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Summer Term Curricular Tracks

UW–Madison Summer Term is a smart, convenient way to make progress toward your degree and gear up for your career. Enjoy student life and summer scenery by taking classes on campus, or learn from anywhere through an online course. With more than 1,000 courses offered, you can sample courses from several departments, or focus your studies with one of our Curricular Tracks.

Are you a student from another university?

Whether on-campus or online, we’d love to have you spend your summer with us!

Learn how to apply to take a summer course

Speak to an advisor at your school and gain prior approval before enrolling in a course. Most schools have a formal process for transferring credits. If you’re a student at another UW System school, see how UW–Madison credits may apply to requirements at your institution using the Transferology tool. Then talk to your advisor to make sure transfer credits apply to your major or academic program.

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Arts & Humanities

Literature, history, philosophy, film and related arts and humanities courses provide valuable context that help you sharpen your critical thinking skills, which are crucial for analyzing information and asking intelligent questions, no matter what field you pursue. Study them during Summer Term and you’re bound to have an incredible experience.

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Choose from a wide variety of business courses to gain focus in your career and acquire the skills you need to make a difference in your future organization. We even have specialized courses in Accounting & Finance and Management & Marketing for non-business majors to introduce you to basic concepts and practices that will help you in your future field.

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Mechanical engineering class


Learn from top-notch faculty, and complete requirements that prepare you for subsequent engineering coursework — and prepare you to meet 21st-century engineering needs. You’ll gain the technological tools, resources and knowledge that will help you develop solutions to problems in fields ranging from medicine to energy to manufacturing—and many more.

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Social Sciences

Social science is the study of life – of society and the ways humans behave and influence the world. The social sciences help explain events beyond our immediate experiences, from the causes of unemployment to what makes people happy.

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Foreign Languages

You could enroll in a Summer Language Institutes or take an online class. It is a wonderful way to meet other language learners, practice the skills you are learning and complete a foreign language requirement.

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The UW–Madison School of Education and many of its programs are regarded as being among the very best in the nation. Each summer, we offer a wide range of courses that apply toward our teacher education majors, including Art Education, Elementary Education, Physical Education, and Special Education.

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We offer a wide range of pre-health courses during Summer Term, including face-to-face and online options. Take an introductory course such as General Chemistry I or II (Chemistry 103 or 104) to meet basic requirements for a science degree, or beef up your transcript for grad school applications with a more specialized class such as Human Anatomy (Anatomy 328).

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Unlike other pre-professional tracks in college, there is no prerequisite coursework that students must complete in order to apply to law school. Summer Term offers many courses that are heavy on reading, writing, research and analysis are available to help you develop useful skills for law school.

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