The University of Minnesota Crookston will be offering new pandemic related courses as part of a University of Minnesota Systemwide collaboration during the summer of 2020. Three UMN Crookston featured instructors who will be teaching the courses are  Dr. Rachel McCoppin, professor of literature; Dr. James Leiman, Veden Chair for Rural and Economic Development; and Dr. Joseph Shostell, professor of biology and environmental sciences.

The summer 2020 classes include Advanced Topics in Literature Epidemics in Literature History, Special Topics in Health Services Management - Medical Supply Chain Management in the Face of COVID-19, Special Topics in Environmental Science - Living with COVID-19 and Environmental Hazards in a Changing World. For the full list visit

The new courses are timely and relevant to the current global situation. This expanded set of courses will provide additional opportunities to make progress toward student’s degrees, regardless of where they may be located during the summer.

“A significant and thoughtful effort has been made by the UMN System campuses to ensure we are creating community and meaningful opportunities for students through this robust listing of courses. The compilation of expertise in varying subjects, crafted to focus in and capitalize on natural curiosities related to the COVID-19 pandemic, during this highly unpresidented time in our history, is remarkable.  We are proud to partake in this,” commented Mary Holz-Clause, University of Minnesota Crookston chancellor.

The intention is to make the most of this summer for the entire University community and to lean in to the ability to provide information, skills, and context, even in the most unusual of times.

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Story Contact: Shawn Smith