The committee in charge of the summer schools has issued a small pamphlet containing an announcement of the courses of instruction to be offered this year. The list includes one course each in Anglo-Saxon, History and Art of Teaching, Draughting and Descriptive Geometry, Solid Geometry, Trigonometry, and Botany; two courses each in English, German, French, Psychology, Physics, and Physical Training; three courses in Engineering; four each in Chemistry and Geology, and courses at the Medical School.
Of these courses, the one in Solid Geometry, one in Geology, and the two in Psychology, are first offered this year. The latter deserve particular notice. They are both given by Professor Munsterberg and occupy one hour daily for six weeks. Course A consists of lectures with experimental demonstrations, in which the facts and theories which constitute our modern knowledge of the psychical life will be explained and illustrated. As a knowledge of psychology is especially important to teachers, these lectures will lay stress on those problems which lie on the border between psychology and pedagogy, and will emphasize the educational bearings of psychical facts. Course B would be given in case a sufficient number of interested persons from course A wished to take it. It would be open to no others. The course would cover the whole field of experimental psychology and psychophysics, in practical laboratory work. It would be important especially for psychologists, teachers, and physicians, who wish to carry on later any experimental psychological studies of their own.
The new course in Geology, consisting of one or two lectures each day for six weeks, and a large amount of work in the petrographical laboratory, is under the charge of Professor Wolff. The lectures will take up the methods of petrographical study and the general characters of rocks, followed by the systematic description of the different families in their mineralogical, chemical, and geological relations. The laboratory work will be somewhat varied to suit the wants of the individual students. Only those can take this course who have a good previous knowledge of mineralogy and crystallography.
The course in Physical Training, established in 1887 to meet a demand for teachers trained in accordance with the methods pursued at this University, has so extended its influence that the increased attendance has made it expedient to raise the standard and define more clearly the methods pursued. This the present pamphlet has done. The course is especially designed for instructors engaged in teaching through the winter, but it is also open to others.
All courses offered, except those in the Medical School, in Engineering, and the two more advanced courses in Geology, are open to women as well as to men. In addition to those above mentioned, certain lectures on methods of instruction will be given by teachers in the several departments represented by the schools. They will be open, without charge, to the persons who are enrolled as members of any of the summer schools in the University. In general, the courses offered are adapted to the needs of those who intend to be teachers in the several subjects. Several of the more elementary, however, are intended also for beginners and may be taken in lien of the corresponding courses in the college and the Lawrence Scientific School, and may be counted towards a degree.