Propose a Course

May Term & Summer 2024 course proposals are coming soon. 

Submit your proposal here!

Online Courses

NEW for the 2023/2024 academic year, Intersessions is working to put courses into development to be offered online. Learn more about online course development.

About Intersessions

Intersessions offers compressed-format undergraduate courses on the Dallas campus & online. During Intersessions, students concentrate on only one or two courses at a time; this focus combined with smaller class sizes than in fall/spring help enhance the potential for intensive student engagement. Faculty are encouraged to use the concentrated time they have with students to take advantage of educational resources off-campus and provide promote unique educational experiences.  

Intersessions provides administrative oversight for Jan Term, May Term, and Summer 11-day courses on the Dallas Campus. We market and advertise ALL Dallas courses and help address student questions about enrollment, financial aid, and academic planning; however, administration of June (Summer 1), July (Summer 2), and Combined (Summer 3) sessions is conducted by departments and schools or colleges, just as in fall and spring.

Any full-time, visiting, adjunct, or emeritus faculty member can propose an Intersessions course. Proposed courses are vetted by the appropriate Department Chair(s), Dean, and the Provost before approval and addition to the Intersessions schedule.

Dallas Intersessions

Jan Term 2024

  • 8 class days (longer for the online language classes offered over an extended session)
  • Students enroll in one course (credit hours vary by course).
  • Courses meet Tuesday, January 2 to Friday, January 12. 
  • Monday, January 8 is a reading day with no class meetings.
  • Courses meet 6 hours/day with meeting times from 9am - 4pm, with an hour lunch break.  
Propose a course in August for best consideration!

May Term 2024

  • 11 class days
  • Students enroll in one course (credit hours vary by course).
  • Courses meet from Thursday, May 9 to Thursday, May 23.
  • Faculty set their own class hours for a minimum of 4 hours/day*.  We ask that faculty not choose a start time before 9am. 

Propose a course in October for best consideration!

June A/B & July A/B 2024

  • 11 class days
  • Students may enroll in multiple courses in the summer term, but may only take one 11-day session at a time     
  • Courses meet Monday-Friday for a minimum of 4 hours/day.*
    • June A: June 3 - June 17
    • June B: June 18 - July 2
    • July A: July 8 - July 22
    • July B: July 23 - August 6

Propose a course in October for best consideration!

* In a typical semester, a 3 credit hour class is scheduled for 45 hours of contact with students (final exams included). To stay as close as possible to this, SMU has adapted the following hours/schedules for each term.

Total scheduled hours for Jan Term: 48.  Total scheduled hours for May Term, and 11-day sessions: 44.

Procedure for setting the schedule for all other Summer sessions varies by department and school. We recommend checking in with your Department Chair (or the chair for the department in which you plan to teach) as a first step in this process.

Structuring Courses for Condensed Sessions

Intersessions is not involved with curriculum development, but we can offer a few useful tips in setting up a syllabus and thinking through how to handle course meetings over a shorter session.

  1. Consult teaching resources available through the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE).
  2. Use the focused time you have with students to promote experiential learning opportunities (e.g., schedule field trips or other activities that would be difficult to coordinate on a fall/spring schedule).
  3. Assign pre-work by email prior to the start of term. For example, assigning reading assignment prior to the first day of class can help ensure that all material fits into the condensed term. If expectations of pre-work affect the final date students may enroll (which is typically the day before start of term), please communicate this to Intersessions staff.


The Intersessions program office markets all undergraduate courses offered in Jan Term, May Term, and Summer courses held on the main campus (or online). We use both print media (posters, stake signs, swag, etc.) and digital outlets (our website, email blasts to students, social media, digital signs across campus) to do so. Consequently, we recommend that faculty help promote their courses as well. Some of the most common means of doing so include:

  • Promote your course during the fall/spring semester. Share a PowerPoint slide, a flyer, or a few talking points to help put the course on students’ radars.
  • Ask colleagues in your department to help promote your course
  • Include promotional information about the course on the first page of your syllabus. Go beyond the traditional course summary to draw attention to the unique experiences your course cultivates.  
  • Create and distribute flyers around campus  
  • When faculty or departments post something about an Intersessions course on their social media accounts we’ll re-post it. Follow us @SMUintersession on Instagram or Twitter; we’ll follow you back!

PLEASE NOTE, SMU-in-Taos and SMU Abroad are separate programs with their own administrative offices outside of the main Intersessions Office, whose focus is Dallas campus courses.