West Virginia University offers students the ability to earn credits and still have time for summer fun through the flexible scheduling of summer courses. Most classes last only six weeks, and there are dozens of classes that are one-week or three-weeks long.

Classes begin May 23 for the first summer term , which ends June 30. The second summer term is July 5-Aug. 11.

Web classes have become an increasingly popular way for students to take classes in the summer, so the University is offering more than 50 undergraduate classes online and a few dozen graduate classes. Web courses allow the students to take classes while theyre home for the summer without the hassle of transferring credits from other institutions. On-campus students also like the flexibility of online learning.

Last summer we found many students who took a class in Morgantown also opted to take a Web class as well,said Sue Day-Perroots, dean of Extended Learning.Most students are working, and online classes allow them to schedule their studies around their busy schedules.

Summertime is also special topic time with many faculty trying out new and interesting courses.

Hollywood Indian, Native Americans and Filmwill study how American Indian images evolved on the big screenfrom silent film, throughcowboy talkiesand into the emergence of contemporary films that have been written, directed, produced and acted in by native peoples themselves. This is offered only three weeks: May 23-June 10.

Great Books in American Politicsis an online class that allows students to choose from a reading list of 100 books. The art department is exploring the works of architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Students can also earn minors in the summer. The College of Business and Economics and the School of Journalism allow students to earn a minor in business and advertising in two summers.

Current WVU students can register through STAR . Guest students should visit the Web site athttp://www.wvu.edu/summeror call (304) 293-2121.