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Bucknell Expands Summer Session Course Offerings

May 5, 2020

by Mike Ferlazzo

Summer Session 2020 features nearly 50 course offerings. Instruction for all summer courses will continue to take place remotely due to public health concerns. Photo by Emily Paine, Bucknell University

As so many have had their academic and summer plans disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Bucknell University has responded by expanding its summer course offerings by nearly 10 times the number of courses that were originally planned — and, for the first time, opening classes to Bucknell alumni, high school students and others.

While instruction for all summer courses will continue to take place remotely due to public health concerns, there are now nearly 50 classes across 24 academic departments being offered from May 25 through July 3. 

"We recognize that many summer plans have been disrupted by the pandemic and many students are seeking academic opportunities during this time as a result," says Bucknell Provost Elisabeth Mermann-Jozwiak. "In response, our faculty have stepped forward to create additional summer classes, greatly expanding our course offerings across the disciplines. They present a wonderful opportunity for students to satisfy core curriculum requirements, fulfill upper-level classes in their major, and enjoy popular courses that fill up quickly during our regular term."

Several courses will offer students new insights on the world around them by touching on topics related to the pandemic, including "Zombie — from Slavery to Pandemics," taught by Professor Clare Sammells, anthropology; "Wildlife & Emerging Infectious Diseases," taught by Professor DeeAnn Reeder, biology, a leading bat virologist; and "Netflix — Reinvention of TV," taught by Jennifer Hessler, postdoctoral fellow in English — film/media studies; among others. The complete list of courses being offered this summer can be found here.

Other courses offer students the chance to obtain required credits toward their major or build valuable life skills, such as the Personal Finance course being led by accounting Professor Stacy Mastrolia of the Freeman College of Management.

All courses qualify for Bucknell credit, and will be noted on a student or alumnus' official Bucknell transcript. For high school students, credits can be transferred to the college or university they eventually attend. 

Registration is now open until May 25. Information about how to register and registration forms can be found here.

Summer tuition is competitively priced. A limited amount of need-based financial aid is available for the summer 2020 term. Students should contact the Office of Financial Aid at to see if they are eligible for financial assistance.


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