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Experience a Course with Yale in the Summer

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

  • Online courses are marked as such in the course description. If there is no indication, the course is offered in-person. 
  • 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

2022 course syllabi will begin to be posted in March. You may use the below list of syllabi from last summer as a reference. 

2021 Course Syllabi

Summer 2022 Dates

Date: Session A:
May 30 - July 1, 2022

Session B:
July 4 - August 5, 2022

African American Autobiography

AFAM S305 (CRN: 30001)

Online Course. Examination of African American autobiography, from slave narratives to contemporary memoirs, and how the genre approaches the project (and problem) of knowing, through reading, the relationships of fellow humans. Chronological consideration of a range of narratives and their representations of race, of space, of migration, of violence, of self, and of other, as well as the historical circumstances that inform these representations. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,650. Session B: July 4 - August 5.

Plantation, Prison, and Ghetto in the United States

AFAM S385 (CRN: 30003)

Online Course. Survey of the plantation, ghetto, and prison. Three spatial forms as foundations for the American project, aligned with colonialism and domination. Theoretical and historical considerations of how production of space and racial differences have been articulated together in United States. Topics include political economy of slavery, ghetto origins, and prison abolition. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,650. Session B: July 4 - August 5.

Social Dimensions of Evolution in Africa: The Cradle Paradox

AFST S200 (CRN: 30201)

In-person Course. Africa as the cradle of humanity is a widely accepted theory in scientific studies. Elsewhere nationalist archaeology has been used to bolster nationalism and facilitate state building. Africans, while embracing their recent history, have a marked disconnect to the cradle paradigm. A paradox thus arises out of the fact that the cradle of humanity status of Africa appears to hold no special place in the psyche of most of its inhabitants. This course examines symbolism, colonialism, poverty, media, literacy, and religion as agencies that distance the ‘humanity cradle’ status of Africa from nationalist and identity discourses. 1 Credit. Tuition: $4,650. Session A: May 30 - July 1.

Society and Politics of North Africa

AFST S325 (CRN: 30279)

This course is part of a Yale Summer Session Program Abroad and cannot be taken independent of the program. Interested students must apply to Yale Study Abroad by February 15. For more detailed information about the program, including a description of the courses, housing, excursions, and budget, visit: http://studyabroad.yale.edu/programs/society-politics-north-africa. 

Visual Approaches to Global Health

AFST S350 (CRN: 30249)

This course is part of a Yale Summer Session Program Abroad and cannot be taken independent of the program. Interested students must apply to Yale Study Abroad by February 15. For more detailed information about the program, including a description of the courses, housing, excursions, and budget, visit: https://studyabroad.yale.edu/programs/yale-summer-session-johannesburg.

Race and Gender in Asian American Popular Culture

AMST S251 (CRN: 30132)

Online Course. Asian American popular culture thought through the shifting histories and ideologies that give it meaning. Considers the changing ideas of "Asian American" as a raced and gendered category that both represents and makes culture. Readings cover a variety of popular genres including film, television, music, and digital technologies. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,650. Session B: July 4 - August 5.

Introduction to Transgender Studies

AMST S314 (CRN: 30005)

Online Course. Introduction to transgender studies, an emergent field that draws on gender studies, queer theory, sociology, feminist science studies, literary studies, and history. Representations of gender nonconformity in a cultural context dominated by a two-sex model of human gender differentiation. Sources include novels, autobiographies, films, and philosophy and criticism. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,650. Session A: May 30 - July 1.

Race and Comedy in the United States

AMST S317 (CRN: 30319)

Introduction to theories of the ludic and to critical race theory. Ways in which comic modes have been utilized by racialized subjects to represent and issue critiques of the dominant culture. Analysis of stand-up comedy, film, television, and novels. 1 Credit. Tuition: $4,200. Session A: May 27-June 28. 

Food, Race, and Migration in United States Society

AMST S372 (CRN: 30073)

In-person Course. Exploration of the relationship between food, race, and migration in historical and contemporary United States contexts. Organized thematically and anchored in selected case studies, this course is comparative in scope and draws from contemporary work in the fields of food studies, ethnic studies, migration studies, American studies, anthropology, and history. Enrollment limited to 18 students. 1 Credit. Tuition: $4,650. Session A: May 30 - July 1.

Film, Video, and American History

AMST S483 (CRN: 30084)

In-person Course. This course looks at American history of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries through the lens of film and video. Students will learn to analyze fiction and nonfiction moving pictures in the context of social and cultural history. Emphasis will be placed on using films and videos as historical sources. Topics will include: The Great Migration, The Jazz Age, the Great Depression, World War II, Civil Rights, the Vietnam War, September 11th, and contemporary activist movements. Screenings will include feature films such as Within Our Gates, Sullivan’s Travels, Casablanca, Night of the Living Dead, and Selma. This course seeks to expand students' knowledge of the history of American film, culture, and society. 1 Credit. Tuition: $4,650. Session B: July 4 - August 5.

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

ANTH S110 (CRN: 30007)

In-person Course. Anthropological study of cosmology, tacit knowledge, and ways of knowing the world in specific social settings. Ways in which sociocultural specificity helps to explain human solutions to problems of cooperation and conflict, production and reproduction, expression, and belief. Introduction to anthropological ways of understanding cultural difference in approaches to sickness and healing, gender and sexuality, economics, religion, and communication. 1 Credit. Tuition: $4,650. Session B: July 4 - August 5.

Scientific Thinking and Reasoning

ANTH S118 (CRN: 30008)

No description available.

Social Dimensions of Evolution in Africa: The Cradle Paradox

ANTH S200 (CRN: 30307)

In-person Course. Africa as the cradle of humanity is a widely accepted theory in scientific studies. Elsewhere nationalist archaeology has been used to bolster nationalism and facilitate state building. Africans, while embracing their recent history, have a marked disconnect to the cradle paradigm. A paradox thus arises out of the fact that the cradle of humanity status of Africa appears to hold no special place in the psyche of most of its inhabitants. This course examines symbolism, colonialism, poverty, media, literacy, and religion as agencies that distance the ‘humanity cradle’ status of Africa from nationalist and identity discourses. 1 Credit. Tuition: $4,650. Session A: May 30 - July 1.

Feminist & Queer Ethnographies: Dystopia, Catastrophe, Extinction

ANTH S308 (CRN: 30134)

Online Course. This seminar centers the analytics and methods that feminist and queer ethnographic analyses have brought to the fore to revisit a cluster of topical issues, this year assembled around the theme: Dystopia, Catastrophe, Extinction. Key to the overall class will be the relation between humans and the world and, in particular, the way in which different “ends of the world” configure humankind as an entity to whom the world belongs. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,650. Session A: May 30 - July 1. 

Race, Inequality, and Urban Education and Housing Policy

ANTH S324 (CRN: 30051)

Online Course. Blends urban history with educational and housing policy to explore how spatial relationships have shaped opportunity since the groundbreaking supreme court decision, Brown V. Board of Education. Investigates a range of historical, legal, and contemporary issues relevant to both the segregation and desegregation of American cities and their public schools in the twentieth century. Uses Atlanta, GA as a case study in how race, cities, schools and space have been differently understood in the South as compared to the North, and to Atlanta as compared to other “Deep South” cities. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,650. Session A: May 30 - July 1.

The Anthropology of Possible Worlds

ANTH S423 (CRN: 30009)

In-person Course. This course focuses on the nature of possible worlds: literary worlds (Narnia), ideological worlds (the world according to a particular political stance), psychological worlds (what someone remembers to be the case, wishes to be the case, or believes to be the case), environmental worlds (possible environmental futures), virtual worlds (the World of Warcraft), and—most of all—ethnographic works in which the actual and possible worlds of others are represented (the world according to the ancient Maya). We don’t focus on the contents of such worlds per se, but rather on the range of resources people have for representing, regimenting, and residing in such worlds; and the roles such resources play in mediating social relations and cultural values. 1 Credit. Tuition: $4,650. Session A: May 30-July 1.

Global Health Ethnography

ANTH S462 (CRN: 30010)

Online Course. Study of anthropological ethnographies on serious health problems facing populations in resource-poor societies. Poverty and structural violence; struggles with infectious disease; the health of women and children; human rights and medical humanitarianism. Focus on sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, South Asia, and the Middle East. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,650. Session B: July 4 - August 5.

Human Osteology

ANTH S464 (CRN: 30011)

In-person Course. A lecture and laboratory course focusing on the characteristics of the human skeleton and its use in studies of functional morphology, paleodemography, and paleopathology. Laboratories familiarize students with skeletal parts; lectures focus on the nature of bone tissue, its biomechanical modification, sexing, aging, and interpretation of lesions. 1 Credit. Tuition: $4,650. Session B: July 4 - August 5.

Climate Change, Societal Collapse and Resilience

ANTH S473 (CRN: 30077)

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: $4,650. Session B: July 4 - August 5.

Science of Modern Technology and Public Policy

APHY S100 (CRN: 30014)

In-person Course. Examination of the science behind selected advances in modern technology and implications for public policy, with focus on the scientific and contextual basis of each advance. Topics are developed by the participants with the instructor and with guest lecturers, and may include nanotechnology, quantum computation and cryptography, renewable energy technologies, optical systems for communication and medical diagnostics, transistors, satellite imaging and global positioning systems, large-scale immunization, and DNA made to order. Intended for non-science majors. Enrollment limited to 18 students. 1 Credit. Tuition: $4,650. Session A: May 30 - July 1.

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