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Interesting Classes to Take in the Summer

18 JUL 2014

Summer classes!

Summers courses tend to be more condensed and lighter in tone than fall or winter semester courses. Taking a course in the summer doesn’t necessarily have to mean being stuck inside reading a textbook while your friends are out having fun. Instead, it can be a fun diversion. In fact, summer is a great time to take an elective that wouldn’t fit your schedule otherwise. Check out our list of 5 interesting classes to take in the summer, and make sure to consult your college directory for a full listing of all summer courses available to you.

Viticulture and Oenology

Viticulture is the science and study of grapes, while Oenology is the science and study of wine and winemaking. A course in this program can be a really fun elective to take in the summer. Though you won’t be able to access any of the advanced courses, you can register for the entry-level ones, such as Introduction to Wines. You’ll refine your palette and grow to appreciate fine wine while learning about the history of wine and wine-making.

Digital and Social Media

We use social media all the time, but do we really understand the psychology behind it? If you’d like to learn more about digital and social media, taking a course in this field can help you understand the social mechanics that power websites like Twitter or Instagram. You’ll understand the strengths and weaknesses of each network better, and you’ll learn important lessons that may come in handy down the road as part of your future job search.

Creative Writing

Ever wanted to write a novel? No? That’s okay, since taking a Creative Writing course will come in handy in many different ways. In fact, it’s one of the best electives you can take. Regardless of your career path, learning to express yourself clearly and concisely is sure to be useful, whether you’re asked to put together a presentation or simply trying to write the perfect email. Taking this course in the summer means you’ll have to write short stories or poems, but since you won’t have your regular courses to worry about, you should have enough time to get everything done. Have fun with it!

Foreign language

Want to learn French? What about Spanish? The summer is one of the best times to take a foreign language course, as your brain will be more relaxed and able to concentrate. Don’t expect to magically learn a language over the course of the summer, though. You’ll have to put in some time and effort watching videos and reading educational articles in another language. If you find yourself getting discouraged, think about the long-term possibilities that learning another language would create for you, such as travelling or even doing a semester abroad.