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Free Online Courses

Deposited First-Year Students Can Take
Up to 7 Hours of Free Online Courses this Summer

Deposited first-year students are invited to enroll in up to seven hours of free courses in Summer 2021. These online courses offered at no cost are part of the College’s efforts to welcome you to Catawba, orient you to college-level courses, and put you on the path toward your degree! 

For your convenience, Catawba offers courses over three different 'blocks' during the summer: 

  • Block 1: May 19 through June 15

  • Block 2: June 16 through July 13 

  • Block 3: May 19 through July 13 

Please review the course titles and descriptions below and select a course and 'block' that works best for you! 

Due to high interest in summer courses, please understand that class enrollment is based on availability.

A bill for the summer courses will appear on your account, but in June a grant will be applied to cover the costs.


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Courses Offered

Block 1: May 19 through June 15

NURS 1101: Exploring Nursing as a Profession (1)

This one-hour course allows students to explore an area of the nursing profession by introducing the nursing process and how this process is applied in nursing practice. Experiential learning opportunities will be included in various health care related settings.

Dr. Valerie Rakes

EDUC 2000: Introduction to Teaching and Educational Technology

A study of teaching as a profession with emphasis on 21st Century skills, professional duties, policies, law and ethics organizational structure, and student needs. Field experiences included.
NOTE: West Scholars are unable to enroll in this course.

Dr. Christina Azmy

Block 2: June 16 through July 13 

ENGL 1103: Critical Reading and Writing

An applied rhetoric course focusing on intensive practice in basic concepts of written communication; active reading skills; research strategies; MLA documentation conventions; principles of organization and coherence; prewriting, drafting, and revising practices; and surface correctness of sentences.

Note: This course is not recommended for students who have scored a 3 or 4 on the AP Language and Composition Test.

Dr. Forrest Anderson

MUS 1110: Understanding Musical Arts

An introduction to the fundamental precepts of music and the art of listening, to include a survey of the major musical trends in western civilization.

Dr. Stephen Etters

ENV 1112: Environmental Concepts and Issues

A study of broad issues of environmental science and the interaction of humans and the environment. Students may not receive credit for both ENV 1112 and ENV 1401 or 1402 or 1403.

Note: This course is recommend for a student seeking general education credit, but is not recommended for students planning to major in Environmental Science, Nursing, Exercise Science, or Natural Sciences.

Dr. Joe Poston

Block 3: May 19 through July 13 

SPAN 2052: Hispanic Culture in Literature and Film

An examination of Peninsular and Latin American cultures through film, fiction, and drama. All work will be done in English.

Dr. Michael Wilson

PHIL 1050: Philosophy and Culture

An elementary introduction to philosophy through consideration of the role of philosophy in culture.

Nursing students should not sign up for this course. 

Dr. Kim Porter

SPAN 2051: Hispanics in the United States

An examination of Latino minority communities through film, literature, and interdisciplinary readings. All work will be done in English.

Dr. Michael Wilson

PHIL 1155: Introduction to Logic

A study of basic structure in reasoning and of methods for the recognition and use of valid deductive argument forms.

Nursing students should not sign up for this course. 

Dr. Andria Shores Cantrell

POLS 1100: Introduction to Political Science

Introduction to the study, analysis, scope, and sources of government. Emphasis will be given to the comparative institutions of government, the nature of politics and the manner in which people organize themselves for purposes of governing

Dr. Michael Bitzer 


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