calvin summer classes

calvin summer classes

Summer at Calvin

Summer at Calvin

Calvin offers a variety of courses in summer, including classes you need for your major and classes that just sound interesting. Many Calvin faculty teach in summer, and they’re always excited to get to know students in smaller class settings. You can take classes on our campus, or at one of our locations around the world.


This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the financial problems facing multinational organizations. The following subjects will be covered: foreign exchange risk and its management; international capital budgeting; currency hedging strategies; country risk analysis; and international portfolio theory.

The course will be taught by Drs. John C. Hull and Alan White, both professors of finance at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and authors of the textbook International Financial Management (Pearson Education Canada, 2011).


Anthropology is the study of humans and their societies in the past and present. This field of study continues to grow and change, with contemporary anthropologists seeking new directions. Anthropology is a holistic science that studies the past and present of humankind and its relation to other species on Earth. It is a field of study that encompasses the entire world and its peoples through time, space, culture, biology, language and history.


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  • Biology (BIOL)

Art and Art History

Fine Arts and Art History:

Students may take up to four credits in studio art. Courses are open to all regardless of previous experience. Those who do not want to take a course for credit may audit the class for $250. Drawings, paintings, and prints will be featured in an end-of-summer student exhibition hosted by the Center Art Gallery. The cost of materials is included in the course fee.


Dance (CALN)

2 hours lecture; 2 credits

Prerequisite: None

Whether you’re new to dance or have years of experience, this class offers an opportunity to explore the joy of movement through contemporary, jazz and ballet techniques. This class emphasizes the use of dance as a form of exercise and wellness. The course will include brief periods of warm-up, discussion and choreography.

Business Law and Economics

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Business Management and Leadership

The Business Management and Leadership program is designed for professionals who want to develop their skills in general management, interpersonal leadership, and strategic planning. Each course can be taken individually; however, the curriculum is structured as a cohort model so you’ll benefit from working closely with the same group of peers throughout.

Week one: Managing People

In this module you’ll acquire the tools needed to lead a diverse workforce effectively in any organization. You’ll gain an understanding of how to motivate employees; foster creative problem solving and effective communication; manage conflict; and create a coherent vision that gives meaning to people’s work and builds deep commitment.

Week two: Leading Organizations

This module provides a rich exploration of organizational dynamics, including structuring teams for maximum performance, communicating vision across boundaries, and building flexible learning organizations that react quickly to changes in the marketplace. You will learn how to manage change effectively through ongoing communication with staff members at every level of your organization.

Week three: Strategic Planning for Managers & Leaders

You’ll strengthen your ability to create strategies that are relevant, compelling, implementable and sustainable—turning strategic thinking into action that produces results over time. You’ll also learn tactics for managing execution successfully by aligning organizational structures, systems and cultures with strategy.”

Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Computer Science

If you’re interested in computer science and information systems, the summer offerings at Calvin College have something to suit your needs. Courses include topics in programming languages, databases, web development, and data science.

Admissions Information for Computer Science Majors

Computer Science Program Details

Tuition and Fees

Criminal Justice and Sociology


This course traces the origins of criminal justice, examines its evolution, and explores contemporary trends. It focuses on the agency functions of policing, courts and corrections with particular attention to law enforcement and sentencing. Topics include community relations between citizens and police as well as procedural safeguards for suspects and defendants in criminal matters.

Pre-requisite: CJS 100.

Tuesdays & Thursdays | 9–11:35 a.m. | Jan Kamphuis | Vries Hall 301

Priority Registration Deadline: March 3, 2020

Regular Registration Deadline: May 1, 2020

Tuition: $1,150 per credit hour

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Communication Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Communication is a core skill for success in the workplace. It is at the foundation of leadership and essential to careers in marketing, communication, community relations, politics and more. Communication studies can also be used as a foundation for graduate studies in law and medicine or people-oriented professions such as teaching or social work.

Education and Special Education

Earn up to six credits in as little as four weeks during this summer’s June or July sessions at Calvin College. You’ll be taught by Calvin faculty and courses are transferable to other institutions.

With your family, friends, and professors here on campus with you, you’ll get all the benefits of a full-time semester without sacrificing your summer break.

Engineering Studies (Engineering Physics)

For those who want to solve problems by using the principles of engineering and physics, the Engineering Studies program is the right choice. This will be a great choice for students who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine, engineering, or science. Students can also take graduate studies at Calvin College in engineering physics.

Students interested in this field should be able to think logically and pay close attention to details. They should also have good mechanical skills and be comfortable using mathematical concepts.

Geology and Environmental Sciences

The Earth System is a collection of interactions between the physical attributes of the earth, such as its internal and external heat, gravity, and temperature. This section looks at how the Earth System works, how it influences our lives on an everyday basis via weather, climate change and other global concerns, and how we can understand these things so that we can make them work for us. The goal is to provide you with an informed perspective on our world and use that knowledge to achieve your goals in life.

You can take classes in the summer

Calvin Summer Classes lets you take classes to earn ahead in one of two ways: Either you can use the courses to get a job and make money (and pay off your student loans!), or you can use those same courses to help build your resume. If you want to save money while getting ahead, these summer courses are an excellent option. After graduating from Calvin College in 2010, I used the same summer course credits I earned in high school to land a full-time position at a local credit union. That experience was so valuable that I placed into my last semester at Calvin on recommendation of my now-supervisor, who knew how well I had done in high school.

For those wanting to pursue higher education, classes are especially helpful because they provide an opportunity for completion of Pell Grant eligibility requirements as well as credits that count toward college readiness requirements. Plus tuition costs are kept relatively low and often do not cover all expenses, so taking some low-cost classes is a great way to go green when it comes time for school shopping!

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