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

Spring 2021 Session: Jan. 11-April 30

  • Co-ed, college-level courses that are commonly required college courses and easy to transfer — whether you’re headed to Stephens or another institution
  • Virtual classes meet at regular times, taught by full-time Stephens professors, for the optimum online experience
  • College credit at a reduced credit hour fee
  • Registration deadline is Jan. 6, 2021


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High school juniors and seniors with a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 2.5 are eligible to participate.



Course Offerings


ENG 107: Composition

Tuesday, 5-6 p.m. | Phil Overeem

3 credit hours | Hybrid Instruction model

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,




CHM 101: Chemistry in Everyday Life

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 4-5 p.m. | Dr. Debeshi Majumdar

3 credit hours

CHM 101 will provide a broad view of the way in which chemistry affects people in their daily lives. It is designed to be taken by students who wish to meet a portion of the general education science requirement for graduation, and by students wishing to broaden their general scientific knowledge and understanding of the world around them. This course is appropriate for students who have had no chemistry in high school or only one year of high school chemistry.


About the Professor

Dr. Debeshi Majumdar obtained her B.S. with honors in Chemistry from St. Xavier’s College, University of Calcutta, India. She received her M.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Kalyani, India. Majumdar received her Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Physiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2009, after which she completed her postdoctoral fellowship in Cancer Biology at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Memphis. Majumdar has served Stephens as adjunct faculty and as a full-time faculty member. A recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award, Majumdar has taught General Chemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry I and II, Environmental Chemistry and Chemistry in Everyday Life at Stephens College.


ARH 101: Art History

Wednesday, 6-7 p.m. | Dr. James Terry

3 credit hours | Flipped Classroom model

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.



PSY 111:  Introduction to Psychology

Monday, 6-7:30 p.m. | Dr. Eric Marx

3 credit hours | Flipped Classroom model

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.

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