A dive into Pitzer’s 2019 summer session

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Two summer sessions are available at Pitzer College for 5C students: a two-week accelerated session from May 20 to 31 and a six-week session from May 20 to June 28. (Hank Snowdon • The Student Life)

Are you looking to catch up, get ahead on credits or explore more subjects?

5C students have the opportunity to take more undergraduate courses with Claremont faculty, as well as adjunct professors, by registering for equivalent, full-credit 2019 summer session courses at Pitzer College.

Two sessions are available: a two-week accelerated session from May 20 to 31 and a six-week session from May 20 to June 28. A variety of classes will be offered to students including “Knowledge, Mind, Existence & Science Fiction,” “Big Data Analytics” and “Documentary Media.”

The 2019 summer session tuition will be 40% cheaper than taking courses throughout the school year. Students are eligible to register for a maximum number of two courses. The priority registration deadline is May 1 and the late registration deadline is May 20.

Pitzer sociology professor Phil Zuckerman will be teaching the course “Sociology Through Film” this summer. He has been a Pitzer faculty member since 1998 and said he encourages students to take advantage of the summer program.

“The purpose [of the summer session] is to provide an outstanding opportunity for students to continue and enrich their education in a rigorous academic atmosphere distinct from the traditional school year,” Zuckerman said.

Claremont Graduate University doctoral candidate Chase Way will be teaching “The Alt-Right and Occult Religion,” a course not traditionally taught during the academic school year. She is a Wabash Teaching Fellow and a religious studies professor at Mira Costa College.

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During the spring semester, Way worked as a teaching assistant at Pitzer and noticed that 5C students have shared her interest and curiosity in religious extremism and violence.

“I hope that [the students] take away a greater depth of knowledge about a group that has very rapidly become influential in our culture,” Way said.

Way said that in her summer class, students will examine the ideology of extreme and under-represented religions not only through reading articles but also by utilizing interactive games.

She described potentially incorporating a game similar to Dungeons and Dragons into her syllabus.

“This game has some aspects of neopaganism integrated into it, very consciously,” Way said.

Way’s sociology and religious studies class will also analyze how alt-right, western movements have reappropriated pagan and occult practices to support a conservative agenda.

“It is very poorly understood. Some people just write [the alt-right] off as fascist and feel like they know what it is,” Way said.“You always need to understand the granularity and the detail of the experience [in ideology].”

According to Way, the intensive six-week summer program allows students to spend a greater amount of time immersed in one topic than during the semester.

“The intensity of [my] class is mirroring the intensity of the movement we’ll be studying,” Way said.

Ultimately, the summer school classes have to equal the number of hours students would typically spend in the classroom and the same amount of work assigned as a full-term course. According to Way, as long as the student is dedicated, they can make the best of the shorter sessions and work hard to fully immerse themselves in the summer courses.

Zuckerman agreed.

“The students that take it seem to love it. Classes are smaller and more intimate. We usually get over 100 enrollments each summer,” he said.

Find more information on courses and registration here.

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