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Why Take Penn State Classes for Summer Session?

  • Work ahead to lighten your semester load next year
  • Focus your time and attention on a challenging course
  • Get access to that General Education GHA course you wanted
  • Avoid the hassle of trying to transfer courses
  • Make progress on a minor

The College of Health and Human Development Summer Session courses offer a great opportunity to students. Summer at Penn State means smaller classes and increased collaboration with faculty, all in a more personal and relaxed atmosphere. Whether online, on campus, or even study abroad HHD advances your academic and professional interests. For more information see our list of courses in each department link and visit the Penn State Summer Session website.

Why Summer Session

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State College is a Great Place to Spend a Summer

  • The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts brings in hundreds of visual and performing artists from around the country and is visited by thousands of alumni and visitors.
  • The State College Spikes bring minor league baseball to town at Medlar Field.
  • The Central PA 4th Fest features one of the largest fireworks displays in the world.
  • Find opportunities to take advantage of outdoor seating at many State’s College restaurants.
  • And all of the outdoor sports, parks and other activities—Shaver’s Creek and Lake Perez, Whipple Dam, Rothrock State Forest, and many more places offer the chance to hike, bike, swim, kayak, and explore the area.

Can't Stay in State College or Need Flexibility?

Our online World Campus classes are the perfect fit. During the summer World Campus classes are open to any Penn State student. Being able to take a class online gives you the chance to work during the summer and still make progress on your degree. And World Campus classes cost less per credit hour, too!

Are You a Change-of-Campus Student Coming to University Park?

The STEP program offers you a chance to take classes at University Park this summer, getting ahead start on your major and getting familiar with town and campus. STEP Program students have many benefits including:

  • A Provost’s $1,500 STEP award
  • Possible on-campus employment
  • Non-credit programs designed to help students get ready for the Fall Career Fair
  • Opportunities to learn more about research, internships, and study abroad

Courses that may be perfect for STEP students entering HHD majors include:

Biobehavioral Health
BBH 101.201 – Introduction to Biobehavioral Health (Frank Materia)
BBH 101. 202 – Introduction to Biobehavioral Health (Sheila West)
BBH 143.201 – Drugs, Behavior, and Health (Nichole Sell)

Communication Science and Disorder
CSD 146 - Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders

Hospitality Management
HM 201 – Introduction to Management in the Hospitality Industry
HM 290W – Hospitality Managerial Communication

KINES 100 – The Cultural and Behavioral Foundations of Kinesiology
KINES 101 – The Biophysical Foundations of Kinesiology

Nutritional Sciences
NUTR 100 – Contemporary Nutrition Concerns
NUTR 251 – Introductory Principles of Nutrition

Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management
RPTM 120 – Leisure and Human Behavior
RPTM 300 – Tourism and Leisure Behavior
RPTM 460 – Political and Legal Aspects of Recreation Services

Visit the STEP Program website for registration and more information!

Need Assistance

Contact the College of Health and Human Development Center for Student Advising and Engagement (or call 814-865-2156).