Ready to be challenged? Whether you're interested in graphic design or pre-med, Summer Scholars offers you the opportunity to discover what it's like to study at Furman.

Each session, our students have the ability to choose their favorite course. To pick your course, simply rank your top two choices in the application, and we'll place you in a class. We assign our students to classes based on academic records and space availability. So be sure to apply early to land your desired course.

Our classes are held Monday through Friday for approximately five hours each day. Some courses require evening meetings and outside assignments. Our Summer Scholar counselors will accompany students to class to help them with assignments as needed. 

Course Offerings

Week 1: July 9-15, 2017

  • Leadership Quest for Excellence 

      Leadership Quest for Excellence 2017 is an interactive experience for high school students who desire to be effective leaders and contributing members of groups, teams and organizations. Through this action packed program, you will:

      • Discover your leadership strengths and learn to communicate and apply them in group settings.
      • Study group dynamics through self-evaluation and conflict resolution.
      • Collaborate with peers to lead team activities.
      • Serve and interact with Greenville community leaders
      • Explore & create your vision for change in your community.

      Program Components Include:

        Gallup Strengths Quest Assessment
      • Team Building Activities (on and off campus)
      • Community Service
      • Greenville Civic Leaders Panel
      • Peer Leadership Training
      • Vision Building, Goal Setting & Reflection

      Kim Keefer, Director of the Shucker Center for Leadership Development at Furman, will lead this program. She has twenty four years of experience as a leadership educator. In her role at Furman, she coordinates a comprehensive leadership development program for Furman students, is a Gallup Certified Strengths Quest Advocate and serves as the advisor for Furman's Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society. Program Teaching Assistants are Shucker Fellows from the Shucker Leadership Institute.

  • Live Well

      Are you interested in nutrition, health, and fitness? Are you baffled by food labels, exercise equipment, or contradicting media reports on diet and exercise? Learn how to decipher myth from reality by learning the basics of nutrition and exercise science. Develop an efficient and effective exercise program to meet your goals. Participate in group weight training, indoor cycling, and yoga classes. Become a food label whiz in a supermarket scavenger hunt. View the film "SuperSize Me" and discuss factors contributing to the current rise in obesity. Tour the Molnar Human Performance Laboratory, home to the Furman Institute for Running and Scientific Training (FIRST) that has been featured in Runner's World magazine. Observe or participate in state-of-the-art VO2 max treadmill assessment of aerobic capacity or Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry assessment of body composition. Visit a local farm to pick fresh fruits and vegetables, and help prepare a healthy meal with your classmates.

      Kelly Frazier, M.A., is a Lecturer and Wellness Program Coordinator in the Department of Health Sciences. Over the past fourteen years, she has taught HSC 101 Wellness Concepts, HSC 315 Fundamentals of Nutrition, and various group exercise classes such as group resistance training, yoga, and cycling. She developed and conducts the Furman University Eating Lean (FUEL) plate-based dietary intervention to improve nutrient intake, body composition, and health outcomes for chronic disease. Frazier also developed and directs the FIT Rx: Internship in Individualized Exercise Assessment Prescription. Through FIT Rx, Health Science majors are trained in the principles of exercise assessment and prescription and then assist Furman faculty, staff, and spouses with individualized exercise programming to improve health outcomes. Frazier is author of the Live Well Furman Blog, the advisor for the Furman Culinary Club and she actively participates in a wide variety of other health promotion activities for Furman and the surrounding community.

      For more information, please visit the Live Well Furman Blog.

  • Marketing and Business: Fantastic Firms and the Business Fundamentals That Make Them Great

      This course will introduce you to fundamental business concepts and practices that are essential for success in the global marketplace. We will examine these fundamentals through the lens of four firms, two of which have a very strong presence in the Upstate South Carolina area. The firms are Apple, BMW, Michelin and Starbucks. Areas to be addressed include brand strategy, business ethics, consumer behavior, globalization, manufacturing and production, market segmentation, product innovation, retailing, supply chain, and sustainability. For each firm we will examine the critical market factors and business practices that enable the organization to prosper in a dynamic competitive environment.

      This course will be taught by Dr. Robert L. Underwood, Associate Professor of Marketing in the Department of Business and Accounting. Dr. Underwood has over 20 years of experience teaching and researching in the areas of consumer behavior, integrated marketing communication, international marketing, and strategic marketing management.

Week 2: July 16-22, 2017

  • Pre-Health: What is it like to practice medicine in the 21st century?

      This course will give students the opportunity to learn what it takes to be a health care provider. Topics will include how to start preparing now for a health career, what to expect in health professional school, and a comparison of health careers available. Students will hear from a variety of healthcare professionals about the real issues they face in their careers. In order to learn about the close interaction of the healthcare professions in the real world, students will work through a case study of diagnosing and treating a patient from start to finish. Students will participate in hands-on activities and lab experiments as they learn about the different facets of healthcare. This course may also include tours of local hospitals and healthcare facilities. This course will be directed by Dr. John Banisaukas, the Health Professions Advisor at Furman University, and Susan Ybarra, Associate Director of the Institute for the Advancement of Community Health.

  • Rhythms of Justice

      What is Justice? This question is one of the most basic of human social life. There has been a wide range of different suggestions by philosophers throughout history about what justice is and how it can be achieved within our political structures. Implicated in such a theme are related concerns about gender, race, liberty, community, class, empowerment, recognition, and expression. Interestingly, one doesn’t have to turn just to academic books to consider such issues. Instead, poetry, music, dance, and theatre all have long histories of articulating particular notions of justice and even enacting social critique.

      Drawing on these various sources, this class will be part political theory and part cultural studies. Using the tools of philosophical analysis, we will think carefully about different theories of justice offered by philosophers and consider how these theories can be seen in contemporary culture (music, film, art, etc.). The course will serve as an introduction to political philosophy in ways that will be fun, innovative, and interactive. In addition to class discussions and readings, we will write hip hop tracks together, watch movies, and even learn to play the drums as we think about the relationship between specific rhythms, the social structures in which they emerged, and the power relationships that they reflect.

      This course will be taught by J. Aaron Simmons, an associate professor of philosophy at Furman University. Prior to coming to Furman, he held faculty positions at Vanderbilt University, The University of the South (Sewanee), and Hendrix College. He works primarily in philosophy of religion and political philosophy and has published numerous books and essays. Also a professional drummer and avid trout fisherman, Simmons and his wife Vanessa, are the parents of a 7 year old son, Atticus, who wants to be a geologist.

  • Sustainability in Action

      What is sustainability? Do our daily choices about how to get around, what to eat, and where to live really impact our local communities, the environment, and the world? One recent participant reflected, "I learned that sustainability affects all kinds of people from different demographics, not just animal and vegetarian activists… I would highly recommend this course even to people who aren't all about 'green.'" Furman University is nationally known as a leader in sustainability. We'll use field experiences and classwork around Greenville and across campus to explore examples of sustainable living and careers in action. Topics include local foods, urban planning, energy conservation and social justice. Students will develop an action plan to apply what they've learned in their own communities.

      This course will be coordinated by Kelly Grant Purvis. Kelly Grant Purvis is Associate Director of Sustainability Programs of the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability at Furman University. Kelly Grant oversees grant funded projects, faculty & student research projects and the student fellowship program and runs professional development workshops. She oversees the Faculty Affiliate Program, its associated grant program and student sustainability education. She received an MS in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Urban and Regional Planning from the College of Charleston and has a background in art.


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