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Summer Session Course Information

2019 Summer Session Information

Summer courses are not available to students in the Class of 2023.

Quick Facts

  • Six week session June 3-July 12, 2019.
  • Course options to be posted in mid-January.
  • Courses taught, with office hours, by Holy Cross faculty.
  • Courses have same standards/expectations as seen during academic year.
  • Tuition: $2,395 per course (plus additional non-refundable 1.5-unit course fees and performance ticket fees where appropriate).
  • Non-refundable deposit of $250 is required to enroll.  Any additional non-refundable fees are also due at the time the non-refundable deposit is made.
  • No federal financial aid available; very limited Holy Cross financial aid is available to Holy Cross students by application.
  • Limited on-campus housing is available to Holy Cross students (for an additional charge).
  • 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 unless it is 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-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.



Enrollment begins February 22nd for Holy Cross students and extends to the first day of classes. Enrollment begins March 1st for 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.  No students will be able to enroll until the non-refundable deposit has been paid. 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. Non Holy Cross students will be enrolled by the Registrar's Office and will receive an email confirmation once enrollment has been completed.


Students are required to pay a $250 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 one 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.

For courses with additional non-refundable fees, these fees are due at the time the non-refundable deposit is made. 

Paying the Deposit

There are three options for paying the deposit:

  1. Electronically - a link will be available beginning February 22nd. Online payments are available via Go to the middle of the page where it states “Make a Payment Here”.  Open up the grey box and select Summer Session.
  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 Holy Cross summer aid for Holy Cross students.  Aid will ordinarily be considered for only one course.  Applications for financial aid for tuition only may be submitted through the following link, between February 22nd and March 20th: Summer Session Financial Aid Application.

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 limited on-campus housing available for Holy Cross students during the summer (for an additional charge). Housing is not guaranteed.  Summer Session housing begins Sunday, June 2 and ends Sunday, June 14 at a flat-rate cost of $870. The Summer Session housing cost will not be pro-rated for students who arrive after June 2 or leave prior to June 14.  The application for housing will be available in mid-March. Information will be available online here. Students will be notified as to the availability of housing for Summer Session in late-April.  Specific assignments will be relayed at a later date. 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

The Summer meal plan is available at a cost of $500 and includes 50 Kimball swipes, plus $100 dining dollars.  Additional 10-packs of swipes can be purchased at a discounted rate of $8 per swipe. 

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Deposits accepted beginning – February 22
  • Open enrollment for Holy Cross students beginning –  February 22
  • Open enrollment for students from other colleges/universities (authorization form required) beginning - March 1
  • Financial Aid application for Holy Cross students available – February 22
  • Housing application for Holy Cross students opens – mid-March
  • Financial Aid application due –  March 20
  • Financial Aid decisions announced - April 5
  • Housing application for Holy Cross students due –  April 18
  • Housing availability decisions announced – late-April
  • Full tuition payment due – 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 –  June 14
  • Last day to withdraw, with W posted to transcript–  June 28


Tuition is due by May 15. You will be dropped from the course for nonpayment and will not receive your deposit back. 

To enroll after May 15, full payment of tuition (which included the $250 nonrefundable deposit) within one day of enrollment is required. You will be dropped 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 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 - $2395 per course
1.5-Unit Course Additional Fee - $200
Performance Tickets Fee - $100
Housing - $870 for Summer Session period

Contact Information

For additional information or questions, email us at:


(Updated January 15, 2019) 

CHEM 142: Chemistry of Food

Class Meeting Times: TWR 9-12
Instructor: Professor Bianca Sculimbrene

Prerequisites: None. This class is suited for non-science majors. Students may not enroll in this course if they have previously taken Chemistry 181.

Requirements Fulfilled: Natural Science Common Area

This course addresses the chemical components of food and the chemical processes involved in cooking. Have you ever wondered why Julia Child whips egg whites in copper bowls? why certain foods expand during cooking? Or why different recipes require different oven temperatures? We will look into the science that explains these food wisdoms by a combination of lecture, discussions, and food-chemistry experiments. We will also discuss the nutrients in food, how they are enhanced or altered by cooking, and the role this plays in human nutrition.

CHIN 255: Chinese Culture Through the Camera’s Eye

Class Meeting Times: MWF 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Instructor: Professor Jingjing Cai

Prerequisites: None. All films screened for the course have English subtitles, so knowledge of Chinese is not needed.

Requirements Fulfilled: Cross Cultural Common Area; Chinese Major and Minor; Asian Studies Major or Minor

From silent classics of the early Republican period to independent films of the “Six Generation,” from socialist cinema of the Mao era to recent “post-socialist” cinema, the development of Chinese cinema has been inextricably linked to profound sociopolitical and cultural changes. This course seeks to help students situate filmic texts within their social and cultural contexts and learn to respond to films critically. Students will look at representative visual texts together with secondary critical materials. Topics we will address include the origin of Chinese film industry, revolution and desire in political dramas, trauma and memory in the “Fifth Generation” cinema, representations of femininities and masculinities, class and identity in the age of market reform and globalization. The goals of the course are: 1.To develop an understanding of Chinese culture in the 20th and 21st centuries. 2. To become acquainted with the cultural, political, and historic issues that weave their way through Chinese cinema. 3. To develop an awareness of the language of film, including the cinematic techniques that directors use to convey meaning on the screen. Students will be evaluated on class attendance, in-class discussion participation, individual and group presentations, pop quizzes, and a final reaction paper.

ECON 199: Statistical Analysis  (pending curriculum committee approval)

Class Meeting Times: MWF 9:00-12:00
Instructor: Professor Robert Baumann

Prerequisites: None

Requirements Fulfilled: equivalent to ECON 249 for Economics or Accounting majors; PSYC 200 for Psychology majors; SOCL 226 for Sociology majors; it also fulfills the health professions requirement in statistics, the introductory requirement to Statistics Minor, and the Math Common Area.

This course introduces probability and statistics. The first third of the course covers summary statistics and probability theory results such as Bayes Theorem. The remainder of the course analyzes random variables, which includes probability distribution functions, expected values, variances, sampling, ANOVA, hypothesis testing, and the Central Limit Theorem. The course concludes with an introduction of least squares estimation. At each topic, the course explores both the theoretical background and their application to real data sets using Excel and other statistical software.

HIST 299: US Protest Movements and Social Change

Class Meeting Times: MTWR 10am-12pm
Instructors: Professor Stephanie Yuhl and Professor Selina Gallo-Cruz

Prerequisites: None. Students may not enroll in this course if they have previously taken HIST 101 – US Social Movements (Fall 2018) or SOCL 299 - Social Movements and Social Change (Fall 2018).

Requirements Fulfilled: History or Social Science Common Area (pending curriculum committee approval); History Major; Sociology Major

Sit-ins and black power. Draft card burnings and marches. Consciousness raising and guerilla street theater. Protest in the “long” 1960s (1955-1975) forever changed American society. And yet, injustice and oppression are universal elements of human experience.  We all acknowledge this, but what makes a person do something concrete about it? How is power resisted and how is power maintained?  How does social/political change happen?  How do groups organize and movements/strategies come into being? This course brings together history and sociology to examine the three modern US social movements -- black civil rights, New Left/anti-war, and gender/sexual rights/liberation -- and explore their continued relevance to current social justice efforts. Paying particular attention to the choices and activism of college students, we will explore how different groups mobilized to resist oppression while those in power pushed back to maintain the status quo. Through films, documentaries, memoir, an array of historical sources, and excursions into Worcester activist spaces, together, we will explore the historical and sociological frameworks of social change and their applicability to contemporary social problems. Throughout, we will interrogate our own sense of what is possible in a democracy.

PSYC 100: Introduction to Psychology

Class Meeting Times: MTWR 9:30-11:30 am
Instructor: Professor Daniel Bitran

Prerequisites: None

Requirements Fulfilled: Social Science Common Area; Psychology Major; health professions requirement in psychology.

Introduction to psychology is a survey course that will acquaint you with the methods in psychological research, issues in biological psychology, altered states of consciousness (sleep, circadian rhythms), learning and memory, emotion, motivation, abnormal psychology and therapeutic approaches, and social psychology.

PSYC 199: Introduction to Psychology and Sociology (1.5 credits)
Class Meeting Times: MTWR 9:30-11:30am and TR 12:30-2:30
Instructors: Professor Daniel Bitran and Professor Renee Beard

Prerequisites: None. Students may not enroll in this course if they have previously taken PSYC 100 or SOCL 101.

Requirements Fulfilled: Social Science Common Area; Psychology Major; health professions requirements for both psychology and sociology.

Additional Fee: There is a separate non-refundable fee of $200 for the additional course credits.  This fee is due at the time the non-refundable deposit is made.

This course is comprised of a full course in introductory psychology (see PSYC 100) and an abbreviated course in introductory sociology suitable for students interested in health professions: this course will cover the research methods, core concepts, theories and disciplinary approach of sociology with particular attention to health and illness. By making linkages to the field of health psychology where possible, students will be introduced to a broad survey of both fields, with an emphasis on the sociology of health and medicine in particular. Students will explore micro experiences of illness, mezzo social relationships in the context of heath, and macro structural forces at play in the landscape of modern American medicine. The course grade is a weighted average from morning psychology classes and afternoon sociology classes.

THEA 199: The New England & New York Theatre Experience

Class Meeting Times: TWR 11:00am-1:00pm
Instructor: Professor Scott Malia

Prerequisites: None

Requirements Fulfilled: Arts Common Area; Theater Major

Additional Fee: There is a separate non-refundable fee of $100 for subsidized tickets to attend 6 off-campus performances. This fee is due at the time the non-refundable deposit is made. Travel to performances will take place on most Wednesdays and students must be available for travel spanning the entire day and evening.

This course will introduce students to the breadth of theatre available to them in New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and here in Massachusetts.  Students will do supplementary readings, viewings and writings based on the selected artists featured in the show selections to develop their artistic and critical perspectives.