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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: Course Syllabi

Please note that 2020 syllabi are being uploaded as they become available. If you do not find the 2020 syllabus for the course you are interested in, you may find the 2019 version at the link below. While there is no guarantee the information from 2019 will be the same as 2020, you may use the 2019 course syllabus to give you an idea of the general requirements and readings for the 2020 iteration.

2020 Course Syllabi

2019 Course Syllabi

Auditing

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.

 

 

Energy, Technology and Society

ENAS S120 (CRN: 30014)

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. (View syllabus)

Multivariable Calculus for Engineers

ENAS S151 (CRN: 30044)

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

ENAS S194 (CRN: 30046)

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.

Writing Seminars I

ENGL S114 (CRN: 30048)

An introduction to academic argument and well-reasoned analysis, using a broad spectrum of nonfiction prose. Intensive instruction and practice in writing argumentative essays. Enrollment limited to 12. 1 Credit. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31.

Writing Seminars I

ENGL S114 (CRN: 30049)

An introduction to academic argument and well-reasoned analysis, using a broad spectrum of nonfiction prose. Intensive instruction and practice in writing argumentative essays. Enrollment limited to 12. 1 Credit. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31.

Reading and Writing the Modern Essay

ENGL S120E (CRN: 30135)

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.

Introduction to Creative Writing

ENGL S123 (CRN: 30056)

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

Readings in American Literature

ENGL S127 (CRN: 30285)

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. Tuition $4,350. Session A: May 25 - June 26.

Readings in Comparative World English Literatures

ENGL S128 (CRN: 30058)

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. Tuition: $4,350. Offered in Session A (May 25 - June 26) and Session B (June 29 - July 31).

Readings in Comparative World English Literatures

ENGL S128 (CRN: 30059)

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. Tuition: $4,350. Offered in Session A (May 25 - June 26) and Session B (June 29 - July 31).

Shakespeare: Histories and Tragedies

ENGL S201 (CRN: 30060)

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

Milton

ENGL S220E (CRN: 30136)

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.

Personal Geography

ENGL S247 (CRN: 30229)

4-week program: based in Auvillar, France. There are only two plots in all of literature, claimed the late John Gardner: the story of a journey, and of a stranger coming to town. Most travel literature is both: the story of a journey as well as a tale of a stranger, stepping into an alien land. This course examines a wide range of place-based literature, from long-form city portraits to travel memoir excerpts, with a focus on the particular authorial persona driving each piece. How is this writer bringing the landscape to life? What are they choosing to enunciate, question, romanticize, or criticize? What do we learn about the writer through the prism of place? Readings by writers such as Ryszard Kapuscinski, Jan Morris, Leslie Jamison, James Baldwin, Teju Cole and Pico Iyer will acquaint students with the techniques by which journalists and writers capture the essential qualities of a place, and negotiate their own presence and vantage point within the story of the journey.

Writing about Family

ENGL S256 (CRN: 30061)

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

Modern American Drama

ENGL S361E (CRN: 30137)

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.

Theater Now

ENGL S362 (CRN: 30174)

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, Les Freres Corbusier, and the Nature Theater of Oklahoma. Will include attendance of productions in and around New York City. 1 Credit. Tuition: $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31.

Investigative Journalism

ENGL S456 (CRN: 30062)

Techniques of in-depth reporting, ranging from interviews and document research to journalistic storytelling; the evolution of "muckraking" in the United States; and the ethical, philosophical, and political issues raised by such work. Improvement of the students' practical research and narrative skills through weekly assignments and a term-long writing project. Designed equally for those with journalistic experience and for those with skills in other arenas. Enrollment limited to 15. 1 Credit. Tuition $4,350. Session A: May 25 - June 26.

Energy, Engines, and the Environment

ENVE S101 (CRN: 30096)

Energy sustainability and global warming; thermodynamic fundamentals; engines (combustion technologies, fossil-fuel pollution, carbon capture and sequestration). Wind, solar, biomass, and other renewable energy sources. Designed for freshmen and sophomores in science and engineering and for non–science majors. Prerequisite: A score of 4 or 5 on Advanced Placement examinations in mathematics and/or science. 1 Credit. Tuition: $4,350. Session A: May 25 - June 26.

Lies and Deception

EP&E S270 (CRN: 30108)

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

First Amendment and the Ethics of Law

EP&E S306 (CRN: 30115)

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

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