Maymester 2014 (May 19-June 6)

One Course • Three Weeks • A mini semester packed with learning and fun!

A few facts:

  • Maymester is May 19-June 6, 2014, including Memorial Day.
  • Classes will meet two-and-a-half hours per day, five days a week for three weeks.
  • Classes will be scheduled between 9 a.m. and noon unless otherwise noted, but afternoon or evening sessions may be scheduled to accommodate films, class trips, etc.
  • Current Hendrix students are given priority in registration and courses will count toward graduation requirements.
  • Select from many classes taught by Hendrix faculty or special visiting faculty.
  • Maymester is not designed as an appropriate entry point for degree-seeking students, and students who will enter Hendrix College in the upcoming fall semester are not eligible for enrollment in Maymester 2013.


  • Pre-registration opens 8 a.m. Monday, February 17, and closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, February 28.  Proposed courses with low pre-registered enrollment may be removed from the schedule.
  • Registration will continue through the Spring Semester, depending on availability. Final add/drop date is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 19, 2014, the first day of Maymester classes.
  • The regular registration process will be followed:
    • Make course selection through Web account from the offerings in Term 3S
    • Select one course and one optional alternate
    • Advisor must confirm
    • Bid points will not be accepted


  • Earn a class credit in three intense weeks.
  • Catch up and graduate on time, if you’re a class short.
  • Explore topics that might not be offered during regular semesters.
  • Focus on one class with fewer distractions.
  • Enjoy a full range of student activities planned just for you.
  • Have a chance to earn Odyssey credit.

Timeline of Events: 

  • February 17, 2014 through February 28, 2014 — Pre-registration period open.
  • March 3, 2014 — Final schedule of courses determined based on pre-registration results.
  • March 3, 2014 through May 19, 2014 — Registration period open.
  • May 9, 2014 — Final payment due.
  • May 19, 2014 through June 6, 2014 — Maymester classes.
  • May 19, 2014 (5:00 p.m.) — Deadline to add course.
  • May 23, 2014 (5:00 p.m.) — Deadline to drop course with no grade.
  • May 30, 2014 (5:00 p.m.) — Deadline to drop course with “W”.
  • June 6, 2014 — Final exam.
  • June 11, 2014 — Grades posted.


  • Tuition: $2,500
  • Room rate—residence halls, residence house—double, tier one apartments: $450
  • Room rate—residence house—single: $470
  • Room rate—tier two apartments: $485
  • Meals—no meal plan, Burrow hours: 11:45-1:30 for lunch; 4:00-6:00 for dinner, Monday through Friday

For more details:

Contact Dr. Robert Entzminger, Provost,

Courses Offered:

Indian Pasts

Instructor: Hill, Brett

Course #: ANTH 260  

Description: How have anthropologists, archaeologists, and museums represented Indian pasts to both academic and popular audiences, and in what ways have Indian groups responded to these efforts? This course introduces students to the archaeology, ethnohistory, and museum studies of native peoples of the Americas, and encourages them to question conventional assumptions that inform these areas of study. Off-site offering, room and board in addition to tuition. 
Coding: (none)

Digital Art I

Instructor: Cowper-Smith, Melissa  

Course #: ARTS 

Description: This course will introduce students to the visual, conceptual, and technical fundamentals of using a computer to make art. Adobe Creative Suite software will be used as a tool for creative exploration and self-expression within the tradition of fine arts.  Completed works will take a variety of forms including ink prints, LCD projections and web-based interfaces.  

Coding: (none)  

Fabulous It's Film

Instructor: Payne, Maxine

Course #: ARTS 200  

Description: This course will introduce students to the visual, conceptual, and technical fundamentals of film based photography. The burdensome task of learning how to operate a manual film camera in this shortened course time is eliminated by using homemade and plastic cameras.

Coding: EA   

Natural History of the New World

Instructor: Moran, Matthew

Course #: BIOL 112

Description: The variety of organisms and ecosystems of a particular region and how they originated and have changed throughout time. Special emphasis on the geological and biological history of the selected region, as well as the human history and contemporary environmental issues of that region. Field laboratories expose students to the regional geology, ecosystems, and the major taxonomic groups of organisms. Course is taught away from the college campus. Students cannot also receive credit for BIOL 102 Natural History or BIOL 106 Neotropical Biology. Off-site offering, room and board in addition to tuition.  

Coding: (none)

Robotics Exploration Studio

Instructor: Ferrer, Gabe  

Course #: CSCI 135  

Description: Introduction to mechanical design and computer programming in the context of building and programming mobile robots. Mechanical design topics will include vectors and forces, Newton’s Laws, gears, motors, rotational motion, friction, and the design process. Computer science topics will include an introduction to programming, the programming of sensors and motors, and an introduction to artificial intelligence. Other topics include application of scientific method, teamwork skills, technical writing, and the relationship between the science fiction portrayal of robots and current technological reality.  

Coding: (none)  

Love Rules: Hollywood, the Romantic Comedy, and American Society

Instructor: Glenn Jellenik  

Contact: Carol West  

Course #: ENGF 390  

Description: This course offers a close look at one of Hollywood’s (and narrative’s) oldest and largest sub-genres: the Romantic Comedy.  But the class does not seek to merely catalogue and offer a survey of the Rom-Com through Hollywood history.  Rather, it explores the genre to see the specific ways in which it reflects, drives, expresses, and fleshes out a series of socio-cultural and economic concerns that exist in the culture that produces and consumes the text.  For example, Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice (1816) is not only a structurally perfect romantic comedy—it also functions as a primer for a whole set of political, philosophical, and socio-economic concerns in early 19th-century Britain.  This course uses a set of film texts as rehearsals of other sets of American political, philosophical, and socio-economic cultural concerns.  At the same time, it focuses on the specific ways that Hollywood constructs and tweaks the genre. In addition to regular film screenings, students will be required to read a series of critical texts designed to contextualize and deepen their engagement with the films.  These readings include socio-economic processings of the genre, such as Mark Garrett Cooper’s Love Rules, as well as gender criticism that uses the romantic comedy as a lens through which to inspect contemporary culture and the cultural construction of masculinity, femininity and traditional gender roles. Films include:  It Happened One Night (Classical Hollywood rom-com) (Capra, 1934); The Apartment (60s rom-com questions the establishment) (Wilder, 1960); Annie Hall/Manhattan (The faumantic comedy) (Allen, 1977/1979), Sleepless in Seattle (The new paradigm) (Ephron, 1993); The Baxter (pomo meta rom-com for a cynical-age) (Showalter, 2005); Greenberg (Mumblecore rethinks (and softens) Allen’s fauxmantic comedy) (Baumbach, 2010); Looking for a Friend at the End of the World (Rom-com apocalypse) (Scafaria, 2012).  

Coding: (none)  

Crime Literature and Film

Instructor: West, Carol  

Course #: ENGL 272

Description: An examination of crime fiction and non-fiction from the 1840's to the present, including focuses on Poe's early detective stories, Doyle's Sherlock Holmes canon, the Golden Age of British detective fiction, the American "hard-boiled" detective genre, and police procedurals. Crime film offerings will include film noir, Hitchcock's canonical works, and neo-noir.

Coding: LS

Topics in French Literature

Instructor: Jellenik, Cathy  

Course #: LITR 260 / FREN 460

Description: This course explores an author, movement, or genre in depth. Topics are selected fromamong the following: French Literature and Film, Women Writers of French, or The French Short Story. Readings may be done in translation.

Coding: LS

Environmental Aesthetics

Instructor: Dow, James  

Course #: PHIL 200  

Description: Imagine the beauty of the Buffalo River, the picturesque view of the Ouchita mountains, or the sublimity of a sunset reflecting through a Bald Cypress bayou. What is the nature of our aesthetic experiences of the natural world?  Environmental aesthetics investigates our aesthetic experiences of the natural environment from an interdisciplinary cognitive science perspective. We will discuss the following questions while immersed in local natural environments in Arkansas: Is aesthetic appreciation of the environment similar to or different from our appreciation of art? Is the nature of our aesthetic appreciation of nature cognitive—to appreciate nature on its own terms we need knowledge, beliefs, and information about nature from natural history, evolution and ecology?  Or is the appreciation of nature non-cognitive— to appreciate nature involves primarily emotional engagement, bodily arousal, or imagination?  Can models of aesthetic experience of natural environments be extended to account for human-constructed environments such as agricultural, industrial buildings, or museums? Is the beauty of the natural world a proper grounding for an understanding of our duty to protect the environment?  We will focus on Berleant’s engagement approach, which stresses that appropriate aesthetic experience of nature is the absolute immersion of the appreciator in the “object” of appreciation.  

Coding: VA  

Contemporary Global Issues

Instructor: Kolev, Kiril  

Course #: POLI 273

Description: This course covers important contemporary global political issues, such as democratization and dictatorship, accountability and representation, religion and politics, social policy, foreign aid and national security. In the process, it focuses on current political events, their historical preconditions and repercussions for the future.
 Coding: (none)  

Sleep and Dreaming

Instructor: Peszka, Jennifer

Course #: Psyc 185

 Description: This course covers basic psychological principles by applying them to the study of sleep and dreaming. Students combine hands-on experiences (e.g., keeping a wake-sleep diary, observing a night in a sleep lab with theoretical readings and discussion on topics such as, what is sleep, measurement of sleep, circadian rhythms, sleep hygiene, sleep disorders, sleep deprivation, and dream theories.    

Coding: SB  

Social Psychology in Film

Instructor: Zorwick, Leslie  

Course #: PSYC 190  

Description:This course will cover current theory and empirical research in Social Psychology and will use popular films to provoke thought and analysis over this theory and research. Students will learn about basic topic areas in Social Psychology (stereotypes, obedience, person perception, aggression, persuasion, etc.) by reading articles and will discuss these readings in the context of films associated with each major topic area.  

Coding: SB  


Medical Spanish

Instructor: French, Cori

Course #: SPAN 251

Description:   An introduction to the specialized Spanish terminology used in the medical field. This course assumes an intermediate knowledge of Spanish and will be primarily taught during Maymester.

 Coding: (none)

Queer Literature in Spain

Instructor: Vidal-Torreira, Garbine  

Course #: SPAN 360

Description:This course explores the literary production of topics related to homosexuals and lesbians during the 20th and 21st centuries in Spain. The main objective of the course is that students acquire ample knowledge about the LGBTQ works and authors as well as study the diversity in style and topics of this literary production. In order to do so we will read novel, essay, poetry and short stories. Finally, this course intends to inform students about the evolution of Spanish gay literature from the early 20th century to the present.
*During the course the students will read and discuss ideas explicitly related to the gay sexuality. Some of the contests of the literature that we will be reading will be explicit. I recommend that any students that might feel offended by this avoid the course.

Coding: (none)