If chosen for the summer 2022 PaSSS program, you will be required to:
- Accept your offer of admission by submitting Penn State’s enrollment fee and general deposit fee, totaling $230, by no later than Friday, May 6.
- Give Penn State permission to change your start date from fall 2022 to summer 2022.
- File a 2021-22 FAFSA by June 30, so that you are reviewed for additional financial aid eligibility.
- Attend New Student Orientation for PaSSS students in May.
- Attend summer PaSSS courses which begin Wednesday, June 29 and end Friday, Aug. 12.
- Participate fully in tutoring and mentoring activities, academic skills development workshops, and the English and Math Academies.
Students enrolled in PaSSS will take two general education courses. These courses were selected to fulfill portions of the general education requirement for all Penn State students. Classes run from Wednesday, June 29 to Friday, Aug. 12.
COMM 101N: Understanding and Enhancing Creativity (3 credits)
Creativity is a key for success in every discipline, as it leads to innovating and transformation in art and literature, sciences, math and engineering, healthcare, or our understanding of the human experience through the social sciences. This course will first define creativity, then examine creative leaps that transformed culture, and will conclude by helping students develop their own creative process while producing an original project. These projects will be self selected from any discipline, from an original creative writing or art piece to an engineering design or science project.
HIST 111: Introduction to U.S. Food History (3 credits)
This class examines American history through food and vice-versa. We’ll examine how technology had tremendous impacts on how Americans viewed, grew, processed, and ate food. Concerns about food inspired such noteworthy nineteenth-century marvels as the Erie Canal, John Deer steel plow, McCormick Harvester, and Chicago’s notorious meatpacking plants (the subject of Upton Sinclair’s novel The Jungle). By the twentieth century, food became so abundant that it created several ecological, physical, and social problems, as evidenced by the contemporary obesity epidemic, coupled with food insecurity and food waste. Food, in short, is history in microcosm — the study of Americans’ anxieties surrounding food reveals how the nation identified and understood itself over the past five centuries.
English and Math Academies
The English and Math Academies are mandatory summer programs that provide individualized instruction to prepare students to be successful in college-level English and math courses.
Required for all first-year PaSSS students.