2017 Courses

High School Summer College more than 145 courses allow students to explore, collaborate, and challenge themselves while gaining confidence and meeting new peers.

Students in our programs should always refer to this list; these are the only courses available to the students we admit for the Summer Quarter. Current Stanford students have additional options available for summer enrollment. An academic advisor will verify students enrollments. 

  • Workshop in Pronunciation for International Students

    (1-2 units). Provides support in the development of clear, comprehensible English pronunciation. Includes attention to individual sounds as well as stress, rhythm, and intonation. Students taking the course for 3 units will have additional individual assignments and a 30-minute tutorial each week. Limited to visiting undergraduates and students in the High School Summer College program.

    Course Code
    EFSLANG 683P
  • Workshop in Reading and Vocabulary for International Students

    (1-2 units). Provides support in the development of English reading skills for academic purposes, including work on comprehension, speed, and critical interpretation, along with strategies for improving vocabulary. Students taking the course for 2 units will have additional individual assignments and a 30-minute tutorial each week. Limited to visiting undergraduates and students in the High School Summer College program.

    Course Code
    EFSLANG 683R
  • Workshop in Reading and Vocabulary for International Students

    (1-2 units). Provides support in the development of English reading skills for academic purposes, including work on comprehension, speed, and critical interpretation, along with strategies for improving vocabulary. Students taking the course for 2 units will have additional individual assignments and a 30-minute tutorial each week. Limited to visiting undergraduates and students in the High School Summer College program.

    Course Code
    EFSLANG 683R
  • Workshop in Oral Communication for International Students

    (1-2 units) Provides support in the development of listening and speaking skills in English, including academic listening, small group discussion, oral presentation, and intercultural communication. Students taking the course for 2 units will have additional individual assignments and a 30-minute tutorial each week. Limited to visiting undergraduates and students in the High School Summer College program.

    Course Code
    EFSLANG 683S
  • Workshop in Oral Communication for International Students

    (1-2 units) Provides support in the development of listening and speaking skills in English, including academic listening, small group discussion, oral presentation, and intercultural communication. Students taking the course for 2 units will have additional individual assignments and a 30-minute tutorial each week. Limited to visiting undergraduates and students in the High School Summer College program.

    Course Code
    EFSLANG 683S
  • Workshop in Written Communication for International Students

    (1-2 units). Provides support in the development of English writing skills for non-natives. Writing assignments are negotiated with the instructor and may include practice in composition, SAT or TOEFL writing, and writing university application essays and statements of purpose. Students taking the course for 2 units will have additional individual assignments and a 30-minute tutorial each week. Limited to visiting undergraduates and students in the High School Summer College program.

    Course Code
    EFSLANG 683W
  • Workshop in Written Communication for International Students

    (1-2 units). Provides support in the development of English writing skills for non-natives. Writing assignments are negotiated with the instructor and may include practice in composition, SAT or TOEFL writing, and writing university application essays and statements of purpose. Students taking the course for 2 units will have additional individual assignments and a 30-minute tutorial each week. Limited to visiting undergraduates and students in the High School Summer College program.

    Course Code
    EFSLANG 683W
  • Language and Culture of Silicon Valley

    Provides an overview of Silicon Valley's unique culture and language patterns via exposure to authentic materials, such as blogs and videos, and interaction with students and professionals in local industry. Participants learn and practice language forms characteristic of this region across all skills. Those taking the course for 2 units will have additional individualized assignments and a 50-minute tutorial each week. Limited to visiting non-native English speaking undergraduates and students in the High School Summer College program. (1-2 units)

    Course Code
    EFSLANG 684S
  • Language and Culture of Silicon Valley

    Provides an overview of Silicon Valley's unique culture and language patterns via exposure to authentic materials, such as blogs and videos, and interaction with students and professionals in local industry. Participants learn and practice language forms characteristic of this region across all skills. Those taking the course for 2 units will have additional individualized assignments and a 50-minute tutorial each week. Limited to visiting non-native English speaking undergraduates and students in the High School Summer College program. (1-2 units)

    Course Code
    EFSLANG 684S
  • Make It New: Literature of the Jazz Age

    Introduction to modernism through a survey of its major writers and the world in which they wrote. We will look at poets like T.S. Eliot and Gertrude Stein who changed the language, prose-writers like James Joyce and Ernest Hemingway who changed the story, painters like Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse who changed the view, and populists like Louis Armstrong and Charlie Chaplin who changed the scene. Along the way we will think about the basic questions of modernism: Who was involved? How did they interact? And perhaps most importantly, what features make their work modernist? With brief but lively introductions to this world, students will gain entry into academic habits of mind through authors and artists they already love.

    Course Code
    ENGLISH 125B
  • American Madness

    This course delves into the bizarre annals of nineteenth-century madness -- the world of Ahab¿s ¿monomania,¿ Edgar Allan Poe¿s ¿brain fever,¿ and Charlotte Perkins Gilman¿s ¿hysteria¿. Placing these literary texts in the context of the historical development of psychiatry during the nineteenth century, we will find that madness often assumes different forms in men and women, white Americans and African-Americans, capitalists and laborers -- suggesting that social inequalities cannot be cleanly separated from biological dispositions in our understanding of insanity. Reading these fictions of madness will not only illuminate the fundamental tensions of American culture, but will give us a new perspective on the construction of mental illness in the contemporary United States.

    Course Code
    ENGLISH 127A
  • ¿Wandering in Strange Lands¿: Science Fiction of the Black Atlantic (CSRE 167C)

    African-American culture critic Greg Tate once remarked that ¿Black people live the estrangement that science fiction authors imagine¿. In light of his observation, this course proposes to look at the black science fiction (SF) tradition from a variety of angles. Some examples: How do black authors use familiar speculative tropes, such as encounters with aliens, to comment on matters of race? What happens when tropes from African-American realist fiction, such as the passing narrative, become science fictionalized? How does the intersection of race and gender affect speculative works by black women? And perhaps the most central question: What do we gain by looking at matters of race through the lens of SF?

    Course Code
    ENGLISH 167C
  • The Mystery Plot

    Though the mystery is often equated with a single genre¿detective fiction¿its literary examples stretch beyond the confines of a particular genre or period. This course focuses on the evolution of the modern mystery plot, tracing a long arc from its emergence in the eighteenth-century Gothic novel to its contemporary reinventions in the television procedural and the true crime podcast. Moving from the medieval castle to the urban street, the open sea to the country estate, we will investigate the extraordinary range and resilience of one of the most fundamental narrative forms across historical contexts. We¿ll analyze the use of serial form in Wilkie Collins¿ The Moonstone and the podcast sensation Serial; the invention of the clue and the transformations of the detective in the writings of De Quincey, Poe, Conan Doyle, and Hammett; and the production of suspense in Radcliffe¿s The Mysteries of Udolpho and Melville¿s Benito Cereno. Throughout the course we will pay special attention to the mystery¿s uncertain relationship to the novel, to realism, and to the literary itself.

    Course Code
    ENGLISH 167D
  • Reading and Rereading Moby-Dick

    For many, Herman Melville¿s Moby-Dick is the greatest novel in all of American literature, an undisputed classic. When Moby-Dick was first published, however, it was a critical and commercial failure. This class will encourage students to reflect on the nature of literary experience by staging an initial reading of Moby-Dick followed by a somewhat abbreviated second reading. We will consider why readers overlooked Moby-Dick when it was originally published, and why readers later, after a second closer inspection, gained a greater appreciation for the novel. We will think about what happens when we encounter a text for the first time, and how different kinds of meaning might accumulate over multiple readings. We will also watch film adaptations of Moby-Dick in an attempt to comprehend how filmmakers over the course of the twentieth century have re-presented the novel to audiences. In the end, this course offers students the chance to study a literary classic in depth. We will read and reread Moby-Dick to better understand how literature works, and how American literary history has taken shape.

    Course Code
    ENGLISH 179E
  • Fiction Writing

    The elements of fiction writing: narration, description, and dialogue. Students write complete stories and participate in story workshops. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: PWR 1 (waived in summer quarter).

    Course Code
    ENGLISH 90
    Prerequisites
    WAY-A-II, WAY-CE
  • Fiction Writing

    The elements of fiction writing: narration, description, and dialogue. Students write complete stories and participate in story workshops. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: PWR 1 (waived in summer quarter).

    Course Code
    ENGLISH 90
    Prerequisites
    WAY-A-II, WAY-CE
  • Fiction Writing

    Online workshop course that explores the ways in which writers of fiction have used language to examine the world, to create compelling characters, and to move readers. We will begin by studying a selection of stories that demonstrate the many techniques writers use to create fictional worlds; we'll use these stories as models for writing exercises and short assignments, leading to a full story draft. We will study figurative language, character and setting development, and dramatic structure, among other elements of story craft. Then, each student will submit a full draft and receive feedback from the instructor and his/her classmates. This course is taught entirely online, but retains the feel of a traditional classroom. Optional synchronous elements such as discussion and virtual office hours provide the student direct interaction with both the instructor and his/her classmates. Feedback on written work ¿ both offered to and given by the student ¿ is essential to the course and creates class rapport.

    Course Code
    ENGLISH 90V
    Prerequisites
    WAY-CE
  • Creative Nonfiction

    (Formerly 94A.) Historical and contemporary as a broad genre including travel and nature writing, memoir, biography, journalism, and the personal essay. Students use creative means to express factual content.

    Course Code
    ENGLISH 91
    Prerequisites
    WAY-A-II, WAY-CE
  • Creative Nonfiction

    (Formerly 94A.) Historical and contemporary as a broad genre including travel and nature writing, memoir, biography, journalism, and the personal essay. Students use creative means to express factual content.

    Course Code
    ENGLISH 91
    Prerequisites
    WAY-A-II, WAY-CE
  • Reading and Writing Poetry

    Prerequisite: PWR 1. Issues of poetic craft. How elements of form, music, structure, and content work together to create meaning and experience in a poem. May be repeated for credit.

    Course Code
    ENGLISH 92
    Prerequisites
    WAY-A-II, WAY-CE
  • Reading and Writing Poetry

    Prerequisite: PWR 1. Issues of poetic craft. How elements of form, music, structure, and content work together to create meaning and experience in a poem. May be repeated for credit.

    Course Code
    ENGLISH 92
    Prerequisites
    WAY-A-II, WAY-CE
  • Creative Expression in Writing

    Online workshop whose primary focus is to give students a skill set to tap into their own creativity. Opportunities for students to explore their creative strengths, develop a vocabulary with which to discuss their own creativity, and experiment with the craft and adventure of their own writing. Students will come out of the course strengthened in their ability to identify and pursue their own creative interests. For undergrads only.

    Course Code
    ENGLISH 9CV
  • Introduction to Engineering Analysis

    Integrated approach to the fundamental scientific principles that are the cornerstones of engineering analysis: conservation of mass, atomic species, charge, momentum, angular momentum, energy, production of entropy expressed in the form of balance equations on carefully defined systems, and incorporating simple physical models. Emphasis is on setting up analysis problems arising in engineering. Topics: simple analytical solutions, numerical solutions of linear algebraic equations, and laboratory experiences. Provides the foundation and tools for subsequent engineering courses. Prerequisite: AP Physics and AP Calculus or equivalent.

    Course Code
    ENGR 10
    Prerequisites
    GER:DB-EngrAppSci
  • Ordinary Differential Equations for Engineers (CME 102)

    Analytical and numerical methods for solving ordinary differential equations arising in engineering applications: Solution of initial and boundary value problems, series solutions, Laplace transforms, and nonlinear equations; numerical methods for solving ordinary differential equations, accuracy of numerical methods, linear stability theory, finite differences. Introduction to MATLAB programming as a basic tool kit for computations. Problems from various engineering fields. Prerequisite: 10 units of AP credit (Calc BC with 4 or 5, or Calc AB with 5), or Math 41 and 42. Recommended: CME100.

    Course Code
    ENGR 155A
    Prerequisites
    GER:DB-Math, WAY-FR
  • Ordinary Differential Equations for Engineers (CME 102)

    Analytical and numerical methods for solving ordinary differential equations arising in engineering applications: Solution of initial and boundary value problems, series solutions, Laplace transforms, and nonlinear equations; numerical methods for solving ordinary differential equations, accuracy of numerical methods, linear stability theory, finite differences. Introduction to MATLAB programming as a basic tool kit for computations. Problems from various engineering fields. Prerequisite: 10 units of AP credit (Calc BC with 4 or 5, or Calc AB with 5), or Math 41 and 42. Recommended: CME100.

    Course Code
    ENGR 155A
    Prerequisites
    GER:DB-Math, WAY-FR
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Engineers (CME 106)

    Probability: random variables, independence, and conditional probability; discrete and continuous distributions, moments, distributions of several random variables. Topics in mathematical statistics: random sampling, point estimation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, non-parametric tests, regression and correlation analyses; applications in engineering, industrial manufacturing, medicine, biology, and other fields. Prerequisite: CME 100/ENGR154 or MATH 51 or 52.

    Course Code
    ENGR 155C
    Prerequisites
    GER:DB-Math, WAY-AQR, WAY-FR
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Engineers (CME 106)

    Probability: random variables, independence, and conditional probability; discrete and continuous distributions, moments, distributions of several random variables. Topics in mathematical statistics: random sampling, point estimation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, non-parametric tests, regression and correlation analyses; applications in engineering, industrial manufacturing, medicine, biology, and other fields. Prerequisite: CME 100/ENGR154 or MATH 51 or 52.

    Course Code
    ENGR 155C
    Prerequisites
    GER:DB-Math, WAY-AQR, WAY-FR
  • An Intro to Making: What is EE

    Is a hands-on class where students learn to make stuff. Through the process of building, you are introduced to the basic areas of EE. Students build a "useless box" and learn about circuits, feedback, and programming hardware, a light display for your desk and bike and learn about coding, transforms, and LEDs, a solar charger and an EKG machine and learn about power, noise, feedback, more circuits, and safety. And you get to keep the toys you build. Prerequisite: CS 106A.

    Course Code
    ENGR 40M
    Prerequisites
    GER:DB-EngrAppSci, WAY-SMA
  • An Intro to Making: What is EE

    Is a hands-on class where students learn to make stuff. Through the process of building, you are introduced to the basic areas of EE. Students build a "useless box" and learn about circuits, feedback, and programming hardware, a light display for your desk and bike and learn about coding, transforms, and LEDs, a solar charger and an EKG machine and learn about power, noise, feedback, more circuits, and safety. And you get to keep the toys you build. Prerequisite: CS 106A.

    Course Code
    ENGR 40M
    Prerequisites
    GER:DB-EngrAppSci, WAY-SMA
  • Programming Methodology (CS 106A)

    Introduction to the engineering of computer applications emphasizing modern software engineering principles: object-oriented design, decomposition, encapsulation, abstraction, and testing. Uses the Java programming language. Emphasis is on good programming style and the built-in facilities of the Java language. No prior programming experience required. Summer quarter enrollment is limited.

    Course Code
    ENGR 70A
    Prerequisites
    GER:DB-EngrAppSci, WAY-FR
  • Programming Abstractions (CS 106B)

    Abstraction and its relation to programming. Software engineering principles of data abstraction and modularity. Object-oriented programming, fundamental data structures (such as stacks, queues, sets) and data-directed design. Recursion and recursive data structures (linked lists, trees, graphs). Introduction to time and space complexity analysis. Uses the programming language C++ covering its basic facilities. Prerequisite: 106A or equivalent. Summer quarter enrollment is limited.

    Course Code
    ENGR 70B
    Prerequisites
    GER:DB-EngrAppSci, WAY-FR
  • Environmental Science and Technology (CEE 70)

    Introduction to environmental quality and the technical background necessary for understanding environmental issues, controlling environmental degradation, and preserving air and water quality. Material balance concepts for tracking substances in the environmental and engineering systems.

    Course Code
    ENGR 90
    Prerequisites
    GER:DB-EngrAppSci, WAY-AQR
  • Environmental Science and Technology (CEE 70)

    Introduction to environmental quality and the technical background necessary for understanding environmental issues, controlling environmental degradation, and preserving air and water quality. Material balance concepts for tracking substances in the environmental and engineering systems.

    Course Code
    ENGR 90
    Prerequisites
    GER:DB-EngrAppSci, WAY-AQR
  • Seminar: Issues in Environmental Science, Technology and Sustainability (CEE 179S, CEE 279S, EARTHSYS 179S)

    Invited faculty, researchers and professionals share their insights and perspectives on a broad range of environmental and sustainability issues. Students critique seminar presentations and associated readings.

    Course Code
    ESS 179S
  • Seminar: Issues in Environmental Science, Technology and Sustainability (CEE 179S, CEE 279S, EARTHSYS 179S)

    Invited faculty, researchers and professionals share their insights and perspectives on a broad range of environmental and sustainability issues. Students critique seminar presentations and associated readings.

    Course Code
    ESS 179S
  • Language of Film

    This course familiarizes students with various elements of film language (cinematography, editing, sound, etc.) and introduces them to a range of approaches to cinematic analysis (authorship, genre, close formal reading, socio-historical considerations). Different types of films (narrative, documentary, and experimental) will be surveyed. Classical narrative cinema will be compared with alternative modes of story-telling.

    Course Code
    FILMSTUD 4S
  • Language of Film

    This course familiarizes students with various elements of film language (cinematography, editing, sound, etc.) and introduces them to a range of approaches to cinematic analysis (authorship, genre, close formal reading, socio-historical considerations). Different types of films (narrative, documentary, and experimental) will be surveyed. Classical narrative cinema will be compared with alternative modes of story-telling.

    Course Code
    FILMSTUD 4S
  • Advanced French Conversation

    Speaking skills and functions including narration, description, supporting opinions, and hypothesizing about current events and issues in France. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisites: FRENLANG 23C or equivalent.

    Course Code
    FRENLANG 120S
  • Intermediate Conversation: French in Everyday Life

    Same content as 15. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: one year of college French or equivalent.

    Course Code
    FRENLANG 15S
  • Accelerated First-Year French, Part 1

    Completes first-year language sequence in two rather than three quarters. Recommended for students with previous knowledge of French who place into FRENLANG 1A on the placement test, or those who are familiar with another Romance language. FRENLANG 2A fulfills the University foreign language requirement. Prerequisite: Placement Test.or consent of coordinator.

    Course Code
    FRENLANG 1A
  • Accelerated First-Year French, Part 2

    Continuation of FRENLANG 1A. Completes first-year language sequence in two rather than three quarters. Recommended for students with previous knowledge of French who place into FRENLANG 1A on the placement test or who are familiar with another Romance language. Fulfills the University foreign language requirement. Prerequisite: FRENLANG 2A or Placement Test.

    Course Code
    FRENLANG 2A
    Prerequisites
    Language
  • Intensive First-Year French, Part A

    Same as FRENLANG 1. Accelerated. Written exercises, compositions, conversational practice, and daily work. Only Stanford graduate students restricted to 9 units may register for 205A,B,C.

    Course Code
    FRENLANG 5A
  • Intensive First-Year French, Part B

    Same as FRENLANG 2. Continuation of 5A. Written exercises, compositions, conversational practice, and daily work. Only Stanford graduate students restricted to 9 units may register for 205A,B,C. Prerequisite 1 or 5A.

    Course Code
    FRENLANG 5B
  • Intensive First-Year French, Part C

    Same as FRENLANG 3. Continuation of 5B. Written exercises, compositions, conversational practice, and daily work. Only Stanford graduate students restricted to 9 units may register for 205A,B,C. Fulfills the University language requirement. Prerequisite 2 or 5B.

    Course Code
    FRENLANG 5C
    Prerequisites
    Language
  • Elementary German for Seniors and Graduate Students

    Intensive. For students who need to acquire reading ability in German for the Ph.D. or for advanced research in their own field. 250 fulfills Ph.D. reading exam.

    Course Code
    GERLANG 10
  • Accelerated First-Year German, Part1

    Speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Authentic materials. Interactive approach with emphasis on developing communicative expression. Completes first-year sequence in two rather than three quarters.

    Course Code
    GERLANG 1A
  • Intermediate German

    Reading short stories, and review of German structure. Discussions in German, short compositions, videos. Prerequisite: one year of college German; or two years high school German or equivalent, or AP German.

    Course Code
    GERLANG 21S
  • Accelerated First-Year German, Part 2

    Continuation of GERLANG 1A. Completes first-year sequence in two rather than three quarters. Speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Authentic materials. Interactive approach with emphasis on developing communicative expression. For students with previous knowledge of German. Completion of 2A fulfills the Language Requirement

    Course Code
    GERLANG 2A
  • Intensive First-Year German, Part A

    Same as GERLANG 1. Accelerated. Written exercices, compositions, conversation practice, and daily work. Only Stanford students restricted to 9 units may register for 205A,B,C.

    Course Code
    GERLANG 5A
  • Intensive First-Year German, Part B

    Same as GERLANG 2. Continuation of 5A. Accelerated. Written exercices, compositions, conversation practice, and daily work. Only Stanford students restricted to 9 units may register for 205A,B,C. Prerequisite 1 or 5A.

    Course Code
    GERLANG 5B
    Prerequisites
    Language

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