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May Term at Morningside University gives you the opportunity to take a class not normally offered. Many courses involve travel both across the US and abroad, while there are also several options for students on campus.

The courses offered during May Term are designed by faculty and allow students to learn about unique topics. On-campus May Term classes have included the science of cooking, the mathematics of baseball statistics and much more. Some of the traveling May Term courses have gone to such places as New York, Hawaii, England, Germany, Ireland, and Paris.

The May Term curriculum changes each year and completion of at least one May Term class is required for graduation. If you are enrolled in the preceding Spring Term, you can enroll in one May Term course for no tuition; however, if you take advantage of a traveling May Term course, you are required to pay for the cost of the travel. There are numerous scholarships provided for May Term including the Waller Family Endowed Scholarship for May Term travel.


In recent past years, some May Term opportunities were:

  • The New Berlin: Crossroads of Europe
  • Education in Finland and Sweden
  • Spanish Immersion in Antigua, Guatemala
  • Exploring London
  • Pura Vida! Costa Rica
  • Whitewater and Ocean Kayaking
  • Pens and Paddles in Voyageurs National Park
  • Swamp People: Water Exploration Adventures in the Southeast US
  • Japan - Music and Agriculture
  • Mysterious London and Paris
  • Medical Mission Trip - Floating Down the Amazon River in Brazil
  • Exploring Ireland
  • Explore Belize Both on Land and Sea
  • Eugenics Movement - Buffalo, NY and Cold Spring Harbor, NY
May Term opportunities offered for the 2019 year were:
  • Green Iceland
  • Mythology & Magiare in Greece & Italy
  • Tabletop Strategy and Armchair Command
  • The Science of Happiness
  • Introduction to Athletics Officiating
  • Humor: Jest for the Health of It
  • Medical Mysteries
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Understanding Municipal Environmental Services
  • Learn to read Hebrew: the Basic Primer
  • Disc Golf
  • Experience Coffee
  • Warfare on the Eastern Front of WWII
  • New York City