Intersession Non-Credit Courses and Workshops

Eligible MHC students, 5-College students, (and Community members if space allows) can sign up for courses. Priority is given to MHC students.  All courses do have a capacity limit, so please make sure to register.

Additional credit and non-credit classes are also being offered by Mount Holyoke Professional and Graduate Education. Make sure to check other offerings via the 5 Colleges through our Links and Resources.


The Sky for a Winter NightJanuary 4th, 6th, 8th, 11th, 13th, and 15th7pm to 9:30pm

Story Slam and Storytelling WorkshopsJanuary 5th, 7th, 12th, and 14th6pm to 8pm

Calligraphy Art 
Wednesday, January 6th
4pm to 6pm
Intro to Japanese Swordmanship
Wednesday, January 13th
4pm to 5:30pm
[REG CLOSED] WebApp development for the Mobile Cloud World 
Course by Computer Science department & Google
January 4th through January 15th, weekdays
10am to 3pm
Open only to MHC students, does have MHC pre-reqs

* See below for additional details and to register.

The Sky for a Winter Night

Instructor: Ronald Zissell
Dates: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (1/4, 1/6, 1/8, 1/11, 1/13, 1/15)
Time: 7pm to 9:30pm
Location: John Payson Williston Observatory Classroom
To Register: email Ronald Zissell at

Learn the legends and lore of the stars and constellations. Course format will be classroom lectures and slide shows followed by outdoor sky viewing. Sign up with your friends and be sure to dress warmly for cold January nights. Cocoa and marshmallows will be served!

Story Slam & Storytelling Workshops

Instructor: Dr. Gail N. Herman
Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays (1/5, 1/7, 1/12, 1/14)
Time:  6pm to 8pm
Location: TBD
To Register: Click this link
We tell stories to engage our audiences; we tell our stories to discover what we need to say and write.  Stories can be experiential, personal, from literature, research, or any folk genre. In the workshops, participants will try out ideas, practice, and receive helpful information about storytelling as well as receive information about opportunities to share spoken word pieces locally throughout the year. Storyteller Dr. Gail N. Herman taught storytelling for 15 years and will teach and mentor students during the workshops.  She holds an MA in Speech and Theater and a PhD in Education. She has been a popular Intersession instructor, teaching classes in mime and storytelling in previous years. At the end of the course there will be an optional Story Slam Sharing Event with Storytelling Certificates for the tellers. To enter the slam a student needs to attend one or more workshops.  At the Slam, anyone is invited to come, listen, and help vote for the various certificates of award and recognition, as well as several prizes.

Calligraphy Art

Instructor: Heather TetraultDate: Wednesday, January 6Time: 4pm to 6pmLocation: Blanchard Campus Center, 213To Register: Click this linkHandwritten notes or taking the time to send someone a postcard, are two important forms of communication that are often replaced by electronics in this current age. Our instructor believes that taking the time to send someone a personal, handwritten, and artful note is an incredibly important tradition.The practice of calligraphy is also a very calming, meditative exercise, which makes the time spent creating the art and writing cards doubly rewarding. This workshop will teach you the practice and art of calligraphy. Students will be able to make their own postcards, thank you card, and/or monogram wall art.

Intro to Japanese Swordmanship

Instructor: Beth Johnson, LITS
Dates: Wednesday, January 13th 
Time: 14pm to 5:30pm
Location: Kendall Dance Studio 2
To Register: Click this link
As part of Intercession 2016, Beth Johnson will teach students the basics of Japanese Swordmanship. Spaces are extremely limited, so sign up soon!

WebApp development for the Mobile Cloud World

Instructor: Google
Sponsored by: Computer Science department
Dates: Monday, January 4th through Friday, January 15th (weekdays)
Time: 10am to 3pm, with a break from 12pm to 1pm for lunch
Location: TBD
To Register: registration now closed
In this class, you will:
  • Learn the basic skills and tools that are necessary to build a Web Application for the mobile devices that dominate the modern era.
  • Study the important theoretical and practical concepts at the base of Cloud Computing, and learn the tools and the best practices of software development that Google engineers use to create mobile applications for the next billion users.
  • Leverage AppEngine and its APIs, the framework that exposes to developers around the world the power of Google’s cloud, to create your own Web Apps.
Requirements to register:
  • This class requires Pre-Reqs of CS 101 and 201. This will be confirmed with the Registrar.
  • That you are a currently registered Mount Holyoke student. This will be confirmed with the Registrar.
  • Ability to attend at all class days and times.