Academics

Getting ahead means starting ahead

As a first-year student, you will be enrolled in first-year, core curriculum courses. Your classes will be determined based on your incoming college credits and your major, and you will be notified of your Summer Scholars schedule before arriving on campus in July.

Summer Scholars 2022 courses

ARTF 133. Space Research 3 Hours Semester course; 6 studio hours. 3 credits. Open only to first-year fine arts and design majors in the School of the Arts. A comprehensive investigation of three-dimensional phenomena in fine art and design. Will cultivate a student's ability to think, perceive, visualize, design and build in three dimensions. Issues of understanding and envisioning space, objects, scale and the relationship of the body to the built environment are subjects of the course. Students will acquire a broad skill set of fabrication techniques and an inquiry into the possibility of 21st-century materials.

BUSN 225. Winning Presentations 
3 Hours (Business majors only) Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Restricted to School of Business freshmen, sophomores and juniors in the foundation or advanced programs. Why are some presenters bad, some good and others great? Why do some people have more "presence" than others? What leadership skills work in a room full of people who are not on the same page? How does one pitch an idea in less than two minutes? Presentation skills involve more than just speaking in public. Good presentation skills require an understanding of yourself, your subject and your audience. This course will explore the skills involved in mastering all of these.


MATH 151. Precalculus Mathematics. 4 Hours Semester course; 3 lecture and 1 mathematics laboratory/recitation hours. 4 credits. Prerequisite: MATH 139 or MATH 141 with a minimum of C, or satisfactory score on the VCU Mathematics Placement Test within the one-year period immediately preceding the beginning of the course. An exception to this policy is made in the case where the stated alternative prerequisite course has been completed at VCU. Concepts and applications of algebra and trigonometry. Topics include graphics, transformations and inverses of functions; linear, exponential, logarithmic, power, polynomial, rational and trigonometric functions.

SOCY 101. Introduction to Sociology 3 Hours Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. An introduction to the stuy of human society. The basic concepts of society and culture and their relationships to each other are studied and then used to analyze the major social institutions.

TEDU 207. Urban Awareness and Urban Education 3 Hours Semester course; 3 lecture hours (delivered in hybrid format). 3 credits. This course is designed to enhance students' knowledge of urban schools through the examination of historical, economic, political and socio-cultural frameworks that explore how issues of race, class, gender and immigration status have affected the distribution of equal educational opportunities in urban schools in the United States. Diversity in human experiences will be examined within urban cultures and educational settings. Students will engage with research and various literature about inequities in urban schools but also investigate the complexity and challenges of providing excellent education in urban school contexts. The research projects and class book discussions will provide an understanding of communities, their resources, demographics and economy in urban settings that affect education in various ways.

UNIV 111. Focused Inquiry I 3 Hours Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Utilizes contemporary themes to give students opportunities and practice in writing, critical thinking, oral presentation, collaborative learning, information retrieval and evaluation, and social and civic responsibilities. Incorporates common reading materials and course activities across all sections.

UNIV 299. What's the Big Idea? 3 Hours Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Each section in this interdisciplinary course will focus on a particular "big picture" that has intrigued thinkers throughout time and across cultures. As students move from personal to global -- and from theoretical to practical -- investigations of the question, they will come to understand inquiry as a complex cycle of questioning, gathering, examining, interpreting, comparing, analyzing and evaluating, with important application to decision-making and problem-solving in the "real world."