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Summer Term Online Courses

June 2 - July 26, 2020


Wellesley College now offers select summer courses in the online environment, allowing students to experience the same course content taught on campus by Wellesley Faculty, but with the convenience of learning on your time -- from your preferred location. Wellesley College Summer Online courses are open to any undergraduate or adult learner who applies and is accepted through Wellesley Summer Term. All courses are co-ed.

Cost: $2,900 per 1.0 unit


  • Earn College Credit – Summer Online courses include the same curriculum found in our on campus courses, so students earn a letter grade and the same credits online as a full semester in the classroom.

  • Your Time, Your Course – Access the course and lecture material 24/7 to create a learning environment around your schedule each week without ever coming to campus. You'll participate in periodic live online classroom sessions throughout the semester to interact face to face with faculty and peers.*

  • 8-Week Semester – Our online summer courses are 8-weeks long. Wellesley Summer Online adheres to the same high level academic standards expected of a Wellesley College on campus course, and you will earn the same amount of credit.

  • Work Alongside Fellow Students – You won't be learning alone. Wellesley Summer Online courses are designed to be highly interactive, encourage group discussion, participation, and work in a collaborative environment.

  • Learn from Wellesley Faculty – All of our courses are designed and taught by accredited accomplished Wellesley College Faculty and are modeled after on campus courses. Faculty treat an online course as they do an on campus course, with regular feedback, office hours, and live sessions throughout the semester.


How To Apply

To apply, visiting students must complete and submit a "Summer Term" application.
Wellesley College students are required to register on-line for classes through the Workday portal in MyWellesley.


ENG 111D: Making Gloriana: Imagining Elizabeth I in Literature

Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) was a unique figure. Ascending to the throne of a country that for centuries had passed royal power from father to son, she was a woman who remained unmarried and childless. Yet her reign was long and successful, and saw a flowering of literary greatness, by Shakespeare and others, unparalleled in English culture. How did she conquer the political odds against her, create a personal mythology that inspired a generation of poets, and continue as an icon of female leadership into the present day? This course will explore the world of Elizabeth I and the courtiers and artists who adored her, and will showcase treasures from Wellesley’s rare books and museum collections that illuminate the life and culture of Gloriana, the Virgin Queen. Learn more about Summer Term Courses. This course meets the LL - Language and Literature distribution requirement.

Faculty Spotlight

Sarah Wall-Randell

Sarah Wall-Randell

My teaching and research interest center on Renaissance literature and its medieval heritage. I’m intrigued by the definitions and practices of literary genre in the Renaissance (mostly because early modern writers themselves were obsessed with genre, its rules, and bending those rules), especially the heterogeneous body of texts that participate in the romance tradition. I am also interested in the cultural history of books as objects, and the real and imaginary uses to which they have been put. My interest in English drama in performances spans periods and is practical as well as theoretical. I’ve served as dramaturg for amateur and small professional theatre companies in Boston.

I’m currently working on a book called The Immaterial Book in Early Modern England, about representations of books and reading in Renaissance literature, and on an evolving project about literary manifestations of the the prophetic Siblys in medieval and Renaissance culture. I’ve published articles about John Foxe’s monumental history of the Protest and church, the self- writings of the 1540s martyr Anne Askew, books on Marlowe’s play Doctor Faustus, and “reading oneself” in Shakespeare's Cymbeline and Wroth’s Urania.

Most recently I’ve designed and will be teaching the summer 2018 online course, Making Gloriana: Imagining Elizabeth I in Literature.

My degrees are from Wellesley (BA), Oxford (MPhil), and Harvard (PhD).

Student Disability Services

Wellesley provides a full range of services and accommodations to people with disabilities. Students with a documented disability that requires accommodation have access to Disability Services. For more information, please contact Jim Wice, Director of Disability Services, at 781.283.2434 or jwice@wellesley.edu.


*Live class sessions will be established at the start of the semester based on best student availability. All live sessions will also be recorded and available after the live class.