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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. 

Spanish for Reading

SPAN S999E (CRN: 30194)

Online Course. Students acquire skills for reading Spanish-language texts of any difficulty with some fluency. Study of syntax and grammar; practice in close reading and translation of texts in different genres in the humanities. These courses do not have live online class meetings and will not appear on transcripts issued by the University. The course work is not self-paced as there are weekly assignment deadlines. Yale doctoral students only. Tuition for Yale doctoral students covered by GSAS. Visiting student tuition: $850. Technology Fee: $85. Session B: July 12 - August 13.

Intermediate Kiswahili I

SWAH S130 (CRN: 30328)

Course Cancelled. Online Course. Intensive first course for second-year language students, further development of students' speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Prepares students for further work in literary, language, and cultural studies as well as for a functional use of Kiswahili. Study of structure and vocabulary is based on a variety of texts from traditional and popular culture. Emphasis on command of idiomatic usage and stylistic nuance. Prerequisite: SWAH 120 (Beginning Kiswahili II) or equivalent proficiency. Enrollment limited to 15 students. 1.5 Credits. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. 9. (View syllabus)

Intermediate Kiswahili II

SWAH S140 (CRN: 30329)

Course Cancelled. Online Course. Intensive second course for second-year language students, further development of students' speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Prepares students for further work in literary, language, and cultural studies as well as for a functional use of Kiswahili. Study of structure and vocabulary is based on a variety of texts from traditional and popular culture. Emphasis on command of idiomatic usage and stylistic nuance. Prerequisite: SWAH 120 (Beginning Kiswahili II) or equivalent proficiency. Enrollment limited to 15 students. 1.5 Credits. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

Theater Now

THST S262 (CRN: 30137)

Online Course. Study of drama, performance, and dance-theater created in the last ten years, with special attention to works produced in 2019 and 2020. Readings from both published and unpublished American and British plays, contemporary criticism, interviews, and essays by the artists themselves. Video of works created by companies such as Elevator Repair Service, Gob Squad, and the Nature Theater of Oklahoma. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13.

Public Speaking

THST S343 (CRN: 30330)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. Development of skills in public speaking and in critical analysis of public discourse. Key aspects of rhetoric and cultural communication; techniques for formulating and organizing persuasive arguments, engaging with an audience, and using the voice and body effectively. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85.  Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

Modern American Drama

THST S392E (CRN: 30158)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. In-depth reading and discussion of major twentieth-century American playwrights, including Eugene O'Neill, Thornton Wilder, Zora Neale Hurston, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee, David Mamet, and Suzan-Lori Parks. For college students and beyond. Enrollment limited to 20 students. 1 Credit. Technology fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

African Urban Cultures

URBN S334 (CRN: 30352)

Course Cancelled. Online Course. This seminar aims to explore how socially-constructed notions of space, time, and the city inform African urban theory, practice, and cultures. This course will first delineate methods of visual sociology and explore how postcolonial theory challenges Western concepts of contemporary urban cultures throughout Africa. As spaces with complex colonial legacies and transnational connections, this course will introduce students to a visual sociology of a rich collection of cultural artifacts such as film, photography, and visual art. These are used to research the cultural politics of urban life in Cape Town (South Africa), Lagos (Nigeria), Swakopmund (Namibia), and Johannesburg (South Africa). 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85.  Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

Transnational Approaches to Gender and Sexuality

WGSS S206 (CRN: 30331)

Online Course. Examination of transnational debates about gender and sexuality as they unfold in specific contexts. Gender as a category that can or cannot travel; feminist critiques of liberal rights paradigms; globalization of particular models of gender/queer advocacy; the role of NGOs in global debates about gender and sexuality. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

Race and Gender in Asian American Popular Culture

WGSS S275 (CRN: 30139)

Online Course. Asian American popular culture thought through the shifting histories and ideologies that give it meaning. Considers the changing ideas of "Asian American" as a raced and gendered category that both represents and makes culture. Readings cover a variety of popular genres including film, television, music, and digital technologies. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13.

The Olympic Games: Ancient to Modern

WGSS S293 (CRN: 30221)

Online Course. Introduction to the history of the Olympic Games from antiquity to the present. The mythology of athletic events in ancient Greece and the ritual, political, and social ramifications of the actual competitions. The revival of the modern Olympic movement in 1896, the political investment of the Greek state at the time, and specific games as they illustrate the convergence of athletic cultures and sociopolitical transformations in the twentieth century. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

Introduction to Transgender Studies

WGSS S306 (CRN: 30287)

Online Course. Introduction to transgender studies, an emergent field that draws on gender studies, queer theory, sociology, feminist science studies, literary studies, and history. Representations of gender nonconformity in a cultural context dominated by a two-sex model of human gender differentiation. Sources include novels, autobiographies, films, and philosophy and criticism. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

Feminist & Queer Ethnographies: Dystopia, Catastrophe, Extinction

WGSS S308 (CRN: 30333)

Online Course. This seminar centers the analytics and methods that feminist and queer ethnographic analyses have brought to the fore to revisit a cluster of topical issues, this year assembled around the theme: Dystopia, Catastrophe, Extinction. Key to the overall class will be the relation between humans and the world and, in particular, the way in which different “ends of the world” configure humankind as an entity to whom the world belongs. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

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