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For everyone’s health and safety, Summer Session will not host students on campus for residential programs this summer. Many of our courses will be taught remotely online so that you can still explore your intellectual interests, gain insight into college life, and be a part of our distinctive learning community. We hope you will join us online this summer! Our Summer Session team is here to help via email at summersession@uchicago.edu.

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Immersion

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Summer Immersion Programs for High School Students

Immerse yourself in one of your passions and take advantage of the rich educational resources offered by the University through our summer Immersion programs for high school students. In these undergraduate-level courses, you will get personalized attention from faculty, researchers, and other professionals who will lead you through workshop discussions, research projects, and other activities.

“The biggest advantage of this program is its caliber in teaching. The depth and style of teaching was perfect, keeping a perfect balance of serious work and an exciting atmosphere. Despite having to read tons and writing an essay, I was still eager to jump out of bed and dash into class.” Lawrence X., Western Academy of Beijing, Beijing, China

Whether you’re looking for creative writing workshops, preview courses in STEM fields, or to explore theories of ethics, philosophy, and free expression, the University of Chicago’s summer Immersion courses offer you the opportunity to explore a topic of interest in-depth. 

Eligibility: Current high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, who are at least 14 years old.

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Course Dates June 22 - July 09 July 14 - July 30
     

To search for courses based on your grade level and academic interest, check out the course finder.

Courses in Program

América and Its People, A Survey

Canceled for Summer 2020

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Biology and Its Modern Applications (Session 1)

This course is currently at capacity. We are admitting students to the waitlist only.

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Biology and Its Modern Applications (Session 2)

*Taught Online for Summer 2020*  This course aims at developing the basic concepts that form the crux of life from both structural and functional perspectives. It will cover cellular functioning and organization and the transformation of energy. In addition, concepts of evolution and natural selection will be investigated. The course also introduces the student to the continuity of life from genetic and molecular perspectives. The course will extrapolate to demonstrate how cells communicate through cell signaling and how defects in such communication often lead to diseases.

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Biotechnology for the 21st Century (Session 1)

*Taught Online for Summer 2020*  This course is designed to provide a stimulating introduction to the world of biotechnology. Starting with an overview of the basic concepts of molecular biology and genetics that serve as a foundation for biotechnology, the course will segue into the various applied fields of biotechnology. Lectures and the corresponding activities will include microbial biotechnology, agricultural biotechnology, biofuels, cloning, bioremediation, medical biotechnology, DNA fingerprinting and forensics.

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Biotechnology for the 21st Century (Session 2)

*Taught Online for Summer 2020*  This course is designed to provide a stimulating introduction to the world of biotechnology. Starting with an overview of the basic concepts of molecular biology and genetics that serve as a foundation for biotechnology, the course will segue into the various applied fields of biotechnology. Lectures and the corresponding activities will include microbial biotechnology, agricultural biotechnology, biofuels, cloning, bioremediation, medical biotechnology, DNA fingerprinting and forensics.

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Collegiate Writing: Awakening into Consciousness (Session 1)

*Taught Online for Summer 2020*   How might we, as individuals and societies, sometimes remain unaware or ignorant? How can our lives – psychological, social, political, and spiritual – be reshaped by awakening from this lack of awareness? What does it mean to achieve true consciousness?

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Collegiate Writing: Awakening into Consciousness (Session 2)

*Taught Online for Summer 2020*   How might we, as individuals and societies, sometimes remain unaware or ignorant? How can our lives – psychological, social, political, and spiritual – be reshaped by awakening from this lack of awareness? What does it mean to achieve true consciousness? This intensive course in analytical writing at the collegiate level will offer a chance to think through these questions and to craft rhetorically-effective essays that explore the enduring struggle to understand what it means for us to awaken into consciousness.

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Communicating Effectively: Free Expression, Civic Argument, and Public Advocacy

*Taught Online for Summer 2020*  Communication shapes our lives – personal, professional, and political. Communication skills are also highly correlated with college and professional success: critical thinking, argument, writing, perspective-taking, and research skills are all foundational to a liberal arts education and life beyond college. The objective of this course is to help students develop these essential skills through an introduction to the principles and practices of public discourse: advocacy, argument, and speaking.

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Contagion: Infectious Agents & Diseases (Session 1)

*Taught Online for Summer 2020*  Zika, Ebola, HIV, SARS…in our increasingly globalized and mobile world, infectious diseases can emerge and spread faster than ever before, making epidemics, even pandemics, a real possibility.  That, together with increasing antibiotic resistance, makes understanding where these threats come from and how we can control their spread one of the most urgent issues of our time.  In this three-week course, students will learn about the origin, biology, and evolution of some of the most feared viruses, such as Ebola, HIV, and

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Contagion: Infectious Agents & Diseases (Session 2)

*Taught Online for Summer 2020*  Zika, Ebola, HIV, SARS…in our increasingly globalized and mobile world, infectious diseases can emerge and spread faster than ever before, making epidemics, even pandemics, a real possibility.  That, together with increasing antibiotic resistance, makes understanding where these threats come from and how we can control their spread one of the most urgent issues of our time.

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Creative Writing

*Taught Online for Summer 2020*  Building directly on best practices developed at the College over the spring quarter, this remote learning workshop helps students find a voice and develop a sustainable writer's practice through a series of creative exercises in fiction, essay, and poetry. By the end of the course, each student will have revised and completed several significant pieces of writing.

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Democracy's Discontents

This course is currently at capacity. We are admitting students to the waitlist only.

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Developmental Psychology: Theories and Techniques

*Taught Online for Summer 2020*  In just a few short years, infants go from helpless beings who cannot even hold their heads up to walking, talking, thinking people who are able to understand complex games, infer intentions in others, and even engage in reflexive thought (i.e., thinking about thinking). In this class, we will explore this transition by studying major theories of developmental psychology, examining how the mind (and correspondingly, the brain) changes from infancy through adolescence.

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Economics from an Experimental Perspective

This course is currently at capacity. We are admitting students to the waitlist only.

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Explorations in Neuroscience: Neurons, Behavior, and Beyond

*Taught Online for Summer 2020*  How does the brain work, and how do changes in brain structure and function give rise to neurological conditions and deficits? Developing a deeper understanding of the brain has been deemed one of the 21st century’s Grand Challenges, and this course will draw on different research methodologies to begin unraveling one of life’s greatest mysteries.

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Happiness in Western Thought, Art, and Culture

This course is currently at capacity. We are admitting students to the waitlist only.

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Mathematical and Computational Research in Biological Sciences

*Taught Online for Summer 2020*  Using computation to model and study biological systems is one of the leading edges of current scientific research. In this hands-on exploration of the latest techniques, students will learn how macromolecules, such as DNA, RNA, and proteins, perform their functions and how to visualize and quantify their behavior.

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Media and Image

Canceled for Summer 2020

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Power and the Presidency

*Taught Online for Summer 2020*  What are the foundations of presidential power, and how should it be applied? These questions have been topics of debate from the founding of the U.S., and have become of particular interest in recent years.

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Religion: Big Questions

Canceled for Summer 2020

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Science, Technology, and the Body

*Taught Online for Summer 2020*  How do new frontiers in science, medicine, and technology impact how we understand what bodies are, what they are becoming, and how they relate to each other? How does culture take up these concepts across time and reflect them back? During this three-week course, we will touch on a variety of issues this question raises, ranging from dolls to robots, machine learning to virtual communities, and from pharmaceuticals to family-making.

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The Global Political Economy: Power, Inequality, and Globalization

This course is currently at capacity. We are admitting students to the waitlist only.

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The Good Life

Canceled for Summer 2020

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The Physics of Climate and Weather

Canceled for Summer 2020

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The Physics of Stars

This course is currently at capacity. We are admitting students to the waitlist only.

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The Psychology of Learning

This course is currently at capacity. We are admitting students to the waitlist only.

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Session II