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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. 

Game Theory

ECON S159 (CRN: 30058)

Online Course. An introduction to the theory of multiperson decision problems and its application in economic analysis. Discussion of static and dynamic noncooperative games with particular attention to the notions of Nash equilibrium and sub-game perfect equilibrium. Prerequisite: Two terms of introductory economics (ECON 115 and 116 or the equivalent). 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13.

Economic History of the American South

ECON S183 (CRN: 30376)

Online Course. While the history of American economic growth has been impressive, it has not always been uniform. After the American Revolution, states in the North gradually abolished slavery while states in the South strengthened the institution. Between 1860 and 1880, incomes in the American South fell relative to the rest of the country, not catching up to national averages until late in the twentieth century. On top of regional inequality, discrimination and segregation prevented African-Americans from participating fully in the economy. This course will focus on the history of the Southern economy and its relationship to national patterns. We will discuss how economic theory and data can be used to understand topics such as slavery, the Civil War, segregation, and the Great Migration. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9.

Causes and Consequences of Corruption

ECON S281E (CRN: 30154)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. Corruption, a manifestation of the principal-agent problem, is an obstacle to economic efficiency. Corruption occurs where fundamental institutions are weak or poorly designed, while situation-specific incentives make corruption tempting, and personal ethics are malleable. This course examines the economic, cultural, and political causes and consequences of corruption; cross-country comparisons of corruption levels; and examples of successful reforms and policies to combat corruption in bureaucracy and business. For college students and beyond. Prerequisite: ECON 110, or 115, or equivalent. Enrollment limited to 20 students. 1 Credit. Tuition: $4,500. Technology fee: $85. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

Race, Inequality, and Urban Education and Housing Policy

EDST S255 (CRN: 30059)

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

The Digital Information Age

EENG S101 (CRN: 30061)

Course canceled. Online Course. An introduction to computational feature extraction and machine learning (ML) techniques applied to classification of spoken digits. The course first describes relevant theory and then helps each student develop an application. Programs written in python provide examples of microphone speech acquisition, database formation, and processing for generating spectrogram features. Programs monitor learning and characterize performance of ML techniques ranging from template matching to convolutional neural networks. Students modify these programs to explore individually chosen projects, such as techniques to improve classification accuracy, real-time spoken command recognition, translation, and foreign language tutoring. Intended for students in the humanities and social sciences interested in ML and for first-year students considering a major in electrical engineering.  A familiarity with any programming language is required. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9.

Science of Modern Technology and Public Policy

ENAS S100 (CRN: 30033)

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, Engines, and the Environment

ENAS S101 (CRN: 30112)

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

Energy, Environment, and Public Policy

ENAS S120 (CRN: 30036)

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.

Introduction to Computing for Engineers & Scientists

ENAS S130 (CRN: 30062)

Online Course. An introduction to MATLAB, C and C++ programming languages for solving a variety of computational problems encountered in engineering, mathematics, and the natural sciences: General programming techniques; data analysis; numerical simulations; effective display of results. Projects include processing microphone speech and digital images. Prerequisites: Math 115 or equivalent. Recommended preparation: previous programming experience. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9.

Multivariable Calculus for Engineers

ENAS S151 (CRN: 30063)

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

ENAS S194 (CRN: 30065)

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.

Writing Seminars I

ENGL S114 (CRN: 30067)

All sections closed to further enrollment. Online Course. 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. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Offered in Session A: June 7 - July 9 and Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

Writing Seminars I

ENGL S114 (CRN: 30068)

All sections closed to further enrollment. Online Course. 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. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Offered in Session A: June 7 - July 9 and Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

Writing Seminars I

ENGL S114 (CRN: 30069)

All sections closed to further enrollment. Online Course. 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. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Offered in Session A: June 7 - July 9 and Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

Writing Seminars I

ENGL S114 (CRN: 30070)

All sections closed to further enrollment. Online Course. 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. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Offered in Session A: June 7 - July 9 and Session B: July 12 - August 13.

Reading and Writing the Modern Essay

ENGL S120E (CRN: 30155)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. Close study of modern nonfiction prose prepares students to become critical readers and to apply professional strategies to their own writing. Readings from such authors as Joan Didion, Zadie Smith, George Orwell, Jia Tolentino, and James Baldwin. Written assignments, involving frequent revision, include personal experience, profile, cultural critique, and humor. For college students and beyond. Enrollment limited to 20 students. 1 Credit. Technology fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9.

Introduction to Creative Writing

ENGL S123 (CRN: 30071)

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. Enrollment limited to 12 students. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

Readings in Comparative World English Literatures

ENGL S128 (CRN: 30072)

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: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13.

Shakespeare's Comedies, Problem Plays, and Romances

ENGL S200 (CRN: 30073)

Online Course. A study of the greatest of the early comedies, the middle-period “problem plays,” and the late romances—their festive leniency in confronting the foibles of human nature and their sombre assessments of human potential. Students should come to the first class having read Much Ado about Nothing. (The Signet edition is preferred.) Selections from filmed productions of the plays are screened in a semi-weekly evening hour. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

Milton

ENGL S220E (CRN: 30156)

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. Enrollment limited to 20 students. Audit Option. 1 Credit.  Technology fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

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