Program Overview

New for 2020! Today is a remarkable time for the television entertainment industry. Streaming services have shifted delivery and economic models. Those same streaming services — Netflix, Hulu, etc.— as well as premium channels such as HBO and Showtime have delivered shows that rival blockbuster movies in terms of production quality, story development, and audiences. This class will use shows such as Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones as well as their precursors such as The Wire and Buffy the Vampire Slayer to consider the role and influence of television in American culture.

  I liked that I was able to learn more about game design and animation on a college campus and get the experience of college life.  -Computer Animation and Game Design Summer College student, 2018.

Program Objectives

Students will learn to:

  • Critically analyze television content
  • Discuss how new technologies are changing economic models for television
  • Think more critically about how television affects our understandings of ourselves and others
  • Discuss how television audiences are measured and why audience matters

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Program Dates & Details Eligibility Requirements Program Cost Program Requirements Typical Day Faculty Bios

Program Dates & Details

Session Dates

Session II: July 11 – July 24, 2020
Duration: 2-weeks


Credit: Noncredit

Grading System: Pass/Fail

Eligibility Requirements

Students must be a minimum of 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date. For full Summer College admission requirements, view the Admissions Overview and Eligibility page. 

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Program Cost

Program Costs:

  • Residential: $3,560
  • Commuter: $2,746

*Please visit our Program Costs page for more detailed information. Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.  Discounts and scholarships are also available.

Program Requirements

Student Expectations

Students will be expected to:

  • Attend each class
  • Complete the readings prior to class
  • Engage in thoughtful discussion
  • Prepare at least two presentations for the class sharing what they learned from assignments
  • Produce essays that apply readings

This is an academically rigorous, college-level program. Students are expected to complete nightly homework assignments and actively participate in group projects. Students are expected to attend all classes every day, arrive on time, and meet all academic obligations. Free time will vary as each program is unique, as is the subsequent workload.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

9am-12pm Lecture and discussion on various topics
12pm-1pm Break for lunch
1pm-4pm Work individually or in groups on project-based assignments and/or watch examples of ground-breaking television shows

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College trips and activities. Check out our Campus Activities page for more information!

Final Academic Obligation

Students are permitted to leave on Friday, July 24 upon the completion of their course at 1:00pm. If students have any questions regarding their final academic obligation, we encourage them to reach out to their instructor. Please refer to the Move-Out page for important information regarding the checkout process.

Faculty Bios

Anne Osborne

Anne Osborne teaches a range of classes on media and culture, including classes on James Bond films and the work of Joss Whedon. Osborne’s teaching is informed by her research on gender, sport, and fandom. She has published peer-reviewed articles in journals such as International Journal of Sport Communication, Journal of Public Relations Research, and Sport in Society, as well as several book chapters. She is lead author of “Female Fans of the NFL: Taking their Place in the Stands” (Routledge, 2016), and is working on a new book titled “Transgender and Intersex Athletes Against Gender Binaries in Sports: Discourses of Difference” (Peter Lang, 2019).