The Ultimate List: Classes to Take Online During Summer Break

The Ultimate List: Classes to Take Online During Summer Break

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

College students take summer classes for a variety of reasons: needing a prerequisite before starting a program in the fall, wanting to make accelerated progress on a degree, or just checking some required courses off the list.

If you’re looking to earn credit this summer while still leaving some time for summer fun, consider selecting a class that can be done in a quicker time frame. On average, students complete a StraighterLine class in 33 days; many complete in under a month. The classes featured below have often been completed by students even quicker than that, sometimes in just a couple weeks!

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

Cultural Anthropologycourse_cultural_anthropolgy

Learn about anthropological theories, ethnocentrism and culture, language and communication, economic and political systems, kinship and descent, race and ethnicity, globalization, and other topics.

Students commonly take this course to earn humanities or social science general education credits.

United States History Icourse_united_states_history_I 

Explore the US prior to 1861. Learn about European exploration and colonization of the New World and examine the impact on Europe, Africa, and the young United States.

Students commonly take this course to earn humanities or social science general education credits.

Medical Terminologycourse_medical_terminology

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. 

MedTerm is 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.

Introduction to Religioncourse_intro_religion

Get a comprehensive look at cultural religious phenomena in a global world.

You'll identify commonalities and differences among religious traditions and contexts and compare and contrast various religious traditions and points of view. Philosophical formulations, sacred writings, religious experiences, ethics, rituals, and art are also discussed.

This is a popular course for students needing humanities credits. 

Introduction to Philosophy course_intro_philosophy

Enjoy a critical introduction to the field of philosophical inquiry. Examine the history of Western thought, from famous Greek philosophers up to cutting-edge intellectuals of today.

This is a very popular course for students who need to earn humanities credits. 

What About English Composition?

While some StraighterLine classes are often easier to complete in a shorter amount of time, some classes 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.

If you have more time to dedicate this summer, these courses are among the most important college courses you can take, and will help set a strong foundation for college success:

English Composition Icourse_english_comp_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. 24/7 access to StraighterLine's writing center and tutoring are included with this course.

English Composition II

Similar to English Composition I, this course advances your essay writing skills. Students read and write about the novel Frankenstein, which can add some time for successful completion.

Business Communicationcourse_business_communication

Learn to write a selection of business-style documents in a professional manner.

A very popular course across all degrees and majors.

Science Lab Courses 

StraighterLine offers lab courses in Intro to Biology, MicrobiologyChemistry, Anatomy & Physiology I, Anatomy & Physiology II and Physics. While they will often require additional time for completing the experiments and having your lab work graded, summer can be a great time to schedule in focused work like this and get several of your required labs out of the way.

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