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The Geneseo Experience: Free Online Courses

If you've committed to Geneseo and will begin your studies in the coming year, you can take advantage of a new summer program offering two tuition-free, one-credit online courses.

Experience the ways a liberal arts education helps you prepare for 21st-century careers that are increasingly geared toward flexible, interdisciplinary employees. Earn credit and work closely with Geneseo faculty before your first year even begins!


Social Change in New York: Responding to Crisis

New York has been the state hardest hit by coronavirus thus far. More than being just an epicenter for the pandemic, however, it has been a fertile space for resilience, creativity, and social responsibility as people collaborate across areas of society to respond. Such responses rely on bringing experts together across disciplines: historians who can give us a long view; epidemiologists who can understand contagion; entrepreneurs who can help create new futures; storytellers who can engage and inform the public.

This course will explore how a liberal arts education prepares students for a world in which coming together makes possible a stronger future.

You’ll think about COVID-19 in New York-specific contexts, including SUNY Geneseo, the Genesee Valley, and New York City; you’ll see how teachers and researchers understand the pandemic in relation to other crises that have affected the state; and you’ll discover how Geneseo’s five core values help us learn about and inquire into our world in order to create solutions that include everyone and put global, rural, and civic responsibility front and center as part of a sustainable future.

Instructors: This course is offered by the Center for Integrative Learning and taught collaboratively by Catherine Adams (History/Black Studies), Mackenzie Gerringer (Biology), Lee Pierce (Communication), Jim Quinn (Business), and Beth McCoy (English/Black Studies).

Course Dates: July 2020

This course has reached capacity and sign up is no longer available.

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Business Perspectives on the Pandemic

Business Perspectives on the Pandemic looks at the most recent impact of COVID-19 on different aspects of the business world.

Taught by one of our most experienced online instructors, the class also features perspectives from SUNY Geneseo alumni and current students on how the pandemic has affected areas of business such as finance, marketing, human resources, economic analysis, and accounting.

You will explore the changing nature of the workplace, digital communication practices, and dynamics with co-workers, bosses, and customers. This engagement with members of the Geneseo community and one another will allow students to gain a real understanding of the Geneseo experience.

Instructor: This course is offered by the School of Business and taught by Robert Boyd.

Course Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 7–30, 7–8:15 p.m.

This course has reached capacity and sign up is no longer available.

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These courses are open to accepted first-year and transfer students who have paid their deposit and plan to begin their studies in the coming academic year. Please contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@geneseo.edu or 866-245-5211 with any questions.