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Pin: In 2020, Yale Summer Session will convert many New Haven and YSS Programs Abroad courses to remote courses. YSS will continue to offer Yale Summer Online courses. Please use the search tool below to view course offerings. All course times are EDT.

YSS admits students on a rolling basis. As soon as courses are filled, they are closed to further enrollments. For a complete list of closed or canceled courses, please check here.

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
  • 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

Please note that 2020 syllabi are being uploaded as they become available. 

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

2020 Course Syllabi

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Auditing is permitted in select online courses only. Please refer to the course descriptions to see in which courses auditing is permitted.

Summer 2020 Courses

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

Please review important information about online courses.

Summer 2020 Dates

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

Session B:
June 29 - July 31, 2020

Summer 2020 application is now open.

 

 

Reading and Writing the Modern Essay

ENGL S120E (CRN: 30135)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. Close study of selected works of nonfiction prepares students to become critical readers and to apply professional strategies to their own writing. Readings from such authors as Joan Didion, Malcolm Gladwell, Maxine Hong Kingston, N. Scott Momaday, George Orwell, Brent Staples, Jonathan Swift, Henry David Thoreau, Tom Wolfe, and Alice Walker. Written assignments, involving frequent revision, include autobiography, portraiture, nature writing, cultural critique, and formal argument. For college students and beyond. 1 Credit. Technology fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session A: May 25 - June 26. (View syllabus)

Introduction to Creative Writing

ENGL S123 (CRN: 30056)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. Introduction to the writing of fiction, poetry, and drama. Development of the basic skills used to create imaginative literature. Fundamentals of craft and composition; the distinct but related techniques used in the three genres. Story, scene, and character in fiction; sound, line, image, and voice in poetry; monologue, dialogue, and action in drama. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31.

Readings in American Literature

ENGL S127 (CRN: 30285)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. This course serves as both an introduction to as well as an exploration of American literature from the nineteenth century to the present. We will ask many questions of these texts, not the least of which is “what do we mean when we say ‘American?’” Given the wide range of the body of work that comprises American literature, however, we will also periodically ask in passing what we mean by “literature,” so as to consider what roles the literary plays in creating and shaping the possibilities of social imagination, private and public discourse, as well as one’s own identity. Emphasis on analytical reading, critical writing, and class discussions. Authors include Melville, Poe, Hawthorne, Whitman, Dickinson, Barnes, Toomer, H. Crane, W. C. Williams, L. Hughes, and M. Robinson. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session A: May 25 - June 26. (View syllabus)

Readings in Comparative World English Literatures

ENGL S128 (CRN: 30059)

Online Course. An introduction to the literary traditions of the Anglophone world in a variety of poetic and narrative forms and historical contexts. Emphasis on developing skills of literary interpretation and critical writing; diverse linguistic, cultural and racial histories; and on the politics of empire and liberation struggles. Authors may include Daniel Defoe, Mary Prince, J. M. Synge, James Joyce, C. L. R. James, Claude McKay, Jean Rhys, Yvonne Vera, Chinua Achebe, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, J. M. Coetzee, Brian Friel, Amitav Ghosh, Salman Rushdie, Alice Munro, Derek Walcott, and Patrick White, among others. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31.

Shakespeare: Histories and Tragedies

ENGL S201 (CRN: 30060)

Online Course. Study of three histories and seven tragedies at the pinnacle of Shakespeare's career. Focus on the source of each play's pathos and the nature of its poetic sublimity; some attention to performance and to the relation between the genres of history and tragedy. Extensive practice in writing short and medium-length critical essays. Students should come to the first class having read Julius Caesar. (The Signet edition, ordered through The Yale Bookstore, is preferred, but the Norton genre volumes are especially handsome substitutions; the Arden single play editions are more than acceptable if their price is not intimidating.) The regular course meetings will be supplemented by six evening screenings, and students are required to attend at least four of these. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Milton

ENGL S220E (CRN: 30136)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. A study of Milton's major poetry, with attention to his relation to the cultural, social, and political struggles of the Puritan Revolution. Students will watch or listen to pre-recorded lectures, and will meet online for biweekly seminar discussions. Satisfies pre-1875 requirement. 1 Credit.  Technology fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session A: May 25 - June 26. (View syllabus)

Writing about Family

ENGL S256 (CRN: 30061)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. Development of skills essential to non-fiction writing, with an emphasis on memoir, characterization, and narrative, as well as the ethical and practical considerations involved in writing about real people. Students review the work of classmates and professional writers to learn techniques for representing love, intimacy, and family structures and systems. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Modern American Drama

ENGL S361E (CRN: 30137)

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. 1 Credit. Technology fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session A: May 25 - June 26. (View syllabus)

Theater Now

ENGL S362 (CRN: 30174)

Online Course. Study of drama, performance, and dance-theater created in the last ten years, with special attention to works produced in 2018 and 2019. 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: $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Lies and Deception

EP&E S270 (CRN: 30108)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. Introduction to contemporary philosophical debate about the nature of lies and deception. Definitions of lying and deception, including whether all lies necessarily aim to deceive; moral justifications for lying and deceit and their counterarguments; ways in which the moral arguments against deception of others can apply to self-deception. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

First Amendment and the Ethics of Law

EP&E S306 (CRN: 30115)

Online Course. This course addresses the First Amendment and freedom of speech, focusing on the ethical implications of restrictions on free speech, as well as the exercise of free speech. Course topics and discussions include the “fighting words” doctrine, hate speech, true threats, content regulated speech, freedom of speech and the internet, and the so-called “right to be forgotten.” By the end of the course, students recognize the role free speech plays in society, including its negative and positive impacts on various segments of society. Students also have an understanding of the competing interests arising from the First Amendment’s right to free speech, and can analyze how these competing interests are weighed and measured in the United States as compared with other countries. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Food, Race, and Migration in United States Society

ER&M S297 (CRN: 30064)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. 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. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session A: May 25 - June 26. (View syllabus)

Introduction to Green Energy Systems (GES)

EVST S105E (CRN: 30139)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. Environmental sustainability and the role of green energy in mitigating the impact of greenhouse gases and global warming. Solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, wind, biofuel, hydro, geothermal, and nuclear power; ocean thermal energy conversion and harvesting of tidal power. System-level performance, overall efficiency, cost, and environmental impact of integrated green energy systems. 1 Credit.  Technology fee: $85. Tuition: $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31.

Energy, Technology and Society

EVST S121 (CRN: 30016)

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 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. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Climate Change, Societal Collapse and Resilience

EVST S473 (CRN: 30065)

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: $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31.

Chinese Cinema Survey: 1980–Present

FILM S142 (CRN: 30288)

Online Course. Surveys key figures, movements, and trends in Sinophone cinema since 1980. Sessions will be structured around ten films, each an entry point into a broader topic, such as the Fifth and Sixth Generation directors; the Hong Kong New Wave; New Taiwan Cinema; martial arts film; commercial blockbuster; and independent documentary. Directors of interest include Jia Zhangke, Zhang Yimou, Ang Lee, Wong Kar-Wai, Ann Hui, Tsui Hark, Edward Yang, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Tsai Ming-Liang, and Wang Bing. We will examine their films formally, through shot-by-shot analysis, as well as in relation to major social, political, and economic developments in recent Chinese history. We will also consider pertinent questions of propaganda and censorship; aesthetics and politics; history and memory; transnational networks and audiences; and what constitutes "Chineseness" in a globalized world. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31.

Sports and Media

FILM S188 (CRN: 30072)

Online Course. A study of the interrelations among popular sport, cinema, television, radio, print, and social media. Explores topics of identity, commerce, and civics through contemporary texts (Hunger Games, Senna, Invictus), and introduces the history of sport in media culture. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. 

Money and Media: The Business of Hollywood

FILM S208 (CRN: 30073)

Online Course. An examination of the key events and ideas that shape the modern motion picture business from financial, institutional, and historical standpoints. Topics include ways that the business has evolved in response to changes in technology, distribution, and competition; how the business dictates what ends up on screen; and relationships among studios, actors, agents, independent filmmakers, distributors, and the viewing audience. Industry practitioners discuss special topics. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31.

Money and Media: the Business of Hollywood

FILM S208E (CRN: 30140)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. An examination of the key events and ideas that shape the modern motion picture business from financial, institutional, and historical standpoints. Topics include ways that the business has evolved in response to changes in technology, distribution, and competition; how the business dictates what ends up on screen; and relationships among studios, actors, agents, independent filmmakers, distributors, and the viewing audience. Industry practitioners discuss special topics. 1 Credit. Technology fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session A: May 25 - June 26. (View syllabus)

Film, Video, and American History

FILM S247 (CRN: 30074)

Online Course. 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. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31.

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