Summer Courses

New summer courses available for incoming Wooster students!

We know that many students can’t wait to get started as students at Wooster. We are excited to announce two free summer distance-learning courses this July for all newly-enrolled first-year and transfer students.

Both courses count towards your Wooster degree and feature faculty from across the College, who will showcase what is truly distinctive about how students engage in learning at the College of Wooster—through dynamic conversations across disciplines, interactive engagement with alumni, and attention to how what we learn in the classroom impacts our everyday life.

Descriptions for the courses are below. Each course counts for one-half credit. Courses run from July 6-25. 

From Birth to Death: Health and Healing (0.5 credits)

IDPT-19919: M, W, Th from 9:00-10:20 AM

This course will examine concepts of health and illness through the lens of the humanities, social sciences and biosciences. We will study how societies manage healthy bodies as well as those that are “diseased,” taking into account different experiences based on gender, race, socio-economic strata, and stage of life. The course will cover topics such as reproductive health, eugenics, epidemics, aging and death, bioethics, and pain management. Students will take away from this class an understanding of the complex relationship between healthcare structures and the embodied experiences of different populations.

Comics, Clickbait and Consumer Culture: Media and Everyday Life (0.5 credits)

IDPT-19920: T, W, Th from 1:00-2:20 PM

This course examines the media as a social institution by providing an overview of print, electronic and digital media forms. It reviews the role of media, film and advertising industries in society and the ways in which they collectively influence local, national and global cultures. Therefore, this course provides media literacy and criticism skills. As it considers the role that media plays in various disciplines in the humanities, the social sciences, and the sciences, the course also serves as an introduction to multi-disciplinary thinking. The course will focus on four distinct but interrelated areas: (1) Visual communication, culture and storytelling (we will examine topics ranging from comics and graphic texts to the links between visual culture and science); (2) Film aesthetic and film industry; (3) Advertising and consumer culture (we will examine topics ranging from the role of advertising in our culture to online shopping); and (4) Social media.


Students may sign-up for one of the two available courses during their scheduled ARCH meetings in June. If you are scheduled to attend the August ARCH session, please contact Reon Sines-Sheaff in the Office of Admissions to indicate your interest by June 26, 2020.