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Experience a Course with Yale in the Summer

Our application is now open. 

YSS admits students on a rolling basis. As soon as courses are filled, they are closed to further enrollments.

Studying at Yale gives students a newfound 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
  • 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: Course Syllabi

Use the link below to reference available syllabi, please do not use the links in the course descriptions. 

2021 Course Syllabi

Auditing

Auditing is permitted in select online courses only. More information for course auditing can be found on the online course information page.

Summer 2021 Courses 

Note: The Chemistry labs (S134, S136, S222, S223) and ART S130 may also offer an in-person option for Yale students who will be living on or near campus if the public health situation permits. Details of the in-person option will be communicated to students enrolled in those courses closer to the start of the summer.

Use the search function below to view courses offered online this summer. 

Please review important information about online courses.

Summer 2021 Dates

Date: Session A:
June 7 - July 9, 2021

Session B:
July 12 - August 13, 2021

Our application is now open. 

Science of Modern Technology and Public Policy

APHY S100 (CRN: 30032)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. 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. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

Energy, Environment, and Public Policy

APHY S120 (CRN: 30035)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. 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 how to transition to renewable energy.  Prerequisite: a strong background in high school physics, chemistry, and mathematics. Enrollment limited to 24 students. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13.

Multivariable Calculus for Engineers

APHY S151 (CRN: 30064)

Online Course. 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. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9.

Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations with Applications

APHY S194 (CRN: 30066)

Online Course. 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. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13.

Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic I

ARBC S130 (CRN: 30239)

Online Course. First course for second-year language students involving all four language skills. Intensive review of grammar; readings from contemporary and classical Arab authors with emphasis on serial reading of unvoweled Arabic texts, prose composition, and formal conversation. Prerequisite: ARBC 120 (Elementary Modern Standard Arabic II) or equivalent proficiency. Enrollment limited to 15 students. 1.5 Credits. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic II

ARBC S140 (CRN: 30240)

Online Course. Intermediate Modern Arabic Standard II is a class that emphasizes continued development in the four skills of language (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening) of Modern Standard Arabic. The course focuses on enhancing Interpersonal, Interpretive Presentational Communication in alignment with Intermediate Level Performance. The course works on reinforcing previously learned grammar while also covering new grammatical concepts. Using authentic materials (Reading, Video, and Audio), the course teaches about the following topics: Personal and Public Identity, Families and Communities, Social Relationships, Global Challenges, Beauty and Aesthetics in Arab Speaking Countries. Despite the focus on Modern Standard Arabic, Shami dialect is also introduced. The class meets online five times a week (M through F) for two hours using Zoom. It assumed that the students have basic oral skills, familiarity with the grammatical structures covered in two semesters of Elementary Arabic (Elementary Arabic I and II, ARBC 110/120), in addition to one course of Intermediate Level (Intermediate Arabic I, ARBC 130). Enrollment limited to 15 students. 1.5 Credits. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13.

Advanced Modern Standard Arabic I

ARBC S150 (CRN: 30241)

30241 Course Cancelled. Online Course. Intensive first course for third-year language students, further development of listening, writing, reading and  speaking skills. For students who already have a substantial background in Modern Standard Arabic. Prerequisite: ARBC 140 (Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic II) or equivalent proficiency. Enrollment limited to 15 students. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

Advanced Modern Standard Arabic II

ARBC S151 (CRN: 30242)

Course Cancelled. Online Course. Intensive second course for third-year language students, further development of listening, writing, reading and  speaking skills. For students who already have a substantial background in Modern Standard Arabic. Prerequisite: ARBC 150 (Advanced Modern Standard Arabic I) or equivalent proficiency. Enrollment limited to 15 students. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

Ancient Civilizations of Mesoamerica

ARCG S233 (CRN: 30289)

Online Course. An exploration of the archaeology of the Olmec, Maya, Aztec, and other peoples of ancient Mesoamerica, with emphasis on current debates and queries. Students will be introduced to new discoveries aided by scientific methods, theoretical and methodological insights, and advances in the interpretation of writing and symbolic systems that challenge traditional interpretations. The course also explores the links with contemporary peoples in Mexico and Central America, who still preserve significant aspects of ancient Mesoamerican cultural traditions. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

Human Osteology

ARCG S464 (CRN: 30030)

Online Course. 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. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13.

Climate Change, Societal Collapse and Resilience

ARCG S473 (CRN: 30085)

Online Course. 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. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

Yale University and the American Academic Campus

ARCH S110 (CRN: 30401)

In-Person Only Course. For currently enrolled Yale students only. This course examines some of the most iconic buildings on the Yale campus by way of an extended tour that will reach back to 1716 and even project into the future at times. We will spend a significant portion of our time walking the extents of the two main New Haven campuses as well as perusing the wealth of documentation devoted to the buildings themselves housed in Yale’s Libraries. A particular focus will be placed on the contemporary state of the campus (as a result, the story will be somewhat achronological) and the major expansions of the university’s footprint. Class time consists primarily of walking, talking, and looking at buildings (or drawings). Extended time will be spent outside. Sunblock and sunglasses are recommended. Enrollment limited to 12. .5 Credit. Tuition: $2250. Offered in Session A: June 7 - July 9 and Session B: July 12 - August 13.

Yale University and the American Academic Campus

ARCH S110 (CRN: 30402)

In-Person Only Course. For currently enrolled Yale students only. This course examines some of the most iconic buildings on the Yale campus by way of an extended tour that will reach back to 1716 and even project into the future at times. We will spend a significant portion of our time walking the extents of the two main New Haven campuses as well as perusing the wealth of documentation devoted to the buildings themselves housed in Yale’s Libraries. A particular focus will be placed on the contemporary state of the campus (as a result, the story will be somewhat achronological) and the major expansions of the university’s footprint. Class time consists primarily of walking, talking, and looking at buildings (or drawings). Extended time will be spent outside. Sunblock and sunglasses are recommended. Enrollment limited to 12. .5 Credit. Tuition: $2250. Offered in Session A: June 7 - July 9 and Session B: July 12 - August 13.

The Myth of the Map: Uncovering Cartographies of Spatial Inequity

ARCH S220 (CRN: 30290)

Online Course. This course will explore strategies of mapping as a means of representing the space that we inhabit from the intimate scale of the room to the vast urbanism of the city and will consider the power of maps to construct narratives and counter narratives, and the capacity to incorporate a variety of media and voices. We will examine a specific vantage through a series of case study maps and their corresponding cartographic strategies and study the values and methods embedded in each map as a way to develop a comprehensive cartographic vocabulary and establish a critical standpoint. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13.

Visual Thinking

ART S111 (CRN: 30335)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. An introduction to the language of visual expression, using studio projects to explore the fundamental principles of visual art. Students acquire a working knowledge of visual syntax applicable to the study of art history, popular culture, and art. Projects address all four major concentrations (graphic design, printing/printmaking, photography, and sculpture). A list of materials necessary for the course will be distributed to each student on the first day of class and must be purchased by the student. Enrollment limited to 15 students. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9.

Painting Basics

ART S130 (CRN: 30338)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. An introduction to basic painting issues, stressing a beginning command of the conventions of pictorial space and the language of color. Class assignments and individual projects explore technical, conceptual, and historical issues central to the language of painting. There may be an in-person option for this course, available to current Yale students only, if the public health situation permits. Details of this option will be shared closer to the start date of the session with Yale students who enroll in this course. Enrollment limited to 15 students. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

Introduction to Graphic Design: Typography for Print and Video

ART S131 (CRN: 30336)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. A studio introduction to visual communication, with emphasis on the visual organization of design elements as a means to transmit meaning and values. Topics include shape, color, visual hierarchy, word-image relationships, and typography. Development of a verbal and visual vocabulary to discuss and critique the designed world. A list of materials necessary for the course will be distributed to each student on the first day of class and must be purchased by the student. Enrollment limited to 15 students. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

Introduction to Interactive Design: WWW

ART S167 (CRN: 30337)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. Interactive design explored through the development of projects that are based online. Concepts of prompt, feedback, and variable conditions; Web-specific design issues such as navigation and pacing, as well as design for variable sizes and devices; best practices in code craft and design. The Web as a social ecosystem in which time and performance play important roles. Instruction in HTML, CSS, and some Javascript. No prior programming experience required. A list of materials necessary for the course will be distributed to each student on the first day of class and must be purchased by the student. Enrollment limited to 15 students. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13.

Planets and Stars

ASTR S110E (CRN: 30148)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. An introduction to stars and planetary systems. Topics include the solar system and extrasolar planets, planet and star formation, and the evolution of stars from birth to death. No prerequisite other than a working knowledge of elementary algebra. Enrollment limited to 20 students. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

Galaxies and the Universe

ASTR S120 (CRN: 30040)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. A nontechnical introduction to stellar populations and the structure and evolution of the Milky Way galaxy; external galaxies, radio galaxies, and quasars; cosmology and the expanding universe. No prerequisite other than a working knowledge of elementary algebra. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13.

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