2022 Brandywine PaSSS courses will be taught completely in-person.
COMM 168: American Journalism: Values, Traditions, and Practices
This course is designed to give students an overview of American journalism's traditions, principles and values. It examines the historic role of journalism in a democracy and how that is often under economic, legal and political pressure. Students learn the different forms of journalism (print, electronic, internet, and converged.) They gain an understanding of what the forms share in common and how they differ. They also learn to identify the practices of responsible, ethical journalism, and irresponsible, unethical journalism. The goal is to help students understand the nature of journalism why it is the way it is, how it got to be that way, and what changes are likely in store so that they can be to be sophisticated consumers of the news.
Monday and Wednesday: 9:00 a.m.–12:25 p.m.
SC 120 N: Plants, Places, and People
Students learn about plants from the perspective of sustainability, agriculture, food, genetics, textiles, and medicine, across history and around the globe, after spending a few weeks learning about basic plant biology. Students engage with a group project in collaboration with other students to deepen their understanding and appreciation of plant biological and historical connections with human civilization. Students share these projects with the class in a peer-teaching and learning exercise in the final weeks of class.
Tuesday and Thursday: 9:00 a.m.–12:25 p.m.
Note: There will not be class or programming on Friday’s during the Summer ’22 semester for PaSSS students.
Math Academy is designed to prepare students for their first college-level math course in the fall semester. This program was designed in response to the overwhelming feedback from students that feel as if they are lacking the fundamental algebra and reasoning skills to succeed in higher level math. Students will have the opportunity to work directly with Penn State faculty and tutors daily. Participation in Math Academy will help you get ahead and to succeed in your math coursework in the fall semester. If you have strong math skills, you do not need to participate in the Math Academy but you could choose to help tutor other students (paid tutoring positions are available). Any hours spent in Math Academy in the summer will count towards Math 10 in the fall.
English Academy is designed to strengthen your reading and writing skills and to show you how you will be expected to use those skills throughout your time at Penn State. Students in the past have immediately benefited from English Academy tutors to improve their writing in the courses offered over the summer. Brandywine is one of the few campuses that offers this program for our students!