Learn Dance, Programming, Psychology and More at New College This Summer

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JANUARY 26, 2015

Learn Dance, Programming, Psychology and More at New College This Summer


Summer vacation is three months long – plenty of time to hit the beach or take a family trip. So consider taking four or six weeks to get college credit or simply study in any of 15 subjects offered in New College’s 2015 Summer Program.

New College of Florida is offering classes in fields ranging from dance, mythology and psychology to chemistry, computer programming and statistics. (A full list follows.)

The summer program aimed at college students looking to accelerate their studies, high school juniors and seniors who want to start getting college credit, or post-college adults simply interested in learning a subject. Students have the option to take the classes for credit or non-credit, and can receive transfer credit for the courses at their home colleges.

The classes are either four or six weeks in length, for two or four credit hours. Students can register for more than one course. All classes will start on June 8 unless otherwise noted, and finish on either July 3 or July 17. Most classes will meet three or more times a week. On campus-housing is available for current New College students, although there is no food service.

Registration is now open and continues through April 30. For in-state students, a four-credit course costs $768.40 and a two-credit course costs $384.20. For out-of-state students, a four-credit course costs $3,327.16 and a two-credit course is $1,663.58.

Brief descriptions of the courses are below. For detailed course information and links for online registration, visit http://www.ncf.edu/summer-courses.


“Classical Mythology”
Professor: Carl Shaw
Four weeks, four credit hours
Course size: Minimum of 25 students

In Classical Mythology, students will explore the major myths of ancient Greece and (to a lesser degree) Rome through literary and visual sources.

“Dance for Parkinson”

Professor: Leymis Wilmott
Six weeks, two credit hours
Course size: Minimum of three students
Students will learn how to be a dance assistant using a tactile approach, which prepares students to be a certified teacher or assistant. Students will gain an understanding of Parkinson’s disease and its physical and mental challenges.

“Modern Dance Class: Five Pioneers”
Professor: Leymis Wilmott
Six weeks, two credit hours
Course size: Minimum of nine students
This class introduces students to the basic elements of Modern dance using technique and style of some of the pioneers of modern dance: Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Lester Horton and Katherine Dunham.

“New Testament Greek”
Professor: David Rohrbacher
Four weeks, four credit hours
Course size: Minimum of 15 students
Students will learn to read the Greek of the New Testament, sometimes known as Koine Greek, in this intensive, four-week course. No prerequisites or previous study of Greek required.


“Student Engagement Experience: Sarasota”
ProfessorKimberly Franklin
Six weeks, four credit hours
Course size: Four to 20 students
Through exposure to the broad range of opportunities in Sarasota, students will design and implement a personal engagement plan, which will include an internship, community service and/or other experiences.
Natural Sciences

“Coral Reef Issues”
Professor: Sandra Gilchrist
June 28 to July 19, 2015, four credit hours. Course size: Four to 20 students. Note: In addition to tuition, students must pay for their transportation to Honduras as well as housing/facility with meals (about $2,500).
A study abroad course in Honduras. Reef environments provide the opportunity to understand how the land and ocean environments are connected. Students will learn about general ecology of reefs. They will engage in projects that use underwater photography and field collection techniques. We will be stationed at Cayos Cochinos, a part of a reef reserve area.

“General Chemistry I”
Professors: Suzanne Sherman and Venus Dookwah-Roberts
Six weeks, four credit hours
This course is the standard first semester of a two-semester general chemistry sequence, including lab. It is designed for science students and others interested in chemistry-related fields, such as environmental science.

“Introduction to Mathematics for the Sciences”
Professor: Travis Lee
Six weeks, four credit hours
Course size: 10-40 students

This introductory-level class covers algebra and trigonometry. This course prepares students for the calculus sequence and for studies in the natural sciences.

“Introduction to Programming in Python”
Professor: Travis Lee
Six weeks, four credit hours
Course size: 10-20 students

This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to Programming in Python. The course is at the introductory level, no prerequisites and no prior programming experience is assumed.

“Mathematical World”
Professor: Travis Lee
Six weeks, four credit hours
Course size: 10-40 students

Introduction to selected areas of mathematical sciences through application to modeling and solution of problems involving networks, circuits, trees, linear programming, random samples, regression, probability, inference, voting systems, game theory, symmetry and tilings, geometric growth, comparison of algorithms, codes, and data management.

Social Sciences

“Abnormal Psychology”
Professor: Anne Fisher
Six weeks, four credit hours
Course size: 15-35 students

This course will focus on descriptions, theoretical explanations, research evidence and treatment of maladaptive behavior. The impact of clinical disorders upon individuals and their treatment modalities will be discussed.

“Connecting Vision and Innovative Practices: Lessons from Social Justice Leaders, Organizations, Movements and their Communities”
Professor: Rachel Rosner
Four weeks, two credit hours
Course size: Minimum of 10 students

This course explores conceptual frameworks to understand the state of the social justice ecosystem and apply them to practices in the field and how leaders, organizations, campaigns and movements are innovating to meet the challenges they navigate every day.

“Forensic Psychology”
Professor: Brooke Butler
Six weeks, four credit hours
Course size: Minimum of 10 students
This course will focus on the legal context, research and applications surrounding the interaction of psychology and the law, from pretrial issues to post-conviction relief.

“Introduction to Psychology”
ProfessorCatherine Cottrell
Course size: Minimum of 15 students
This introductory course provides an overview of the major fields within psychology with an emphasis on understanding psychology as the scientific study of human thought, feeling and behavior.

“Introduction to Statistics”
Professor: Travis Lee
Course size: Minimum of 10 students
This course will introduce students to applied statistics in the social and behavioral sciences. It will employ a conceptual approach to using descriptive and inferential statistics.

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New College of Florida is a national leader in the arts and sciences and is the State of Florida’s designated honors college for the liberal arts. Consistently ranked among the top public liberal arts colleges in America by U.S. News & World ReportForbes and The Princeton Review, New College attracts highly motivated, academically talented students from 40 states and 15 foreign countries. A higher proportion of New College students receive Fulbright awards than graduates from virtually all other colleges and universities.

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