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.


WebApp development for the Mobile Cloud World

Sponsor: Computer Science Department
Dates: January 3rd through January 20th (Monday through Friday)
Time: 10am to 4pm
Location: Kendade 307
To Register: Click link (now only open for waitlist)
Description: This J-Term course offers a blended learning opportunity for students who want to build their Java skills, apply their data structures knowledge, and learn how to program for Android. Students should expect a mixture of lecture material and workshops. In workshops, students will work in small groups to build pre-defined projects (including several games) in Android using concepts reviewed in class. Lead by a full-time Google engineer, students will have the opportunity to work directly with CS professionals and software engineers throughout the course. CS211 required prerequisite. Max of 20 enrollees.

Introduction to Programming Basics with JavaScript

Instructor: Briar Harrison, Nada Al-Thawr
Dates: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, January 6th - 20th; Flexible labs Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Location: Skinner 202
To Register: Click Link
Do you want learn how how to code but feel like you’re being hit by a wall of text? Looking for a skill to boost your resume? Want to get a head-start on skills for a future programming class? We’ll learn to write code like a 2nd (or 3rd, or 4th…) language. Come down to this engaging, activity based workshop series and explore basic programming tenets such as variables, conditionals, and loops with interactive seminars and guided lab time.  You’ll pull away important theory while picking up ground level technical skills that you can use almost anywhere. 
Instructors Briar Harrison and Linnea Berryman lead the class. Linnea is pursuing a B.S. in Computer Science at UMass and has several years of professional programming experience. Briar is an MHC senior and a Computer Science major with a background in programming education.

The Sky for a Winter Night

Instructor: Ronald Zissell

Dates: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (1/9, 1/11, 1/13, 1/16, 1/18, 1/20)

Time: 7pm to 9:30pm
Location: John Payson Williston Observatory Classroom

To Register: email Ronald Zissell at
Description: 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 (1/10, 1/12, 1/17, 1/19)

Time:  6pm to 8pm

Location: Blanchard 213; Thursday, January 19th Blanchard 318
To Register: 
Click 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 or family stories; they can be from literature, research, or any folk genre from any culture. In the workshops, participants will try out their ideas, practice, and receive helpful information about storytelling as well as receive information about opportunities to share spoken word pieces locally. 
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, all Five College students are invited to come, listen, and help vote for the favorite story and for various certificates of award and recognition, as well as prizes.