Summer Sessions at Trinity College Expand to Include More Than 40 Courses

New Summer Institutes Extend Learning Beyond the Classroom; Registration Open Now

​Hartford, Connecticut, April 12, 2017 – Trinity College is expanding its Summer Sessions this year by offering more than 40 summer courses during the two summer sessions, including several Summer Institutes that extend learning beyond the classroom. These opportunities encourage students to explore new topics, focus on fulfilling a requirement, or sharpen their skills.

The new Trinity Summer Institutes are small courses, ranging in size from 10 to 20 students and led by a dedicated faculty director. The institutes are intended to creatively connect students to real-world issues and the unique offerings of the city of Hartford and its surroundings. As part of the coursework, some of the institutes will take students to Hartford museums and concerts; others, for example, will study in Connecticut state parks or at the United Nations in New York. Students in an institute might interact with guest experts, work on projects, or collaborate actively in labs across STEM fields, the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Among the diverse topics of the Summer Institutes are engineering, urban studies, human rights, music, art and politics, entrepreneurship, and an Institute called “American Writing & Academic Culture” offered specifically for international students.

Students will have access to a series of optional workshops for academic and professional success. The tuition for Summer Institutes is $2,975 per credit, including all fees for required trips and activities; tuition for regular courses is $2,775. Some financial assistance is available. Click here for the full roster of undergraduate courses offered this summer, including all institute descriptions and regular courses. Graduate courses are also available during the summer, as are Summer Study Away options.

Sonia Cardenas, dean of academic affairs and strategic initiatives and professor of political science, said in offering more courses during the Summer Sessions, Trinity hopes to expand opportunities for students, ease the enrollment pressures of courses that are in high demand during the regular academic year, and free up students and faculty to explore new areas. “Students often welcome taking courses in the summer so they can focus attention on them,” Cardenas said. In addition, she said, “The institutes provide a space for highly engaged learning experiences, taking students outside of the traditional classroom in ways that aren’t always possible during the regular academic year.”

Each summer session is six weeks long. Classes and institutes are open to Trinity students, undergraduates from other colleges, exceptional high school students, and college graduates and professionals interested in taking a graduate course. The first session runs from May 31 to July 13; the second session runs from July 17 to August 29. Courses are offered during both day and evening hours.

Priority registration for Summer Sessions begins on April 10 and ends on May 17. Registration for undergraduates from other colleges and high school students will open on April 20.

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