Kicking off a Carolina summer

It’s summertime at Carolina.

Chapel Hill is a little quieter this time of year, but learning hasn’t slowed down. During Maymester, students are making progress toward their degrees, engaging in experiential learning and conducting research during three weeks of intensive summer courses.

Maymester classes are immersive, fast-paced and hands-on. Want to learn about life in ancient Pompeii, sports marketing, Native American tribal history or abnormal psychology? The Summer School program has you covered.

Students stand in the Duke Homestead State Historic Site listening to a speaker.

Faculty have embraced this model and adapted their course content to enrich the Maymester experience, so it provides something unique for students. They love being able to take a deep dive into the content.

Jan Johnson Yopp, Summer School dean

Students listen in class while a teacher lectures.

Featured Courses

  • Sarah Blount examines a skull model during the Maymester course

    CSI: Written in Bone

    You've seen it on TV, but these students are learning forensic lab methods in practice. This course teaches students about the role of skeletal analysis in the study of contemporary forensic cases.

  • A student takes a photo at the Duke Homestead State Historic Site.

    Introduction to Museum Studies

    From the process of curating artwork to the behind-the-scenes work of administration and collection management, this course introduces students to careers in museums and cultural institutions.

  • A microphone on the stage.

    Ethics of Stand-up Comedy

    Students in this class consider comedy as a public voice and examine how humor constructs and disrupts American identities.

  • A student pets a dog.

    Canine Cultures

    Carolina students examine the bonds between humans and dogs that are so familiar in Western culture but have neither been practiced worldwide nor for very long over the course of human history.