to submit assignments designed to develop essential language skills: reading, writing, speaking, listening. Additionally, students will attend practicum sessions for conversation and practice of the assigned material. Content and Writing evaluations will be administered online in a lab setting. This course counts as the equivalent of SPAN 101 and serves as a prerequisite for SPAN 102.

Prerequisites:  For students with up to a year of exposure to basic Spanish in high school or for whom 2 or more years have passed since they took an Elementary Spanish course in high school (as their highest course studied in Spanish). Permissions could be granted on an individual basis after consultation with instructor.
Common Area: Language
Program Requirements: Spanish major
Enrollment cap: 12

Schedule: lecture TWR -10:00 AM -11:30 AM  practicum: TWR 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
plus required hours for testing in campus computer lab on Mondays 2-4 (alternate appointments will be considered).