SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Although South Orange residents might think summer is a slow time at Seton Hall University, the university is offering a wide array of courses, conferences and camps for students and the community.
Classes do run in the summer. This year’s summer initiative has been successful, according to Senior Associate Provost Joan Guetti. She reported enrollment in both online and on-campus courses is “fairly strong.”
At the South Orange campus this summer, 71 courses have been offered either online or in a “hybrid” model, combining a classroom setting with online coursework, using the benefits of technology to take summer courses to the next level, Guetti said.
Guetti said that incentives were offered for faculty to develop more online courses and those courses have been very well received by students. Some of the new classes, both online and on campus, include African Civilization, The Science of Persuasion, Supply Chain Analytics, The Dark Passages of the Bible, Comparative Foreign Policy, Population Health for Advanced Nursing Practice, and Public Policy Analysis.
In a pre-college initiative, high school students get the chance to work ahead on college credit. These credits generally are for entry-level, basic courses. Guetti said that enrollment in these courses has increased over last year. The most popular of these classes have been Introduction to Program Design I and II, Principles of Economics, Statistics, Introduction to Psychology, and Introduction to Social Work.
The Office of Housing and Residence Life reported that the dorms have remained active this summer hosting conferenced and summer programs for students and the community.
For current or incoming students, there are PreMed and PreDental programs, a PreLegal program and the Education Opportunity Program.
For post-grad students who are planning to be school superintendents, there is a doctorate program in education; this is also offered for some international students.
There is a group of international students on campus who are with the American Education and Travel Services. The students are from countries ranging from Lithuania and Romania to Spain and Italy. These students participate in programs and courses on campus while living in the residence halls.
There are also sports camps offered by the athletic center for children of different ages, and many of them stay on campus as well, according to Robin Nagel of HRL.