Academic Affairs

Maymester 2013 (May 13-31)

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

A few facts:

  • Maymester is May 13-31, 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 18, and closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 1.  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 13, 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 18, 2013 through March 1, 2013 — Pre-registration period open.
  • March 4, 2013 — Final schedule of courses determined based on pre-registration results.
  • March 4, 2013 through May 13, 2013 — Registration period open.
  • May 10, 2013 — Final payment due.
  • May 13, 2013 through May 30, 2012 — Maymester classes.
  • May 13, 2013 (5:00 p.m.) — Deadline to add course.
  • May 17, 2013 (5:00 p.m.) — Deadline to drop course with no grade.
  • May 24, 2013 (5:00 p.m.) — Deadline to drop course with “W”.
  • May 31, 2013 — Final exam.
  • June 5, 2013 — 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:

Digital Art I

Instructor: Cowper-Smith, Melissa

Contact: Maxine Payne

Course #: ARTS 130

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. 
Coding: (none)

Etymology and Philology

Instructor: Resinski, Rebecca

Course #: CLAS 250

Description: A study of word origins and particularly of the Latin and Greek elements of English words. This course aims to cultivate a curiosity about words and the development of the English language..

Coding: (none)

Medical Etymology

Instructor: Resinski, Rebecca

Course #: CLAS 255

Description: A study of the Latin and Greek elements used in current medical terminology. This course aims to put medical vocabulary in a linguistic context. The course will be taught primarily during Maymester. Either CLAS 250 or CLAS 255 may count toward the Classics major or Classics minor, but not both. No prerequisite.

Coding: (none) 

Robotics Explorations Studio

Instructor: Ferrer, Gabe

Course #: CSCI/PHYS 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: NS-L

Special Topics: Meaning Making in Contemporary American Poetry

Instructor: Brownderville, Greg

Contact: Ty Jaeger

Course #: ENGC 390

Description: This class is a combination of literary analysis from a practitioner's perspective and poetry workshop. Analyzing an array of contemporary American poems, we will tackle questions such as the following: How is poetic meaning made? How do poets embody or perform thought and feeling in their work? What aesthetic strategies are in play? How might a given poem have grown from its initial conception? Too often, poets content themselves with an image or a scene that doesn't go anywhere. This class is designed to help students take that perilous further step toward meaning without molding the life out of the material. Students will write about the aesthetic strategies modeled in the reading and employ a number of them in their own original poems.

Coding: (none)

Our Zombies/Ourselves

Instructor: Glenn Jellenik

Contact: Carol West

Course #: ENGF 390

Description: A deep look into a cinema sub-genre: the zombie film. On the surface, it seems schlocky/fluffy, but the genre is amazingly productive and diverse in its engagements with American history (slavery, American imperalism, post-colonialism, questions of race and gender, civil rights, economics, post-9/11 apocalyptic visions) and its engagements with film history (the Universal horror boom, b-movies, the brief interstice between the collapse of the Production Code and the installation of the MPAA ratings system, indie cinema, the digital revolution). As such, the class works through a series of in-depth historical and theoretical readings that allow students to contextualize and process the development of a genre as it evolves/morphs from its early-1930s emergence to today.

Coding: (none)

Children's Literature

Instructor: West, Carol

Course #: ENGL 273 C1

Description: This course will examine canonical and contemporary children's literature through a variety of sub-genres that include fairy tales, fantasy works, science fiction, adventure books, "girls' books," and "boys' books." Class discussions will address ways in which children's literature reflects processes of cultural and social change, including the construction of gender roles, the competing demands of instruction versus entertainment, and the changing concept of childhood.

Coding: LS, W1

Special Topics in French Literature

Instructor: Jellenik, Cathy

Course #: FREN 460

Description: This course will focus on French cinema and literature.

Coding: (none)

Calculus II

Instructor: Camfield, Chris

Course #: MATH 140

Description: Further aspects of integrationof functions of one variable. Infinite series. Prerequisite: MATH 130.

Coding: QS, NS

Presidential Decision-making in Foreign Policy

Instructor: Maslin, Kimberly

Course #: POLI 410

Description: This course will examine models of executive decision making, the evolution of executive-legislative relations with respect to the war power and decision making in the Clinton administration during the crises in both Rwanda and Bosnia. The course will make use of soon to be delcassified documents at the Clinton archive.

Coding: VA, W2

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

MCAT Preparation Program

Instructor: Sutherland, Mark

Description:est preparation program for those wishing to take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).