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Three sessions. Tons of class options. All geared to make life easier. What’s not to love about summer? Whether you want to graduate early or just get ahead this fall, summer classes at Simpson are a convenient and affordable way to complete your course requirements. Plus, choose from flexible online or face-to-face evening classes at our West Des Moines location.

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Don't miss out on Summer at Simpson


  • To enroll in summer classes prior to your March registration day: Contact the Continuing & Graduation Education Office to register. We can be reached at summer@simpson.edu or (515) 309-3099.
  • To enroll in summer classes on or after your March registration day: Visit SC Connect to register.




  • Undergraduate tuition: $405/credit
  • Graduate tuition:
    • Master of Arts in Criminal Justice: $550/credit
    • Master of Arts in Teaching: $550/credit
    • Master of Music in Choral Conducting: $800/credit
  • Audit rate: $200 per credit
  • Technology fee: $7 per credit
  • Online fee: $23/credit

Many students will qualify for financial aid. For questions about summer financial aid, please contact the office of financial aid.

Summer 2021 Course Listing

Summer Session 1: June 1 to July 25, 2021

ACCT 201 WEB: Introduction to Accounting 4 credits

Introduction to accounting that focuses on both external and internal accounting information. Topics include using and analyzing financial statements and related information for making economic decisions in today's business world by external decision-makers, using management accounting information for various internal decisions including CVP analysis, the business decisions that impact the business value chain. (QUANT)

CMSC 220 WEB: The Social Context of Computing EV, IL 4 credits

This course examines the role of computers and computing professionals in contemporary society. Topics include the history and development of computing, legal issues associated with computing (including the right to privacy, intellectual property rights, and liability), and social/moral issues associated with computing. ETHICS, INFOLIT.

COMM 101 WEB: Intro to Communication and Media Studies CE 4 credits

An introductory examination of the practices and theories that inform the study of human communication as a social and cultural phenomenon. Students consider quantitative, qualitative and critical social-science research into the processes and effects of communication in interpersonal, organizational and mass communication contexts. The course also provides students with a first look at the variety of professional opportunities awaiting Communication & Media Studies graduates. (CIVIC)

MAGT 333 WEB: Organization and Behavior CL, OC 4 credits

This course is a study of the behavioral aspects of life within organizations, examining the individual, group and structural dimensions. Students participate in a semester-long group project culminating in a formal group presentation. It is suggested, but not required, that students take introductory courses in Psychology or Sociology before taking this course. Prerequisites: MAGT 131 and junior standing. COLLABLDR, ORALCOM.

MIS 145 WEB: Management Information Systems IL, QR 4 credits

This course covers the fundamentals of information systems with an emphasis on business intelligence 128 systems. The latest advances in these systems are covered along with topical references to ethical and societal issues. This course is designed to help students function more effectively and efficiently as managers, decision makers, and leaders in the business world. Students learn to use data analysis software for summarization and visualization of critical business data. Prerequisite: Experience using Microsoft Excel and Access. INFOLIT, QUANT.

MUS 103 WEB: Discovering Music ART 4 credits

A study of the history of Western art, classical music and how music has helped shape and reflect the human spirit throughout various cultures and time periods from which it emanates. Students will come to realize that music moves beyond the realm of entertainment and that an understanding and appreciation of music can profoundly enrich the quality of living. This course will concentrate mainly
on traditional Western art music, but there will also be studies of other genres, such as world folk music, ethnic music and different types of American popular music. ART.

JPN 105 WEB: Japan: Kimonos and Blue Jeans GP,IC 4 credits

An introduction to Japanese language and culture focusing on cultural products, practices, and perspectives related to traditions and customs, to daily life, and to the work world. (GLOBAL,INTRCUL)

PSYC 220 WEB: Psychology of Gender CT,SR 4 credits

Students will use the science of psychology to explore how gender affects women's and men's sex-role socialization, gender stereotypes, sexism in the workplace, love and romance, and gender and violence will be discussed within a social psychological and experimental framework. The scientific method will be used to describe, explain, and make predictions concerning gender differences, gender similarities, gender relations, and sexism. (CRITTHNK,SCIREASON)

SOC 101 WEB: Introduction to Sociology CE 4 credits

An introduction to the ways that group relations affect human behavior. Considers interactions between individuals, institutions, communities, and culture. Examines ongoing processes that shape society. CE

SPAN 110 WEB: Identity and Culture GP, IC 4 credits

Exploration of cultural perspectives in the Spanish-speaking world related to personal and cultural identity. Development of Spanish language skills to be able to communicate in basic terms about people and places encountered in everyday life. (GLOBAL,INTRCUL)

SPSC 107 WEB: General Nutrition 4 credits

A study of the nutrients, where they are found, and how they are used by the human body; special emphasis on nutritional strategies for improved health, weight management, and athletic fitness. INFOLIT

SPSC 210 WEB: Scientific Writing WC 2 credits

This course teaches strategies and techniques of scientific writing while using practical examples and exercises. Topics include: principles of concise writing, the format and publication of a scientific manuscript, and proper use of citation. (WRITCOM)

Summer Session 2: June 28 to August 22, 2021

ACCT 250 WEB: Intro to Accounting Systems

This course will explore manually run accounting systems and then the use of computer applications for the accounting function. This course will cover accrual accounting, journal entries, the year-end closing of accounts and the preparation of financial statements. Prerequisite: ACCT-201.

CJ 334/534 WEB: Crime and Place 4 credits

The purpose of this course is to critically examine and consider place-based issues of crime and justice, by focusing on where and when crime occurs and how crime is distributed geographically. Topics may include environmental criminology, routine activities, social disorganization and related theories; offending patterns, geographic profiling, and journey to crime analysis; hot spots and criminal careers of places; displacement of crime; spatial and temporal analysis of crime, and related areas.

COMM 221 WEB: Digital Video OC 4 credits

Students will learn to write and report news stories using video technology. Students will learn the components of a traditional television newscast and the skills to produce, write and report for such newscast. In addition students will study and put into practice basic videography and non-linear editing skills. (ORALCOM)

EDUC 312/512 WEB: Exceptional Learners (PK through High School) CL, IL 4 credits

An introduction to the wide range of abilities and needs of exceptional learners, including but not limited to talented and gifted students, those challenged in the areas of physical, emotional, social, cognitive, and career; English Language Learners, student who are at-risk, mobile students and families, etc. The goal is to identify educational strategies that will provide optimal learning experiences for all students. The legal basis for special education are presented, and the models of collaborative problem solving, differentiated instruction and co-teaching are emphasized. Prerequisites: EDUC 114, 118, 222. COLLABLDR, INFOLIT.

MAGT 131 WEB: Management Concepts 4 credits

An introduction to the principles of management including planning, organizing, staffing, leading, controlling and strategies.

MAGT 345 WEB: Principles of Insurance 4 credits

Introduction to the concepts of risk, risk management and insurance generally as a risk-handling method. The consumer (individual and/or business) side of insurance contract focuses on identification of insurable risks and selection of insurance products. Coverage of insurer issues includes the government as insurer (e.g., unemployment compensation) and government regulation of insurance. Prerequisites: MAGT-131, 231, and sophomore standing.

MIS 220 WEB: E-Commerce 4 credits

This course will cover topics associated with electronic commerce including information technologies and its impact on industries and organizational strategy, explore the process of developing and implementing e-commerce systems, identifying business opportunities, issues involving privacy, security, and marketing. Prerequisite: MIS 145.

PHIL 250 WEB: Applied Ethics EV 4 credits

The application of various ethical theories to contemporary moral problems in our society. Sample topics include: moral dilemmas in the business world, capital punishment, environmental ethics, and animal rights. Students will be asked to critically examine and evaluate specific cases. (CRITTHNK,ETHICS

SCJ 340 WEB: Race and Ethnic Relations, DP 4 credits

This course explores the dynamics and results of inter-group relations. Prejudice and discrimination are examined in both historical and international perspective. Among the concrete topics discussed are affirmative action, multiculturalism, institutional discrimination, and the interrelationship of sex, class, and ethnicity. DIVRSTY.

SPAN 110 WEB: Identity and Culture 4 credits
Exploration of cultural perspectives in the Spanish-speaking world related to personal and cultural identity. Development of Spanish language skills to be able to communicate in basic terms about people and places encountered in everyday life. (GLOBAL,INTRCUL)

Summer Session Cross: June 1 to August 22, 2021

MATH 108 WEB: Elementary Statistics Using Data, QR 4 credits

A first course for any student requiring knowledge of the fundamental procedures for data organization and analysis. Topics include data visualization, data summaries, and decision making. The binomial, normal, student's t, and chi-square distributions will be covered, and hypothesis testing will be used to make decisions about sample statistics, proportions, and correlation. (QUANT)

ECON 135 WEB: Applied Statistics, QR 4 credits

Fundamentals of descriptive and inferential statistics studied through business applications. Topics include central tendency and variability, frequency distributions, elementary probability theory, binomial, normal, and t-distributions, sampling theory, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, regression analysis. Prerequisite: One of: MATH 105/105T, MATH 130/130T, Math ACT of 22 or higher, or Math SAT of 530 or higher. Students majoring in a Social Science should take Soc/Psyc 210 rather than this course. Credit will not be given for both SOC 210 or PSYC 215 and ECON 135. QUANT.

ENG 213 WEB: U.S. Literature II HP,WC 4 credits

This course investigates United States literature spanning from the end of the Civil War to the end of the twentieth century. It may consider novels, stories, and nonfiction texts from across this period, attending to developments in nineteenth- and twentieth-century U.S. literary history such as Regionalism, Realism, Naturalism, Modernism, and Postmodernism. Students may also consider the political, cultural, and historical events that run parallel to these literary developments. (HISTRCL, CRITTHNK) Offered annually.

EXPL 150 WEB: Life Experience Portfolio Workshop WC 2 credits

This course guides students through the process of creating a Life Experience Portfolio (LEP). The LEP is a written product which uses documented evidence to show how significant skills and knowledge gained through professional and personal experience align with course content, allowing students to gain course credit for those experiences. Students engage in the cyclical writing process of brainstorming, organizing ideas, drafting, and revising. Following the completion of the portfolio, students also present their arguments orally to a faculty committee, which determines the credits to be awarded. To be eligible for the LEP process, students must be at least 25 years of age with a minimum of 5 years of full-time work experience. They must have fewer than 64 earned credits and fewer than 32 non-traditional credits counted toward their degree. Credits awarded for the portfolio can range from 0 to a maximum of 24, depending on the nature of the life experiences, the quality of the portfolio, and the credits remaining within the maximum of 64. (WRITCOM) Permission of instructor required.

GDSN 237 WEB: Digital Photography AR 4 credits

Students will learn basic principles of digital photography. Camera operation, photo-composition, and Photoshop manipulation will be emphasized. The course will also teach students about the power of visual images and how photography is used as an effective element of graphic design. No prerequisites.(ARTS)

CJ 346 WEB: Field Experience in Criminal Justice, WRITCOM 4 credits

Placement in a court, planning agency, or other criminal justice agency for a minimum of 120 hours of supervised fieldwork. Open to majors with Junior or Senior standing. WRITCOM.

CJ 509 WEB: Graduate Student Internship 4 credits

HSV 348 WEB: HSV Field Experience in Human Services, WC 4 credits

Required Capstone in the department. Placement in a court, planning agency, or other human services agency for a minimum of 120 hours of supervised fieldwork. Open to majors with Junior or Senior standing. WRITCOM.

NASC 102 WEB: Introduction to Meteorology w/lab QR,SR 4 credits

This course provides an introduction to basic concepts in meteorology such as forecasting, atmospheric measurements, radiation, stability, precipitation, winds, fronts, and severe weather. Applied topics include but not limited to: precipitation formation, the effect of clouds, soils and snow on temperature, global warming and its effects on biodiversity, and other topics course will be able to fully understand and demonstrate their proficiency in the scientific art of forecasting. Laboratory exercises that center on weather forecasting are interwoven throughout the course and students will use real-time data to analyze the current and future states of the atmosphere.(SCIREASON)(QUANT)

SOC 347 WEB: Field Experience in Sociology 4 credits

Placement in a court, planning agency, or other criminal justice agency for a minimum of 120 hours
of supervised fieldwork. Open to majors with Junior or Senior standing. WRITCOM.

SC 250 WEB: Momentum 1 credit

This course is designed for students in the Continuing and Graduate program who are mid-way through their degree. The focus will be on building academic momentum, career counseling, and current and future connections to the Simpson community.