Learn more about the options you can choose from at Harvard Summer School — from our most popular courses to specially-designed Career Pathways and Summer Seminars.
Career Pathway courses are small undergraduate classes designed to help you get a fresh perspective on a field you may want to pursue. In each course, you will explore an academic topic in depth while working on projects that are mirrored in the real world.
- In-class guests who will advise students and provide insights on their own career paths
- Self-reflection exercises on skills, interests, and future goals they’ve identified
At the end of a course, students will come away energized about potential career paths, and will have built valuable team-building and leadership skills.
- Animal Transgenesis: A Laboratory Primer on Genetics
- Becoming a Brain Scientist: Neuroscience and Psychology Research
- Basic Journalism in the Digital Age
- Introduction to Entrepreneurship
- Problem Solving and Project Design
- Start-Ups from the Perspective of Business and IP Law
- Connecting to the World Through Chemistry
Summer Seminars at Harvard Summer School
Summer Seminars at Harvard Summer School give undergraduate students unique opportunities and personal faculty instruction that’s hard to find on a large campus.
Inspired by Harvard’s renowned freshman seminars that get students acclimated and engaged in campus life, seven-week Summer Seminars give both Harvard and visiting students the unique chance to study with us in a small-group format.
The benefits you’ll enjoy during Summer Seminars include:
Small Class Sizes
Summer Seminars are limited to 15 students each to keep class sizes small and maximize your learning experience. This small class size promotes open and dynamic discussion, peer study groups, in-class presentations, and equal opportunity participation in the classroom.
Close Faculty Interaction
Each Summer Seminar is taught by a Harvard affiliate and offers excellent opportunities for personal guidance and advising. Throughout the seminar, students can consult with and learn from Harvard instructors in a small-group or one-to-one format that lets them dig deep into a subject and build valuable expertise.
Independent Research Opportunities
Learn the researching and writing skills that will let you rise to the top of your undergraduate class or prepare you for graduate school. Your Summer Seminar instructor will give you the frameworks and advice needed to complete a final research project in your area of study.
Summer Seminars are available for undergraduate credits only.
Summer 2022 Seminars
Staging Shakespeare: Take a fresh look at Shakespeare’s works, with an eye to the challenges posed for actors, directors, designers and audiences–challenges that must be solved in performance. See how artists have attempted to increase Shakespeare’s resonance for a contemporary audience, and examine what in Shakespeare’s plays makes them particularly difficult–and exciting—to stage.
Advice to Young Leaders: Read some of the most influential texts in the western tradition, explicitly written for young people planning to enter public service or take up other positions of leadership. Examine these traditions of advice with an eye to the past, the present, and the future: that is, in their own terms and for what they say to you today about what kind of leadership is most needed.
Politics and Governance in the Global South: Examine the political and governance challenges that countries in the Global South face and explore the best prospects for addressing them. Using both theory and case studies from Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia, you’ll delve deeply into topics such as the impact of international development aid, civil society and activism, and gender, diversity and inequality.
Psychopaths and the Insanity Defense: Explore the insanity defense in the legal system, as well as its impact on psychology, law, and society. Using case materials and empirical research, you’ll learn the history of the defense, understand its impact, and examine the arguments that have arisen from the controversial defense.