Summer Courses Online

By Elizabeth Gerke

Hi again everyone! I am writing about my experiences with the online courses that The George Washington University offers during the summer. This is probably of interest to those of you who may have fallen behind on one or two requirements or are just interested in getting ahead!

GW offers some of the same courses that they offer during the regular school year throughout the summer online.  They are mostly six-week courses (the summer is divided into two sessions of six weeks each) and are all worth their usual credit amounts, be it 3 or 4 credits. They also fulfill the same requirements that they would during the regular school year.  These courses,  run mostly through your online Blackboard portal, can be a great way to take courses that you know will count for college credit while satisfying your GW major requirements as well – all while balancing a job and/or other summer activities! You don’t need to be on campus, in D.C., or even in the United States to take these courses – so long as you have access to the internet, you are good to go.

Professors are very available to talk via email and usually respond quite quickly. One heads up though is that the content of these courses are the same as when regularly offered at GW, so still cover the same amount of material but in just six weeks during the summer.  This means that the courses do require a fair bit of reading and time, but I have found that they are really worth it.

I took two courses online last summer and I am now in my second online course again this summer. Last summer I took ENGL 081 W – Intro to Creative Writing and REL 120 – Religions Wage Peace. Both of these courses counted towards my Humanities and Creative Arts requirements and I was able take these courses while having an internship at the same time! This summer I am at the same internship while balancing two more courses. These are HIST 182 – US Diplomatic History and GEOG 127 – Population Geography. So far I have really enjoyed my courses and am very satisfied with my decision to take them online during the summer.

If you are interested in learning more about what GW has to offer for summer online courses or anything else related to the summer take a look at their website

Elizabeth is a rising junior majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in Contemporary Cultures and Societies.  She is also pursuing a second major in Philosophy-Public Affairs and a minor in Applied Ethics.

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