Summer in the Lamb School - Wearing Shades. Earning Grades.

Each summer, the Brian Lamb School of Communication offers a number of on-campus and online courses to help students fulfill their degree objectives. Join the more than 800 students who earn credits in the summer with the Lamb School each year.

Check out our highlighted courses below. Have questions? We'll do our best to answer them below. Finally, click here to see a full list of Summer 2019 Lamb School course offerings.

Highlighted Courses

COM 217: Science Writing and Presentation

Multiple Instructors

COM 217 explores the fundamentals of science communication, giving students practical experience to improve their abilities to convey scientific and technical ideas to wide varieties of audiences. This course can fulfill the University Core Course oral communication requirement instead of COM 114. For students in STEM disciplines, this course is especially helpful.

COM 351: Mass Media Ethics

Assistant Professor Jen Hoewe, PhD

We’ll spend the semester discussing current issues in journalism and other forms of mediated communication, particularly as they relate to ethics. You’ll learn how to systematically consider the ethical aspects of media creation, empowering you to think critically about the implications of the formation and consumption of media content. This course will equip you with the skills to examine why news and other forms of media are what they are, what effects the media has on the public, and how you can make informed and ethical decisions when working with or in the media. Importantly, we’ll also tackle issues related to diversity and representation throughout the semester, underscoring the ethical implications and applications. Register soon! Only 20 spots available.

COM 376: Communication and Gender

Professor Ralph Webb, PhD

This course is an exploration of how gender communication affects the interaction, maintenance, and sometimes termination of personal relationships, including online relationships; the effects of sex and gender on workplace communication and educational settings; and the influence of mediated communication (e.g., TV, Film, Music, new media) on sex and gender.  Register soon! Only 24 spots available.

COM 464: American Political Communication

Assistant Professor Diana Zulli, PhD

This course (cross-listed as POL 429 and COM 531) examines the content, processes, and effects of communication within the American political system. Designed for you to experience the breadth of the field of political communication, the course emphasizes relevant theories and practical skills. Each student will gain an understanding of how political language and media technologies are used (and misused) by government institutions (the president, news media), political candidates, and citizens in a democratic form of government. Course topics include media effects models (agenda setting, priming, framing), presidential communication, the rise and effects of cable news and comedic news, polarization and partisan selective exposure, political campaigning, political scandals, gendered language, and racial priming. In addition to theoretical components, the course emphasizes tangible application of skills critical to political communication, including public presentations and speechwriting." Register soon! Only 20 spots available. 

Summer FAQs

Why should I take classes in the summer, anyway?

There are a lot of reasons why it might be a good idea to take classes in the summer. For one, classes that are typically offered in Fall and Spring are often smaller in the summer, which means that you'll get more opportunity for one-on-one support from your professor or instructor. For students who plan to graduate on a typical four-year timeframe, taking summer classes can allow you to take lighter loads during Fall and Spring to have extra time for internships or jobs and still graduate on time. For our Degree in Three students, summer classes are essential to staying on schedule.

I'd like to take summer classes, but my lease is up in May. Are there on-campus housing options?

Purdue offers summer housing contracts for current undergraduate students (not students who are enrolled in Summer Start or Early Start) in Earhart and Carey. Summer housing contracts are available now and you can learn more here.

Do I have to be in West Lafayette all summer to take summer classes?

Nope, you sure don't. In fact, you may not even need to stay on campus at all. There are several different summer sessions that start at different times during the summer. Some sessions, like Maymester, are as short as four weeks. Others are as long as eight weeks. The Lamb School also offers a number of distance learning options in courses like 102, 114, and 204.

What about the cost of summer classes? Can I use my financial aid?

We're going to let the Division of Financial Aid be the experts here. The good news is that, because of increased demand for summer classes, Purdue has freed up quite a bit of support for students wishing to take courses in the summer and you can check that out here.

Are there any scholarships available through the Lamb School?

For our Degree in Three students, the Lamb School offers eight scholarships of $2,000 each to help students stay on their accelerated completion track. Learn more here.

How can I register for summer classes?

As always, you should start by visiting your academic adviser. Summer registration at Purdue will begin January 28, 2018, and roll out according to assigned time tickets. Learn more here.

Lamb School Summer 2019 Course Offerings

For a complete list of Lamb School Summer 2019 courses including course dates, times, and locations, check out the schedule of classes on MyPurdue.

Course Number and Name
Number of Sections
Class Type: Instructor Name (Enrollment Capacity)
COM 102: Intro to Com Theory 2 On-Campus: TBA (25)
Online: Dr. Howard Sypher (35)
COM 114: Fundamentals of Speech Communication 24 On-Campus and Online: Multiple Instructors TBA, (20-25 per section)
COM 204: Critical Perspectives on Communication 2 On-Campus: TBA (24)
Online: Dr. Josh Boyd (20)
COM 212: Approaches to the Study of Interpersonal Communication 1 Online: Dr. Maria Venetis (28)
COM 217: Science Writing and Presentation 5 On-Campus: Multiple Instructors TBA (20 per section)
COM 224: Communication in Global Workplaces 1 On-Campus: Dr. Seungyoon Lee (20)
COM 250: Mass Communication and Society 1 On-Campus: Dr. Brett Sherrick (25)
COM 251: Communication, Information and Society 1 On-Campus: TBA (20)
COM 253: Introduction to Public Relations 1 On-Campus: TBA (20)
COM 256: Introduction to Advertising 1 On-Campus: TBA (20)
COM 303: Intercultural Communication 1 On-Campus: TBA (25)
COM 304: Quantitative Methods for Communication Research 1 Online: Dr. Glenn Sparks (28)
COM 314: Advanced Presentational Speaking 1 On-Campus: TBA (20)
COM 318: Principles of Persuasion 2 On-Campus: TBA (25)
Online: TBA (25)
COM 320: Small Group Communication 2 On-Campus: Multiple Instructors TBA (25 per section)
COM 324: Introduction to Organizational Communication 1 On-Campus: TBA (20)
COM 325: Interviewing Principles and Practice 1 On-Campus: TBA (24)
COM 351: Mass Media Ethics 1 On-Campus: Dr. Jennifer Hoewe (20)
COM 376: Communication and Gender 1 On-Campus: Dr. Ralph Webb (24)
COM 464/POL 429/COM 531: American Political Communication 1 On-Campus: Dr. Diana Zulli (20)
COM 491: Live Sports Broadcasting 1 On-Site with Lafayette Aviators. Contact Prof. Doug Osman for info.
COM 495: Sports Communication 1 On-Campus: Dr. Josh Boyd (20)
For information about internships and career exploration options for credit this summer, contact Josh Dexter-Wiens.

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