The Ultimate List: Courses to Take Online During Summer Break

The Ultimate List: Courses to Take Online During Summer Break
Beth Dumbauld

Danika Rockett, Ph.D.

For students, summertime is often associated with summer vacation, but many adult learners also choose to spend this time working on their degree path.

College students take summer classes for a variety of reasons: Maybe you need a prerequisite before starting a program in the fall, perhaps you didn’t pass a course taken the previous spring, or maybe you just want to check some required courses off your list.

If you’re looking to complete courses this summer while still leaving some time for summer fun, consider selecting a course that can be done in a quicker time frame.

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While there is never a guarantee that you’ll be able to complete a course quickly--this depends on many factors, particularly how much time you are able to devote--here is a list of courses that StraighterLine students often complete in a month or less:

course_cultural_anthropolgyANTH101: Cultural Anthropology

This course provides a solid introduction for students who are new to the branch of cultural anthropology.

Topics include anthropological theories, ethnocentrism and culture, language and communication, economic and political systems, kinship and descent, race and ethnicity, globalization, and others. This course is commonly taken for humanities and/or social science general education credits.

course_united_states_history_IUSHIST101: United States History I 

This course focuses on the US prior to 1861. Students learn about European exploration and colonization of the New World and examine the impact on Europe, Africa, and the young United States.

The emergence of political, religious, economic, and social institutions is discussed. Specific causes of the American Revolution are examined, as is the resulting impact on politics, the economy, and society up to the Civil War.

course_medical_terminologyMEDTERM101: Medical Terminology

A popular course for students planning to pursue a nursing or other health science degree, this course introduces elements of medical terminology, including the etymology of terms.

Student learn to identify and explain the terms used for the integumentary, respiratory, nervous, reproductive, endocrine, urinary, digestive, lymphatic, hematic, immune, and musculoskeletal systems. Students also define and describe the function of each system of the body. 

course_intro_religionREL101: Introduction to Religion

This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of cultural religious phenomena in a global world.

Commonalities and differences among religious traditions and contexts are analyzed, and various religious traditions and points of view are compared and contrasted. Philosophical formulations, sacred writings, religious experiences, ethics, rituals, and art are also discussed. This is a popular course for students needing humanities credits. 

course_intro_philosophyPHIL101: Introduction to Philosophy

This course is a critical introduction to the field of philosophical inquiry. It examines the history of Western thought, from the famous Greek philosophers up to cutting-edge intellectuals of today.

Thematic topics include metaphysics, epistemology, free will and determinism, evil and the existence of God, personal identity, ethical values, and political philosophy. The course concludes with an analysis of different perspectives, including Eastern philosophies, and post-colonial thought. 

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What About Enrolling in English Composition?

While some StraighterLine courses are often easier to complete in a shorter amount of time, some courses typically require more time for students to complete--this is often due to elements such as lab reports, presentations, and/or written work that must be evaluated by the highly qualified faculty who work as subject-matter experts in the courses.

With this in mind, here are a few courses you might avoid if your goal is to get done ASAP. If you do have more time to dedicate, these courses are among the most important college courses you can take, and will help set the stage for college success:

course_english_comp_IENG101: English Composition I

While this course provides an excellent in-depth approach to various writing genres, it does require students to write a selection of essays including a comprehensive research paper. Due to the amount of writing and qualitative feedback, this course may require some additional time to complete successfully.

course_english_comp_IIENG102: English Composition II

Similar to ENG101, this course requires students to write a minimum number of essays. In addition, students must read and write about the novel Frankenstein, which can add some time for successful completion.

BUS105: Business Communicationcourse_business_communication

A very popular course, BUS105 requires students to use a professional tone to write a selection of business-style documents, all of which are graded by subject-matter experts. 

In addition, the science lab courses (Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, Physics) will often require additional time for completing the experiments and having your lab work graded.

Our grading policy is that you should expect your written work to be evaluated within a window of 3 - 5 business days, so it’s a great idea for you to work this into your schedule as you plan for these courses.

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Danika Rockett, Ph.D., is a course manager at StraighterLine specializing in English composition and communication. As a former English and Technical Communication professor, she manages all courses that involve qualitative assessment; she also helps develop and improve course content.  She has nearly 10 years of university teaching experience, both online and in the classroom.

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