Bluefield University in the News


by | Jun 15, 2011

Bluefield College has released its schedule of courses for five terms of Summer School 2011, including two sessions of online classes.

Classes for the first session, called May Term, will begin Monday, May 9 and continue every weekday for four weeks until Friday, June 3.

Summer One courses will start Monday, June 6 and continue every weekday for four weeks until Friday, July 1.

The Summer Two session will start Monday, July 11 and continue every weekday for four weeks until Friday, August 5.

The fourth term, a session with all instruction offered online through the school’s e-SPIRE Online Learning Community, will begin Monday, May 9 and continue for six weeks until Monday, June 20.

The final Summer School term, a second online session, will begin Monday, June 27 and continue six weeks until Monday, August 8.

The following classes are available for students during BC’s Summer School May Term (May 9-June 3):

General Biology Lab

General Biology

Biology Internship

Introduction to Business

Minority Issues in Criminal Justice

Critical Perspectives in Criminal Justice

Old Testament Survey

Sports Management Internship

Theatre Appreciation

Musical Theatre

The following classes are available for students during BC’s Summer Session One (June 6-July 1):

Beginning Watercolor

Biology Internship


Legal Environment of Business

Chemistry Internship

Introduction to Criminal Justice

Intro to the Exceptional Child

Recreation and Sport Management Internship

Athletic Coaching Internship

The following classes are available for students during BC’s Summer Session Two (July 11-August 5):

Biology Internship

Business Law

Information Technology Internship

Communication Internship

Graphic Communication Internship

Criminal Law

Youth Ministry Internship

Sports Medicine Internship

Recreation and Sports Management Internship

The following classes are available for students during BC’s first summer e-SPIRE online session (May 9-June 20):

Human Biology Lab

Human Biology

Science of Chocolate

Fundamentals of Speech

Minority Issues in Criminal Justice


Introduction to the Writing Process

American Literature II

Sport Psychology

Coaching Principles Certification

Personal and Community Health

Stress Management

Mathematics of Finance

Music Appreciation

Child and Adolescent Development

The following classes are available for students during BC’s second summer e-SPIRE online session (June 27-August 8):

Biblical Perspectives

Argumentative and Analytical Writing

Personal Fitness

Mental Skills Training

History of Ancient Greece

College Algebra I

Health Psychology

Bluefield College’s Summer School is designed to offer traditional students the opportunity to get ahead or catch up on their required courses of study. Summer offerings also provide students in BC’s inSPIRE adult degree completion program the chance to complete prerequisites or other general education requirements.

In addition, BC’s Summer School provides both traditional and adult students, even high school students, the chance to try a single course at a special reduced rate in program called TryBC. TryBC is designed for adults who are thinking about pursuing a college degree, but who are just not sure they’re quite ready for a full semester of study. The program also benefits other non-degree seeking students, like high schoolers or community residents, with a desire to learn a particular subject.

For Summer School class times, descriptions, prerequisites, registration or other information, contact the BC Registrar’s Office at 276-326-4348 or 800-872-0175 (x4348).

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Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

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Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231


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