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Accelerate Your Major

Summer is your opportunity to get ahead. Accelerate your major or jump start a second major or minor with these courses that fulfill degree requirements.


L30 100G Logic and Critical Analysis
L30 131F Present Moral Problems (not available in 2018)

Political Science

L32 101B American Politics
L32 103B International Politics (not available in 2018)
L32 363 Quantitative Political Methodology


Washington University in St. Louis offers more than 200 options each summer. Review our high-impact courses to find something new and satisfy your intellectual curiousity.

Complement Your Liberal Arts Major

L62 286 Entrepreneurship and the Liberal Arts
U49 348 Making the Cut: Editing Digital Video
U48 318 Advanced Web Site Design and Development
U48 3090 Social Media for Public Relations
U90 200 Introduction to GIS

Study On-Site

U89 479 On Location: Portland Beyond Portlandia: Creative Cities and the New Economy

Get Creative

L15 233 Improvisation
U79 101 Drawing
U49 330 Photojournalism
U21 307 Garment Construction and Design

Innovate & Inspire

L62 286 Entrepreneurship and the Liberal Arts
U44 290 Design Thinking

Jumpstart a Language

U12 106 Beginning French I: An Audiovisual Approach (online)
L10 208 Intensive Introductory Latin
U27 250 Intermediate Spanish (online)
L38 109 Elementary Spanish Level II
U36 199 Beginning Chinese: ALLEX Intensive Chinese Institute
U38 199 Beginning Japanese: ALLEX Intensive Japanese Institute

Stretch Your Mind, Body, and Spirit

U31 104 Body Conditioning
U31 115 Beginning Ta'i Chi Chu'an
U31 119 Body-Mind Balance
U31 120 Yoga and Relaxation Techniques
U31 225 Tap Dance: Beginning
U31 306 We Are the Movers and Shakers: The History of Percussive Dance in America
U31 309 American Roots of Contemporary Dance

Indulge Your Culinary Curiosity

U29 4631 Urban Agriculture and Sustainable Food Systems
U27 111 Hispanic Culture Through Food (online)
L22 3748 Of Dishes, Taste, and Class: History of Food in the Middle East
U74 140 Science of Brewing and Beer

Join the Global Conversation

L32 3171 The Trump Presidency So Far
L19 111 Introduction to Global Climate Change
U44 330 International Management: Leadership Across Cultures
L97 103B International Public Affairs
U44 347 International Marketing
U85 5622 The Arab Spring and the Arab Winter (Graduate-level)

New Summer Courses

We provide a variety of new options for you to discover each year at Washington University in St. Louis. Engage with your instructor and fellow students in small, seminar-style courses. Work in teams on in-class exercises, analyze real-world data, hone your writing and research skills, or explore the arts through dance.

New Summer Courses


Anthropological Perspectives On Care
(Online: WashU undergraduates must have advisor approval)
U69 3309
Arielle Wright

This course aims to provide an introductory survey of topics and approaches to the anthropology of care. It does so by drawing on a range of ethnographic, theoretical, and cross-disciplinary materials. This will allow us to think through and engage with care in its myriad forms, its presence and absence, its bureaucratization and management, its relation to kinship, relatedness, labor, and government. In the first part of the course, we will explore theories of care as moral practice with a feminist lens. In the second part, we will engage this lens with ethnographic materials about care in diverse settings that also shed light on the political, economic, and lived realities of care. These ethnographic and sociological works include explorations of the circulation of care in moral economies and its monetization as paid labor, the politics and "antipolitics" of healthcare in institutional settings, and the role of care in kinship, household formations, and life course regimes across cultures. Register Today >


Garment Construction and Design
U21 307
Sallie Durbin

This course will provide students with a foundation in garment construction and an introduction to design. Participants will learn basic sewing skills and how to create a garment in muslin. Other topics will include fabric selection and understanding of textiles, pattern layout, fitting techniques, hand-stitching techniques, seam-work, button-work, setting of sleeves and collars, and various finishing processes. The final project will be a completed garment in fabric of the student’s choice, implementing the techniques acquired in this class. Register Today >

English Composition

Exposition: Exploring Cultural Identity
U11 204
Deanna Benjamin

This class explores writing as a means of responding to significant cultural encounters (traveling abroad, reading narratives rooted in national, regional, or ethnic identity, observing local sub-cultures, etc.). The course will consider a broad range of strategies for describing such transformations of cultural identity, including those used both in the humanities and the social sciences. Coursework will include critical and creative responses to texts, events and cultures as well as various forms of ethnographic, autobiographical, and researched writing. Register Today >

East Asian Studies

K-Pop and Korean Popular Culture
(Online: WashU undergraduates must have advisor approval)
U78 304 (or U51 304 for Korean)
Ruth Mueller

This course will use popular music as a way to more deeply understand contemporary Korea. The class will address Korean popular music (K-Pop) from the end of the Korean War to the latest K-Pop hits. It examines the ways that historical, social, and cultural shifts on the Korean peninsula alter preferences for musical styles. It also looks at how K-Pop incorporates and appropriates musical trends and styles, such as rap, hip hop, rock, and electronic music from abroad. Students will ultimately be able to define and recognize or identify in auditory examples the various fundamentals of music in various K-pop genres and styles. Register Today >


Topics in Teaching French Culture (For current French teachers)
U12 4061
Elizabeth Allen

The course combines advanced analysis of cultural and/or literary content with a focus on how to share this content with a younger audience. The course will examine the chanson française and explore how this “typically French” genre can work well in classrooms for all age groups. Students will read history and theory in the beginning of the course, and gain broad exposure to some of France’s most important singers and ACIs (Auteurs-Compositeurs-Interprètes). French 4061 is a graduate-level, fully online Topics class designed for middle and high school French instructors. Register Today >


Understanding Indian (Hindi/Urdu) Literature: Through Text and Images
L73 353

This course focuses on films and cultural traditions of South Asia in general and India in particular. Students will be introduced to a variety of contemporary literary genres through visuals. Readings and class discussions will be followed by film screening from the popular Hindi cinema, known as Bollywood industry in India, to demonstrate how images and visuals influence modern day cultural traditions. Students also will get a chance to work on films based on literary texts by well-known writers of the subcontinent. These readings and films focus on various social, cultural, political and historical aspects of Indian society. Students will also be encouraged to explore these issues in their written assignments as well as in their class discussions. Register Today >


Of Dishes, Taste, and Class: History of Food in the Middle East
L22 3748
Hayrettin Yucesoy

This course will cover the history of food and drink in the Middle East to help us understand our complex relation with food and look at our lives from perspectives we intuitively feel or by implication know, but rarely critically and explicitly reflect on. This course does not intend to spoil, so to speak, this undeniably one of the most pleasurable human needs and activities, but rather to make you aware of how food shapes who we are as individuals and societies. We will study the history of food and drink in the Middle East across the centuries until the present time, but be selective in choosing themes, geographic regions, and historical periods to focus on. Course work is geared toward increasing your ability to think about food and drink analytically as a socio-economic and cultural capital, noticeable marker of identity, and indicator of a political position. Register Today >

Debating U.S. History: Museums, Monuments, and Public Memory
(Online: WashU undergraduates must have advisor approval)
U16 3638
Kristin Condotta

We are constantly surrounded by history: in our museums, public spaces, books, televisions, politics, and on the web. The past colors the decisions we make in the present, but we rarely think about the processes by which it is researched, organized, and presented to us. This course introduces students to some of the key theories and practices of public history, while asking them to think critically about the ways historical persons, places, and events are represented in their communities. It assesses the opportunities and limitations of different types of historical places; the roles of audience, technology, and business strategy in presenting the past; and the influence of modern interests in antiquing, film, genealogy, heritage tourism, and architectural preservation/gentrification in our local and national historical conversations. Working through practical exercises that push students to think like public historians, students assess some of the most influential ways that the history-around-them shapes us and how it might still be improved. Register Today >

St. Louis in American History: Pre-Columbus Cahokia to Today
U16 3890
Keith Beutler

This interactive course explores greater St. Louis's place in American history from Pre-Columbian indigenous peoples to today. Topics include: the Cahokian Mounds, St. Louis as a site of imperial contest and conquest in colonial America, the Lewis and Clark expedition, the Dred Scott cases, the Civil War, late nineteenth-century progressive and populist politics, the politics of race and imperialism at the 1904 World's Fair, riots, immigration, white-flight, sports, city planning, urban reform, and the construction and cultural meaning of the St. Louis Arch. Using self-supplied technology (e.g., smartphone, digital camera), students will personally or virtually visit several sites of historical significance in St. Louis and produce and share personal written reflections, photos, and videos. Students will consider analytically how those places may be experienced today as portals into the long history of greater St. Louis and be used to better comprehend American history generally. Register Today >


How to Listen to Popular Music
U24 1061
Todd Decker

Learn to talk and write about popular music. We will consider all kinds of popular music: American and not, from the entire history of recorded sound. Issues of technology, the music industry, genre, musical form and style, gender, sexuality, and social class will all be considered. And we'll learn to dance as well. Coursework includes listening to and reading about music, writing in various online-friendly formats, and making short videos and podcasts. Register Today >

The World that Made Hamilton: Sources and Contexts for Lin-Manuel Miranda's Musical
L27 1093
Ashley Pribyl

Rarely has a Broadway musical captured the national and international imagination as fervently as Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton (2015). Inspired by a variety of musical and non-musical sources, Miranda dramatizes the life of immigrant founding father Alexander Hamilton. This course seeks to identify, explore, and analyze these sources, which include Ron Chernow's 2005 biography of Hamilton, early hip-hop, the Broadway musical, and Miranda's previous works. Rather than focusing on one interpretation of the show, we will hear and read Hamilton from numerous vantage points, discussing the theatrical, historical, musical, and political relevancy of the show. No prior knowledge of music, the musical, or Hamilton is required.

Register Today >

Political Science

The Trump Presidency So Far
L32 3171
Andrew Reeves

As a candidate, Donald Trump promised a host of new policies on areas ranging from immigration to the environment as well as a new orientation to international affairs. To what extent has the Trump administration been successful in accomplishing these goals? How have the unexpected events domestically and abroad shaped the agenda of Donald Trump? In this class, we will consider the successes and failures of the Trump administration’s first sixteen months in office. We will consider the role that public opinion, Congress, the Supreme Court, and the political context itself shaped the successes and failures of Trump's first 100 days. Register Today >


Intro to Brazilian Culture: Race, Gender, & Nation
(Online: WashU undergraduates must have advisor approval)
U26 304
Miguel Valerio

This course will introduce students to Brazilian culture from the colonial period to the present. Drawing on readings, videos, images, music and other cultural practices, students will learn about the indigenous, European, and African dimensions of Brazilian culture. We will cover topics such as slavery, race, women’s role in society, the plight of indigenous people, carnival, and music. Key projects will include two essays where the students analyze a key element of Brazilian culture, highlighting its importance for understanding Brazilian society. No knowledge of Portuguese is required to take this class. Register Today >


Hispanic Culture Through Food
(Online: WashU undergraduates must have advisor approval)
U27 111
Mark Dowell

This course presents food as a cultural phenomenon that bridges different language communities. The course revises a public service announcement shown during Saturday-morning cartoons in the U.S. in the early 1980s that proclaimed, “You really are what you eat!” (or as given in Spanish, “¡Realmente eres lo que comes!”) and instead asks “¿Eres lo que comes?” or rather, “You really are what you eat?”  The axiom’s often surprising and unexpected meanings will be explored via readings, poems, music, recipes, and short videos that present food culture in major Spanish-speaking contexts and countries. The class will be taught entirely in English. Register Today >