Summer Courses For Every Interest

Embrace summer by taking a UW Colleges class on campus or online
By UW Colleges

Summer break is just around the corner and you're probably coming up with ways to make the most of it. The summer months are a great time to hit the lake, catch a baseball game or take a trip. If you're looking to have it all, to have some fun and get ahead, UW Colleges summer courses are perfect for you.

Enrollment for UW Colleges' summer session is open now, and you can take classes at a local campus or through UW Colleges Online. These classes are a great way to stay on track for graduation and take part in a learning experience unlike any other. Here are some unique courses UW Colleges has to offer, whatever your interest: 

1. Leadership in Adventure Education and Outdoor Pursuits

Spend 5 days hiking, camping, rock climbing and exploring southern Wisconsin in this excursion-focused field course through UW-Baraboo/Sauk County.  This Health Science course is open to students across the state, and will teach participants leadership skills while they take in the natural beauty of summer time in Wisconsin.  

Student looking out over lake

2. Natural History of Wisconsin

If you can't make it to southern Wisconsin, check out UW-Barron County's course on our state's natural plant and wildlife history. You'll develop knowledge and awareness of Wisconsin's natural resources and participate in field trips to unique locations like the Apostle Islands and the Flambeau Flowage area.

Apostle Island rocks

3. Public Policy: Power, Conflict, Choice

Are you interested in politics and meeting the leaders of our country? If so, this unique opportunity through the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service is for you. Offered through UW-Marathon County, UW-Marshfield/Wood County, UW-Richland, UW-Rock County and UW-Waukesha, students will spend three weeks in Madison and Washington D.C. learning how our government works and developing leadership skills. If you've been trying to find an engaging summer experience that'll help you get ahead, this course has you covered. 

History lecture

4. Choose a variety of astronomy courses

If recent blockbusters are any indication, space is a hot topic. If you're interested in space, but don't know where to start, a variety of our campuses offer astronomy courses that'll pique your interest. Whether it's a Survey of Astronomy at UW-Rock County; Stars, Galaxies and the Universe at UW-Washington County; or Mysteries of the Universe at UW-Sheboygan, there's an interesting lesson on space waiting for you.

Photo of outer space

5. Film studies on love, crime and killers

Speaking of blockbusters, if you're a movie buff you can brush up on your knowledge in film studies classes at a number of our campuses. Learn more about how films depict topics like love at UW-Fond du Lac, crime at UW-Baraboo/Sauk County or serial killers at UW-Manitowoc.

Students listening to lecture

6. Social Aspects of Sport

Every year millions of Americans tune into major sporting events like the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals and more. More than just entertainment, sports play a role in areas like childhood development, social status, and economic conditions across the country. This course offered at UW-Fox Valley takes a closer look at how sports, from youth organizations to the professional level, impact our lives.

Students outside with football

7. Internship in Communication and Theatre Arts

Students looking for a valuable summer experience outside the classroom need look no further than UW-Marinette, which offers a unique opportunity in television news. Students will get hands on experience in broadcast news, while keeping a work journal of their experiences in the field. This course gives students the chance to learn in a real-life setting while knocking out credits toward graduation.

Student listening to lecture

8. Online options galore

Don't see any summer classes for you at your local campus? Don't live close enough to campus to make the trip? There are plenty of course options at UW Colleges Online! You can work these classes into your summer schedule and your credits will transfer to any school in the UW System. With a variety of options and the assurance your credits will count no matter where you go, there's no reason not to try out a summer class!

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