Summer Session Records
Scope and Contents
- 1917 -- 2012
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Use
1.25 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
Biographical / Historical
Summer Sessions at Tufts were established in 1942 as part of the college’s response to World War II. Tufts was heavily involved in the war effort, providing training to members of the armed services, and educational opportunities for both civilians and returning service members. The School of Liberal Arts, Jackson College, the Engineering School, and Medical and Dental Schools all adopted some form of accelerated program through the use of summer sessions in order to quickly prepare a large and diverse student population to enter the working world at home or join the battle overseas. After the war drew to a close in 1945, Tufts decided that it would return to the traditional two-semester academic calendar and maintain the Summer Session, adapting it for peacetime needs.
As of 2020, Tufts’s Summer Session provides high school, undergraduate, graduate, and adult students with opportunities to enroll in a wide variety of courses in the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the School of Dental Medicine, the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, and the University College. Students can choose to attend the First Session, Second Session, or a 12-week Session between May and August. In keeping with the program’s roots, these sessions are accelerated compared to classes taught in the spring and fall semesters. Classes are available in a combination of physical and online formats. In 2020, the Summer Session was temporarily shifted to a fully virtual format in response to the global outbreak of COVID-19.
- Curriculum and Instruction Subject Source: Local sources
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