Intensive Studies

Intensive Studies allow students to focus on a particular academic interest, kind of coursework, or intellectual pursuits.

Stanford Summer Intensive Studies offers students the opportunity to use Summer Quarter to join a cohort of students and faculty and engage deeply within one of eight areas of study. These courses are a part of the regular Summer Quarter curriculum and are open to all students who have completed any stated prerequisites. For many of the areas of study, academic work is enhanced by a speaker series featuring leading scholars in their field. All students who successfully complete a Summer Intensive will receive a Certificate of Completion.  The certificate will be mailed in October.

Scientific Foundations Intensives

Global Perspectives Intensives

Computer Science

General Chemistry

Organic Chemistry

Human Rights

International Management

Service Learning

Technology & Innovation

Environmental & Water Studies

 

How Do I Apply?

After completing the High School Summer College application and being admitted, students will be given the opportunity to sign up for an Intensive Study of their choice. Specific instructions regarding the registration form will be emailed to admitted students prior to registering for courses. Students are allowed to sign up for and complete more than one Intensive. Classes can fill early and space is not guaranteed. Confirmed students interested in participating in an Intensive Study can register for courses in Axess beginning Sunday, April 9, 2017.

Scientific Foundations

Computer Science

The Summer Intensive in Computer Science offers courses designed for students with moderate to advanced programming experience. Students who complete this intensive will enhance their knowledge of software engineering and development, and gain a fuller appreciation of new trends in information technology.

In order to receive a Certificate of Completion in Computer Science, students must fill out the Intensive Studies registration form and complete two of the following courses with a letter grade of B or above.

General Chemistry

Students who are not ready to take Organic Chemistry should enroll in General Chemistry. The eight-week Summer Intensive in General Chemistry is equivalent to one year of college general chemistry and is taught as two four-week segments.

In order to receive a Certificate of Completion in General Chemistry, students must fill out the Intensive Studies registration form and complete all of the following courses with a letter grade of B or above.

Organic Chemistry

The nine-week Summer Intensive in Organic Chemistry will fulfill the one-year college organic chemistry requirement with lab for most medical schools. The program consists of three, three-week segments during which students enroll in both a lecture and a lab course.

In order to receive a Certificate of Completion in Organic Chemistry, students must fill out the Intensive Studies registration form and complete all of the following courses with a letter grade of B or above.

Global Perspectives

Human Rights

The Summer Intensive in Human Rights will continue the discussion of international human rights in the 21st century, considering broad perspectives on what constitutes human rights in an increasingly diverse and global society. In addition to selecting from the courses listed below, students will have the opportunity to attend one or more evening events, including public lectures and film viewings–all offered as part of the Summer Human Rights Program.

In order to receive a Certificate of Completion in Human Rights, students must fill out the Intensive Studies registration form, complete two of the following courses with a letter grade of B or above, and attend and sign in at one Human Rights Speaker Event (Many Questions, Few Answers: Reflections on the Intersections between Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid Work on July 25th or Just Water on August 2nd)

International Management

The Summer Intensive in International Management will consider aspects of business development such as economics, decision-making, and money and banking. Students will be encouraged to think about industry in a global context.

In order to receive a Certificate of Completion in International Management, students must fill out the Intensive Studies registration form, complete two of the following courses with a letter grade of B or above, and attend and sign in at one International Management Speaker Event (TBD).

Service Learning

The Summer Intensive in Service Learning will examine societal issues that are relevant to our world today. The academic courses in this intensive are theoretical; however, students will have the opportunity to participate in community service as a part of this intensive.

In order to receive a Certificate of Completion in Service Learning, students must fill out the Intensive Studies registration form, complete two of the following courses with a letter grade of B or above and participate in Day of Service on July 8th or August 5th.

  • POLISCI 133Z: Ethics and Politics of Public Service (4 units)

  • One Course from Human Rights Intensive List

Seats in the Service Learning Intensive are limited and are first-come, first-serve. To register for POLISCI 133Z, you must have indicated your intent to complete this intensive on your application Acceptance Checklist or on the Intensive Studies Registration Form. You will be notified via email if you have a spot in the class with directions on how to enroll in the course. While you are waiting to hear back from us, we encourage you to register for another course.

Technology and Innovation

The Summer Intensive in Technology & Innovation provides students with an opportunity to immerse themselves in the exploration of technological advances and cutting edge innovation. Students will build on their interest by taking courses in technology entrepreneurship, management science, and information technology.

In order to receive a Certificate of Completion in Technology and Innovation, students must fill out the Intensive Studies registration form, complete two of the following courses with a letter grade of B or above, and attend and sign in at one Technology & Innovation Speaker Event (TBD).

Environmental & Water Studies

Extraordinary leadership and expertise are needed to address the world’s critical environmental conditions–now and in the future. The Stanford Environmental & Water Studies Summer Program (SEWSS) is an expansive eight-week experience that exposes students and professionals to the cutting-edge knowledge and shifting paradigms in environmental science and engineering. The Summer curriculum comprises both introductory and advanced courses that challenge critical thinking and encourage interactive discussion to explore complex water and environmental problems, technologies, processes, and solutions. For further information, visit the Stanford Environmental & Water Studies Summer Program website. Successful completion of the Water Management Intensive will lead to a SEWSS Program Certificate.

In order to receive a SEWSS Program Certificate, students must fill out the SEWSS registration form, complete three of the following courses with a letter grade of C- or above, and are encouraged to attend the Water Management Speaker event (TBD). Additional information about the SEWSS Program Certificate is available at the Stanford Environmental & Water Studies Summer Program website.