Summer Session

St. Mary’s College offers credit courses and other special programs during a summer session of six weeks. The session provides courses in many disciplines for St. Mary’s college students as well as for students who attend other colleges and universities.  Faculty members occasionally offer special courses during the summer which are not offered during the academic year. First-year students who have been admitted for fall enrollment may begin their studies during the summer rather than wait for the fall term. Many new students have found that attendance during the summer session facilitates the transition from secondary school to college. The maximum course load for summer session is normally eight semester hours; students may take 12 credits at the summer per-credit tuition rate. Students wishing to take more than 12 credits must a) obtain written permission to take an overload from the assistant vice president of academic services or the assistant dean of academic advising, and b) pay full-time tuition and fees.

On-campus housing is limited. Students taking classes, enrolled in the Historical Archaeological Field School, or working on- or off-campus for at least 25 hours per week are eligible to live on-campus during the summer. Information about summer housing is available from the Office of Residence Life. Further information about course offerings and fees is available by contacting the Office of Lifelong Learning or the Office of the Registrar.


The St. Mary’s City Field School in Historical Archaeology enables students from various disciplines to participate in the ongoing research program investigating the development of Maryland’s first settlement and 17th-century capital, as well as its early Native American cultures. Undergraduate credits may be earned through St. Mary’s College of Maryland. For further information, contact the director of the Archaeology Field School, St. Mary’s City Commission, St. Mary’s City, Md. 20686, 240-895-4974, or e-mail


The Office of International Education and individual professors offer study tours to various countries including Greece, The Gambia, and England. For information, contact the Office of International Education.


Summer opportunities for credit-bearing internships and independent studies are available by individual appointment and contract. See the Career Development Center for internships and department professors for independent study plans.