Course Information

Summer Advantage students can choose up to two* of the courses listed below. These courses fulfill the required University Common Requirement (UCORE) curriculum for most majors. See the University Common Requirement guidelines for more information. If you are a Running Start or Honors College student, it is possible the courses won’t help you progress in fulfilling your graduation requirements.

Additionally, these classes are closed to other WSU Summer Session students. Class size is limited to 30 students in order to have productive class discussion and to facilitate interpersonal interaction with class members and the instructors.

*Students choosing UNIV100 (a 1 credit class), can choose 2 more classes.  UNIV100 is not mandatory, and is not a UCore requirement, but is very useful transitioning to college 

2021 Courses (2023 Course options will be posted in Fall 2022)

Course Name Credits Days of the Week Time Instructor
ENGLISH 100: Introductory College Composition 3 Mon-Fri 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Sherwin Sales
ENGLISH 101: College Composition 3 Mon-Fri 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Nicolaas Koenis
ENGLISH 101: College Composition 3 Mon-Fri 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Wyn Richards
ENGLISH 101: College Composition 3 Mon-Fri TBD Rebecca Murphy
ENGLISH 102: Writing Tutorial 1 Mon-Thurs 9:10-10:00 a.m. TBD
CES 101: Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies 3 Mon-Fri 1:30-3:00 p.m. Spencer Martin
ECONS 101: Fundamentals of Microeconomics 3 Mon-Fri 1:30-3:00 p.m. Azhar Uddin
HONORS 280: Transformative Narratives of Heroes, Fairy Tales, and Social Activists 3 Mon-Fri 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Cyn ZavalaMUS
262: Rock Music: History and Social Analysis 3 Mon-Fri 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Frederick Snider
Entrepreneurship 496: Name, Image & Likeness - Personal Branding 1 Mon & Wed 10:30-11:45 .m. Asa Brown
UNIV 100: College Majors and Career Exploration 1 Mon-Thurs 9:10-10:00 a.m. Amanda Morgan

Course Descriptions

  • CES 101 Race and Racism in the United States [DIVR] (3 credits)

    Overview of race, ethnicity, and racism within social, cultural, and historical structures and systems in the United States.

  • ECONS 101 Fundamentals of Microeconomics [SSCI] (3 credits)

    Course Prerequisite: MATH 101, MATH 103 (or higher) or concurrent enrollment, MGTOP 215, STAT 205, STAT 212 or concurrent enrollment, or a minimum ALEKS score of 40%. - Enrollment not allowed if credit earned for ECONS 198 with a C or higher and ECONS 102. -

    Theory and policy of human responses to scarcity; how this affects business competition, international trade, industrial organization, investment, and income distribution.

  • ENGLISH 100 - Introductory College Composition (3 credits)

    Course Prerequisite: Appropriate Writing Exam score.

    Designed to introduce students to writing and reading in the university. S, F grading.

  • ENGLISH 101 – College Composition (3 credits)

    Appropriate Writing Exam score or completion of ENGLISH 100 with an S grade. Designed to further develop students' academic writing, critical thinking, rhetorical strategies, reading and library skills.

  • ENGLISH 102 Writing Tutorial

    May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 2 hours. - Student-centered group tutorial focusing on writing improvement; concurrently connected to the ENGLISH 101 course. S, F grading.

  • HONORS 280 Transformative Narratives of Heroes, Fairy Tales, and Social Activists (3 credits)

    This course is open to both students in UCORE and students in the Honors College.  UCORE students can receive [HUM] humanities UCORE credit for this course.

    This class will examine what it means to transform. From the metamorphoses of mythological figures and alter-egos of super heroes, to the practice of contemporary social activists, “transformation” is an evocative verb that functions as a window through which one can examine individuals, communities, and knowledge. 

    In our first module, each student will contribute to a class collection documenting fictional and historical examples of transformation in our attempt to co-create a working definition of our theme for the course. For the second module, we will narrow our focus to a common read—The Magic Fish, a graphic novel by Trung Le Nguyen—to investigate specific themes of transformation, including but not limited to fairy tale adaptation, LGBTQIA communities, and Vietnamese diaspora. During the final module, we will branch out into abstract transformations by contending with calls for social and ideological change by engaging with a series of texts by activists and journalists. The course will culminate in a portfolio that documents your learning process through a reflective letter, revised essays from each module, and additional multimodal examples from in-class activities and independent study. 

    Required Course Materials: 

    The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen (Random House Graphic), 2020, ISBN 1984851594; in addition to one-shot comics, short films, essays, and scholarly journal articles that will be made accessible to you through Canvas.

  • MUS 262 Rock Music: History and Social Analysis (3 credits)

    History and analysis of rock music related to its African American origins, its societal role, and its diverse development and impact.

  • UNIV 100 College Majors and Career Exploration (1 credit)

    Career development and the decision-making process; exploration of academic majors and careers. Credit not granted for both UNIV 100 and 101.

Important Note about Attendance

Summer Advantage is only a five-week session, with classes meeting every day, Monday-Friday. In the regular school year, a semester is 16-weeks, typically meeting 2-3 times per week. Classes offered during Summer Advantage are not shortened classes, they still cover all the same material a 16-week course would cover, but quicker and more intensely. Missing one day of class during Summer Advantage equals missing about 1 to 1.5 weeks of course material, depending on the course.

It is very important that students and parents understand that students should not miss any days of Summer Advantage. Many Summer Advantage instructors have policy clearly laid out in their syllabi language that prohibits missing last day of class. So when planning travel back home after the program, realize that a student could potentially fail or receive an incomplete on their final grade if they miss the last day of classes.

However, we also understand emergencies and issues that are not in students’ control. Each student’s situation will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact us at


You will be able to rent/buy your textbooks from the Bookie in Pullman. It is not guaranteed that all classes with have the option to purchase their materials in New/Used conditions, it just depends on what the Bookie has available. If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact us at

Once you register for Summer Advantage, you’ll receive an email about how to order your books, as we recommend pre-ordering them for you to pick them up once you arrive!

For Calculated Success, you will need to get an ALEKS summer subscription, a fee for which will be included in your tuition costs, but no textbooks will be required.


Helpful Links

  • WSU Catalog—Learn about WSU Departments, Requirements, and Courses; understand the Schedule of Studies, and understand the Course Descriptions