Convenient and unique summer courses for students and community members

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Explore a topic that interests you and learn something new this summer. Northern Arizona University offers summer courses for the whole family—in Flagstaff, Phoenix and online.

Summer is a great time for NAU students to catch up or get ahead on degree requirements or supplement their studies with courses that interest them. Community members can explore non-credit courses on topics for personal enrichment or professional development. There’s still time to register for summer sessions that begin May 30 and July 4. From the Young Author’s Day Camp to Developing a Dynamic Strategic Plan for Your Small Business and Intro to Brewing Science, it’s easy to learn something new at NAU this summer. Explore the course options below.

Summer youth programs

Course title: The World of the Olympians: Myths, Monsters, Gods and Heroes

Dates: Jun. 20–24
Duration: One week
Time: 10–11:30 a.m.
Location: Online
Registration deadline: June 10
Cost: $89
Recommended ages: 10-14 years

In this fun and interactive online day camp, you’ll uncover the mythological landscape of monsters, gods, and heroes while immersing yourself in classical studies. Through ancient Greek language, mythology and art, you’ll embark on an exciting journey through time. Led by a knowledgeable and engaging instructor, you’ll experience Greek life through incredible stories and art to explore Greece’s culture and influence from ancient to present times. Dive into language, legends and history while role-playing and demonstrating knowledge through projects. 

Course title: Young Author’s Day Camp

Dates: July 18–22
Duration: One week,
Time: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Location: Flagstaff campus, in-person
Registration deadline: July 8
Cost: $199
Recommended ages: 9-13 years

Come and explore your artistic self through creative writing in this weeklong day camp with assistance from expert instructors. Discover the power of words and how they can be used to shape worlds both imagined and real. You’ll focus on poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.

Personal enrichment courses

Course title: Comedy Films from Chaplin to ‘The Big Lebowski’

Dates: July 5–Aug. 9
Duration: Six weeks (meets Tuesday)
Time: 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Location: Flagstaff campus, in-person
Registration deadline: June 27
Cost: $199

Discover a diverse range of film comedies and study insider details, film history and fascinating trivia. Led by an expert in the field, this course will expand your perspective and cultural knowledge as you analyze each film’s genre, influences and period in close detail. Exploring historical context to the evolution of film comedies, this course will introduce you to exciting films, equip you with diverse knowledge and prepare you to engage with comedy through a new lens.

Course title: Intro to Brewing Science (ages 21+)

Dates: Jul. 25–Aug. 18
Duration: Four weeks (meets Monday and Thursday)
Time: 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Location: Online
Registration deadline: July 18
Cost: $199

Recommended ages: 21 years and older

Whether you are getting started as a beginning to intermediate home brewer, working in the brewing or restaurant industry or aiming to expand your knowledge and interest in beer, this course is for you. Discover the fundamental science behind beer production, fermentation, and brewing microbiology.

  • Discover the fundamental science behind beer production, fermentation, and brewing microbiology.
  • Characterize common flavor profiles in beer with your fellow learners through beverage sensory best practices.
  • Learn through a combination of interactive tastings, online lectures, and group discussions.
  • Engage with—and learn from—experienced lecturers including brewing professionals and experts in related research disciplines.

Course title: Steps for Getting Your Self-Published Book into Print

Dates: July 16 and 23
Duration: Two weeks (meets Saturday)
Time: 9 a.m.–noon
Location: Flagstaff, in-person
Registration deadline: July 8
Cost: $169

You’ve written a book, or maybe you’re close to writing it, and you are wondering how to get it into print. Should you look for an agent or a specialty publisher? If not, how will you print your book or produce an e-book? In this course, you’ll learn from a successful self-published author and marketing professional to get your book published and promoted. You will learn how the pandemic has changed the publishing field, take critical first steps in determining your book’s target audience and learn the importance of an editor and designer. Finally, we will discuss essential marketing materials, including book descriptions, cover copy, bios, and social media content.

Professional development courses

Course title: Computer Skills for the Workplace

Dates: June 9–July 14
Duration: 6 weeks (meets on Thursday)
Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Location: NAU–North Valley (Room 141), in-person
Registration deadline: June 2
Cost: $199

This course will help job seekers and experienced professionals in any field refresh and expand their basic computer skills. Get comfortable with your computer while exploring input, processing and output; utilizing portable and cloud storage solutions to take your work with you; and navigating the Microsoft Windows operating system with ease. In this course, you will also practice using the Microsoft Office Suite—including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook—in a professional context to prepare for a career in any digital workplace.

Course title: How To Give an Effective Online Presentation

Dates: June 7–July 12
Duration: Six weeks (meets on Tuesday)
Time: 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Location: Online
Registration deadline: May 31
Cost: $179

This effective virtual presentations class is designed to improve your ability to engage with your audience online and clarify your intended message(s) in a virtual setting using WebEx, Microsoft Teams or similar online collaboration tools. It will discuss slide design, timing, tools, breakout rooms (as applicable) and evaluation/feedback.

Course title: Utilizing Data Analytics and Social Media in Decision Making
Dates: June 7–28
Duration: Four weeks (meets on Tuesday)
Time: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Location: NAU–North Valley (Room 141), in-person
Registration deadline: May 31
Cost: $169
Recommend ages: 16 years and older

Social media activity—on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Reddit—represents rapidly changing trends among society, consumers, students and prospective clients. In this course, you’ll learn to analyze these social media platforms to make data-driven decisions. Applying innovative and industry-leading techniques in your life and professional career, you’ll learn to inform critical decisions and goals with real-life data.

For information about summer term, visit the NAU summer website at

To learn more about non-credit continuing education courses, including summer youth summer camps, personal enrichment courses or professional development opportunities, call Brenda Sipe at (928) 523-6826.

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