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If your summer plans have changed, consider making the most of this time with Clemson University classes. The College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities features an array of courses during Summer Session II (June 24-Aug. 3). All are being offered online in 2020, and many fulfill general education requirements. Registration is open through June 23.

Learn a new language or explore a special interest. Take a high-demand class that fills up during spring and fall. Work toward a minor or second major. The credits you earn this summer could create flexibility in future semesters. For some students, that could facilitate internships, graduation or study abroad.

Here are just a few options, in addition to classes offered in your major:

Art Appreciation (ART 2100, 3 credits) This lecture course provides non-majors an overview of art and architecture from different time periods and cultures. Students learn to discern different styles, techniques and creative traditions. Counts toward general education credit in both cross-cultural awareness and humanities: non-literature categories.

Beginning Graphic Design (ART 2150, 3 credits) Through a series of projects, students explore fundamental techniques and principles of visual communication, using typography, photography and illustration. Lab fee. Some prerequisites are required. Advanced level classes also are offered. 

American Sign Language (ASL1020, 4 credits) Continue to learn the basics of American Sign Language, its history and culture. Visual-gestural communication techniques are used. ASL 1021 lab and prerequisite ASL 1010 required. Lab fee. Advanced classes also are offered. 

Language classes also are being offered in Chinese, French, Japanese and Spanish. Check the list of all summer courses at Clemson for details. 

English courses are being offered at many levels in many topics, including ones that meet general education requirements in English composition, and arts and humanities.  Acquire and polish skills in composition and rhetoric, business writing, scientific writing or technical writing. Explore literature from America, Britain and around the world, or see humanity through the lens of film. Check the list of all summer courses at Clemson for details. 

Environmental History (HIST 1240, 3 credits) Explore environmental history in the United States and around the world, and the interaction between science and public policy. Counts for general education credits in both social sciences and science and technology in society.

History of College Football (HIST 4920, 3 credits) This course tackles special topics in history, and this summer students can earn college credit while learning the history behind a favorite fall pastime.

History of Landscape Architecture (LARC 1160, 3 credits) From prehistory to the present, learn about design on the land. Provides an overview of how aesthetics, science, technology, and natural features influence how cultures shape places. Fulfills general education credits in both humanities: non-literature and science and technology in society.

Introduction to Landscape Architecture (LARC 1150, 3 credits) This course exclusively for non-majors introduces the discipline and surveys the relationship between landscape architecture and sustainability, natural sciences, medicine, engineering, art, planning and development, psychology, recreation and tourism, technology and more.

Music Appreciation: Music in the Western World (MUSC 2100, 3 credits) Deepen your appreciation of the heritage and “language” of music in Western culture while earning general education credit in both cross-cultural awareness and humanities: non-literature categories.

Technology and Its Discontents (PHIL 1240, 3 credits) Consider issues arising from the development of technologies, their implementation and their integration into society. This philosophical introduction explores theoretical questions about the nature of technology, as well as issues related to specific technologies. Earns general education credits in both humanities: non-literature and science and technology in society.

Introduction to Religion (REL 1010, 3 credits) or World Religions (REL 1020, 3 credits) Study the variety of religious experience and expression in human life, or do so in a class that surveys major religious traditions of the world. Each course counts for both cross-cultural awareness and humanities: non-literature general education credits.

Theatre Appreciation (THEA 2100, 3 credits) Examine the historical context of theatrical events through play reading, studying production practices, and observing performances. Counts for humanities: non-literature general education credit.

#MeToo Activism and Our Lives (WS 4590, 3 credits) In a course that features changing topics in women’s studies, this summer section explores the movement to raise awareness, fight and end sexual harassment and sexual assault.


Summer school CAAH FAQ information

  • Are in-person classes being offered this summer?

    For 2020, all summer courses in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities and at Clemson University will be delivered online.
  • Do I need special equipment to take online classes?

    For most classes, you will need access to a laptop or desktop computer with a working microphone and web camera. Also, your internet connection must be reliable enough to allow for live streaming.
  • Will my financial aid be affected by taking summer classes? Or will my financial aid be affected by the shift to distance learning?

    Please check with Student Financial Aid to discuss your unique situation. Send your questions to and a counselor will respond. Or, if you are enrolled at another college, please check with the financial aid office at your home institution.
  • Can I use my Palmetto Fellows or Life Scholarship money in the summer?

    In many cases you can, but there are rules you should discuss with Student Financial Aid before you make a decision. Start that conversation by emailing
  • Who can help me figure out what to take and whether it would help me?

    Our Student Services Center has advisors on staff throughout the summer who can help you explore your options. To get started, email the center's director, Cari Brooks: You can also reach out to your assigned academic advisor for guidance. Your advisor’s contact information appears at the top of your DegreeWorks report.
  • I’m a student at another college or university. Can I take summer classes at Clemson?

    Yes! Your first step should be to talk with your academic advisor and the financial aid office at your school. Learn which credits will transfer back to your program and what financial considerations you need to think about. Next, if you want to talk in more detail about course offerings and how online classes work at Clemson, write to Cari Brooks, director of the CAAH Student Services Center:
  • How much work is involved in a summer class?

    Some classes last the entire summer. For those classes, the workload is comparable to what you would experience in a regular semester. Classes taken in the Summer I or Summer II terms compress a whole semester’s work into a shorter time frame. For this reason, most students take fewer hours during a single summer session than they would during a fall, spring, or full-summer term. For each hour you spend in class, a Clemson professor assumes you spend an additional 2-3 hours reading, writing, and studying each week. Please take that into consideration as you plan how many classes to take.
  • Will summer classes help me graduate early?

    There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, but if you contact CAAH Student Services, the staff there will help you explore your options.
  • What resources are available to help me succeed in summer classes?

    Over the summer, all Academic Success Center services, including those offered through the Writing Center, are available online. Free academic coaches are professional staff members who are experts in learning strategies and things like motivation, time management, and goal-setting. You can meet one-on-one with a coach to help develop your skills as a student. In addition, our Michelin Career Center, the top-ranked career center in the nation, is open to support you. Your physical and mental health are important to us, too, as part of your overall student life.

    Campus Recreation offers online courses, workouts and wellness programs. Counseling and Psychological Services provides care online and over the phone.

  • Why should I take online classes with Clemson instead of through a community college?

    The short answer: our professors! Summer courses are taught by some of Clemson’s most creative and dedicated faculty. By taking courses with Clemson, you can build relationships with dynamic instructors that carry forward into the rest of the year. Also, our prerequisites are designed to prepare you for more advanced courses at Clemson.
  • How will summer classes affect my GPA?

    Another nice thing about taking summer classes at Clemson is that they count toward your GPA. If you make an A in your summer class at Clemson, it boosts your GPA. If you take the course elsewhere, you receive credit for the course if you earn a C or better, but the grade does not get calculated into your GPA.
  • What tips do you have for students taking summer classes?

    From day one, fully invest in the course: read the syllabus carefully, complete all the readings and assignments, engage in online discussions, and make the effort to get to know your professors and classmates. Because the classes are in a compressed time frame, it’s easy to fall behind. If you make a good study plan from the very first moments of the class and stick to it, you will feel less stressed and will have a much more meaningful learning experience than if you try to do everything at the last minute.
  • When do I have to decide?

    If you are a Clemson student, you can register right up until June 23, the day before Summer II classes start. Still, it's best to register early to ensure your place in class.