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Experience a Course with Yale in the Summer

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

Auditing

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

 

 

Classicism and its Controversies

HSAR S207E (CRN: 30287)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. Explores the ways that classical antiquity has impacted the modern artistic and political imagination. Topics of discussion will include representations of the body, expressions of political authority, and debates about cultural patrimony across time, place, and medium; (mis)understandings of classical sculpture, including its supposed white surface, and their impact on ideas about race and morality; the invocation of Greco-Roman models of government from Revolutionary America to Nazi Germany; and the role of classical ideals in shaping modern-day arguments about cultural patrimony. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session A: May 25 - June 26. (View syllabus)

Introduction to Modern Art

HSAR S238 (CRN: 30265)

Online Course. This course offers an introduction to the major artists and movements within modern art from approximately 1880 to 1950. We will engage the concept of modernism and the formation of modern art as an art historical category through a global, cross-cultural perspective. The course proceeds chronologically, aiming to trace conceptual through-lines as well as disjunctures. Students will develop skills in close visual observation and analysis through class discussion and gallery visits. Half of each session will be spent at the Yale University Art Gallery or the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. These sessions will introduce students to relevant objects in the Yale collections, offering them first-hand encounters with the material being covered. Gallery visits include time for individual observation, group discussion, and writing exercises designed to encourage close looking. Writing assignments will familiarize students with the process of art historical research, emphasizing object-based inquiry.  1 Credit.  Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Belle Epoque France

HUMS S211 (CRN: 30394)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online course that is a study of important works of literature, painting, sculpture, architecture, music, and the decorative arts in turn-of-the-century France (1870-1914). This course will acquaint students with the principal literary and artistic forms, social trends, political movements, scientific theories, and technological innovations of the Belle Époque. Principle authors: Zola, Gide, Proust, Apollinaire, Huysmans, Maupassant, Mallarmé, Colette, Alain-Fournier, Barbey d’Aurevilly, Jarry, and Feydeau. Applicants choose FREN, HUMS, or LITR credit. Prerequisite: None. 1 Credits Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session A: May 25 - June 26. (View syllabus)

Brains of Genius: Mozart & Friends

HUMS S212E (CRN: 30147)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. The changing meaning of the term "genius" from ancient Greece to the present. The nature of genius examined through the lives and working methods of exceptional individuals, including Mozart, da Vinci, Newton, Picasso, and Joyce. Topics such as nature vs. nurture, prodigy, concentration, memory, and exceptional processing skills explored to define and establish markers for genius. Recent developments in neurobiology that may elucidate why some individuals possess extraordinary mental and artistic abilities. 1 Credit. Technology fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Classical Mythologies

HUMS S213 (CRN: 30031)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. A study of the mythological stories of Greek and Roman gods and heroes. The literary forms and historical contexts of classical mythologies will be studied, along with the reception of these myths in various media (including painting, music, and film). Emphasis will be placed on the uses and meanings of myth in culture. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session A: May 25 - June 26. (View syllabus)

The Logic of Dreams

HUMS S221 (CRN: 30087)

Online Course. The nature, history, and possible meanings of dream experience, with reference to Sigmund Freud's Interpretation of Dreams. Works from film and literature about dreams and dreaming, as well as major texts in dream theory. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85.  Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Revolutionary Europe, 1789-1989

HUMS S223 (CRN: 30266)

Online Course. The 19th and 20th centuries in Europe were a revolutionary age. Analyzing why revolutions occur, how to start them, how to end them, and sometimes how to prevent them became a chief pursuit of thinkers like Edmund Burke, Karl Marx, and Hannah Arendt. But their theories of revolution didn’t always coincide with revolutionary practice. This gap between theory and practice is our general theme as we survey the intellectual and cultural history of the French Revolution, the Revolutions of 1830 and 1848, the Paris Commune of 1871, the Russian Revolutions of 1905 and 1917, the failed revolutions of 1968, and finally the series of “velvet revolutions” that brought about the collapse of the Soviet bloc starting in 1989. Other themes include the construction of revolutionary catechisms, the formation of revolutionary subjects (e.g., the working class, oppressed minorities, dissidents), the writing of manifestos, tactics (e.g., conspiracy, propaganda, violence), and the relationship between vanguard parties and mass movements. Together we’ll read a graphic biography of the Polish revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg, look at radical avant-garde artwork, and listen to the militant songs that inspired past generations of European revolutionaries. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Age of Cathedrals

HUMS S268 (CRN: 30369)

Online coures which is a study of the culture and monuments of the High Middle Ages in France, with visits to Saint Denis, Chartres, Sainte-Chapelle, Amiens, Bayeux, Reims, the Cité de l'Architecture, Cluny Museum,  and discussion of accompanying historical, literary, and philosophical works by Peter Abelard, Abbot Suger, Rutebeuf, Saint Bernard, Joinville, Thibaut de Champagne, Pseudo-Dionysius, Marie de France, Jacques de Voragine, Guibert de Nogent, and the anonymous Song of Roland, Quest for the Holy Grail, fabliaux, and courtly lyric. Core consideration of the Norman Conquest of 1066, gothic architecture, urban and economic renewal, and intellectual, social, and religious life of twelfth- and thirteenth-century France. Applicants choose FREN, HUMS, or LITR credit. Prerequisite: None. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Independent Research in the Summer

IDRS S300 (CRN: 30268)

Session A closed to further enrollment. Online Course. May be taken remotely in Summer 2020 only. May be arranged for currently enrolled Yale students only. Must be taken pass/fail. May not be taken as part of a senior project or be deemed to be constituent of the senior requirement. Independent Research in the Summer consists of special projects set up by the student in an area of particular interest with the help of a faculty adviser and the director of undergraduate studies, intended to enable the student to cover material not otherwise offered by the department. The course may be used for research, design projects, or for directed reading, but in all cases a term paper, written report on the research project, or its equivalent is normally required as determined by the faculty advisor and DUS. The student must meet regularly with the faculty adviser. Students wishing to enroll must complete the regular application for Yale Summer Session. In addition, students must supply a 1- to 2- paragraph project description of the research to be undertaken, written in collaboration with the faculty advisor, including the proposed starting and ending dates.  The student must also submit written permission of (1) the faculty advisor, (2) the Director of Summer Sciences for students in STEM, or the Dean of Summer Session for students in the Humanities or Social Sciences, and (3) the director of undergraduate studies of the applicant's major department. All approvals may be submitted via email to summer.session@yale.edu with IDRS S300 and the student’s name in the subject line. Students taking Independent Research in the Summer for 1 credit should expect to spend approximately 35 hours a week on their research for five weeks (either Session A or B); for 2 credits students should expect to spend approximately 35 hours a week on their research for ten weeks (both Session A and B). Students may receive academic credit only if they are not being paid for doing research, but they may work for credit in one 5-week period and for pay in the other. Upon completion of the course, the faculty advisor must submit a substantive report that both describes the nature of the independent research and evaluates the student’s performance in it.  The report must include the grade. These reports should be shared with the student and the director of undergraduate studies in the department or program in which the research is based and kept in the office of the student’s residential college dean. Applications are due: Session A by May 4 and Session B by June 8. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Offered in Session A: May 25 - June 26 and Session B: June 29 – July 31.

Independent Research in the Summer

IDRS S300 (CRN: 30269)

Session A closed to further enrollment. Online Course. May be taken remotely in Summer 2020 only. May be arranged for currently enrolled Yale students only. Must be taken pass/fail. May not be taken as part of a senior project or be deemed to be constituent of the senior requirement. Independent Research in the Summer consists of special projects set up by the student in an area of particular interest with the help of a faculty adviser and the director of undergraduate studies, intended to enable the student to cover material not otherwise offered by the department. The course may be used for research, design projects, or for directed reading, but in all cases a term paper, written report on the research project, or its equivalent is normally required as determined by the faculty advisor and DUS. The student must meet regularly with the faculty adviser. Students wishing to enroll must complete the regular application for Yale Summer Session. In addition, students must supply a 1- to 2- paragraph project description of the research to be undertaken, written in collaboration with the faculty advisor, including the proposed starting and ending dates.  The student must also submit written permission of (1) the faculty advisor, (2) the Director of Summer Sciences for students in STEM, or the Dean of Summer Session for students in the Humanities or Social Sciences, and (3) the director of undergraduate studies of the applicant's major department. All approvals may be submitted via email to summer.session@yale.edu with IDRS S300 and the student’s name in the subject line. Students taking Independent Research in the Summer for 1 credit should expect to spend approximately 35 hours a week on their research for five weeks (either Session A or B); for 2 credits students should expect to spend approximately 35 hours a week on their research for ten weeks (both Session A and B). Students may receive academic credit only if they are not being paid for doing research, but they may work for credit in one 5-week period and for pay in the other. Upon completion of the course, the faculty advisor must submit a substantive report that both describes the nature of the independent research and evaluates the student’s performance in it.  The report must include the grade. These reports should be shared with the student and the director of undergraduate studies in the department or program in which the research is based and kept in the office of the student’s residential college dean. Applications are due: Session A by May 4 and Session B by June 8. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Offered in Session A: May 25 - June 26 and Session B: June 29 – July 31.

Elementary Italian I

ITAL S110 (CRN: 30372)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online accelerated first course for first-year language students, with extensive practice in speaking, reading, writing, and listening and a thorough introduction to Italian grammar. Including an introduction to Italian culture through readings and films. Prerequisite: None. 1.5 Credits. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session A: May 25 - June 26. (View syllabus)

Elementary Italian I

ITAL S110 (CRN: 30373)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online accelerated first course for first-year language students, with extensive practice in speaking, reading, writing, and listening and a thorough introduction to Italian grammar. Including an introduction to Italian culture through readings and films. Prerequisite: None. 1.5 Credits. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session A: May 25 - June 26. (View syllabus)

Elementary Italian II

ITAL S120 (CRN: 30374)

Online accelerated second course for first-year language students, with extensive practice in speaking, reading, writing, and listening and a thorough introduction to Italian grammar. Including an introduction to Italian culture through readings and films.  Prerequisite: ITAL 110 (Elementary Italian I) or equivalent proficiency. 1.5 Credits. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Elementary Italian II

ITAL S120 (CRN: 30375)

Online accelerated second course for first-year language students, with extensive practice in speaking, reading, writing, and listening and a thorough introduction to Italian grammar. Including an introduction to Italian culture through readings and films.  Prerequisite: ITAL 110 (Elementary Italian I) or equivalent proficiency. 1.5 Credits. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Intermediate Italian I

ITAL S130 (CRN: 30376)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online accelerated first course for second-year language students designed to increase students' proficiency in the four language skills and advanced grammar concepts. Includes authentic readings paired with contemporary films. Prerequisite: ITAL 120 (Elementary Italian II) or equivalent proficiency. 1.5 Credits. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session A: May 25 - June 26. (View syllabus)

Intermediate Italian II

ITAL S140 (CRN: 30377)

Online accelerated second course for second-year language students designed to increase students' proficiency in the four language skills and advanced grammar concepts. Includes authentic readings paired with contemporary films. Prerequisite: ITAL 130 (Intermediate Italian I) or equivalent proficiency. 1.5 Credits. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Italian for Reading

ITAL S999E (CRN: 30170)

Course Closed. Online Course. Students acquire skills for reading Italian-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. Tuition for Yale doctoral students covered by GSAS. Visiting student tuition: $850. Session A: May 25 - June 26. (View syllabus)

Advanced Spanish Language and Andean Cultures

LAST S228 (CRN: 30398)

Online course that explores the culture and history of the Andean peoples through Ecuadorian and Latin American literature and films. The objective is for the students to understand, from a personal point of view, the complex relationships of the region within the context of today's modernity and rapid globalization of society. The students will practice expressing those ideas in written and oral forms. Prerequisite: SPAN 140 (Intermediate Spanish II) or equivalent proficiency. Enrollment limited. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Beginning Latin: The Elements of Grammar

LATN S110 (CRN: 30083)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. Introduction to Latin. Emphasis on morphology and syntax within a structured program of readings and exercises. Prepares for LATN 120. No prior knowledge of Latin assumed. 1 1/2 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session A: May 25 - June 26. (View syllabus)

Beginning Latin: Review of Grammar and Selected Readings

LATN S120 (CRN: 30084)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. Continuation of LATN 110. Emphasis on consolidating grammar and on readings from Latin authors. The sequence LATN 110, 120 prepares for 131 or 141. Prerequisite: LATN 110 or equivalent. 1 1/2 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

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