International Summer Study Courses

Explore Your Options

The core of our program centers around academics. International Summer Study offers you more than 50 course options to learn something new or build upon what you already know. Program students enroll in two courses, with an option to add-on a bonus one-credit course, earning up to 7 units of credit at the end of the program. Explore the course options available for the program below.

Courses from Summer 2019

International Summer Study offers a variety of academic courses that allow you to discover, innovate, and broaden your horizon. The sampling below showcases the course options available for teh 2019 summer term. Courses for 2020 will be made viewable in January. The list below is subject to change.

Expand the subject sections below to review details about each course offering.

Anthropology

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
L48 160B, 3 units
M-F, 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

This course covers the basic concepts and theoretical principles of sociocultural anthropology. Course material is presented from Asia, Africa, Melanesia, Latin America, and North America.


Introduction to Archaeology
L48 190B, 3 units
M-F, 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Archaeology plays a critical and unique role in understanding the human past. Through study of the methods and theories of archaeology, and a survey of important firsts in the human past, this course introduces students to the way archaeologists use material culture to reconstruct and understand human behavior. Chronologically-ordered case studies from around the globe are used to look at social, ecological, and cultural issues facing humans from the earliest times to the present. Students gain practice reconstructing the past through hands-on participation in two 1-hour labs focusing on lithics and animal bones. By the end of the course, students are expected to be able to think critically about how the past is presented, and why, and the importance of the past as it relates to the present and future.


Culture and Environment
L48 361, 3 units
M-F 3:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

An introduction to the ecology of human culture, especially how "traditional" cultural ecosystems are organized and how they change with population density. Topics include foragers, extensive and intensive farming, industrial agriculture, the ecology of conflict, and problems in sustainability.

Archaeology

Introduction to Archaeology
L52 190B, 3 units
M-F 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Archaeology plays a critical and unique role in understanding the human past. Through study of the methods and theories of archaeology, and a survey of important firsts in the human past, this course introduces students to the way archaeologists use material culture to reconstruct and understand human behavior. Chronologically-ordered case studies from around the globe are used to look at social, ecological, and cultural issues facing humans from the earliest times to the present. Students gain practice reconstructing the past through hands-on participation in two 1-hour labs focusing on lithics and animal bones. By the end of the course, students are expected to be able to think critically about how the past is presented, and why, and the importance of the past as it relates to the present and future.

Art History & Archaeology

History of Western Art, Architecture, and Design
L01 113, 3 units
M-F, 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

A history of the visual arts, including architecture, sculpture, painting, and design, from the ancient world to the present with emphasis on the relationship of art to society and to political and cultural events.

Biology

Introduction to Problem-Based Learning in Biology
L41 112, 3 units
MWF, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

This course is for students who are interested in learning how scientists discover the underlying mechanisms of human diseases leading to the development of cures and therapies. In this course, students take responsibility for their own active, inquiry-based learning on biological problems that puzzle modern scientists. Instructors will guide students in researching issues of biological importance using primary literature as their principal resource. Learning how to read and interpret existing research articles from scientific literature is emphasized. Topics covered in this class have included cancer, neurological disorders, infectious diseases, the gut microbiome, and stem cell therapy. Students should have a strong background in general biology and be curious and willing to try an active, non-traditional educational experience. The students will be challenged to use their critical and creative thinking in both independent and group work. Prerequisite: High school biology, preferably an Honors or AP course.


Principles of Biology II
L41 2970, 4 units
MWF, 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
MWF, 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (lab option 1); or
MWF, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (lab option 2)

A broad overview of genetics, including Mendelian assortment, linkage, chromosomal aberrations, variations in chromosome number, mutation, developmental genetics, quantitative genetics, population genetics, mechanisms of evolution, and phylogenetics. Three lectures and three laboratory periods each week. Exam dates 6:30-8:30 PM on July 26, August 7, and August 16. Prerequisite: Bio 2960, or permission of instructor.

Business

Design Thinking: Human Centered Approaches to Making the World
U44 290, 3 units
M-F, 3:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

This course provides an overview of approaches to design thinking: a process of identifying, creating, and implementing solutions. Through an experiential approach, students learn methods for understanding users' needs, synthesizing complex information, identifying directives for design, generating ideas, prototyping, and communicating solutions. Methodologies will reflect multiple areas, including design, engineering, business, and anthropology. The class operates collaboratively tackling a locally relevant problem, such as active transportation or waste management. Students also explore the role of this process in business, organizations promoting social change, and education through readings, case studies, lectures, guest speakers, discussion, and written exercises. No previous experience in design is required.

Chemistry

Topics in General Chemistry
L07 102, 3 units
M-F, 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

This course provides a general introduction to topics including the nature and structure of the atom, quantum chemistry, and the nature of bonding. Students gain familiarity with the way in which a rigorous college chemistry course is taught and receive a realistic exposure to the nature of quizzes and exams. Problem sets, selected readings, and group problem-solving strengthen skills and facilitate learning. Prerequisites: one year of high school chemistry, 2 years of high school algebra.


General Chemistry II
L07 112A, 3 units
M-F, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Continuation of Chem 111A that covers chemical equilibria, ionic equilibria, galvanic cells, chemical potential, and the Laws of Thermodynamics. Prerequisite: General Chemistry I. Exams at which attendance is required will be given on Tuesdays from 7:00 - 8:00 pm.


General Chemistry II with Lab
L07 152, 2 units
T&Th, 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
MWF, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Topics and experiments complement material covered in Chem 112A lecture course.


Organic Chemistry II with Lab
L07 262, 4 units
M-F, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
T&Th, 12:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

A course covering certain areas of organic chemistry in more detail than the prerequisite course, with special emphasis on the mechanisms and the synthetic applications of organic reactions and on the organic chemistry of biological compounds. The laboratory includes organic synthesis and spectroscopic techniques. Prerequisite, Chem 261.

Computer Science & Engineering

Object-Orient Software Development Lab
E81 332S, 3 units
TThF, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Intensive focus on practical aspects of designing, implementing and debugging software, using object-oriented, procedural, and generic programming techniques. The course emphasizes familiarity and proficiency with a wide range of C++ language features through hands-on practice completing studio exercises and lab assignments, supplemented with readings and summary presentations for each session. Prerequisite: CSE 247.

Dance

Introduction to Contemporary Dance Styles (CANCELLED)
U31 216, 3 units
M-F, 3:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

This course will be an introduction to the fundamentals of contemporary jazz, hip hop, and other popular dance styles. This is primarily a studio course with some reading on the development of these dance forms. The course will also explore the culture and music of hip-hop and other related styles of dance such as street jazz and pop/culture dance. After an introduction to hip-hop dance technique, students will demonstrate hip-hop dance skills through warm-ups and choreographed routines. Students will also learn contemporary jazz and lyrical technique with emphasis on rock, funky, lyric and percussive movement blended with elements of theatrical jazz, modern, and ballet. As a whole, this class will focus on strengthening movement skills through increased flexibility, strength and endurance, while sharpening musical awareness, learning choreography and exploring improvisation, and understanding the appropriate vocabulary needed to develop strong technique for these styles. Previous movement training recommended but not required.

Drama

Improvisation
L15 233, 3 units
M-F, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of improvisation. Students are provided with the tools and techniques to develop their artistic voice, both individually and within an ensemble, through various theatre games, exercises, and techniques. Students will build self-confidence, develop creativity, hone presentation skills, and have fun through working collaboratively in an ensemble. Both actors and non-actors are encouraged to take this class.

Economics

Introduction to Microeconomics
L11 1011, 3 units
M-F, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Determination of prices; distribution of national income; theory of production. For a thorough introduction to economics, Econ 1021 (104B) also should be taken.


Introduction to Macroeconomics
L11 1021, 3 units
M-F, 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Business fluctuations: inflation, recession; monetary and fiscal policy; economic development. For a thorough introduction to economics, Econ 1011 (103B) should also be taken.


Game Theory and its Business Applications
L11 367, 3 units
M-F, 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

This course provides an introduction to game theory and its applications in real life economic decisions. Students will learn fundamental game theory concepts, including (but not limited to) Nash equilibrium, subgame perfect Nash equilibrium, etc. Students will also be exposed to how game theory can be applied to a wide variety of economic decisions: pricing, firm's decision of entering or exiting a market, etc. The ultimate goal of this course is to develop students' rational and game-theoretic thinking. Prerequisites: High-school mathematics, Econ 1011 or the equivalent.


Labor and the Economy (CANCELLED)
L11 380, 3 units
M-F, 3:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Economic analysis of labor markets. Theory and policy applications of labor supply and labor demand; explanations of wage and income differentials; migration and immigration; discrimination; labor unions; unemployment. Prerequisite: Econ 1011.

Electrical Systems & Engineering

Engineering Mathematics
E35 319, 3 units
MTWTh, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Power series and Frobenius series solutions of differential equations; Legendre's equation; Bessel's equation; Fourier series and Fourier transforms; Sturm-Liouville theory; solutions of partial differential equations; wave and heat equations.  Prerequisites:  Math 233 and Math 217 or their equivalents.

English Composition

Analytical Writing
U11 101, 3 units
M-F, 3:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

This course is about reading well and writing deliberately and sees those two acts as intimately related. Students will read as writers, studying the strategies that writers use to write persuasively, and practicing those strategies in their own writing. The course offers a method for close reading (based on finding meaningful patterns); it offers practice linking claims with evidence for those claims and it offers practice organizing papers using such skills as well-written summaries, theses, transitions, topic sentences, and paragraphs.

English Literature

Illustrating Difference: Young Adult Identity in Graphic Novels
L14 243, 3 units
M-F, 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Since its emergence in the 1950s as a distinct literary genre, young adult literature has been tasked with representing the coming-of-age story: this distinct moment in which society imagines young people "find themselves" and construct an identity. But how does one express oneself when there aren't words to describe that self, because of racial, sexual, gendered, abled, or classed differences with American society? How might illustrated texts or graphic novels engender alternative means of expression? Further, how does the intertwining of illustration and text enable the transition from children's literature to adult literature? This course explores these questions through an archive of recent YA graphic novels, comic books, and web comics to consider how this genre confronts, explores, and shapes contemporary identity categories available to young people in America. Whether in the mostly dialogue-less story of deaf children in Wonderstuck, in the ethnic diversification of superheroes with the Muslim Ms. Marvel or Afro-Latino Spiderman, or in the queer kinship in Nimona's fantasy world of shapeshifters and mad scientists, these works enable us to think about this form's storytelling possibilities: to tell kinds of stories not "illustrated" in other genres.

Entrepreneuership

Entrepreneurship and the Liberal Arts
L62 286
M-F, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

It is a little known truth that more entrepreneurs come out of the Arts & Sciences than any other college. This course will begin by exploring why this is so, examining in particular the creative and innovative qualities developed in liberal arts that are crucial to the success of the entrepreneur. We will then move on to examine entrepreneurs in action, hearing from those in the field and reading of others, learning how the liberal arts proved instrumental in various ways to their development and ultimate success as entrepreneurs.

History

The Second World War in History
L22 164, 3 units
M-F, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

This course is an introduction to World History that uses World War II as a lens to examine the methodologies, approaches and sources historians employ to understand and analyze historical periods. The class will explore the global connections and interactions which characterize World History. The emphasis of this course will be on digging into topics traditionally neglected: the impact of the war on race, gender, family and children; daily life; and daily ethical decision making.


The History of the Civil Rights Movement: Jamestown to Ferguson (CANCELLED)
U16 3510, 3 units
M-F, 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

This course examines the origins, evolution, and impact of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement beginning with the North American slave trade in Jamestown, Virginia in 1619, through civil disobedience and race riots in the mid-twentieth century, to the response, locally and nationwide, to Michael Brown's violent death in Ferguson. Special emphasis is placed on tracing its impact and continuing legacy on contemporary ideas and social policies about race, ethnicity, culture and national origin.

Legal Studies

American Politics
L84 101B, 3 units
M-F, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

This course is meant to introduce students to the study of American Politics. We will analyze the origins, developments, actors, institutions, and processes of the American political system. In addition to the three branches of government, we will also cover topics such as public opinion, the media, campaigns and elections, political parties, civil right and liberties, and more. By the end of the class, students should become more careful and insightful consumers of political knowledge.


Introduction to Logic and Critical Analysis
L84 105G, 3 units
M-F, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

This course is an introduction to first-order logic. Logic is the study of the formal properties of arguments. In this course we learn how to make arguments precise by formalizing sentences and applying methods of deductive reasoning to prove conclusions. We also discuss the relations between logical reasoning and informal reasoning, and logic and rationality. Why study logic? Logic gives you principles and techniques to distinguish good forms of reasoning, helps you to construct correct arguments, and (to some extent) think orderly. Additionally, logic is essential in other fields that you might also be interested in studying (e.g., mathematics, computer science, linguistics, and analytic philosophy). And of course, logic is a fun and interesting subject in its own right. The course presumes no background in philosophy or logic.


Biomedical Ethics
L84 233F, 3 units
M-F, 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

A critical examination, in light of contemporary moral disagreements and traditional ethical theories, of some of the moral issues arising out of medical practice and experimentation in our society. May include euthanasia, genetic engineering, abortion, medical malpractice, the allocation of medical resources, and the rights of the patient.

Linguistics

Introduction to Linguistics
L44 170D, 3 units
M-F, 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Language is one of the fundamental capacities of the human species, and there are many interesting and meaningful ways in which it can be studied. This course explores the core components of linguistic theory: speech sounds (phonetics and phonology), word formation (morphology), sentence structure (syntax), and meaning (semantics). It also provides an overview of interdisciplinary ideas and research on how language is acquired and processed, its relation to the mind-brain and to society, and the question of whether the essential properties of language can be replicated outside the human mind (specifically, in chimpanzees or computer programs).

Mathematics

Differential Equations
L24 217, 3 units
M-F, 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Introduction to ordinary differential equations: first-order equations, linear equations, systems of equations, series solutions, and Laplace transform methods. Computer-aided study of numerical solutions and graphics phase planes. Prerequisite: Math 233 (may be taken concurrently).


Elementary Probability and Statistics
L24 2200, 3 units
M-F, 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

An introduction to probability and statistics. Discrete and continuous random variables, mean and variance, hypothesis testing and confidence limits, nonparametric methods, Student's t, analysis of variance, regression, and contingency tables. Graphing calculator with statistical distribution functions (such as the TI-83) may be required. Prerequisite: Math 131.


Matrix Algebra
L24 309, 3 units
M-F, 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Theory of matrices and vector spaces from a concrete, computational point of view. Topics: row reduction (pivot method), rank and dimension, determinants, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, and diagonalization of symmetrical matrices. Prerequisite: Math 132.

Philosophy

Logic and Critical Analysis
L30 100G, 3 units
M-F, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

This course is an introduction to first-order logic. Logic is the study of the formal properties of arguments. In this course we learn how to make arguments precise by formalizing sentences and applying methods of deductive reasoning to prove conclusions. We also discuss the relations between logical reasoning and informal reasoning, and logic and rationality. Why study logic? Logic gives you principles and techniques to distinguish good forms of reasoning, helps you to construct correct arguments, and (to some extent) think orderly. Additionally, logic is essential in other fields that you might also be interested in studying (e.g., mathematics, computer science, linguistics, and analytic philosophy). And of course, logic is a fun and interesting subject in its own right. The course presumes no background in philosophy or logic.


Great Philosophers
L30 125C, 3 units
M-F, 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

What is real beyond perception? What are the limits of human knowledge? What does it mean to act freely? What makes a person good? What makes an act right? And what ultimately matters? In this class, we will confront some of the most puzzling questions we as humans face through discussion of classic philosophical works by some of the greatest minds of all time, including Descartes, Hume, Anscombe, Aristotle, Kant, and Mill.


Biomedical Ethics
L30 233 F, 3 units
M-F, 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

A critical examination, in light of contemporary moral disagreements and traditional ethical theories, of some of the moral issues arising out of medical practice and experimentation in our society. May include euthanasia, genetic engineering, abortion, medical malpractice, the allocation of medical resources, and the rights of the patient.

Philosophy - Neuroscience - Psychology (PNP)

Cognitive Neuroscience
L64 3604, 3 units
M-F, 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

A general introduction to the underlying principles and mechanisms of brain function that give rise to complex human cognitive behavior. Emphasis will be placed on how emerging methods and approaches from both neuroscience and cognitive psychology have been integrated to yield new insights into the organization and structure of higher mental processes. Topics include perception, attention, memory, language, and executive control. Prerequisite: Psychology 100B.

Political Science

American Politics
L32 101B, 3 units
M-F, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

This course is meant to introduce students to the study of American Politics. We will analyze the origins, developments, actors, institutions, and processes of the American political system. In addition to the three branches of government, we will also cover topics such as public opinion, the media, campaigns and elections, political parties, civil right and liberties, and more. By the end of the class, students should become more careful and insightful consumers of political knowledge.


International Politics
L32 103B, 3 units
M-F, 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Globalization, the accelerating rate of interaction between people of different countries, creates a qualitative shift in the relationship between nation-states and national economies. Conflict and war is one form of international interaction. Movement of capital, goods, services, production, information, disease, environmental degradation, and people across national boundaries are other forms of international interactions. This course introduces the study of global political-economic relations. We focus upon building a toolkit that will help us understand the micro-foundations of the globalization of material and social relations.

Psychology

Introduction to Psychology
L33 100B, 3 units
M-F, 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Survey and analysis of concepts, research, and theory covering the areas of learning, memory, motivation, personality, social, abnormal, clinical, and biological psychology. Introduces the diversity of questions, areas, approaches, research, and theories that compose the study of mind and behavior.


Cognitive Neuroscience
L64 3604, 3 units
M-F, 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

A general introduction to the underlying principles and mechanisms of brain function that give rise to complex human cognitive behavior. Emphasis will be placed on how emerging methods and approaches from both neuroscience and cognitive psychology have been integrated to yield new insights into the organization and structure of higher mental processes. Topics include perception, attention, memory, language, and executive control. Prerequisite: Psychology 100B.

Sustainability

Foundations and Practice of Sustainability
U19 205, 3 units
M-F, 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

This interdisciplinary course serves as an introduction to sustainability concepts, sustainability practice, and systems thinking. Students in this course will develop and articulate a common understanding of foundational sustainability concepts, including definitions, global challenges, human impacts, and approaches to sustainability solutions. Students will also start to understand and develop the competencies (knowledge, skills, attitudes) needed for success as a sustainability advocate or practitioner in professional settings, including systems thinking, strategic planning, group collaboration, and communicating the case for sustainability to various and specific audiences.

One-Credit Bonus Courses

Extend your academic exposure by adding on a one-credit course. The options below may be added as a seventh credit (to a two-class, or six-credit academic load) at no extra cost.

Dance

Tap Dance: Beginning
U31 225, 1 unit
M&W, 5:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.

Introduction to basic tap steps and rhythms. Development of awareness of varied tap dance styles. No previous dance training required.

Music

How to Listen to Popular Music
U24 1061, 1 unit
M&W, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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. Coursework includes listening to and reading about music, writing in various online-friendly formats, and making short videos and podcasts.

The 2020 application cycle will open December 1, 2019.

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