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The IVY Program offers visiting international college and high school students a new opportunity to study at Yale during the summer at a more affordable rate. This summer, Yale Summer Session will offer courses in American culture—available only to visiting international college and high school students—which they can pair with a course selected from the Yale Summer Session offerings.  The courses offered in the IVY Program are interdisciplinary and will introduce international students to many of the resources in Yale’s libraries, galleries, and other collections.

2018 Dates: July 2 - August 3, 2018

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How do these courses compare to other Yale Summer Session courses?

The courses offered through the IVY program are designed with the same academic standards expected of all Yale Summer Session courses:  they have the same number of contact hours, require students to complete equally rigorous assignments, and are taught by Yale faculty.  However, the IVY Program courses will not carry Yale credit.  This means that they can be offered at half the tuition charged for regular Yale Summer Session courses. Because they meet the same demanding academic standards as credit-bearing Yale College courses, we anticipate that students may be able to transfer the course work to their home institutions for credit.

Note: Remember to ask your registrar if you may transfer IVY Program coursework to your home institution for credit. The awarding of transfer credit for IVY Program courses, as with other Yale Summer Session courses, would be at the discretion of the home institution. 

Courses Offered in 2018

FAQ: American Vernacular Music (SUMR S001)

Not for credit. This course examines the rich and varied musical traditions created by performers across the United States during the long twentieth century—from jazz, blues and country, to rock’n’roll and zydeco. This interdisciplinary course considers the major trends, influential artists, and disparate influences affecting American expressive culture through time. More broadly, vernacular music is used as a vehicle for understanding the intersections of tradition, ethnicity, technology, geography, culture and politics in the United States.  In addition to highlighting musicians, the seminar contextualizes vernacular genres by mapping the cradles of American music—New Orleans, the Mississippi Delta, Memphis, the American Piedmont, etc—in addition to commercial hubs including New York, Detroit, Nashville, and Chicago. By the end of the course, students will have a working understanding of the people and places shaping American soundscapes and national culture.  Enrollment limited to 15 students. Class will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1pm-4:15pm.

FAQ: American Regionalism (SUMR S002)

Not for credit.  This course examines the phenomenon of regionalism in American culture by considering the history of “regionalism” and its depiction in American literature. How might a regionalist sensibility manifest itself in narrative?  In what ways do varying geographies – of New England, the South, the West – register in cultural texts, and in what ways do their respective literatures differ from one another?  What exactly is “local color,” and how is it presented – and preserved – textually?  We will study the emergence of “regionalism” through texts from the height of the regionalist movement and will also consider whether regionalism can be considered a contemporary (or continuous) American literary phenomenon. Authors include Robert Frost, Mark Twain, William Faulkner, and Willa Cather.  Enrollment limited to 15 students. Class will meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am-11:15am.

FAQ: Writing for Cross Cultural Understanding (SUMR S003 / ESL S001)

Not for credit.  Designed primarily for students whose first language is not English, this noncredit course offers practice in academic writing for students who need additional preparation for rigorous college writing courses.  Special attention is paid to the conventions and practices of American academic writing. Students review the basics of English grammar and syntax while learning strategies of analysis, argument, and source use. Readings include short scholarly essays and excerpts from challenging and provocative longer works. Writing assignments include several one-page response papers and three longer academic essays.  Enrollment limited to 15 students. Class will meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 1pm-4:15pm.