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Wake Forest expanding its Charlotte course offerings

Marty Minchin
Correspondent
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    - COURTESY OF WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY
    Randall Rogan
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    - COURTESY OF WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY
    Marina Krcmar

Wake Forest University is expanding its Charlotte campus to include undergraduate classes.

The college, which is based in Winston-Salem, has offered only business classes at its uptown Charlotte campus. On June 2, students can enroll in undergraduate classes in English, communications and psychology.

A “decent-sized” number of Wake Forest students are from Charlotte, and some professors commute from Charlotte to Winston-Salem, said Randall Rogan, the Wake Forest associate dean for academic planning who recently also became the dean of the summer session.

Rogan conducted an informal, online survey of Wake Forest students in the fall that included a question to gauge interest in undergraduate summer courses in Charlotte.

The survey response was strong enough that Rogan decided to ask faculty about the possibility of teaching in Charlotte.

He found several faculty members who live in Charlotte and were interested in teaching summer classes here.

“We made the decision to go,” Rogan said.

One of those faculty members is Marina Krcmar, a communications professor who will drive 10 minutes – instead of more than 90 minutes – to teach this summer.

Krcmar lives in Charlotte because her husband has a job here, and she has commuted for years to Winston-Salem to teach in the Wake Forest communications department several days a week.

She said she’s often wanted to teach a summer class, but that would have meant a daily drive to Winston-Salem.

“I knew about the Wake Forest location in Charlotte, and it often crossed my mind that they should offer additional classes there,” Krcmar said. “When I found out they were going to offer (summer undergraduate courses), I jumped at the opportunity.”

The summer courses will include introductory and advanced classes. All undergraduate classes will be open to students from other colleges and seniors in high school who are interested in trying a college course.

Christa Harris, a Wake Forest junior and graduate of Hopewell High School, had already planned to spend the summer in Charlotte. None of her friends will live on campus in Winston-Salem this summer, so she didn’t want to stay there.

“I was really excited (about the Charlotte summer classes) because I already had been planning on taking a summer class at UNC Charlotte,” she said. Harris is working on a double major in English and psychology.

Now, Harris has enrolled in a Wake Forest undergraduate summer class in Charlotte and plans to get a summer job.

The undergraduate courses will begin in early June. Each class will meet two hours a day, five days a week for four weeks.

The cost of a three-credit undergraduate course at Wake Forest University is $2,700, Rogan said.

Registration is open now for the six Wake Forest University undergraduate courses that will be offered in the school’s uptown Charlotte campus this summer.

Course descriptions and registration information are available at http://college.wfu.edu/summer/charlotte-summer-courses.

Marty Minchin is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Marty? Email her at martyminchin@gmail.com.
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