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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

  • 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 2021 Courses 

Note: Summer 2022 Courses will be posted by mid-January. Please use the 2021 course list below for a good idea of the breadth and types of courses that will likely be offered in 2022.

Use the search function below to view courses offered online. 

Please review important information about online courses.

Summer 2022 Dates

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

Session B:
July 4 - August 5, 2022

Writing about Family

ENGL S256 (CRN: 30074)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. Development of skills essential to non-fiction writing, with an emphasis on memoir, characterization, and narrative, as well as the ethical and practical considerations involved in writing about real people. Students review the work of classmates and professional writers to learn techniques for representing love, intimacy, and family structures and systems. Enrollment limited to 12 students. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

African American Autobiography

ENGL S305 (CRN: 30020)

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

Modern American Drama

ENGL S361E (CRN: 30157)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. In-depth reading and discussion of major twentieth-century American playwrights, including Eugene O'Neill, Thornton Wilder, Zora Neale Hurston, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee, David Mamet, and Suzan-Lori Parks. For college students and beyond. Enrollment limited to 20 students. 1 Credit. Technology fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

Theater Now

ENGL S362 (CRN: 30138)

Online Course. Study of drama, performance, and dance-theater created in the last ten years, with special attention to works produced in 2019 and 2020. Readings from both published and unpublished American and British plays, contemporary criticism, interviews, and essays by the artists themselves. Video of works created by companies such as Elevator Repair Service, Gob Squad, and the Nature Theater of Oklahoma. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

Introduction to Poetry

ENGL S409 (CRN: 30299)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. A seminar workshop intended for students who are interested in reading and writing poetry. Enrollment limited to 12 students. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

Personal Geography

ENGL S412 (CRN: 30347)

Online Course. Place is where the ‘I’ goes," claims fiction writer Dorothy Allison. "Place is what that ‘I’ looks at, what it doesn't look at." This course examines a wide range of place-based literature, from long-form urban portraits to travel memoir excerpts, with a focus on the particular authorial persona driving each piece. Readings by writers such as Gretel Ehrlich, Binyavanga Wainaina, Leslie Jamison, James Baldwin, Geeta Kothari, and Pico Iyer will acquaint students with the techniques by which journalists and writers capture the essential qualities of a place, and negotiate their own presence within the context of that place portrait. Founded on the creative principle that “constraints bear fruit,” this course demands that students employ specific writing prompts—creative directives that develop their skills in rendering place in evocative and singular ways. Enrollment limited to 17 students.  1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

Investigative Journalism

ENGL S456 (CRN: 30075)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. Techniques of in-depth reporting, ranging from interviews and document research to journalistic storytelling; the evolution of "muckraking" in the United States; and the ethical, philosophical, and political issues raised by such work. Improvement of the students' practical research and narrative skills through weekly assignments and a term-long writing project. Designed equally for those with journalistic experience and for those with skills in other arenas. Enrollment limited to 15. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

Energy, Environment, and Public Policy

ENRG S120 (CRN: 30400)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. Seminar that covers the technology, use, and impact of energy on the environment, climate, security, and the economy. Emphasis on what drives people's choices and how to transition to renewable energy.  Prerequisite: a strong background in high school physics, chemistry, and mathematics. Enrollment limited to 24 students. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13.

Energy, Engines, and the Environment

ENVE S101 (CRN: 30113)

Online Course. Energy sustainability and global warming; thermodynamic fundamentals; engines (combustion technologies, fossil-fuel pollution, carbon capture and sequestration). Wind, solar, biomass, and other renewable energy sources. Designed for first-years and sophomores in science and engineering and for non–science majors. Prerequisite: A score of 4 or 5 on Advanced Placement examinations in mathematics and/or science. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

Lies and Deception

EP&E S270 (CRN: 30076)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. Introduction to contemporary philosophical debate about the nature of lies and deception. Definitions of lying and deception, including whether all lies necessarily aim to deceive; moral justifications for lying and deceit and their counterarguments; ways in which the moral arguments against deception of others can apply to self-deception. Enrollment limited to 18 students. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

First Amendment Freedom of Speech and the Ethics of Law

EP&E S306E (CRN: 30300)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. This course will address the First Amendment and freedom of speech, focusing on the ethical implications of restrictions on free speech, as well as the exercise of free speech and contemporary issues involving free speech.  Course topics and discussions will include the "fighting words" doctrine, hate speech, true threats, content regulated speech, freedom of speech and the internet, and the so-called "right to be forgotten". By the end of the course, students will be able to recognize the role free speech plays in American society as analyzed through competing societal interests.  Students will be able to analyze how these competing interests are weighed and measured in the United States as compared with other countries. Enrollment limited to 20 students. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B:  July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

Ethics and the Law: Death Penalty, Wrongful Convictions and Best Practices in Criminal Justice

EP&E S421 (CRN: 30301)

Online Course. This course will focus on wrongful convictions, criminal justice and the administration of the death penalty. In order to explore the question of the causes of wrongful convictions, it is necessary to understand the role of potential bias in the criminal justice system.  This course will explore how the criminal justice system seeks to balance the competing interests of protecting society from harm, assuring due process under the law to the accused, and protecting the innocent from wrongful convictions. Themes discussed during this course will include actual innocence, gender/race/economic bias and its effects on criminal justice, and best practices for improving our system of criminal justice. By the end of the course, students will be able to understand the impact bias has on criminal prosecutions, and the various causes of wrongful convictions. Students will also have an understanding of how society's conflicting views on the legitimacy of the death penalty inform the justice system's efforts to establish best practices in order to prevent wrongful convictions. 1 Credit. Technology fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

Energy, Environment, and Public Policy

EPS S120 (CRN: 30354)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. Seminar that covers the technology, use, and impact of energy on the environment, climate, security, and the economy. Emphasis on what drives people's choices and how to transition to renewable energy.  Prerequisite: a strong background in high school physics, chemistry, and mathematics. Enrollment limited to 24 students. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13.

Climate Change & Carbon Cycle

EPS S130 (CRN: 30080)

Online Course. An introductory science course for the general student interested in better understanding Earth's climate system, covering mechanisms of the carbon cycle, greenhouse gases, insolation, and weathering. Measurements of ancient climate cycles, ice age cycles, and post-industrial climate trends and causes will be discussed. Prerequisite of high school algebra. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

Aqueous Geochemistry

EPS S201 (CRN: 30302)

Course canceled. Online Course. An introductory course in aqueous geochemistry for science students interested in fresh and ocean water chemistry, water-rock interaction, and weathering of minerals in the surface environment. Topics in pH control, carbonate chemistry, and redox reactions in natural waters will also be discussed. Both equilibrium and kinetic processes will be considered. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

Food, Race, and Migration in United States Society

ER&M S271 (CRN: 30081)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online 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. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

Transnational Approaches to Gender and Sexuality

ER&M S292 (CRN: 30332)

Online Course. Examination of transnational debates about gender and sexuality as they unfold in specific contexts. Gender as a category that can or cannot travel; feminist critiques of liberal rights paradigms; globalization of particular models of gender/queer advocacy; the role of NGOs in global debates about gender and sexuality. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

Race, Sports, and Social Change

ER&M S302 (CRN: 30025)

Online Course. Examines a broad range of sporting sites—from public protests by professional athletes to debates about sports mascots to recreational and amateur sports leagues—to explore themes of political formation, domination, and resistance in the US. Considers the ways that athletes, political figures, and social movements have made use of sports to shape particular visions of rights, freedom, and democracy. Readings are drawn from across the humanities and social sciences, including Black Studies, critical race theory, cultural studies, and critical sports studies. Includes guest speakers, journalists, and filmmakers. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

Plantation, Prison, and Ghetto in the United States

ER&M S375 (CRN: 30023)

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

Energy, Engines, and the Environment

EVST S105 (CRN: 30115)

Online Course. Energy sustainability and global warming; thermodynamic fundamentals; engines (combustion technologies, fossil-fuel pollution, carbon capture and sequestration). Wind, solar, biomass, and other renewable energy sources. Designed for first-years and sophomores in science and engineering and for non–science majors. Prerequisite: A score of 4 or 5 on Advanced Placement examinations in mathematics and/or science. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

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