Online classes as interesting as in-person classes.

Summer Preview Courses

How will I connect with my teachers and peers if my classes are online? How will my faculty help me stay interested and focused? Are online classes different at a small, private school? Will I be successful and comfortable in an online learning environment?

We know this is a hard time to make a decision about college!

At Sierra Nevada University, we have inspired faculty and the tech resources to make our online classes as
engaging as our on-ground classes. We want you to experience our online teaching style first-hand.

Any admitted student is eligible to take these classes, even if you’re not yet enrolled for fall. If you do enroll for fall 2020, you’ll get 2 credits towards your degree for each class you complete successfully.

And don’t forget SNU’s Job Guarantee. Stick with the program, and we promise you a job offer in a field that’s appropriate for your major before you graduate.

How It Works

Classes are organized into three overlapping 5-week sessions:

  • Session 1: May 25 – June 26 REGISTRATION CLOSED
    Registration Deadline: May 22
  • Session 2: June 8 – July 10 REGISTRATION CLOSED
    Registration Deadline: June 5
  • Session 3: June 22 – July 24
    Registration Deadline: June 19

Classes meet online for about 3 hours each week. Students can take two classes in each session.

Courses are open to any student who has been admitted to SNU, whether or not they have deposited for the fall semester.

For students who enroll for Fall 2020, each course is worth 2 credits. Grading is Pass/Fail. Earned credits will be automatically applied.

Cost – Free!

There are no tuition charges, lab fees, administrative charges, or transfer fees for eligible students to take the courses or get credit.

To Register

Fill out the registration at the bottom of the page. If you want to register for one course now and decide to add another later you can submit the form again. The last day to register for each session is the Friday before classes start.

Session 1

May 25 – June 26

Essential Skills for Outdoor Adventurers

Schedule: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:00 – 11:30 am

Learn and refine important skills for all types of outdoor adventures! This class will introduce a systematic way of preparing for outdoor adventures, and then challenge students to practice and apply these skills on their own. We’ll cover topics including Shelter, Nutrition, Navigation – and more.

Meet Your Instructor:

Photo of Daryl Teittinen
Daryl Teittinen Assistant Professor

Outdoor Technical Training

Session 2

June 8 – July 10

Tell Me More! Creative Writing from the Home Front

Schedule: Mondays & Wednesdays, 1:00 – 2:30 pm

We may not be traveling broadly at the moment, but our stories are vast. In this class, we’ll write from home while making inspired leaps beyond any boundaries. Creative works include poems, stories, letters, and vignettes from your life, experience, and imagination.

Meet Your Instructor:

Photo of June Sylvester Saraceno
June Sylvester Saraceno Chair, Humanities Department & English Program; Professor; Director of Writers in the Woods



Session 3

June 22 – July 24

Learn Why Everything Pivots from Marketing

Value Creation | The 4 P’s | Market Segmentation | Targeting | The Mix
Schedule: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:00 – 11:30 am

In today’s world, it is impossible to imagine a business or a market that doesn’t face both existing competition and the possibility of new competition emerging. In this fun, stimulating and interactive introduction to the World of Marketing, we’ll look at identifying likely sources of competition and how best to compete against them. You will learn how to differentiate and uniquely position products or services to ensure marketing success.

Meet Your Instructor:

Photo of Jonathan Breiter
Jonathan Breiter Chair, Entrepreneurship Program; Assistant Professor

Talkin’ Bout a Revolution: The Art of Social Change

Schedule: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:00 – 11:30 am

Learn the basics of social justice and consider how art reflects and influences our changing world. With a focus on social sustainability, this class will unpack the topics of power and privilege through the practice of community organizing and artistic expression. The time for change is now — don’t be late to the party!

Meet Your Instructor:

Photo of Anza Jarschke
Anza Jarschke Gallery Director; Adjunct Professor; MFA-IA Program Assistant

Digital Photography for Social Media

Schedule: Mondays & Wednesdays, 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Details coming soon!

Meet Your Instructor:

Photo of Daniel Robert Kelly
Daniel Robert Kelly Director of Marketing and Communication; Adjunct Professor

Leadership and the American Mountain Resort Industry: Managing in Challenging Times

Schedule: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:00 – 2:30 pm

This course introduces basics and strategies for leadership during change, and then directly applies them to the dynamic ski industry as a Case Study.

Leadership Foundations: Get a broad overview of contemporary theoretical foundations and practical applications of leadership skills and management practices by analyzing past and present crises in multi-cultural and global business environments. We will learn about organizational behavior and human motivation, decision making styles, and the importance of ethics and social responsibility in all organizations, and how to develop strategies to address the specific challenges found in different situations.

Applying Leadership to the Ski Industry (Your Case Study): Long before the Coronavirus shut down America’s ski resorts, the industry saw more change in the past decade than ever before. New ownership structures, season pass products and a host of new opportunities are on the horizon. Here’s your chance to look into the past as well as what lies ahead for mountain resorts from Maine to California.

Meet Your Instructors:

Photo of Justin Spees
Justin Spees Chair, Business Department; Assistant Professor

International Business and Management

Photo of Tim Cohee
Tim Cohee Program Chair, Ski Business and Resort Management; Assistant Professor

Register for Classes

  • Registration Deadline: May 22
  • Registration Deadline: June 5
  • Registration Deadline: June 19