Whether studying music in Africa or algebra in Morgantown, several thousand WVU students have decided to spend the rest of their summer adding a few more credit hours to their resumes.

Summer Session II begins Monday, July 1, and continues through August 8.

Its not too late for students to sign up for core courses, including those in political science, arts and sciences, business, engineering, journalism and other fields, officials say. Students have until July 5 to register.

Those with a more adventurous side can opt to learn ceramics in China, study music in Africa or learn about West Virginia history or government on the world wide web.

According to Sue Day-Perroots, dean of Extended Learning, summer is a great time to take classes in Morgantown.”Students have more time to focus on one course and get aheadand there is less traffic,”she noted. Taking summer classes comes with many benefitsgraduating early, studying abroad, catching up on course work and taking classes on the web from home.

“Summer classes are a great way for students to get into some of the more popular classes on campus,”said Lynn Reinke, program coordinator with the Office of Extended Learning.

According to the listings on the WVU course web site, many classes for the first summer session are still open including math, computer science, geography, art, psychology and political science.

About 10,000 students attend WVU each summer and approximately 2,000 courses are being offered during Summer Session II.

WVU fall classes begin Aug. 19 and run through Dec. 6.

Students can register online by visiting http://star.wvu.eduhttp://star.wvu.eduor by phone by calling 293-2892 or 1-888-988-4487. Web and phone registration will operate each week from 7 a.m. Monday through 11 p.m. Saturday.

For more information about summer courses, call Admissions and Records at 304-293-2121 or visit A&Rs course schedule web site at http://www.arc.wvu.edu/courses/ orhttp://www.wvu.edu/~summer/.