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Yale - Smithsonian Courses 

As part of a collaboration between Yale University and the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex, Yale Summer Session is offering two courses that expand the boundaries of the classroom. Whether you choose to explore the Smithsonian collections in Washington, D.C. or go behind the scenes at the Bronx Zoo, you will take your learning to the source this summer.

Point: Trip expenses for ANTH S132 and AMST S313 (including travel, lodging, and meals) will be covered by the Yale-Smithsonian Partnership.

Yale-Smithsonian courses are open to Yale College students and visiting college students. Enrollment is limited to 10 students per course.

Date: 2019 Course Dates: Session A, May 27 - June 28, 2019

Application Deadline: Please our Dates and Deadlines webpage to find the deadline for your student type

Financial Assistance: Yale College students who receive financial aid during the regular academic year will receive financial assistance to attend a Yale-Smithsonian course. Financial assistance covers 50% of tuition.

Courses Offered in 2019

The Science of Sex, Love, and Reproduction (ANTH S132)

Introduction to the scientific study of sex in humans. Basic principles of evolutionary biology; genetic, physiological, ecological, social, and behavioral aspects of sex in humans; topics relevant to human sexuality today. Examples drawn primarily from traditional and modern human societies, with some attention to data from studies of nonhuman primates. 1 Credit. Tuition $4200.

Note: Students in ANTH S132 are required to attend several field trips on Fridays, including trips to the Bronx Zoo. If students are taking a second course in Yale Summer Session, they should choose one that does not meet on Fridays in order to participate in the trips. Trip expenses will be covered by Yale Summer Session. Tuition $4400.

American History in National Museums (AMST S313/ER&M S322/HIST S125)

An introduction to select topics in U.S. history that encourages critical, informed analysis of how those topics are currently represented by the Smithsonian. This course will focus on the 20th-century United States, on the development of the Smithsonian as an institution, and on research and interpretive practices used by museum curators. Participants will visit and analyze how museums in Washington D.C. present national history to a diverse public. 1 Credit. Tuition $4400.

Note: Students in AMST S313 will depart for Washington D.C. on Thursday, June 20 at 5pm and return on Sunday, June 23. If you are taking a second course in Yale Summer Session, you should choose one that does not meet on Thursday evenings or on Fridays in order to participate in the trip. Trip expenses will be covered by Yale Summer Session.

Summer 2019 application is now open.