Editorial: Summertime blues – in November

If it’s summer time, let the living be easy. Don’t let anything resembling responsibility get in your way – including classes.

If that’s what your summer looks like, it’s perfect that you’re a Northeastern student. After looking at the summer course offerings, it seems they want you to take it easy this summer.

The offerings are thin, and with registration already upon us, students are assessing their summer plans with some disdain.

To catch a glimpse of this, look no further than the English major. Upon first glance at the course catalogue, it looks like there are plenty of classes offered – the catalogue has 29 classes scheduled in the summer term. However, seven of those 29 classes are college writing, typically taken during the fall term of freshman year. Another 20 are advanced writing, also known as middler year writing. That leaves the English major with a slim selection of classes to choose from.

How can a university require students to take a class, but then not offer it?

A music industry major, or minor, has an even rougher task ahead of them in Summer II. The major has no class offerings in the later summer semester, possibly putting the future media exec behind a semester.

Ironically, what keeps students around for summer classes is Northeastern’s strongest asset – the co-op program. Summer semesters might not exist without the six-month co-op rotations. While Northeastern’s co-op sets it apart from other institutions in so many ways, the lack of core course offerings on the other side of the rotation sets it back in other directions.

The university needs to expand the core course offerings during the summer. No less will suffice. But what’s standing in the way? A lack of professors willing to teach in the summer months? Lack of facilities?

Considering Northeastern’s $75 million initiative to hire more faculty a few years ago, it’s doubtful there is a shortage of teachers on Huntington Avenue. And, judging by the rise of West Village, Northeastern isn’t without proper facilities.

The situation has plagued the university for years now – and the administration continually fails to improve. The Student Government Association passed a resolution urging improvement of the selection last February, but nothing has come of it.

Something needs to be done.

On its face, the university offers a lot of great courses. That’s why students want to come here. If the university wants the same amount of students to attend during the summer semesters as during the fall and spring, it should offer the same variety of courses.

The professors that teach these classes shouldn’t be entitled to a vacation any more than students.

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