Courses

Purdue University offers more than 500 courses during the Summer Session. However, we recommend enrolling in courses not offered during high school to help expand your horizons. Some of our popular options are listed below.

On-Campus
Agricultural Economics (AGEC) 21700: Economics - National economic problems such as unemployment, recessions, inflation, taxation, bank interest rates, the growth of government, monetary systems, and a rising national debt are discussed along with the principles, policies, and institutions for solving these macroeconomic problems. 3 credits.
American Sign Lanaguage (ASL) 10100: A basic introduction to American Sign Language. This course introduces students to the tools for mastering the grammar at a basic expressive and receptive level. Introduction to cultural and historical aspects of ASL and the deaf community. 3 credits.
Art and Design (AD) 10600: Design II - Three-dimensional fundamentals: concepts and processes. Studio problems introduce design concepts, vocabulary, and construction skills applicable to continued study in a variety of visual disciplines. Includes introduction to a variety of 3-D media and 3-D computer graphics concepts. 3 credits.
Anthropology (ANTH) 21000: Technology and Culture - This course explores the social dimensions of technology from the perspective of ancient, modern, and post-modern society. Topics include the origins of particular technologies; processes of technical development and dissemination; the politics of everyday artifacts; virtual identities; and technologies of the body. 3 credits.
Biology (BIOL) 11000: Fundamentals of Biology I - This course is designed primarily to provide an introduction to the principles of biology for students in agriculture and health sciences. Principles of biology, focusing on diversity, ecology, evolution, and the development, structure, and function of organisms. Students must complete a high school biology course prior to enrollment. 4 credits.
Communications (COM) 11400: Fundamentals of Communication - A study of communication theories as applied to speech; practical communicative experiences ranging from interpersonal communication and small group process through problem identification and solution in discussion to informative and persuasive speaking in standard speaker-audience situations. 3 credits.
Philosophy (PHIL) 11000: Introduction to Philosophy - The basic problems and types of philosophy, with special emphasis on the problems of knowledge and the nature of reality. 3 credits.
Psychology (PSY) 12000: Elementary Psychology - Introduction to the fundamental principles of psychology, covering particularly the topics of personality, intelligence, emotion, abnormal behavior, attention, perception, learning, memory, and thinking. As part of their learning experience, students participate in psychological experiments. 3 credits.


Online
African American Studies (AAS) 27100: Introduction to African American Studies - Introduction to the philosophical and methodological principles underlying Afro-American studies. Dimensions of the black experience, including history, education, politics, psychology, economics, religion, social organization, and art, will be covered, and the requisite academic tools and sources will be examined. 3 credits.
Computer and Information Technology (CNIT) 13600: Personal Computing Technology and Applications - This course provides an intermediate coverage of PC technology and problem solving. Topics include computer hardware, operations and ethics, and operating systems and environments. Students will gain hands-on skills with applications such as desktop and file management; word processing; spreadsheets; presentation graphics; electronic mail; personal information management; and internet browsing, searching, and publishing. 3 credits.
Earth and Atmospheric Science (EAPS) 12000: Introduction to Geography - Introduction to the major themes of modern geography, designed to enhance your spatial thinking skills, geographic literacy, and to help you understand the relevance of geographic concepts and how they relate to our changing world. This course will expand your awareness of global issues and provide you with tools to understand how the world around you changes at local, regional, and global scales. 3 credits.
Management (MGMT) 20000: Introductory Accounting - The objectives of the course are to help students: (1) understand what is in financial statements and what the statements say about a business, (2) identify the business activities that caused the amounts that appear in the statements, and (3) understand how, when, and at what amount the effects of manager and employee actions will appear in the statements. 3 credits.
Mathematics (MA) 15800: Precalculus - Functions and Trigonometry - Functions, Trigonometry, and Algebra of calculus topics designed to fully prepare students for all first semester calculus courses. Functions topics include Quadratic, Higher Order Polynomials, Rational, Exponential, Logarithmic, and Trigonometric. Other focuses include graphing of functions and solving application problems. Students must have completed a precalculus or higher course during high school to enroll. 3 credits.
Philosophy (PHIL) 11100: Ethics - A study of the nature of moral value and obligation. Topics such as the following will be considered: different conceptions of the good life and standards of right conduct; the relation of nonmoral and moral goodness; determinism, free will, and the problem of moral responsibility; the political and social dimensions of ethics; the principles and methods of moral judgment. Readings will be drawn both from contemporary sources and from the works of such philosophers as Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Butler, Hume, Kant, and J. S. Mill. 3 credits.
Political Science (POL) 22300: Introduction to Environmental Policy - Study of decision making as modern societies attempt to cope with environmental and natural resources problems. Focuses on the American political system, with some attention to the international dimension. Current policies and issues will be examined. 3 credits. 
Political Science (POL) 23700: Modern Weapons and International Relations - This course introduces students to the roles that modern weapons systems play in contemporary international relations. 3 credits. 

Visit the Think Summer website for a full list of course options. 

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