Students choose their morning class from the two options below.

To enrich this experience, an holistic approach to college life will be available in the afternoons including workshops on campus resources and tools for a successful start in college.

American Journalism: Values, Traditions, and Practices
COMM 168

America’s news media is vast, diverse, and competitive. While there are still some of us who consume news through traditional sources such as television, newspapers, and magazines, increasingly more people are learning about the world through soundbites provided on platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, blogs, and other online media outlets. This increase in competition in the fast-paced 24-hour news cycle has led to news outlets becoming more partisan as well as caused competing news factions to lay charges of “fake news” against one another. This course will explore the history of journalism in America through the founding principles of free speech, free press, and open inquiry, and also discuss how and why the American media has changed and adapted over the past 240 years. 
Monday and Wednesday
9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Mary McDermott, Adjunct Instructor in English and Communications
Josh Phillips, Assistant Teaching Professor of Communication Arts & Sciences

Intercultural Community-Building

Jennifer Zosh and Laura Evans in a selfie on a phone

Jennifer Zosh and Laura Evans

Image: Penn State

This summer in HDFS 287Y, we will explore the impact of technology on our ability to connect with others and how it impacts the communities we form. We will ask questions ranging from "How does social media impact mental health?" to "How do cell phones change our friendships and romantic relationships?" and "What does artificial intelligence mean for our future?"
Your participation in this course will allow you to:

  • Discover yourself and explore the role of technology in your life, your academic and career success, your relationships, and society.
  • Develop connections to the resources and opportunities that exist at Penn State Brandywine and in our local community.
  • Learn how integral communication is to both community building and personal/professional development.
  • Analyze personal and social experiences from interdisciplinary perspectives.
  • Think critically about the role of technology in your own life, your relationships, society, and the future.

Tuesday and Thursday
9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Laura Evans, Assistant Teaching Professor of Psychology
Jennifer Zosh, Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies