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Summer School Offerings Include Courses on Watergate, History of Winthrop and More

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 Summer school tuition is 25 percent below that of fall and spring semester tuition.
 For more information on Summer School, contact the Summer Session office at 803/323-2220 or e-mail at

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ROCK HILL, S.C. — Whether you want to know more about Winthrop University’s history or learn the dance technique of the late famed choreographer/dancer Merce Cunningham, the university’s summer school offerings have it all, including increased online classes.

Some notable and unique summer courses include:

Special Topics in History: Winthrop: From College to University (HIST 350)
Associate Professor Eddie Lee ‘83 offers the historical perspective of Winthrop in this interactive course, which begins with how Winthrop settled in Rock Hill. The course will cover 100-plus years of the "defining moments of Winthrop's history,” and also will give students a chance to check out historical items related to Winthrop at the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections. This is the first time this class has been offered and is the first of its kind at Winthrop.

Special Topics in English: Medieval Literature and Film (ENGL 510)
Professor Jo Koster recently told WRHI that shows like “Game of Thrones” have increased students’ interest in all things medieval. Students will view the popular show as well as “The Vikings” and possibly “Merlin,” in addition to films “Beowulf,” “The Thirteenth Warrior,” “King Arthur,” “Excalibur,” “Robin Hood,” “The Seventh Seal” and “The Hunger Games.” Students will study “Beowulf,” medieval Robin Hood tales and selections from Thomas Malory’s “Le Morte Darthur.”

Critical Reading, Thinking and Writing (CRTW 201)
English Instructor Bryan Ghent ’05 turns this course on its head with special Maymester offerings. His classes will focus on the Watergate scandal: reading “All the President’s Men” and exploring how investigative reporting is conducted while developing arguments about specific local issues. Other summer CRTW courses by Instructor Mary Martin will focus War on Drugs policies, their effectiveness and how best to help those battling severe addiction; Instructor Evelyne Weeks's CRTW class will discuss motivations in "Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts."

Special Topics: the Learning and Application of Merce Cunningham’s Choreographic Methods (DANA 305X AND DANA 300X)
Associate Professor of Dance Sandra Neels leads this special study. Neels was the first recipient of a trust in Cunningham’s name and has restaged some of his works in New York City and at Winthrop. She also performed for a decade with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Neels recently received a presidential citation for service to the community because of her work since 2002 to reconstruct and restage Cunningham’s work, efforts that have helped preserve these great pieces for future generations.

Topics in Political Inquiry: Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism (PLSC 510)
Professor Chris Van Aller sheds light on this topic that is especially relevant in today’s society. This is the first time he has taught the course in more than 10 years.

In addition to these and other on-campus offerings, Winthrop’s increased number of online courses give students the freedom and flexibility to earn credits wherever they are - on vacation at the beach or in the comfort of their own homes. More than 40 online courses are offered this summer, covering topics from British authors to social movements since the 1960s to finance.

Summer sessions are a great way to take advantage of high-quality Winthrop classes at a lower cost and at students’ convenience. Summer school tuition is 25 percent below that of fall and spring semester tuition.

For more information on Summer School, contact the Summer Session office at 803/323-2220 or e-mail at

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