Stephens College offers virtual courses for high school students who want to experience college early.

Summer 2021 Session: June 7-July 30

  • Co-ed, college-level courses that are commonly required general education credit and easy to transfer — whether you’re headed to Stephens or another institution
  • Virtual classes meet at regular times, Monday-Thursday
  • Engaging subjects taught by Stephens College professors
  • Reduced fee of $100 per credit hour; students may select one course or up to four


Register Now

Registration deadline: June 2, 2021


Eligibility + Registration

High school juniors and seniors with a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 2.5 are eligible to participate. Though Stephens is a historic women's college, Early College courses are open to both men and women. Reserve your spot now, and pay for your courses before they begin on June 7.



Summer 2021 Courses


ENG 107: Composition

Monday-Thursday, 9-9:50 a.m. | Phillip Overeem

3 credit hours

Composition is a course designed to sharpen students’ writing skills for success on the collegiate level. Students will draft, edit and revise essays, each in a different expository mode (including one research paper); read, discuss and respond in writing to professional essays; and design and deliver (via Zoom or a recording) oral presentations.


About the Instructor

Phil Overeem, a native Missourian from Carthage, has been teaching composition and literature for 36 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University and an M.Ed. from William Woods. A former teacher from Hickman High School, Overeem has been inspiring Stephens students as a writing specialist since 2013 and teaching composition at Stephens since 2016. He is passionate about the arts, particularly popular music, literature and film, and has greatly enjoyed instructing all students from sixth grade to college-level. As an amateur music reviewer, he publishes his pop music recommendations on his blog,



PSY 111: Introduction to Psychology

Monday-Thursday, 10-10:50 a.m. | Dr. Eric Marx

3 credit hours

Who are we? What makes us happy — and sad? Why do we dream — and for that matter, why do we sleep? Why and how do we form hopes and goals for the future? How do our mental processes relate to the biological happenings in the brain? Why do those processes sometimes break down, leading to mental illness? This course will address these and many other questions, all with the aim of helping to understand ourselves — this curious creature we call the “human.” We’ll learn something along the way about how scientists try to answer such questions through research.


About the Professor

Dr. Eric Marx, associate professor, completed a B.A. in Philosophy at Ouachita Baptist University and an M.T.S. in Religion and Culture at Harvard Divinity School before obtaining his Ph.D. in Psychology from Georgetown University. His principal academic and research interests are in the study of moral and social development, including the roots of prejudice and discrimination, and in the psychology of the arts and artistic creativity. Among the courses Marx teaches are Social Psychology, Biological Psychology, Music and Psychology, and Global Ethics.



ARH 101: Introduction to the History of Art

Monday-Thursday, 1-1:50 p.m. | Dr. James Terry

3 credit hours

Art History 101 introduces students to the history of the visual arts and architecture. Our primary focus will be on the Mediterranean, Europe and post-colonial America, but we will also examine the traditions of Asia, the Islamic world, Africa and pre-Columbian America. Students will acquire analytical tools and vocabulary for understanding art and architecture, will learn to recognize the stylistic features of key periods in western art and architecture, will be introduced to non-western traditions, and will build a foundation for more advanced study and life-long appreciation of art and architecture.


About the Professor

Dr. James Terry is an archaeologist and art historian. He holds a Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has participated in archaeological field work in Israel, Jordan, Cyprus and Tunisia and, as a Fulbright Scholar, spent a year living in North Africa researching Late Roman and Early Byzantine tomb mosaics. His research interests include human sacrifice in ancient Greek art and the Paleolithic roots of artistic pleasure.



MAT 220: Form and Beauty in Math

Monday-Thursday, 2-2:50 p.m. | Betsy Murphy

3 credit hours

This is the course that delivers the mathematics without the anxiety side-effects! In this class we will look at the beauty of the natural world and of the created world as we examine the patterns in what we see around us, and make sense of our world using many of the tools of mathematics. From textiles and wallpaper to the shapes formed by trees and coastlines, we’ll unlock the artistic (and just plain curious!) observer in each of us.


About the Instructor

Betsy MurphyBetsy Murphy approaches mathematics and economics courses with the sort of glee generally reserved for chocolate and fine wines. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Maine and now lives in Columbia with her husband and four cats. At different times in her youth she’s been the first woman police officer on the Millinocket Maine Police Department, volunteered as an Emergency Medical Technician, and even been run over by a cement truck (something she doesn’t recommend to others) before discovering a love of teaching the courses that most students dread taking in a way that makes them almost enjoy the subject.

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