Catch up, speed up and get ahead with summer classes

Catch up, speed up and get ahead with summer classes

Summer 2021 is on the horizon. Are you considering taking a summer class but don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered.

Summer classes are your friend AND a great way to stay on track – or get back on track – for graduation. And they allow you to choose the path that best suits your plans for the warmer months: Take advantage of the “extra” hours in the day with a flexible course that demands only a few hours daily. Knock out requirements for your major. Take that difficult class you’ve been putting off. (Seriously. It’s time.) Choose your own adventure!

So whether you’re hoping to take care of remaining KU Core credits, refine your creative skills or learn something totally new — like a second language — you’re sure to find a summer class in the College that’ll fit your needs and help you get ahead.

Need some direction? We have some ideas.

Take a fun elective in the KU Core

There are more than 160 classes available during the summer that will fulfill a KU Core requirement. (Yep, we counted them all.) Whatever topics you’re most interested in, there’s sure to be a College class in the KU Core that’ll spark your curiosity. With topics ranging from the Black experience in America and U.S. politics to oceanography and the environment, there’s no shortage of ways to expand your knowledge and take care of those credits this summer.

Explore KU’s list of approved Core classes here.

Want some more suggestions? Check out our list of 11 Core classes that’ll pique your interest and 19 classes you didn’t know you could take in the Core. (Note: Not all of these classes are available for Summer 2021. Check KU’s schedule of classes.)

Get creative!

Need a new artistic outlet in your life? Want to flex your creative muscles and make interesting work you’ll be proud of? Whether you’re aspiring to master a new medium or just curious about various forms of expression, there are plenty of College classes that’ll encourage you to think outside the box and help you get in touch with your creative side.

Have a story to tell? (We all do.) Take a writing course. Do you consider yourself a visual learner? Get an introduction to the basics of drawing. Movie lover? Gain a better understanding of the aesthetics of film. Interested in connections between the arts and society? Immerse yourself in theatre’s pop culture influences.

There are so many opportunities to learn alongside your classmates and explore your creativity. For starters, check out classes in the departments of Film & Media Studies, Theatre & Dance, Visual Art, Art History and English. We have a feeling you’ll find a class you’ll love. (Trust us, we do this for a living.)

Learn a new language

There are nearly 7,000 languages spoken in the world today. In today’s global society, learning a new language — even the basics — can give you a competitive edge in the job market, provide you with insights into the cultures that different languages represent and help you gain a greater appreciation of the world and your place within it.

Learning a foreign language opens up your worldview. It gives you access to new literature, new music and new art. Combining foreign language skills with other areas of expertise multiplies job opportunities, opening up travel-filled career paths in business, technology, diplomacy, journalism, education, the military and countless other fields.

Your journey to learning a new language at KU starts here.

Still not sure what to take? Talk to your advisor!