Stetson University

Maymester Learning Opportunities


To register for a Maymester course or workshop, follow these steps:

  1. If you'd like to register for a credit bearing course, register for it through My Stetson (current Stetson University students only)
  2. If you'd like to register for a non-credit workshop, use the Maymester Application to register.

Credit-Bearing Courses

Special Topic in Biology: BIOL 390: Translating Science to the Public (0.5 unit)

This course will permit a few students to work directly with the professor to develop all of the materials that will be used in a summer camp for middle school students titled "Florida's Fascinating Flora." Students will learn to translate what they have learned in science to younger students, providing them enrichment experience. Registration for this course is in coordination with the faculty member.

  • Instructor: Cynthia Bennington
  • Time: 10 a.m. to Noon daily
  • Textbooks: No textbooks required
  • Cost: $996 plus housing

Special Topic in Philosophy: PHIL 390: The Law as Memory: Legality, Morality and Poetry (0.5 unit)

Barack Obama, in his 1995 memoir Dreams from My Father, offers the following reflection on the law:

"The study of law can be disappointing at times, a matter of applying narrow rules and arcane procedure to an uncooperative reality; a sort of glorified accounting that serves to regulate the affairs of those who have power -- and that all too often seeks to explain, to those who do not, the ultimate wisdom and justness of their condition. But that's not all the law is. The law is also memory; the law also records a long-running conversation, a nation arguing with its conscience." (666-67)

What does Obama mean when he describes law as memory? We'll explore this evocative image.

The first half of the class, held at Stetson University in DeLand with Associate Professor of Philosophy Joshua Rust, Ph.D., will consider the nature of law. Is law, as John Austin suggests, arbitrary and capricious? That is, does it simply reflect the wishes and demands of political and social elites -- a means to maintain and justify extant power structures? Or is law, as Aquinas recommends, nothing but the voice of conscience? When Obama describes the law as a memory of conversation, he may be suggesting a third possibility -- one that distances precepts of the law from those of morality without severing them.

The second half of the class, held at the Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport with Associate Dean and Professor of Law Kristen Adams, J.D., will build on the readings from the first week in several ways, including through the lens of poetry. As students will learn, reading cases and codes is a way to learn what the law is, and reading law review articles and treatises is a way to learn what the law perhaps should be; reading poetry about the law, by contrast, is a way to learn how the law is experienced -- by parties, attorneys, judges, witnesses, victims, perpetrators and members of the public. This second week will also build on the analogy of law as memory, discussing how legal principles are encoded as both the source and the product of societal norms, stored and valued as precedent, and retrieved and applied to new situations constantly.

  • Instructors: Kristen Adams and Joshua Rust
  • Time: 9 to 11:30 a.m. daily
  • Textbooks: No textbooks required
  • Cost: $996 plus housing (students will live the first week in DeLand, and then transfer to student housing in Gulfport for the second week)
    • An additional cost of $60 is required for this course to provide breakfast and lunch to students in Gulfport, since there are no food service operations open at that time on the Gulfport campus. Dinner will be the responsibility of the students.

Special Topic in Finance: FINA 191: Personal Finance (0.5 unit)

The goal of this course is to provide a basic understanding of personal finance to enable students to reach and maintain financial security during their lifetimes. The course will emphasize the fundamental issues of importance to all individuals and will include the following topics, among others: personal financial planning, the home buying process, the buy/lease auto decision, insurance and investment products, credit cards, and mortgages and personal loans. This course is structured for students without any background in business or finance.

Non-Credit Workshops

Project Management

Project management is one of the business world's most in-demand skill sets. It is also one of the fastest growing professional disciplines in North America. Taking this course will benefit you by adding an additional skill to your resume that will impress employers in the future. This program is designed to cover the fundamentals of managing projects that can be applied across ALL industries. It introduces participants to more complex topics in project management while it deepens their understanding of planning and controlling processes. Participants discover concepts, tools and ways to manage projects to achieve positive outcomes. They apply these principles and techniques to sample projects and create links to their own projects. This course is NOT an exam prep course, but it will give participants the pre-requisite educational hours and a general knowledge of the tools & techniques that are necessary to pass the Certified Associate in Project Management Exam, which will be discussed in class.

  • Instructor: Benjamin Brown, MPM, Instructor Designer
  • Time: 9 a.m. to Noon daily
  • Cost: $996 plus housing

Quick Books®

This course offers computerized training and certificate of completion in QuickBooks®, an accounting software package developed by Intuit that is widely-used amongst a vast array of businesses and not-for-profit organizations, as well as independent certified public accountants (CPAs) that support such clients. Following the first few class meetings that introduce concepts related to accounting in the small-business environment, participants will utilize the software to learn basic bookkeeping concepts and skills. Class participants will: process accounts payable and accounts receivable, perform banking-related tasks such as making deposits and reconciling accounts, track inventory and job costs, administer payroll and associated taxes, and generate various financial statement reports.

  • Instructor: Maria Rickling
  • Time: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. daily
  • Cost: $996 plus housing

Politics 101

Have you ever wondered what it's like to run a political campaign? Do you have an interest in politics, community organizing, media, fundraising or making social change? If so, then you would enjoy "Politics 101." Course participants will learn how to build a winning campaign from the ground up, including developing campaign strategy, operations, message, branding, structure and funding. Participants will learn through a variety of ways, including projects, discussions, videos, articles, research and presentations (all materials will be provided by the instructor). Guest speakers will include current candidates and elected officials, veteran campaign managers, leaders of political parties, and scholars in the field of electoral politics.

  • Instructor: Kevin Winchell
  • Time: 1 to 4 p.m. daily
  • Cost: $996 plus housing

Stetson Career Discovery Program: Identifying and Developing Your Strengths

Discover, develop and apply your talents for academic, personal and career success. Your career choice is one of the most important decisions you will make. This course will provide you with guidance in personal growth and career exploration.

Imagine a job where you have the opportunity to do what you do best, every day. What would that job look like for you? Who would you work with, where would you work and what type of activities would you be doing? Finding a job that is a good fit for your talents is a key part of the career exploration process. Through this course, you will gain insight into your areas of greatest potential: the things that you naturally do best. We will be utilizing the assessment StrengthsFinder, which will provide valuable information about who you are and it will give you clues to the type of work environment in which you are most likely to thrive.

  • Instructors: Savannah-Jane Griffin (Center for Community Engagement), Robin Kazmarek and Cindy Oakley-Paulik (Office of Career Development and Academic Advising)
  • Time: 10 a.m. to Noon daily
  • Cost: $996 plus housing

Non-Profit Management: Grant Writing

The Fundamentals of Fundraising and Grant Writing is an informative course that will equip you with the skills you need to enter the field of grant writing/fund development in the nonprofit industry. Upon completion of this course you will better understand how and where to look for potential funders who are a good match for your organization in order to raise funds for projects, building and grounds, and new or existing programs. You will learn the importance of networking and how to develop partnerships with funders, how to create successful grant writing campaigns, and how to prepare a complete proposal package.

The Fundamentals of Fundraising and Grant Writing is perfect for students interested in non-profit management and/or fundraising, and non-profit organizations, schools, religious institutions and municipalities seeking grants from foundation, corporate, government and individual donors. This is an excellent course for individuals wishing to become grant writers or to assist a cause you are passionate about as a grant writing volunteer or paid consultant.

The course elements readily translate to the for-profit world including government contracts and cooperative agreements. Whatever your experience level, The Fundamentals of Fundraising and Grant Writing will provide you with new skills and demystify grant writing and fund development.

  • Instructor: Scott Steger, President, The National Career for Prevention and Research Solutions
  • Time: 10 a.m. to Noon daily
  • Cost: $996 plus housing
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