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Summer Advantage 2020 Info

Summer Advantage 2020 Cancelled

Summer Advantage 2020 has been cancelled due to concerns about the course of COVID-19, but you can still take WSU summer courses at a distance. Pullman campus summer courses will be delivered remotely using Zoom and Blackboard, our learning management system. To learn about summer financial aid opportunities visit the Student Financial Services Summer Aid website.

Course Information

Summer Advantage students can choose up to two* of the courses listed below. These courses fulfill the required University Common Requirement (UCORE) curriculum for most majors. See the University Common Requirement guidelines for more information. If you are a Running Start or Honors College student, it is possible the courses won’t help you progress in fulfilling your graduation requirements.

Additionally, these classes are closed to other WSU Summer Session students. Class size is limited to 30 students in order to have productive class discussion and to facilitate interpersonal interaction with class members and the instructors.

*Students may choose three classes as long as one of them is UNIV 100 (a 1 credit class).

Choose from among the following classes:

CES 101 Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies

Want to learn how to challenge assumptions about race? Sign up for Summer Advantage and take CES 101 Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies[DIVR]
(3 credits)

In 1969, students at San Francisco State University and University of California, Berkeley launched massive protests at their respective campuses in demand for Ethnic Studies, an increased number of students of color, and a more diverse/representative faculty body.  Challenging the Eurocentric nature of the academy (America) and the systematic exclusion of faculty/students of color, the field of Ethnic Studies emerged through struggle, political organizing and resistance.  More than forty years later, this course challenges our assumptions of race in the United States.  Exploring a number of different sites in which race and racism are created, articulated and challenged, we will come to see how central race (racism) is to the everyday lives and governing institutions within contemporary society.

ENGL 101 College Composition

Are you interested in developing your writing skills? Sign up for Summer Advantage and Take English 101 College Composition Writing[WRTG]
(3 credits)

After receiving an appropriate Writing Exam score or completion of ENGLISH 100 with an S grade, students can take this class designed to further develop students’ academic writing, critical thinking, rhetorical strategies, reading and library skills. Students who place into English 101+102 on their Writing Placement exam cannot take this course during Summer Advantage unless they pay for the extra credit required for English 102. Please contact for questions!

HONORS 280 Contextual Understanding in the Arts and Humanities

Are you interested in Sports Philosophy? Sign up for Summer Advantage and take Honors 280 Contextual Understanding in the Arts and Humanities[HUM]
(3 credits)

In this class we’ll use films and short readings to launch in-class discussions of philosophical issues in sports, including the following topics and more: The definition of sports, theories of fairness and sportsmanship, the ethics of performance-enhancing substances, gender and race issues as they emerge in sports,and the ethics of using of animals in sports. HONORS 280 is open to all students and by special permission of the provost will count as a Humanities [HUM] UCORE during summer for those not in the Honors College.

MUSIC 262 Rock Music—History and Social Analysis

Are you interested in Rock and Roll? Sign up for Summer Advantage and take Rock Music History and Social Analysis[ARTS]
(3 credits)

Learn about history and analyze rock music related to its African American origins, its societal role, and its diverse development and impact. The course will be taught by Professor David Snider and fulfills the inquiry in the creative and professional arts [ARTS] UCORE graduation requirement. Usually this course is open only to upperclassmen because of its popularity.Required text: “The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock and Roll: The Definitive History of the Most Important Artist and Their Music” by Anthony DeCurtis (primary author), ISBN-13:978067937285.


Are you ready to find your path? Sign up for Summer Advantage and take University 100.[UNIV]
(1 credit)

This course is designed to help students choose an academic path at WSU.  Students will explore options for majors, identify passions and interests, discover meaning in a career, build a four-year academic and career plan, and get individual advising with an Explore and Discover advisor.

Calculated Success Online

Mathematical Concept and Skill Improvement
(1 credit)

Calculated Success gives you the opportunity to work on foundational math skills and work on programs individually tailored to build your personal math proficiency utilizing the ALEKS software. This will be accomplished through individual work and online or in-person office hours for specific questions.

While Summer Advantage is an on-campus program, you can take online Calculated Success in addition to your on-campus courses. You should dedicate around 8-9 hours a week on your work because Math 110 is considered a lab. This course also will have a small, additional fee for proctoring your final exam, included in the cost of the program.

Important Note about Attendance

Summer Advantage is only a five-week session, with classes meeting every day, Monday-Friday. In the regular school year, a semester is 16-weeks, typically meeting 2-3 times per week. Classes offered during Summer Advantage are not shortened classes, they still cover all the same material a 16-week course would cover, but quicker and more intensely. Missing one day of class during Summer Advantage equals missing about 1 to 1.5 weeks of course material, depending on the course.

It is very important that students and parents understand that students should not miss any days of Summer Advantage. Many Summer Advantage instructors have policy clearly laid out in their syllabi language that prohibits missing last day of class. So when planning travel back home after the program, realize that a student could potentially fail or receive an incomplete on their final grade if they miss the last day of classes.

However, we also understand emergencies and issues that are not in students’ control. Each student’s situation will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact us at or at 509-335-3530.


You will be able to rent/buy your textbooks from the Bookie in Pullman. It is not guaranteed that all classes with have the option to purchase their materials in New/Used conditions, it just depends on what the Bookie has available. If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact us at or 509-335-3530.

Once you register for Summer Advantage, you’ll receive an email about how to order your books, as we recommend pre-ordering them for you to pick them up once you arrive!

For Calculated Success, you will need to get an ALEKS summer subscription, a fee for which will be included in your tuition costs, but no textbooks will be required.

Summer Programs Peer Mentor-led Programming

Our Summer Programs Peer Mentors (PMs) are experts at navigating life at WSU and understand coming to a big university is new for all of you. Many times throughout each week, they develop programming that’s not only fun, but informative, and each one leads to community building. In past summers, some of the programming our PMs organized were:

  • WSU Campus Tour—Helping students familiarize themselves with locations of various campus resources, with particular focus on where Summer Advantage classes would be held.
  • Northside Hall Scavenger Hunt—A community building activity.
  • Ice Cream in a Bag—Helping students interact with one another and help each other through the process of making ice cream from scratch.
  • Mario Kart: “Drunk” Edition—Using WSU Police’s “Drunk Goggles,” students got the opportunity to try to play Mario Kart while wearing the goggles, simulating what drunk driving feels like. WSU Police officers then discussed the dangers of drinking and driving.
  • Make S’more Friends—Socialization and community development through making s’mores.

In 2020, you can expect similar and equally as awesome programming from our stellar Peer Mentors!