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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

 

 

Introduction to Linguistics

LING S110 (CRN: 30085)

Online Course. Introduction to the scientific study of language as a cognitive and social system. Basic concepts in the structure of language: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. The relation of linguistics to psychology, neuroscience, anthropology, and other disciplines. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Classical Mythologies

LITR S164 (CRN: 30032)

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)

Age of Cathedrals

LITR S177 (CRN: 30371)

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)

Belle Epoque France

LITR S240 (CRN: 30368)

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)

The Logic of Dreams

LITR S311 (CRN: 30086)

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)

Calculus of Functions of One Variable I

MATH S112E (CRN: 30143)

Online Course. Limits and their properties. Definitions and some techniques of differentiation and the evaluation of definite integrals, with applications. Use of the software package Mathematica to illustrate concepts. No prior acquaintance with calculus or computing assumed. 1 Credit. Technology fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31.  (View syllabus)

Calculus of Functions of One Variable 2

MATH S115E (CRN: 30144)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. A continuation of MATH 112. The definite integral, fundamental theorem of calculus, techniques of integration, polar coordinates, Taylor series, applications. Prerequisite: one term of calculus of functions of one variable (MATH 112 or equivalent). 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Introduction to Functions of Several Variables

MATH S118 (CRN: 30089)

Online Course. Calculus of functions of several variables, with some linear algebra. Intended for students in the social sciences, especially those majoring in Economics. Prerequisite: one term of calculus of functions of one variable (MATH 112 or equivalent). Yale students may not take this course after MATH 120 or 222. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350.  Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Calculus of Functions of Several Variables

MATH S120 (CRN: 30283)

Online Course. Analytic geometry in three dimensions, using vectors. Real-valued functions of two and three variables, partial derivatives, gradient and directional derivatives, level curves and surfaces, maxima and minima. Parametrized curves in space, motion in space, line integrals; applications. After MATH 115 or with permission of instructor. May not be taken after MATH 121. 1 Credit.  Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Cell Biology

MCDB S205 (CRN: 30092)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. A comprehensive course in cellular and molecular biology. Emphasis on general principles of cell function and rationale and design of pertinent biomedical experiments. Prerequisite: BIOL 101 and BIOL 102, or BIOL S105, or permission of the instructor. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session A: May 25 - June 26. (View syllabus)

Neurobiology

MCDB S320 (CRN: 30093)

Online Course. Introduction to neuroscience, divided into 3 course modules: 1) Cellular neurophysiology, addressing the excitable properties of neurons and the function of synapses, 2) Systems neurobiology, examining neural circuits as they relate to the functional properties of the nervous system, with each system that is addressed examined in detail, and 3) Neural development and plasticity, examining the cellular and molecular mechanisms governing neural development, plasticity, and the establishment of memory. Prerequisites: introductory course in biology (BIOL 101-104) and at least 1 semester of college chemistry, or permission of instructor. A course in physics or its equivalent is also recommended but not required. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Society and Politics of North Africa

MMES S241 (CRN: 30418)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. The Maghrib – Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya – has historically been a critical frontier zone linking Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. This crossroads remains strategically important with issues such as sub-Saharan and North African migration, political Islam, Arab-Berber identities, terrorism and counter-terrorism, the Sahara question, and Mediterranean trade relationships current international concerns. This course provides a thorough overview of North African history, the legacies of colonialism and nationalism, political systems and opposition, Islam in North Africa, and the foremost policy questions the Maghrib faces in the 21st century. Prerequisite: None. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Making of the Modern Middle East

MMES S346 (CRN: 30082)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. The course will provide a survey for students so that at the end they will understand the major themes and developments in the history of the Middle East starting from the end of the 18th century to the last decades of the 20th century. The course will specifically track the development of the modern state in the Middle East through the reforms of the late Ottoman Empire in the 19th century, to the creation of the mandate system after WWI, and to the rise of the Arab nationalist states and Gulf monarchies during the cold war. Throughout the course students will encounter the entangled histories of state-making in the Middle East and the various areas in which these histories intersect with discussions about Islam, orientalism, colonialism, imperialism, oil, and gender. All this aims to provide students with a comprehensive basis for understanding the modern Middle East. This course will combine various mediums for online learning including synchronous teaching and live lectures, small group discussions, walk-throughs of digital archives, and documentary films related to the making of the modern Middle East. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,350. Session A: May 25 - June 26. (View syllabus)

Brains of Genius: Mozart & Friends

MUSI S212E (CRN: 30146)

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)

Jazz, Race and Gender in America

MUSI S265E (CRN: 30145)

Online Course. A study of the evolution of jazz, from its precursors in the music of Africa through its beginnings in New Orleans to its fusion with rock in the 1970s. Jazz's greatest artists and their styles are presented with selected music of each jazz period and a discussion of the gender, racial and sociological factors surrounding the genre's development. While no extensive music theory background or formal instrumental experience is required, students who can read music will be best prepared to fulfill the listening and form identification assignments. 1 Credit. Technology fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Electronic Dance Music: Fundamentals

MUSI S290E (CRN: 30148)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. The developmental history of technology in music creativity, with particular attention to the aesthetics and musical invention in the genres and repertoire of electronic dance music including: house, techno, trance, hip-hop, jungle, drum 'n' bass, dub step, drum step and trap, among others. 1 Credit. Technology fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session A: May 25 - June 26. (View syllabus)

Ancient Empires

NELC S119 (CRN: 30100)

Online Course. Introduction to the history and cultures of the ancient empires of the Near East (Middle East), focusing on the period from the Assyrian and Persian Empires to the establishment of Islam (ca 900 BCE–ca 750 CE). Use of ancient primary sources critically to create a historical narrative and to understand the modern appropriation of ancient history for political and other purposes. An introduction to the geography of southwestern Asia and a survey of languages, Iranian and other religions, and some ancient literature from a variety of cultures. Events covered in this course contributed decisively to the demography of the present-day Near East and the social characteristics of its people, from the distribution of language communities to the variety of Near Eastern religions. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Climate Change, Societal Collapse and Resilience

NELC S473 (CRN: 30068)

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. (View syllabus)

Neurobiology

NSCI S320 (CRN: 30094)

Online Course. Introduction to neuroscience, divided into 3 course modules: 1) Cellular neurophysiology, addressing the excitable properties of neurons and the function of synapses, 2) Systems neurobiology, examining neural circuits as they relate to the functional properties of the nervous system, with each system that is addressed examined in detail, and 3) Neural development and plasticity, examining the cellular and molecular mechanisms governing neural development, plasticity, and the establishment of memory. Prerequisites: introductory course in biology (BIOL 101-104) and at least 1 semester of college chemistry, or permission of instructor. A course in physics or its equivalent is also recommended but not required. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Moralities of Everyday Life

PHIL S152E (CRN: 30158)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. The modern science of moral thought and moral action explored through disciplines such as cognitive science, social and developmental psychology, neuroscience, behavioral economics, and analytic philosophy. Empathy and compassion in babies and young children; emotional reactions to family, friends, and strangers; the origins of prejudice and bigotry; sexuality, disgust, and purity; punishment, revenge, and forgiveness; the relationship between morality and religion. For college students and beyond. 1 Credit. Technology fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Offered in Session A: May 25 – June 26 and Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

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