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Experience a Course at Yale in the Summer

Yale Summer Session combines the resources of a world-class university with the close-knit community of a liberal arts college. In our small classes, Yale Summer Session students work closely with world-renowned faculty; they also have access to the vast array of resources on campus, including the libraries, galleries, collections, and gymnasium.  Our diverse student body comes from across the U.S. and around the world.

Pin: Over 150 summer session courses are taught by Yale faculty or affiliates, offered in over 50 different disciplines, and located on Yale's historic campus in New Haven, Connecticut.

Living and studying at Yale gives students a new found appreciation for their academics and forges friendships that will last a lifetime.  Students come to Yale Summer Session to:

  • earn credit toward their major and fulfill requirements for their degree
  • explore a new field or topic
  • focus intensely on one particular subject
  • study with Yale faculty
  • experience residential living on one of the most beautiful campuses in America
  • prepare for the challenges of highly selective colleges

Tip: Choosing a Yale Summer Session Course

  • Some courses have pre-requisites.  To enroll, your transcript must show that you have the met the pre-requisite(s).
  • Course numbers do not necessarily indicate the level of the course.   If a course has no pre-requisites, it is open to any student.
  • Some courses are not open to high school students.  Check course descriptions.
  • There is a two course limit per session

Pin: 2019 Course Syllabi

Please note that syllabi will be uploaded as they become available. The 2019 available syllabi can be found at the link above, although we can't guarentee that the information from 2019 will be the same as 2020 you can use the previous course syllabus for more in depth information on the course.

Pin: 2020 Course Syllabi


Auditing is not allowed in courses taught in New Haven or abroad. Auditing is permitted in select online courses only. Please refer to the Non-Credit Course Option/Audit for online courses.

Summer 2020 Courses

Use the search function below to view courses offered in New Haven and online this summer. 

Summer 2020 Dates

Date: Session A:
May 25 - June 26, 2020

Session B:
June 29 - July 31, 2020

Summer 2020 application is now open.



Plantation, Prison, and Ghetto in the United States

AFAM S385 (CRN: 30001)

Survey of the plantation, ghetto, and prison. Three spatial forms as foundations for the American project, aligned with colonialism and domination. Theoretical and historical considerations of how production of space and racial differences have been articulated together in United States. Topics include political economy of slavery, ghetto origins, and prison abolition. 1 Credit. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31.

Society and Politics of North Africa

AFST S325 (CRN: 30175)

5-week program: based in Ifrane, Morocco for 4-weeks followed by 1-week in Rabat, Morocco. The Maghrib – Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya – has historically been a critical frontier zone linking Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. This crossroads remains strategically important with issues such as sub-Saharan and North African migration, political Islam, Arab-Berber identities, terrorism and counter-terrorism, the Sahara question, and Mediterranean trade relationships current international concerns. This program provides a thorough overview of North African history, the legacies of colonialism and nationalism, political systems and opposition, Islam in North Africa, and the Maghrib in the 21st century. Participants will also meet with local experts, interact with Moroccan university students, and be able to have a homestay with a Moroccan family.

Visual Approaches to Global Health

AFST S350 (CRN: 30198)

6-week program: based in Johannesburg, South Africa for 1-week followed by 4.5-weeks in Mbabane, Swaziland and then the final 3-days back in Johannesburg, South Africa. Explores the intersection of global health and visual media, with a focuse on global health issues in the region such as HIV, TB, human rights, and violence in public health. Students learn both epidemiological methodology and hands-on filmmaking in order to translating complex public health concepts into a format approachable by a general audience. In addition to traditional learning, students work with instructors, guest lecturers, and production personnel to create a short film on a selected global health topic.

Race, Sports, and Social Change

AMST S252 (CRN: 30002)

Examines a broad range of sporting sites—from public protests by professional athletes to debates about sports mascots to recreational and amateur sports leagues—to explore themes of political formation, domination, and resistance in the US. Considers the ways that athletes, political figures, and social movements have made use of sports to shape particular visions of rights, freedom, and democracy. Readings are drawn from across the humanities and social sciences, including Black Studies, critical race theory, cultural studies, and critical sports studies. Includes guest speakers, journalists, and filmmakers and a field trip to a professional sporting event. 1 Credit. Tuition $4,350. Session A: May 25 - June 26.

American History in National Museums

AMST S313 (CRN: 30004)

An introduction to select topics in U.S. history and encourages critical, informed analysis of how those topics are currently represented by the Smithsonian. This course will focus attention on the 20th century United States, on the development of the Smithsonian as an institution, and on research and interpretive practices used by museum curators. Participants will visit and analyze how museums in Washington D.C. present national history to a diverse public. Students are also required to attend a THREE-day field trip to Washington D.C. Expenses for the trip will be covered by Yale Summer Session. Students will depart on Thursday evening at 5 p.m. If students are taking a second course in Yale Summer Session, they must choose one that does not meet on Thursday EVENINGS or on Fridays in order to participate in the trip. 1 Credit. Tuition $4,550. Session A: May 25 - June 26.

The Hollywood Novel and the Hollywood Movie

AMST S321 (CRN: 30070)

This course surveys the “Hollywood novel” and the “Hollywood film,” exploring how literary and visual texts turn their gaze back onto Hollywood itself––the “dream factory” of the United States. We begin with the emergence of cinema and conclude with a survey of recent (c.2000––) films about Hollywood which, in the post-studio era, frequently approach the elegiac or nostalgic (The Artist, 2011; La La Land, 2016), the horrific (Mulholland Drive, 2001), or the tragic (Maps to the Stars, 2014). Books range from F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Last Tycoon, Harold Robbins' The Dream Merchants, Dorothy Hughes' In a Lonely Place, Gore Vidal's Myra Breckenridge, and Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice. 1 Credit. Tuition: $4,350. Session A: May 25 - June 26.

Food, Race, and Migration in United States Society

AMST S372 (CRN: 30071)

Exploration of the relationship between food, race, and migration in historical and contemporary United States contexts. Organized thematically and anchored in selected case studies, this course is comparative in scope and draws from contemporary work in the fields of food studies, ethnic studies, migration studies, American studies, anthropology, and history. 1 Credit. Tuition $4,350. Session A: May 25 - June 26.

Film, Video, and American History

AMST S483 (CRN: 30076)

This course will examine the representation of American history in film and digital video through the close analysis of fiction and nonfiction features. Topics will include: the Civil War and Reconstruction, the Jazz Age, the Great Depression, World War II, the Civil Rights Era, the Cold War, Vietnam, and September 11th. Emphasis will be placed on the manner in which the past is depicted in individual films and what the choice of subjects reveals about the directors' sociopolitical moment. This course seeks to expand students' knowledge of the history of American film, culture, and society. In-class screenings will include films such as The Birth of a Nation, The Jazz Singer, Foreign Correspondent, Zero Dark Thirty, and Inglourious Basterds. 1 Credit. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31.

Human Evolutionary Biology and Life History

ANTH S242 (CRN: 30005)

The range of human physiological adaptability across environments and ecologies. Effects of energetic constraints on growth, reproduction, and behavior within the context of evolution and life history theory, with special emphasis on traditional non-Western societies. 1 Credit. Tuition: $4,350. Session A: May 25 - June 26.

Men, Manhood, and Masculinity

ANTH S250 (CRN: 30128)

Cultural and historic constructions of masculinity explored through an investigation of male bodies, sexualities, and social interactions. Multiple masculinities; the relationship between hegemonic, non-hegemonic, and subordinate masculinities. 1 Credit. Tuition $4,350. Session A: May 25 - June 26.

Race, Inequality, and Urban Education and Housing Policy

ANTH S324 (CRN: 30250)

Blends urban history with educational and housing policy to explore how spatial relationships have shaped opportunity since the groundbreaking supreme court decision, Brown V. Board of Education. Investigates a range of historical, legal, and contemporary issues relevant to both the segregation and desegregation of American cities and their public schools in the twentieth century. Uses Atlanta, GA as a case study in how race, cities, schools and space have been differently understood in the South as compared to the North, and to Atlanta as compared to other “Deep South” cities. 1 Credit. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 – July 31.

The Anthropology of Possible Worlds

ANTH S423 (CRN: 30252)

This course focuses on the nature of possible worlds: literary worlds (Narnia), ideological worlds (the world according to a particular political stance), psychological worlds (what someone remembers to be the case, wishes to be the case, or believes to be the case), environmental worlds (possible environmental futures), virtual worlds (the World of Warcraft), and—most of all—ethnographic works in which the actual and possible worlds of others are represented (the world according to the ancient Maya). We don’t focus on the contents of such worlds per se, but rather on the range of resources people have for representing, regimenting, and residing in such worlds; and the roles such resources play in mediating social relations and cultural values. 1 Credit. Tuition: $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31.

Ethnographic Perspectives on Global Health

ANTH S462 (CRN: 30006)

Study of anthropological ethnographies on serious health problems facing populations in resource-poor societies. Poverty and structural violence; struggles with infectious disease; the health of women and children; human rights and medical humanitarianism. Focus on sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, South Asia, and the Middle East. 1 Credit. Tuition: $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31.

Human Osteology

ANTH S464 (CRN: 30007)

A lecture and laboratory course focusing on the characteristics of the human skeleton and its use in studies of functional morphology, paleodemography, and paleopathology. Laboratories familiarize students with skeletal parts; lectures focus on the nature of bone tissue, its biomechanical modification, sexing, aging, and interpretation of lesions. 1 Credit. Tuition: $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31.

Climate Change, Societal Collapse and Resilience

ANTH S473 (CRN: 30066)

The coincidence of societal collapses throughout history with decadal and century-scale abrupt climate change events. Challenges to anthropological and historical paradigms of cultural adaptation and resilience. Examination of archaeological and historical records and high-resolution sets of paleoclimate proxies. 1 Credit. Tuition: $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31.

Science of Modern Technology and Public Policy

APHY S100 (CRN: 30010)

Examination of the science behind selected advances in modern technology and implications for public policy, with focus on the scientific and contextual basis of each advance. Topics are developed by the participants with the instructor and with guest lecturers, and may include nanotechnology, quantum computation and cryptography, renewable energy technologies, optical systems for communication and medical diagnostics, transistors, satellite imaging and global positioning systems, large-scale immunization, and DNA made to order. Intended for non-science majors. Enrollment limited to 18 students. 1 Credit. Tuition $4,350. Session A: May 25 - June 26.

Energy, Technology and Society

APHY S120 (CRN: 30013)

Seminar that covers the technology, use, and impact of energy on the environment, climate, security, and the economy. Emphasis on what drives people's choices and the effects of those choices. Tours of energy facilities on the Yale campus. Prerequisite: a strong background in high school physics, chemistry, and mathematics. Enrollment limited to 24 students. 1 Credit. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31.

Multivariable Calculus for Engineers

APHY S151 (CRN: 30045)

The course will introduce the engineering and applied science student to multivariable calculus for use in solving problems of physical interest. The course will focus on topics including three-dimensional spaces and vectors, vector-valued functions, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, and vector calculus including Greens', Stokes' and the divergence theorems. Prerequisite: MATH 115 or equivalent. 1 Credit. Tuition $4,350. Session A: May 25 - June 26.

Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations with Applications

APHY S194 (CRN: 30047)

Basic theory of ordinary and partial differential equations useful in applications. First- and second-order equations, separation of variables, power series solutions, Fourier series, Laplace transforms. Prerequisites: ENAS 151 or equivalent and knowledge of matrix-based operations. 1 Credit. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31.

Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic I

ARBC S130 (CRN: 30180)

8-week program: based in Rabat, Morocco. First course in an accelerated program for second-year language students involving all four language skills; designed to improve students’ proficiency in aural and reading comprehension as well as in speaking and writing. Aims to develop a strong understanding of the linguistic features of the Arabic language with emphasis on comprehensive communication skills.