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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. 

Belle Epoque France

HUMS S211 (CRN: 30250)

Online Course. 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, with special attention to Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, Art Nouveau, Dadaism, Cubism and authors Émile Zola, André Gide, Marcel Proust, Guillaume Apollinaire, Guy de Maupassant, Stéphane Mallarmé, Colette, Henri Alain-Fournier, Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly, and Georges Feydeau. Conducted in English. Applicants choose FREN, HUMS, or LITR credit. Enrollment limited to 17 students. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

Classical Mythologies

HUMS S213 (CRN: 30052)

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: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

The Logic of Dreams

HUMS S221 (CRN: 30095)

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: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

Medicine and the Humanities: Certainty and Unknowing

HUMS S225 (CRN: 30100)

Online Course. Sherwin Nuland often referred to medicine as “the Uncertain Art.” In this course, we will address the role of uncertainty in medicine, and the role that narrative plays in capturing that uncertainty. We will focus our efforts on major authors and texts that define the modern medical humanities, with primary readings by Mikhail Bulgakov, Henry Marsh, Atul Gawande, and Lisa Sanders. Other topics will include the philosophy of science (with a focus on Karl Popper), rationalism and romanticism (William James), and epistemology and scientism (Wittgenstein). 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85.  Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

Age of Cathedrals

HUMS S268 (CRN: 30253)

Course cancelled. Online Course.A study of the great Gothic cathedrals of the High Middle Ages in France—Saint Denis, Notre Dame Paris, Chartres, Sainte Chapelle, Amiens, Reims--in the context of historical, literary, and philosophical works by Peter Abelard, Abbot Suger, Rutebeuf, Saint Bernard, Joinville, Thibaut de Champagne, Pseudo-Dionysius, Marie de France, James of Voragine, Guibert de Nogent, and the anonymous Song of Roland, fabliaux, and courtly lyric. Core consideration of gothic design (structure, sculpture, stained glass), urban and economic renewal, and intellectual, social, and religious life of twelfth- and thirteenth-century France. Conducted in English. Applicants choose FREN, HUMS, or LITR credit. Enrollment limited to 17 students. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

Independent Research in the Summer

IDRS S300 (CRN: 30102)

Online Course. May be taken remotely in Summer 2021 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: $4,500. Offered in Session A: June 7 - July 9 and Session B: July 12 - August 13.

Independent Research in the Summer

IDRS S300 (CRN: 30101)

Online Course. May be taken remotely in Summer 2021 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: $4,500. Offered in Session A: June 7 - July 9 and Session B: July 12 - August 13.

Elementary Italian I

ITAL S110 (CRN: 30255)

30256 Course Cancelled. Online Course. Intensive first course for first-year language students, with extensive practice in speaking, reading, writing, and listening and a thorough introduction to Italian grammar. Activities include group and pairs work, role-playing, and conversation. Introduction to Italian culture through readings and films. Conducted in Italian. Enrollment limited to 15 students. 1.5 Credits. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

Elementary Italian I

ITAL S110 (CRN: 30256)

30256 Course Cancelled. Online Course. Intensive first course for first-year language students, with extensive practice in speaking, reading, writing, and listening and a thorough introduction to Italian grammar. Activities include group and pairs work, role-playing, and conversation. Introduction to Italian culture through readings and films. Conducted in Italian. Enrollment limited to 15 students. 1.5 Credits. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

Elementary Italian II

ITAL S120 (CRN: 30257)

30257 Course section closed to further enrollment.  30258 Course section cancelled.Online Course. Intensive second course for first-year language students, with extensive practice in speaking, reading, writing, and listening and a thorough introduction to Italian grammar. Activities include group and pairs work, role-playing, and conversation. Introduction to Italian culture through readings and films. Conducted in Italian. Prerequisite: ITAL 110 (Elementary Italian I) or equivalent proficiency. Enrollment limited to 15 students. 1.5 Credits. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13.

Elementary Italian II

ITAL S120 (CRN: 30258)

30257 Course section closed to further enrollment.  30258 Course section cancelled.Online Course. Intensive second course for first-year language students, with extensive practice in speaking, reading, writing, and listening and a thorough introduction to Italian grammar. Activities include group and pairs work, role-playing, and conversation. Introduction to Italian culture through readings and films. Conducted in Italian. Prerequisite: ITAL 110 (Elementary Italian I) or equivalent proficiency. Enrollment limited to 15 students. 1.5 Credits. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13.

Intermediate Italian I

ITAL S130 (CRN: 30259)

30259 Section closed to further enrollments. Online Course. Intensive first course for second-year language students, designed to increase students' proficiency in the four language skills and advanced grammar concepts. Authentic readings paired with contemporary films. In-class group and pairs activities, role-playing, and conversation. Conducted in Italian. Prerequisite: ITAL 120 (Elementary Italian II) or equivalent proficiency. Enrollment limited to 15 students. 1.5 Credits. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

Intermediate Italian I

ITAL S130 (CRN: 30390)

30259 Section closed to further enrollments. Online Course. Intensive first course for second-year language students, designed to increase students' proficiency in the four language skills and advanced grammar concepts. Authentic readings paired with contemporary films. In-class group and pairs activities, role-playing, and conversation. Conducted in Italian. Prerequisite: ITAL 120 (Elementary Italian II) or equivalent proficiency. Enrollment limited to 15 students. 1.5 Credits. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

Intermediate Italian II

ITAL S140 (CRN: 30260)

Online Course. Intensive second course for second-year language students, with an emphasis on advanced discussion of Italian culture through authentic readings (short stories, poetry, and comic theater) and contemporary films. Conducted in Italian. Prerequisite: ITAL 130 (Intermediate Italian I) or equivalent proficiency. Enrollment limited to 15 students. 1.5 Credits. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13.

Italian in the World

ITAL S331 (CRN: 30366)

30366 Course cancelled. Online Course. In this introduction to Italian culture, we will look at modern Italian literary and visual texts (in English translation) about human mobility in all its forms: travel, tourism, migration; exile, escape, vagrancy; exploration, invasion and conquest. How have different ways of moving and transforming defined Italy as a modern nation? How and why do multiple mobilities shape the cultural artefacts that stand in for “Italian-ness” all around us? This course will be taught entirely in English. Enrollment limited to 17 students. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

Italian for Reading

ITAL S999E (CRN: 30193)

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. These courses do not have live online class meetings and will not appear on transcripts issued by the University. The course work is not self-paced as there are weekly assignment deadlines. Tuition for Yale doctoral students covered by GSAS. Visiting student tuition: $850. Technology Fee: $85. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

Israeli Narratives

JDST S306 (CRN: 30319)

Online Course. This course looks at contemporary representations of social, political, and domestic space in Israel through cultural production such as literature, visual work, and art. It focuses on close reading of major Israeli works in translation with attention to how their themes and forms relate to the Israeli condition. Reading and viewing include: Amos Oz’s major novel A Tale of Love and Darkness, Anne Frank: The Graphic Diary, TV show Arab Labor and writing by Yehudah Amichai, Etgar Keret, and Sayed Kashua, among others. We discuss topics and theories of personal and collective identity formation, war and peace, ethnicity and race, migration, nationalism, and gender. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

Intermediate Korean I

KREN S130 (CRN: 30103)

Online Course. Continued development of skills in modern Korean, spoken and written, leading to intermediate-level proficiency. To be taken after KREN 120 or equivalent. Enrollment limited to 17 students.1.5 Credits. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

Advanced Spanish: Language and Culture of Peru through Art

LAST S227 (CRN: 30349)

Online Course. A five-week, intensive language course designed for students who previously have had at least two years of university-level Spanish or the equivalent. The two main objectives of this program are to increase students’ written, oral, reading and listening proficiency towards the Advanced-Mid level of Spanish[1] and to develop a global and cultural competence[2] through the study of Peruvian art. Prerequisite: SPAN 140 (Intermediate Spanish II) or equivalent proficiency. Enrollment limited to 15 students. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

Advanced Spanish Language and Andean Cultures

LAST S228 (CRN: 30279)

Online Course. 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. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 140 (Intermediate Spanish II) or equivalent proficiency. Enrollment limited to 15 students. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13.

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