Summer Session courses on the New Brunswick campus meet or exceed the high academic standards set for the regular academic year at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, a top-ranked research institution and public university. Courses are selected for their suitability and approved by the school dean and/or faculty curricular committee.

The Schedule of Classes for Summer Session 2024 is now available. View the Schedule of Classes to see all summer offerings for Rutgers–New Brunswick, updated with new offerings as they are released.

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Featured Summer Courses

Taught by: Andres Jerez

This online, synchronous course provides a predominantly descriptive introduction to the current ideas concerning the nature and origin of astronomy and cosmology. The topics covered in this course include the nature and origin of the earth, the solar system, the galaxy, and the universe; neutron stars and black holes; the “big-bang”; the possibility of life outside earth. This course focuses on our current understanding of the stars, galaxies and the universe.

This course fulfills the SAS Core Curriculum requirement for Natural Science (NS).

Dr. Andres Jerez has been teaching this course for many years with positive feedback for all his students. He has a Ph.D. in Physics from Rutgers and teaches at NJIT and Rutgers. 

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Taught by: Shanaé Burch

This online, asynchronous course explores the emerging, experimental field of Arts in Health. While there are many directions and priorities across the field, the National Organization for Arts in Health (known colloquially as NOAH) shares a definition that emphasizes the expansive field’s focused “dedication to using the power of the arts to enhance health and well-being in diverse institutional and community contexts.” Throughout the semester, students will study the historical and contemporary roles that art and creative work have played in fostering a culture of health and well-being, explore how arts and cultural policy can be reconceived as health policy, and create art and cultural work that may contribute to good health. At the same time, we’ll practice holding questions, dilemmas, tensions and disturbances present across our cultural industries that exacerbate harms to public health.

Upon completion of this course, students will possess the knowledge and skills to: 

  • Recognize notable contributions of art and cultural work that enact values of health and well-being which are found formally in the arts in health field, as well as past and present iterations of mainstream art and community contexts
  • Apply principles and theories of health promotion ethics related to creative action
  • Define what has been described as Culture of Health Action Framework 1 as well as their personal definition of what good health means to them as culture-making citizens
  • Identify facilitators and barriers to developing an artistic and creative practice that embodies their personal definition of good health in relation to society
  • Demonstrate the ability to conceptualize arts in health across multi-level interventions by narrating the socio-political contexts for arts in health equity and accessibility
  • Embody awareness and practice of art and creativity for health as cultural work

Dr. Shanaé Burch (she/her) believes in the power of storytelling to revive health and reconcile hearts. Her hunch has led her to pursue a doctorate in public health education at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she studied health equity through the lens of better leveraging arts and culture for wellbeing with contemplative arts-based research methods such as theatermaking, collaging, and public health dreaming. Integrating all aspects of her learning and personal lived experience, her dissertation is titled In Pursuit Of Healthful Narratives: Black Women and Gender-Expansive Citizens Creating and Performing Art and Cultural Work in Service of “Good Health” and features her play-in-progress, GriefLove, along with poetry featured in Health Promotion Practice’s Poetry for the Public’s Health section, where she is a co-associate editor along with Dr. LeConté Dill and Dr. Ryan Petteway.

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Taught by: Rita Leduc

This online, asynchronous course examines the unique role Environmental Arts plays in tackling the conversations and complexities of our current planetary moment. Accompanied by a selection of content by thought leaders spanning the arts, humanities, and sciences, coursework encourages students to think critically about themes such as empathy, curiosity, sustainability, site-specificity, community, transformation, environmental justice, collaboration, and art-as-research.

Upon completion of this course, students will possess the knowledge and skills to:

  • Articulate definitions and values aligned with the category of Environmental Arts
  • Identify notable environmental artwork, artists, and their contributions to the field of environmental arts as well as how they are cultivating, critiquing, and engaging the environmental conversation writ large
  • Discern types of environmental arts such as data visualization, audiation, performance, public art, art-sci collaboration, etc. – and understand that they are not mutually exclusive
  • Think critically about how process, content, collaboration, and delivery can most effectively achieve an artwork’s desired level of accessibility and impact
  • Cultivate curiosity, empathy, and connection using multimedia approaches to making environmental art
  • Practice virtual, interdisciplinary relationship cultivation and project management through thoughtful engagement with the online modality—a mode of human relationships that is becoming increasingly prevalent and important in this particular global work

This course fulfills the SAS Core Curriculum requirement for Our Common Future (CCO).

Leduc is an interdisciplinary artist whose work addresses resensitization of place in a world deprived of environmental empathy. Her work was most recently shown at Project 59 (Governors Island, NY), RAW (Miami), and Wells College (NY). She has attended residencies such as PLAYA, Tofte Lake Center, Vermont Studio Center, and White Pines Program and has received support from NYFA, the Jerome Foundation, Wells College, and Rutgers University. Recent publications include Artis Natura, A+E Collective, and 100days100women. Leduc received her MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and BA from the University of Pennsylvania. She is creator and co-founder of GROUNDWORK, an interdisciplinary creative retreat. 

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Taught by: Nate Gabriel

The Ebola virus outbreak in western Africa, hurricane Sandy in New Jersey, and droughts and fires in California are a few examples of recent, high-profile events that demonstrate fundamental connections and interdependencies between human and natural systems. Human choices and actions fundamentally transform, and are transformed by, environmental processes, with critical implications for ecosystem and human health, prospects for maintaining secure livelihoods, the equitable distribution of resources, and long-term sustainability. In this introductory environmental studies course, students will gain a foundation in the constitutive fields of environmental studies through a review of biophysical, social science, and humanities-based understandings of the environment. This course is offered in an online, asynchronous format.

This course fulfills the SAS Core Curriculum requirement for Our Common Future (CCO).

Nate Gabriel is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Geography. His research interests focus on political ecology, urban space, the public sphere, automation, diverse economies, sustainability, parks and green space. 

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Taught by: Ryan Greenbaum

This online, asynchronous course will introduce and overview the major topics in Human Resource Management (HRM). HRM is a fundamental component of the competitiveness, effectiveness, and sustainability of any organization, as it influences who is hired, how they are trained, evaluated, compensated, and what steps are taken to retain them. In turn, HRM plays a critical role in predicting employees’ behavior, attitudes, and performance. In other words, if an organization wants good people, it must practice good HRM.

If you are interested in preparing for any career, you need to understand how the organization works, how they pay their employees, what tasks are required in each job, and the skills needed to succeed in those jobs. This class will help you understand how to get ahead in whatever career you choose.

This course is a required course for the Human Resources major and minor.

Ryan Greenbaum is an Assistant Teaching Professor in SMLR and the Undergraduate Program Director for the Human Resources Management program. His knowledge and teaching style come from his years of management experience in different organizations and 15 years of teaching at the college level. Professor Greenbaum prefers a conversational approach to teaching and encourages engagement and discussion in his classes.

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Taught by: Damian Catera

Explore the exciting and emerging field of sound art this summer! Did you ever wonder where sound sampling came from? Offered for the first time in the summer, this online, asynchronous course will include a look at the impact of experimental sound on contemporary culture. Students will be exposed to a variety of historic works from such movements as Dada, Futurism, Fluxus, and video art.

Students will develop the ability to analyze and discuss sound art, from a multidisciplinary, theory-informed perspective, through discussions and interactions. They will also be able to distinguish between the unique characteristics of historic artworks movements and practitioners. A final research project, in presentation format will provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate and apply knowledge of influential multidisciplinary artists' creative practices.

Damian Catera is an electro-acoustic composer/guitarist, sound-installation creator and media artist. Catera’s work reflects interests in sound-based composition/improvisation, transmission, and sociopolitical critique. He has toured the United States and Europe twice and has also presented work in Latin America and Asia. 

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Taught by: Stephanie Zimmerman

Offered as an online asynchronous course, students will explore the history of internet art—from the early of the 1990s to contemporary works that engage with NFTs and AI. Throughout the semester, students will develop an understanding of the internet as a medium for and subject of creative expression—where did it come from, how does it work, how do we make things for it, and what do we want to say?

Through examining the cultural, social, political, and philosophical implications of internet art’s history, students in this course will gain critical thinking skills, enhancing their ability to analyze and engage with complex digital landscapes. Students will acquire practical skills in web development—including HTML, CSS, and jQuery—equipping them with valuable technical expertise for careers in digital media, design, or technology. Those in the course will also have the opportunity to conceptualize and create a series of web-based projects, which can serve as portfolio pieces for future academic pursuits or professional endeavors in the digital realm. 

Steph Zimmerman is a multimedia artist blending audio, sculpture, video, and text in her installation-based art. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, and has attended residencies at Atlantic Center for the Arts, The Vermont Studio Center, Arteles Creative Center, and Paul Artspace. She is the recipient of a Creative Stimulus Award from Critical Mass for the Visual Arts and an Artist Support Grant from St. Louis’ Regional Arts Commission. Previously, she worked as a digital media manager at St. Louis Public Radio and St. Louis Magazine, where she developed online editorial features and video documentaries that covered mayoral races, the Ferguson protests, a presidential debate, and more. She received her MFA in art and design from Rutgers University and her BFA in digital media and photography from Washington University in St. Louis. 

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Taught by: Steve Decker

This in-person course provides students with experience forecasting and observing severe convection in the field. By verifying their forecasts with their own eyes, students will better understand the dynamics and thermodynamics that lead to some of the most beautiful yet complex atmospheric circulations on Earth. Students learn severe weather forecasting skills and develop teamwork skills, both of which can help future meteorologists professionally. Please note: this course is centered around fieldwork through a field trip.

Steve Decker is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and directs the Meteorology Undergraduate Program within the department. His research interest is in weather analysis and forecasting, and he has taught this course many times over the last 12 years.

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Taught by: Jeffrey Immanuel Jebastin

In this online asynchronous course, students will pursue the geographical quest of changing the world by first knowing it. The semester will begin with a historical journey exploring the ways in which people have understood, contested, and represented the concept of “regions” throughout time. The course will pay particular attention to the development of nation-states and international relations, as well as the challenges and opportunities posed by globalization.  

The second part of the course focuses on three contemporary regions of interest: Europe and the European Union, Southeastern Europe, and the Middle East. Finally, the last part of the course will examine a series of more general questions related to energy, global health, climate change, and global governance.

This course fulfills the SAS Core Curriculum requirement for Historical Analysis (HST) and Social Analysis (SCL).

Jeffrey Immanuel Jebastin is a PhD graduate student in the Department of Geography. His research interests include the study of caste, space, nationalism, small scale fisheries and aquaculture.

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