Roar with us!

Whether you want to try something new or get ahead in your studies, our faculty are ready to connect with you in our classrooms, studios and labs for an exciting summer session! Here are some of the great courses offered at a reduced tuition rate:

Courses for first-year students

These four-week courses will support your transition into Pacific before the semester starts. You will get to know other students through group projects and learn from our top-notch faculty. Courses are held July 19th – August 13th so you can also participate in Week of Welcome during the fifth week of the summer session and get ready to officially start your fall semester!

BUS 093B - Leadership Strategies with the President

Instructor: Chris Callahan
Units: 1
Meeting Times: Tues, Thurs 1:00pm-2:20pm
Location: Westgate Center (Weber Hall, Rm 102)

Who can take this course?
Open to all majors. 

Course Highlights
Students will obtain first-hand training in President Callahan’s leadership framework focusing on collaboration, innovation, optimism, nimbleness and a sense of urgency that creates impactful, problem-solving environments and cultures.  Through interactive story-telling and guided reflection, this course provides exclusive access to strategies and insights for students to shape their personal leadership journey at Pacific and accelerate their trajectory of responsible leadership into their career and community.

 

COMM 27 - Public Speaking

Instructor: Steven Farias
Units: 3
Meeting Times: Mon-Fri 9:30am-12:00pm
Location: Psychology/Communication Building, Rm 118

Who can take this course?
Open to all majors. Required for Pre-Pharm and Business majors.  Education majors do not need this class.

Course Highlights
Do you get nervous thinking about speaking in public?  Would you like more confidence when having to present in the classroom or elsewhere?  Then take this popular course and learn the principles of public speaking.  Learn by studying and by doing.

 

MHIS 7, 02 - Topics in Popular Music

Instructor: Josh Charney
Units: 3
Meeting Times: Mon-Thurs 9:30am-12:00pm
Location: Buck Hall, Rm 113

Who can take this course?
Open to all majors. 

Course Highlights
This course traces the history of hip hop from its origins as a New York-based subculture in the late 1970s to one of the most popular and influential styles in the world. By concentrating on both the music and its social and historical context, the class will present elements that define hip hop’s sound, while closely examining the culture it inhabits. Topics to discuss include the music’s relationships with earlier African American musical forms, as well as technological, legal, and political issues that have directly affected its development. 

 

PHIL 11 - Introduction to Philosophy

Instructor: Lou Matz
Units: 4
Meeting Times: Mon-Thurs 9:30am-12:00pm
Location: Wendall Phillips Center, Rm 130

Who can take this course?
Open to all majors.  Engineering majors do not need to take this class.

Course Highlights
Through contemporary and historical readings and films, students will examine some of the most enduring questions in philosophy: What are effective methods of critical thinking? What is the difference between believing and knowing? Can consciousness exist independently of the brain? Do we have free will? Does a divine being exist? What is the relationship between reason and religious faith? What are the origin and standards of morality? What moral standing should animals have? Is death bad? What gives human life meaning?

EDUC 100 - Introduction to Language

Instructor: Patrick Campbell
Units: 4
Meeting Times: Mon-Fri 2:30pm-5:30pm
Location: Benerd School of Education, Rm 207

Who can take this course?
Open to all majors. Required for Education majors.  Business majors do not need this class. 

Course Highlights
This course introduces students to the central role of language in cultures and societies. Students will focus on social and regional language variation, language and prejudice, gender and social class differences in conversation styles, the history and evolution of languages, societal attitudes toward language, and socio-political-economic influences on language use. 

 

ARTS 5 - Drawing

Instructor: Deanna Hunt
Units: 4
Meeting Times: Mon-Thurs 2:30pm-5:30pm
Location: Art Building, Rm 107

Who can take this course?
Open to all majors. 

Course Highlights
Do you want to improve your drawing abilities?  This hands-on course in drawing emphasizes skill building and the visual and conceptual possibilities of art through drawing. Student will incorporate a variety of projects and materials as they investigate the medium's history, traditional approaches and expressive possibilities.

 

SERV 12 - Academic Skills for Success

Instructor: Emily Brienza-Larsen
Units: 1
Meeting Times: Mon, Wed 2:30pm-4:00pm or 4:00pm-5:30pm
Location: Library Learning Studio

Who can take this course?
Open to anyone who wants to improve their study skills.

Course Highlights​​​​​​​
Do you want to improve your study habits? In this one-unit course, students will acquire active learning strategies to effectively manage their time, health, and personal goals. They will also work on techniques for effective note-taking, exam preparation, and teamwork. Students will be introduced to campus resources available to assist them throughout their time at Pacific.
 

These courses are highly recommended for students who place into them. Check your placement here.

MATH 4 - Math Literacy for College

Instructor: TBA
Units: 3
Meeting Times: Mon-Fri 9:30am-11:25am
Location: Library Learning Studio

Who can take this course?
Anyone who places into it and wants to complete it before the fall semester. 

Course Highlights
This developmental course is designed to help students build mathematical reasoning and foundational algebra skills needed to succeed in their next math course.  Students will solve real-world problems, while also improving their fluency with numbers, proportional reasoning, algebraic reasoning, and understanding of functions. Taking this course in the summer can help you stay on track. This course is only for students who have been placed into MATH 004. 

 

WRIT 10 - Accelerated Academic Writing

Instructor: Emily Brienza-Larsen
Units: 2
Meeting Times: Mon-Fri 11:45am-1:00pm
Location: Library Learning Studio

Who can take this course?
Anyone who places into it and wants to complete it before the fall semester. 

Course Highlights
In this course, students will work on various writing projects as they develop strong written and oral communication skills, critical thinking, and reading skills necessary for success in their majors.  They will also gain information literacy by locating, evaluating, and synthesizing source material from various disciplines.  This course is only for students who have placed into WRIT 010.  Successful completion of this course meets the fundamental skill requirement in writing.

Registration for first-year students is open!  
 
We know this likely is your first time you will be registering for a college course, and we want to walk you through the registration process step-by-step. To register, please fill out this form and a member of our team will connect with you to confirm your enrollment. Please note: per academic regulations, a student may enroll in a maximum of 8 units per summer session.    
 
Questions: Schedule an individual appointment with a member of our team by visiting the Academic Advising Center page or email advising@pacific.edu.   

Courses for transfer students
and continuing students

These five-week courses are designed to help you accelerate completing your degree at Pacific.  For detailed course descriptions and the full course offerings for summer sessions 1-3, see the Schedule of Classes via insidePacific or use the public search tool. 

 

  • BUSI 93B Leadership Strategies with the President
  • CHEM 23 - Elements of Chemistry
  • CHEM 27 - General Chemistry
  • CLAS 51 - Classical Mythology
  • COMM 31 - Media and Society*
  • COMM 43 - Intro to Interpersonal Communication
  • COMP 25 - Computers and Info Processing
  • ECON 53: Introductory Microeconomics
  • ENGR 30 - Engineering/Computer Ethics and Society
  • HESP 45 - Nutrition for Health
  • MATH 35 - Elementary Statistical Inference
  • MATH 57 - Applied Differential Equations
  • MHIS 7 - Topics in Popular Music 
  • PHIL 37 - Introduction to Logic*
  • POLS 11 - Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • SOCI 51 - Introduction to Sociology*
  • THEA 11 - Introduction to Theatre    
  • BIOL 128 - Histology*
  • BIOL 193A - Human Parasitic Disease*
  • BIOL 193B - Hematology*
  • BUSI 181 - Strategic Management & Policy*
  • BUSI 93A - Personal Finance for Life
  • CHEM 181 - Intro to Molecular Simulation*
  • EDUC 142 - Visual Art in Education
  • ENGR 120 - Engineering Mechanics II
  • HESP 180 - Epidemiology*
  • PACS 3 - Pacific Seminar 3
     

*online course

Continuing Students: Consult your faculty advisor about summer courses of interest. You can review the Schedule of Classes, look up classes to add and register via insidePacific.

New Transfer Students:  Registration for new transfer students is open!  Consult your Transfer Admission Counselor if you have questions about taking courses this summer at Pacific. Your counselor will connect you with advising and registration support as you consider classes to take this summer.  For detailed course descriptions and the full offering of summer sessions 1-3 courses, check out the Schedule of Classes via insidePacific or use the public search tool.

Unique Course
Leadership Strategies with the President

Students will obtain first-hand training in President Callahan’s leadership framework focusing on collaboration, innovation, optimism, nimbleness and a sense of urgency that creates impactful, problem-solving environments and cultures. Through interactive story-telling and guided reflection, this course provides exclusive access to strategies and insights for students to shape their personal leadership journey at Pacific and accelerate their trajectory of responsible leadership into their career and community.

President Callahan
Homecoming concert singer on stage with backlights
Unique Course
Topics in Popular Music: Hip Hop

This course traces the history of hip hop from its origins as a New York-based subculture in the late 1970s to one of the most popular and influential styles in the world. By concentrating on both the music and its social and historical context, the class will present elements that define hip hop’s sound, while closely examining the culture it inhabits. Topics to discuss include the music’s relationships with earlier African American musical forms, as well as technological, legal, and political issues that have directly affected its development. Students will hopefully gain a wider understanding of this musical tradition and deepen their grasp of American history and popular culture.

Unique Course
Begin your financial life

BUSI 93A - Personal Finance for Life
 
From understanding compensation and benefits you receive from your first job, to getting a jump start on saving for retirement and investing in the stock market, Personal Finance for Life will provide everything you need to know to begin your financial life. 
 
Topics include:
Spending – when to use credit and how to use it.
Saving – the magic of compound interest.
Paying taxes – the marginal income tax rate and the beauty of tax deferral.
Insurance – what do you really need and how to manage the tradeoff between premiums and deductibles.
Investing – learn about the stock market and participate in an engaging game to learn to grow wealth through investment in stocks and bonds.

student raising hand during class
students outside during class
Unique Course
Intro to Philosophy

Through contemporary and historical readings and films, students will examine some of the most enduring questions in philosophy: what are effective methods of critical thinking?  what is the difference between believing and knowing? can consciousness exist independently of the brain? do we have free will? does a divine being exist?  what is the relationship between reason and religious faith? what are the origin and standards of morality? what moral standing should animals have? is death bad? and what gives human life meaning?

How to register:

First-year
students

Registration for first-year students is open! We know this likely is your first time you will be registering for a college course, and we want to walk you through the registration process step-by-step. To register, please fill out this form and a member of our team will connect with you to confirm your enrollment.     
 
Questions: Schedule an individual appointment with a member of our team by visiting the Academic Advising Center page or email advising@pacific.edu.   

New transfer
students

Registration for new transfer students is open! Consult your Transfer Admission Counselor if you have questions about taking courses this summer at Pacific. Your counselor will connect you with advising and registration support as you consider classes to take this summer. For detailed course descriptions and the full offering of summer sessions 1-3 courses, check out the Schedule of Classes via insidePacific or use the public search tool.

Continuing
students

Consult your faculty advisor about summer courses of interest. You can review the Schedule of Classes, look up classes to add, and register via insidePacific. For assistance using Pacific’s registration tools, see the Academic Advising and Career Services Center.