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Winter session helps students catch up, get ahead

November 26, 2008

Students from all colleges, majors and schools at Arizona State University can register for winter session classes offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. There are more than 100 options – online and on campus – for students to complete general education requirements, take courses in their major, complete a minor, or retake a class and improve their GPA.

Winter session begins Dec. 30 and continues through Jan. 16.

“One of the benefits of winter session is its length,” says Gerry Corey, interim associate dean for Student and Academic Programs in Liberal Arts and Sciences. “Students can accomplish a great deal in just three weeks.”

A variety of introductory-level classes are among the offerings, such as Introduction to Communication Inquiry and first-year English Composition. In addition, there are many upper-division classes available, including the History of the Vietnam War, Latinos in Hollywood, Science Fiction Studies, and Environment and World Politics. These classes are available online.

Other classes are offered in English, history, political science, mathematics, psychology and kinesiology.

“Regardless of a student’s major, there are a wide range of classes that will satisfy a variety of graduation requirements,” says Corey.

More than 80 classes in the college this winter are offered online and can go toward completing a minor. Some minors can be completed entirely online and winter session is a valuable option for students, Corey says.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers online minors in communication, film and media studies, history, religious studies, sociology, women and gender studies and political science, and will soon be offering an online certificate in writing.

“Students can get ahead during their break taking classes on campus or online,” Corey says. “Students also can improve their GPA or graduate early if they plan ahead.”

Current ASU students can register now for classes, and others who are interested can apply for a non-degree seeking program to receive college credit.

More information at or 480-965-6506.

Ashley Lange,
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences