Summer Session Course Information

Summer Session II  2021


Summer Session I information will be open to Holy Cross students only.  Additional information can be found on the Registrar's webpage.

Summer Session II information may be found below.

Quick Facts

  • Summer Session II is a six week session runs July 6 - August 13, 2021.
  • Courses taught, with office hours, by Holy Cross faculty.
  • Courses have same standards/expectations as seen during academic year.
  • Tuition: $2,395 per 1.0-unit course (plus additional fees, where appropriate).
  • No federal financial aid available; very limited Holy Cross financial aid may be available to Holy Cross students by application.
  • Permission to take two courses requires the approval of a class dean.
  • Course can be taken P/NP at same cost (but do not count toward 32 course requirement unless uncovered before graduation).
  • Course grade factors into Holy Cross 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-June, the course will be canceled and all payments will be refunded.


Enrollment by applicants who are not currently matriculated students at Holy Cross is subject to acceptance by the College, available seating in courses, and approval by the individual professors.  To enroll in a summer session II course, submit this form.

Students from other Colleges/Universities and these students will need to submit a completed authorization form from their home institution; this form will need to be approved by Holy Cross before enrollment is permitted.

Financial Aid

Limited financial aid is available. To be considered for aid, please submit this form.

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Deposits accepted beginning – April 16, 2021
  • Open enrollment for Holy Cross students beginning –  April 16, 2021
  • Open enrollment for students from other colleges/universities (authorization form required) beginning -  April 23, 2021
  • Financial Aid application for Holy Cross students available – April 20, 2021
  • Financial Aid application due – Rolling until June 15, 2021
  • Financial Aid decisions announced - within 2 weeks of submission
  • Full tuition payment due – June 15, 2021
  • You may add a course up to the beginning of the second day of class.
  • Last day to drop without record - July 9, 2021
  • Last day to elect Pass/No Pass (standard P/NP policies apply) – July 16, 2021
  • Last day to withdraw, with W posted to transcript - August 6, 2021


Tuition deadlines will be announced shortly.

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


Tuition - $2,395 per 1.0-unit course

Contact Information

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The following courses are planned for Summer Session II 2021:

ACIP 199 "Leadership in The Sports" (1.0 units)

Mode of Instruction:    In Person 
Class Meeting Times:    MR 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. & T 9 - 11 a.m. (EDT)
Instructor:    Robert Prior
Prerequisites:    None
Common Area:    None
Major, Minor, or Concentration Credit:    None
Note:      Students will participate in an internship for 8-10 hours per week; 30% of the final grade for the course will be based on internship evaluations.

This course examines the qualities and skills necessary to lead a successful sport organization.  Students will research the sports industry and identify current and past leaders of sport organizations who have made a lasting impact on the industry with their respective leadership philosophies.  Strategic planning, goal setting, motivation, creative problem solving, effective communication and teamwork will be examined and practically applied through sports industry focused projects and activities. 

BIOL 210 "Microbiology for Allied Health" (1.25 units)

Mode of Instruction:    In Person
Lecture Times:    MWF 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. & T 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. (EDT)
Lab Times:    TR 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (EDT)
Instructor:    Julia Khodor
Prerequisites:    BIOL 161 & CHEM 181
Common Area:    Natural Science
Major, Minor, or Concentration Credit:    None
Note:      This course is often required for entry into professional and graduate Health Professions programs.
Lab Fee: $595

A comprehensive introduction to microbiology. This course provides an overview of microorganisms, including their structure and function, growth, ecology, genetics, taxonomy, and evolution. Emphasis is placed on prokaryotes and viruses of medical significance. The laboratory emphasizes pure culture methods, diagnostic microbiology, and physiology.  Includes laboratory.

ECON 149 "Statistical Analysis" (1.0 units)

Mode of Instruction:    In Person
Class Meeting Times:    MTRF 9 - 11 a.m. (EDT) 
Instructor:    Victor Matheson
Prerequisites:    None
Common Area:    Mathematical Science
Major, Minor, or Concentration Credit:    Statistics requirement for Economics & Accounting majors, Anthropology & Sociology majors, Psychology majors; Health Professions

This course introduces probability and statistics. After covering the basic summary statistics, the course transitions into the construction and the rules of probability, such as the permutations and combinations, addition law, multiplication law, conditional probabilities, and Bayes's Theorem. This knowledge is necessary for the study of random variables, which is the focus of the remainder of the course. Within random variables, topics include discrete random variables, continuous random variables, probability distribution functions, cumulative probability distribution functions, expected values, variances, sampling, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, and the Central Limit Theorem. The course concludes with an introduction of least squares estimation that focuses on interpretation of the estimates and goodness-of-fit.

ENGL 299 "The Eighteenth Century on Film" (1.0 units)

Mode of Instruction:    Online
Class Meeting Times:    MW 1 - 4 p.m. & R 1 - 3 p.m. (EDT) 
Instructor:    Melissa Schoenberger
Prerequisites:    None
Common Area:    Arts or Literature
Major, Minor, or Concentration Credit:    None
Note:  Designed for students interested in 200-level non-major English courses.

The period known as the “long eighteenth century” (1660–1832) has perpetually attracted the attention of filmmakers, who use this era both to teach their audiences about past cultures and to comment on the excesses, instabilities, and ironies of the modern age. In this course, we will study recent films set in the long eighteenth century, such as Restoration (1995), which takes up the challenging years of the 1660s as plague and fire ravaged London; Zama (2017), which depicts the aspirations and frustrations of a Spanish colonial administrator in Argentina; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Ang Lee’s critically acclaimed film set in eighteenth-century China; and Amazing Grace (2006), which recounts political attempts to abolish the British slave trade. In addition to viewing these and other films, we will also read literature written during the period, such as Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year (1722); The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano (1789); and The Dream of the Red Chamber, written across several decades by Cao Xueqin and published in 1791. Together, the films and texts featured in this course will help us better understand what the world looked like three hundred years ago, at the same time that they will offer us ways to answer the question of why this period remains important for creative minds today.

HIST 122 "Food, Power, Environment" (1.0 units)

Mode of Instruction:    In Person (remote students permitted)
Class Meeting Times:    MWR 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (EDT) 
Instructor:    Christopher Staysniak
Prerequisites:    None
Common Area:    Historical Studies
Major, Minor, or Concentration Credit:    Environmental Science major/minor; History major

This class covers the history of American food from farm to fork with breaks from the past to explore a present snapshot of greater Worcester's food system, including the challenges and changes presented by our current extraordinary moment. This will include a mix of lectures, cooking (from home!), and presentations from a variety of industry and non-profit guest speakers. Mealtime will never be the same!

PHIL 299 "Troubled Minds:  Ethics of Trauma" (1.0 units)

Mode of Instruction:    Online
Class Meeting Times:    MTWR 12 - 2 p.m. (EDT) 
Instructor:    MaryCatherine McDonald
Prerequisites:    None
Common Area:    Philosophical Studies
Major, Minor, or Concentration Credit:    Philosophy major/minor; PCON concentration

After trauma, we can find traces of the past in the way we see the world, in our behavior as we relate to others, and even in our genes. But what, exactly, is trauma? And what does it mean to be traumatized? This course examines the very nature of trauma from the perspectives of philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience. While looking critically at the history of the study of trauma, we will turn our focus on the ethical dimensions of understanding and treating trauma. What can we - and what ought we - to do about trauma and our troubled minds? Students pursing all majors are encouraged to take this course.

PHYS 101 "Introduction to Astronomy" (1.0 units)

Mode of Instruction:    In Person (remote students permitted)
Class Meeting Times:    MTWR 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (EDT) 
Instructor:    Robert Garvey
Prerequisites:    None
Common Area:    Natural Science
Major, Minor, or Concentration Credit:    None
Note:  Limited to non-science majors only.

Motions of celestial bodies; the sun, Earth and moon; other terrestrial planets; Jovian planets; asteroids and comets; nebular model for the origin of the solar system; stars and stellar systems; Milky Way galaxy; the universe and the big-bang model. Non-science majors only.

RELS 118 "New Testament" (1.0 units)

Mode of Instruction:    Online
Class Meeting Times:    MTRF 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. (EDT) 
Instructor:    Tat-siong Benny Liew
Prerequisites:    None
Common Area:    Religious Studies or Historical Studies
Major, Minor, or Concentration Credit:    Religious Studies major/minor; GSWS concentration

Introduction to early Christian literature and thought in light of the historical, literary, and religious milieu of the Greco-Roman world, including Judaism. Topics discussed include the diverse of representations of Jesus, the emergence of the category "Christian," and the genres of New Testament and other early Christian books. Contemporary approaches are addressed, but the primary focus is the ancient texts themselves.


VAST 105 "Digital Art Studio 1" (1.0 units)

Mode of Instruction:    Online
Class Meeting Times:    MTWR 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (EDT) 
Instructor:    Rachelle Beaudoin
Prerequisites:    None
Common Area:    Arts
Major, Minor, or Concentration Credit:    Visual Arts - History major; Visual Arts - Studio major/minor

A hands-on introduction to digital imaging using Adobe Creative Cloud.  Generate and manipulate images and files within an artistic context.  Think creatively, work digitally and examine the potential of digital art making as a new form of art.  In addition to class projects and critiques, students discuss contemporary artists who use the computer in their work.