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A People's History of War in America from Independence to Iraq

Exploring the lives of those who not only fought wars but those who lived through wars, this course explores the women, men, and children in U.S. history that shaped war. We delve into the experiences of women supporting families--and serving as spies. We investigate the decision of enslaved men to serve George Washington--or King George. We probe the effects of war-making...

Abnormal Child and Adolescent Psychology

Have you ever wondered how mental illness affects children and their families? Can kids "catch" autism? Can children really suffer from schizophrenia? From autism and anxiety to pediatric bipolar and schizophrenia disorders, students will learn what psychiatric disorders look like in children, how they are treated, and controversies in childhood psychiatric diagnoses....

Abnormal Psychology

Have ever wondered if your friend has an eating disorder, if your uncle is an alcoholic, or if your math teacher is depressed? Have you ever thought about why a behavior that is normal in one culture might be considered a disorder in another culture? If so, you have already thought about abnormal psychology.Abnormal psychology involves understanding the nature, causes,...

Acid/Base Chemistry: From Food to Everyday Phenomena

What makes a lemon sour, and our coffee bitter? How do giant sinkholes spontaneously appear? And how in the world did they get that red stain out of your white shirt? Throughout the day there are nearly uncountable occurrences of acid/base chemistry, with many resulting in wildly different outcomes. In this 1 week course, we will aim to grasp the core principles behind acid/base...

Adolescent Alcohol and Substance Abuse: Clinical Research and Practice

This course provides an introduction to the practice of clinical research and intervention in psychology. Using the applied example of adolescent alcohol and other substance use, students will learn how psychologists determine the significance of adolescent substance use (i.e., why should we care?), study its potential causes and effects, and then develop and test interventions....

Advertising and the End of the World: An Introduction to media studies

The purpose of this course is to learn how to read the signs and symbols we see in advertising, to understand the multiple meanings about society that they deliver, and to examine the complexities associated with race, gender, class, culture and mass media. As individuals functioning in and contributing to society, we must have basic tools and techniques at our fingertips...

Alternative Energy Engineering: An Introduction

One of the most pressing issues of modern times is how we will satisfy our future energy needs and what influence this might have on global warming. This course pursues developing intuitive insights into the benefits and limitations of various approaches to energy generation, and how to differentiate between hype, scientific analysis, and political interference. This course...

American Monstrosity, from Cthulu to The Walking Dead

What makes a monster? Is it their strange-looking body or is it the unfamiliar world they represent? In this course, we make sense of the monstrous in American culture by seeing how “the monster” serves as a social index, reflecting our society’s anxieties about the unknown, the threatening, and the unimaginable.

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear”,...

An Introduction to Egyptian Hieroglyphs

The language of the Ancient Egyptians has been a source of fascination for millennia, but how can an interested student begin to learn such an obscure subject? This course will provide an entry point to the rich field of Egyptology by looking at the Egyptian language as it is known to modern scholars. Through the use of carefully selected texts and activities designed to...

An Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism

The theories of electricity and magnetism are fundamental to our understanding of the world around us and have had incredible applications. One of the most spectacular of these applications is the world renowned Tesla coil, a high voltage circuit capable of producing mini "lightning bolts," invented by the enigmatic Nikola Tesla, Master of Lightning, in 1891. After gaining...

An Introduction to Game Theory

An Introduction to Game Theory is a three-week core course in behavioral economics. Game theory is the systematic study of strategic interactions that are present everywhere, not only in economics but in politics, sociology, law, computer science, and sports.The main goal of the course is to introduce students to the basic concepts and tools of game theory and to...

Ancient Art in the Flesh: Discovering ancient art at the RISD Museum

This course will introduce students to the art of Egypt, Greece, and Rome in the context of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum. Students will learn about ancient art, and how to apply this knowledge to museum collections; they will devise and present talks on ancient objects in the RISD galleries, and also have the opportunity to design their own exhibition.Students...

Ancient Greek Theater Production

What did the ancient Greeks do for entertainment? Today we have movies, concerts, YouTube, and countless other sources of amusement. For the ancient Greeks, theater was the main game in town. Every year, companies of citizen actors would produce original, large budget plays. The competition was fierce; the prizes: glory, gold, and undying fame.This is a performance-focused...

Ancient Warfare

This course will examine warfare in ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome. Blood, battles, and brutality have romanticized these warrior rulers -- Ramesses the Great, Darius the Great, Alexander the Great, and Caesar -- and have kept their memory alive into the modern era. To understand their fame, this course will use a cross-cultural approach to the study of war...

Applied Statistics

"For Today's Graduate, Just One Word: Statistics." Such was the title of a New York Times feature and the motivation behind this course. While the field of statistics is growing daily, the most critical aspects of the subject are accessible to high school students. This course will explain how, where, and why statistics is used to solve real world issues in every imaginable...

Art and Destruction

The history of art is often told as a story of the creation of paintings, sculptures, photographs, and buildings. But this history can also be told as a story of erasure and deletion. What is the role of destruction in the history of art?Over several weeks in 2001 the Taliban used repeated dynamite explosions to destroy the monumental Buddhas of Bamiyan, large scale...

Art as Power and Cultural Property

This course is designed specifically for English Language Learners interested in further developing their English skills in a challenging college-level academic setting. How is art relevant in today's world? Why should we care about the past? This course aims to explore the cultural...

Bacteriology: The Good, the Bad, and the Deadly

Did you know that the bubonic plague killed approximate 50% of Europe’s population in the middle ages? Did you know that the bacterium that causes leprosy lives inside of the American Armadillo? Bacteria floating miles high in the atmosphere can cause meningitis. Bacteria even contribute to obesity and heart attacks. Come learn about the amazing world of bacteria!Bacteria...

Becoming You: Human Development Across the Lifespan

What made you who you are? How do you see yourself changing in the future? Human development is brought to life in this course through the use of online simulations and engaging class discussion. You will create a "virtual self" and see how your decisions impact your simulated future self over time. You will also raise a "virtual child" from birth to...

Behavioral Economics in Medicine & Public Health

This course is designed specifically for English Language Learners interested in further developing their English skills in a challenging college-level academic setting. You have an exam in the morning, but your friends are going out tonight. Even though you want to do well on the exam,...

Behavioral Game Theory: Experiments in Strategic Interaction

Game theory is used to understand human behavior. The course will start with the study of the basic concepts of game theory and then will move on to the study of decision making by real people who are not perfectly rational. The course will help students understand how people really interact with each other in daily life, using both economic theory and experiments in economics.Standard...

Behind the Breakthroughs: Using Laboratory Organisms in Biomedical Research

Groundbreaking advancements in our understanding of human health and disease could not be accomplished without the help of some interesting creatures. In this laboratory-intensive course we will work with several model organisms as well as mammalian cells grown in culture. Students will gain practical laboratory experience in the context of published biomedical research.Medicine...

Believing in Business: Religion and Capitalism from Slavery to Silicon Valley

Recognizing that business organizations and capitalist principles shape the United States and the wider world in powerful ways, this course asks how and why this has occurred. To answer these questions, students will examine ideas, practices, people, and institutions typically understood as religious. Although we often think about religion as something that occurs primarily...

Beyond Broadway: The Life of the American Musical

This course is designed specifically for English Language Learners interested in further developing their English skills in a challenging college-level academic setting. This course offers a study of historical contexts, political contexts, and the frames in which the musicals have developed...

Biochemistry, The Magic that Keeps Us Alive

In this course, we will unveil the chemical “magic” that dictates when and how the human body behaves, in its everyday grind to keep us alive. Every biological process in our body, from the most basic function of glucose utilization to complicated pathways of drug metabolism, heavily depends on basic concepts of chemistry in order to function. Without...

Biomedical Informatics and Data Science for Biomedicine and Health Care

Modern health care relies on the ability to best interpret available data that may originate from a number of sources, including healthcare professionals, patients, and medical devices. Data science is the process of interpreting data for use within specific contexts. Biomedical informatics is the scientific discipline that is focused on transforming data for providing biomedical...

Black Lives Matter Less: How Structural Racism Affects the Health of Black Lives and Communities

Black people in the US have shorter life expectancies, live with more physical and mental illness, and have more disability than White people. This course will help students connect health inequities to systematic racism in our society and its institutions, with a particular focus on the criminal justice and law enforcement system.Using a public health lens, this...

Black Panthers, Brown Berets: Radical Social Movements of the Late-20th Century

This course examines the histories of radical social movement organizations and individuals from the Black, Latin@, Asian, and Native American communities. We will explore their greatest achievements along with their deepest pitfalls, and ponder the teachings these experiences can provide for us today. Students will heavily utilize primary sources--film, theater, paintings,...

Brain Basics: From Biology to Behavior

The study of the brain as a biological structure is very different from the study of any other organ in the body. The cells that make up the brain, neurons, share many of the same fundamental characteristics with other cells of the body (exocytosis, manufacturing of proteins, metabolism, growth). However, the functions of these cells result in products that are quite unique...

Bridging the Gap Between Math Class and the Real World

More often than not, the things we learn in math class seem to have no other use except in math class: the quadratic formula, finding domain and range, the Pythagorean Theorem... Yet these very techniques can give us a deep understanding of the world around us and even enable us to do things like create basic computer animation and predict the weather. This course will offer...

Brothers in Arms: War, States, and Human Rights

Wars have scarred our world. They shape and define the political units we live in, they affect our economic lives, from the content of our shopping cart to the price of gas, and they infiltrate into our very social networks, defining friends and foes. For some, wars claim even greater prices. For others, wars are not only beneficial, but crucial for survival. In this course...

Cancer Biology: An Evolving Puzzle

Have you ever questioned why certain types of cancer are so difficult to treat or how basic science discoveries translate into clinical practice? This course will provide an introduction to cancer biology through hands-on laboratory exercises and interactive lectures. Students will have the opportunity to develop an independent research project and learn about the daily...

Coding New Tools for Care, Inclusion and Expression

In this class we will explore opportunities for tailoring new technologies to accommodate the wide diversity of human ways of being in the world. We will explore simple strategies for enhancing human capacities for movement, perception, communication, creative expression, and resilient responses to challenging environments. This course will focus on learning to program...

Computer Modeling of the Brain

The human brain is one of the most complicated and mysterious systems on the planet. In recent decades, a huge push has been made to understand the brain through computer modeling. A large number of scientists have been involved in the development of these models not only to advance our understanding and treatments of neurological and psychiatric illnesses, but also to help...

Contemporary Moral Issues

Is abortion morally permissible? How about torture? Capital punishment? Is eating meat morally wrong? Are we morally required to help those in poverty? How do we take steps to rectify racial injustice (affirmative action, reparations, etc.)? Is pornography morally objectionable?

People have strong, conflicting beliefs about how to answer these questions. Often, these beliefs...

Contemporary Moral Issues: Bioethics and the Ethics of Technology

This class surveys a range of ethical issues ranging from classic debates on abortion and euthanasia to those arising from emerging technologies, such as Big Data. In doing so, the course also aims to sharpen students' skills at critical thinking, analysis, and argumentation. In particular, students will learn how to dissect and analyze arguments with visual maps; they will...

Creating Change Through Public Policy

How do major, transformative changes in public policy take place? Why do some big public policy reforms succeed while others fail or languish for decades? Major public policy changes often begin in the orderly world of analysis - but end in the messy world of partisan politics. To succeed, a new initiative has to coincide with a political climate and a leadership capacity...

Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction

This intensive, fiction writing program offers a blend of small workshops, group writing sessions, and presentations by practicing writers, which will inspire students to consider writing as a process and to experiment with new approaches and modes of creativity. Students will grow as a writer, hone their creative skills, and deepen their passion for the writer's craft....

Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry

This intensive, poetry writing program offers a blend of small workshops, group writing sessions, and presentations by practicing writers, which will inspire students to experiment with new approaches and modes of creativity. Students will grow as a writer, hone their creative skills, and deepen their passion for the writer's craft.

Participants explore numerous creative...

Critical Thinking About Human Behavior

This course will introduce students to methods used by psychological science to help answer common questions about the “unknown.” We will examine common ways in which human thinking leads people to believe strange things and to maintain these beliefs even in the face of contradictory information. Students will develop critical thinking skills for evaluating claims...

Culture and Psychology

How does culture influence the way we interact each other? Does Western psychology differ from Eastern psychology? What are implicit and explicit biases, and how do we recognize them? What does it mean to be in an inter-racial relationship? There are so many mundane questions that arise when we think about culture in psychology. This course will provide a comprehensive introduction...

Current Controversies in Mood Disorders

Can bipolar disorder be accurately diagnosed in children? Do certain antidepressant medications increase risk of suicide? Can alternative remedies such as fish oil stabilize mood swings? These questions address only a few of the recent controversies that surround the study of mood disorders, such as major depression and bipolar illness. Using these disorders to illustrate...

Debating Democracy: Reform and Revolution

Can social and political reform ensure that all are free to participate in a democratic society? Or is revolution sometimes needed? What is revolution, anyway? And what is reform? How has this distinction been developed in the history of democratic political thought, for example in relation to the distinction between representative and direct democracy? What is needed today?

We...

Democracy Matters

Why don’t Americans vote, and why don’t American youth know better? Voter apathy is a longstanding characteristic of U.S. democracy. With barely 60% of all eligible voters casting a ballot in the 2016 presidential election, the United States ranks near the bottom among its peers (28th out of the 35 member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.)...

Design & Disability: Change the way we view ability to build an inclusive world

Have you ever wanted build something to have a positive impact on the world? Social entrepreneurs are emerging as leaders of tomorrow, tackling real world problems through innovation and advocacy, embracing both an academic and hands-on approach. This is where the creative young minds of tomorrow come in! This class will focus on creative design and innovation through...

Digital Video Production

Digital video production is for budding movie-makers with an emphasis on experimentation in the use of the video medium. The primary goal of the course is to serve as a foundation for further exploration in digital video artwork and storytelling. Students will write, direct, act, shoot, and edit short videos, with beginning and intermediate instruction. We will cover the...

Diplomacy

The art of negotiation has never been more important than it is today. From the classroom to the boardroom, inter-personal skills and a clear conception of the give-and-take of personalities and tactical planning are vital elements of success in today’s world. This course is designed to encourage students to think critically about the history of theories of diplomacy...

Disease in America: Investigation and Response to Outbreaks

Students enrolled in this course will become disease investigators. How are diseases spread, investigated, and controlled? Who should be involved in the day to day decision making for the response? Students will look at all social and environmental factors that influence how we respond to outbreaks. The main objective is for students to understand the basics of infectious...

Drawing Intensive

Drawing Intensive introduces students of all levels to a totally immersive drawing experience on a daily basis. Each day's real art-school-based studio session offers three full hours of drawing combined with group critique, one-on-one feedback to hone technique, and the freedom to experiment. This course gives students a head start in preparing for college art classes...

Drug Discovery: Treating Human Disease Through Medicine

The main objective of this course is to introduce students to the way that diseases are treated on a physiological level and how drugs are discovered and created. Students will gain an understanding of how the pharmaceutical industry approaches drug discovery, balancing patient quality of life and treatment regimen, as well as how drugs interact with the human body to elicit...

Drugs, Alcohol & Behavior

Drugs and alcohol have been part of the human experience since prehistory. Why are drugs and alcohol so thoroughly entrenched in human society? How do different drug classes affect human behavior? Why do some people abuse drugs, while others never become addicted? Human’s use of drugs and alcohol has been documented throughout history, from the early beginnings of fermented...

Economania

Do good-looking people earn more? Are 'Emily' and 'Greg' more employable than 'Lakisha' and 'Jamal'? Can cancer affect housing prices? Does living near a fast food restaurant cause obesity? Is corruption a cultural trait? This one-week core economics course will examine selected discoveries in applied microeconomics and explain them...

Econometrics: Statistical Tools to Understand Economic Data

We are exposed to economic data and statistical analysis wherever we go: at the supermarket through prices and quantities of goods, at school through relative performance and GPAs, and in advertising through comparisons between the new iPhone 6 and a competitor’s model. Understanding the message is not an issue, but being a critical user of that information requires...

Economics of Everyday Life for Everyday Life

This class is intended as an overview of basic economics. It is an informed-citizens guide to economics of everyday life. The goal is to give the student a working knowledge of the basic economic theory and economic institutions. The class is interesting due to the fact that as students become familiar with how market works, they interact with the lessons to apply the...

Elevator Pitch for the New Media Age: Short-Form Writing and Speaking

Tweets, Facebook posts, e-mails, texts, instant messages, news alerts, ads: ours is the age of short-form communication. This course offers an introduction to different styles and genres of short-form verbal and non-verbal communication to help make you a more persuasive, concise, and creative writer and speaker. We will examine historical and current uses of the short form...

Engineering Biomedical Systems

Have you ever wondered how scientists make pacemakers or grow cartilage for joint repair? In this course, you will learn how these scientists, called biomedical engineers, develop devices and tissue-engineered technologies that often times save lives!The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to biomedical engineering analysis, specifically relating to device...

Engineering Selfcare - The Science of Cosmetics

You read that title and might have thought to yourself "Make-up is a science now?" While applying it is oftentimes an art, self-care and self-image are an essential part of the human experience, and as young adults you should understand the science and engineering that goes into the products you are using. That's right, there is a lot of engineering that goes into designing...

Engineering Your Own Smart Home: Custom Home Automation with Arduino

In what has been termed "The Second Industrial Revolution", millions of "makers" from around the world are collaborating via the internet to create amazing inventions using open source hardware and software. A major catalyst for this explosion of imagination is the Arduino platform, which includes a microcontroller and free software with which to program...

Ethics and International Affairs

This course examines the complex relationship between ethics and politics in international affairs. Starting with an overview of different perspectives on the role of ethics and morality in international relations, the course then explores the ethical dimensions of issues central to foreign policy and the study of world politics, including the use of force, human rights,...

Ethics and Law in Democracy

This course will take a deep look at some of the issues facing our democracy from the perspectives of the law, ethics, and political philosophy. Though the lens of classic and contemporary texts in moral and political philosophy, judicial opinion, and current events we will examine questions like: Should a nation sell the right to immigrate? What is the proper role of money...

Every Body is Extraordinary: An Embodied History of Circus and Street Arts

This course is designed specifically for English Language Learners interested in further developing their English skills in a challenging college-level academic setting. How can you turn your world-view upside down? Why not hang it on a trapeze?

From Greco-Roman pantomimes to Balinese...

Experimental Writing

Experimental Writing is an invitation for students to challenge what they have been taught about writing. The course asks: How radical can we get? and, What about audience--is experimental writing by definition hostile to readers, or can we experiment toward greater inclusiveness? Perhaps counter-intuitively, Experimental Writing promotes the thoughtful consideration of...

Explaining the Mysteries of Common Events: Acid/Base Chemistry

This course is designed specifically for English Language Learners interested in further developing their English skills in a challenging college-level academic setting. What makes a lemon sour, and our coffee bitter? How do giant sinkholes appear? And how did they get that red stain out...

Explore the Invertebrates of New England

Invertebrates are amazingly diverse and are by far the largest animal group on the planet. They compose approximately 97% of all animal life. Aquatic and terrestrial, they are soft or hard, with or without legs. Some swim, some walk, some fly, and some spend their lives rooted to one spot. They are unified by their lack of a spine, but they tell an interesting evolutionary...

Fluid Mechanics through Hovercraft Physics

This course introduces students to the wide world of fluid mechanics, an area that covers vast scientific fields such as aerospace engineering, bacteria locomotion, and combustion dynamics, and which is fundamental for flight, rocketry, swimming, bio-locomotion, and countless other topics in engineering. We will focus on the physics and engineering of fluids and visualize...

Flying Robots: How to build and program small UAV's using the Robot Operating System

This course will combine both hardware and software skills, teaching you not just how to build a UAV, but how to control that UAV with the robot operating system (ROS). This will lay a foundation for controlling other robots, from vacuum cleaners to humanoid robotic arms. You will learn basics in electronics, linux, ROS, and PID controllers. The course will be hands on and...

Follow the Money: Capital and Finance in American Life

The objective of this class is to bring clarity to the sometimes elusive nature of the financial system, and show its development in historical perspective. In doing so, it demonstrates that advent of an economy organized around capital was neither the inevitable product of market forces nor a preordained product of industrial development.

This approach demonstrates that...

Forensic Science - CSI Providence

What makes an expert witness an expert? What would the perfect crime look like? These are but a couple of the many questions we will explore during this course. Forensic science is an exciting field that combines scientific principles from many different science disciplines with technology and math resulting in new, sometimes surprising outcomes!This integrated course...

Freud: Psychoanalysis and its Legacies

What does it mean to know yourself? Why is love so painful? What is the source of man’s belief in God? How does history repeat itself? Why do our dreams haunt us? Is there a difference between men and women? What is an Oedipus complex, and do you have one? Sigmund Freud devoted his life to answering these questions.In this course, we will dive deep into the...

From Molecular Aging to the Bicentennial Man: Why We Age and How Science Will Change Everything

"Everyone gets old". There's no law of nature that says that aging is immutable. On the contrary. What we know now is that aging is surprisingly plastic: it can be effectively manipulated. Why we age, what drives the process of aging from a cell or molecular perspective is still relatively poorly understood. We will focus on the different molecular hypothesis...

From Newton to Nanotechnology: History and Applications of Physics

You've heard of Einstein, Marie Curie, and Newton, but who really were the men and women behind physics' most famous discoveries? What's their story? Why is their work so famous, anyway? How do we use the concepts they explored today? Together we will learn and discuss the work of some great physicists and many other famous scientists. Understanding the lives of these...

From the Solar System to the Universe: An Introduction to Astrophysics and Cosmology

The Solar System. Black holes. Galaxy clusters. Quasars. The closer we look at these and other astrophysical objects, the more mysteries we uncover. This course will provide an introduction to topics of active research in astrophysics and cosmology, traveling from our galaxy to the furthest reaches of the Universe. Along the way, we will explore objects like black holes,...

Gaining Your Creative Edge: Paper into Sculpture

This course entails a twofold approach to art and art-making. While we engage the creation of making paper and turning paper into sculpture we will also explore the historical and contemporary role of paper as sculpture. Working with handmade paper, recycled paper, paper pulp from cotton and from newspaper, students will push their creativity to the edge as they explore...

Gender, Race and Class in Medical Research and Practice

This course looks at the ways in which historic ideologies about gender, race and class have influenced the practice of medicine. Thinking sociologically about the intersections of these and the practice of medicine, we will explore how medical research has justified, for example, involuntary medical experimentation on the basis of these views, and the ways in which medical...

Genetics and Human Behavior

The completion of the Human Genome Project may be the most important scientific achievement of our lifetime, but how much can genes tell us about complex human behavior? How much does the environment impact human behavior? What kind of research techniques can be used to identify specific genes and specific environments that influence behavior?Behavioral genetics is...

Girl Power Through the Ages: An Introduction to Feminist Theory and Practice

Have you always wondered what it means to be a feminist? Then this is the course for you; A basic introduction to feminist theories and practices both historically and contemporarily. Reading and discussing seminal texts, engaging with depictions of feminists (both in popular culture and other forms), and exploring feminist activism will introduce students to the intersection...

Global Health: Inequality, Culture, and Human Well Being around the World

This course examines human health in a global perspective. Using ideas and methods from anthropology, students will explore how inequality and culture intersect to produce the world's predominant health problems. Further, students will look critically at efforts to address the global burden of disease, using multiple case studies to help them develop more politically...

Gods and Mortals: Athens, Rome, Jerusalem

Ancient texts are filled with deities, humans, and everything in between. What makes a god a god, and what makes a human a human? Where do they come from? How should they act? How do we, as humans, become more like the gods? In this course, we will look at a variety of ancient Greek, Roman, and Jewish texts to see how writers in the ancient world answered these questions....

Habitable Worlds: Possible Places for Life in the Solar System and Beyond

Does life exist anywhere else in the universe, or even in our own Solar System? If you have ever looked at the sky and wondered if habitable worlds like (or unlike) ours exist elsewhere, then this is the class for you. This week-long course explores possible habitats for life on Mars, the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn, and exoplanets (planets around other stars), including...

Hands-On Medicine: A Week in the Life of a Medical Student

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a medical student? In this course, you will learn about the fundamentals of the practice of medicine through an exciting week of immersive activities. You and your peers will explore the physiology of the human body in the classroom, and then experience an in-depth look at the anatomy of the organs themselves in the anatomy lab....

Happiness: Philosophy and Psychology

The course introduces the study of happiness by considering classic and contemporary research from the two most relevant disciplines, philosophy and psychology. Besides exposing the students to a topic of immediate human interest, the course also exposes them to two distinct modes of inquiry about it, allowing them to compare and contrast them.The course explores...

Hiding in Plain Sight: An Introduction to the Art of Cryptography

Since the ancient world, humans have been captivated with the idea of "hidden writing". From decoding the Enigma during World War II to the World Wide Web, cryptography has shaped the world as we know it today. We see a wide range of "secure" applications everyday, from one-time passwords and two-factor authentication to the encrypted hard disks and even WhatsApp messages....

History and Memory in America's Revolutions

The American Revolution is a creation story: we look to it to tell us who we are. But the American Revolution did not affect all Americans equally—it looked very different to a sailor than to a slave. What were Americans’ lived experiences during the late 18th century? What were the promises of the Revolution, and for whom were they realized? What lies...

Horror Movies: A Skeleton Key to Film Studies

Are horror movies about cheap thrills, or something more?

From its earliest days, the cinema has been compared to dreams. What, then, are we to make of its nightmares? And what can these nightmares tell us about medium of film, ourselves, and our world? In this course, we will use the genre of the horror movie as a skeleton key to unlock the field of Film Studies, as we...

How a Nation's Economy Works: An Introduction to Macroeconomics

“Our economy is the result of millions of decisions we all make every day about producing, earning, saving, investing, and spending.”
-- Dwight David Eisenhower

Students should think of this three-week core course as An Intelligent Citizen’s Guide to Macroeconomics that provides them with a better understanding of...

How Our Experiences Shape Our Brains: An Experimental Approach

Our brains are the driving force of our actions but our environment and past decisions can greatly shape our brains. In this hands-on and lab-based course we will examine the bidirectional link between brain and behavior. We will take advantage of innate and learned behaviors to experiment and ultimately attempt to understand how our past experiences can change our brains,...

How the Judicial System Works: Trials and the Law

Taught by Judge Dennis Curran, Associate Justice of the Superior Court of Massachusetts, this course is intended for those who wish to have a “behind the scenes” look at how the judicial system works - at the legal mechanics behind the dramas and the way the law functions in practice when human lives and living is at issue. The course intends to quicken the student’s...

How to Live: Ethical Perspectives from Buddhism, Islam, and Native Americans

How should we live? How should we relate to others, our world, and ourselves? Of course we have all heard many answers to these questions. In fact, it sometimes seems as if we've heard it all before. This course offers some answers that may be new to us. It will introduce us to the ethical perspectives of Buddhism, Islam, and Native Americans. By going beyond the fragments...

I Heart Startups: An Entrepreneurship Incubator

This course is designed specifically for English Language Learners interested in further developing their English skills in a challenging college-level academic setting. This course is focused on giving students a an introduction to the startup environment. We will look at the entrepreneurial...

Infectious and Epidemic Disease

Understanding how pathogens are transmitted, lead to illness, and how they can be controlled or cured is the cornerstone of medical science. We will explore a variety of pathogenic organisms by examining their life cycle, transmission from host to host, and why some pathogens result in to epidemics. Students will discover not only the treatment of epidemic disease, but also...

International Ethics for a World in Transition

This course is designed specifically for English Language Learners interested in further developing their English skills in a challenging college-level academic setting. This course examines the complex relationship between ethics and politics in international affairs. Starting with an...

International Relations: Enduring Questions and Contemporary Debates

This course is designed specifically for English Language Learners interested in further developing their English skills in a challenging college-level academic setting. Globalization is transforming the relationship between world events and U.S. politics. This course analyzes some of...

Intro to Microeconomics

This is a core course in introductory microeconomic theory, introducing students to the fundamental principles of how to think like an economist. By the end of the course, students should be able to combine abstract concepts with formal analytical tools in order to understand how consumers and producers make optimal choices, and how these choices affect real market outcomes....

Introduction to Applied Geometry

Geometry is the branch of mathematics dealing with shape and measurement. Modern challenges in data analysis, the physical sciences, and many areas of social science require geometric tools entirely distinct from the classical geometry taught in high school. More importantly, they require a sophisticated mathematical point of view, since questions like "how similar are these...

Introduction to Behavioral Finance

The main goal of the course is to provide students with a broad idea of the ways in which psychological biases and heuristics influence our financial decisions.The course will focus on the biases and heuristics that have been documented in the behavioral literature. Students will relate these biases to news and to contemporary economic events. Students will thus read...

Introduction to Biopsychology and Neuroscience

The primary objective of this course is to gain a strong knowledge foundation in the organization and function of the nervous system. Throughout the course, we will explore the various methods and theories that begin to explain both normal and abnormal human behavior. Throughout this course, we will cover a broad range of topics in biopsychology including basic neuroanatomy...

Introduction to Clinical Psychology

In this course, students will be exposed to the science and practice of Clinical Psychology. Students will learn about the clinical characteristics of many major classes of psychiatric disorders, and the scientifically validated treatments available for these conditions. This course is intended to provide information for those considering a career in clinical psychology,...

Introduction to Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3D Printing

This course is a week long introduction to the basics of the CAD package Solidworks. This CAD software will be used to help you create solutions for engineering design challenges presented in this course.Engineering has changed tremendously in the past few decades. Some of the most notable changes can be found in how computers are used by engineers to quickly develop...

Introduction to Creative Nonfiction

What kind of stories can we tell when we give up fiction? How can we write about ourselves and the world and not be dull?

By reading as writers, identifying (and experimenting with) genre, and by writing, we will explore several varieties of the creative nonfiction essay, including memoir, lyric essay, and travel writing. Readings are meant to illustrate and to inspire,...

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

The cultural and social diversity of the world around us is astounding. Anthropology is a discipline that examines different aspects of this diversity and allows one to better understand the complexity of social phenomena. This course introduces students to the most important concepts and approaches used by anthropologists in understanding socio-cultural variation. The course...

Introduction to Data Visualization

This course is a hands-on introduction to data visualization for the social sciences. Describing data sets using figures/graphs is a critical part of making sense of numeric data and communicating results. In this course, we will examine best practices for producing clear and informative graphics that do not misinform readers. We will consider how to translate an interesting...

Introduction to Engineering and Design

Are you considering a career in engineering? Are you fascinated by what engineers do? In this course, students will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of the engineering design process, an appreciation of the far reaching impacts of engineering, a grasp of the various fields of engineering, and a better understanding of the profile of an engineer, including the typical...

Introduction to Fiction Writing

The overarching theme is how to write stories that make a reader think and make a reader feel. We are surrounded by stories—they're like air—yet writing compelling stories is requires work, craft, technique, and a hearty dose of bravery. The objectives of this course are to give students the toolkit they need to write effective and moving fictions,...

Introduction to Film Analysis

This course is designed as a general introduction to film analysis. The main objective will be to help students develop the analytic tools necessary for understanding how meaning is constructed in narrative cinema. Using examples from classical and contemporary Hollywood cinema as well as films from around the globe, we will introduce vocabularies and techniques used in...

Introduction to Medicine: Do You Want to Be a Doctor?

So you think you want to be a doctor? This course is designed to help you answer that question by letting you see the practice of medicine in the United States firsthand, giving you a taste of what an American medical school would be like, and helping you evaluate how well your talents and preferences match those of a career in medicine. Students who take this course are...

Introduction to Music Production

"Introduction to Music Production" will provide hands-on study of recording studio techniques and aesthetics. Students will create original studio work while developing listening and technical skills for audio production. Technical topics include digital and analog audio technology, acoustics, microphone technique, signal processing and mixing using professional...

Introduction to Nanotechnology

Introduction to Nanotechnology provides a broad overview of nanotechnology, discussing the fundamental science of nanotechnology and its applications to engineering, biomedical, and environmental fields. We will discuss the interdisciplinary nature of nanotechnology and how the different basic sciences merge to create the field.The course provides a background of...

Introduction to Neuropsychology

This course will provide an introduction to the principles of neuropsychology, the study of brain-behavior relationships. The goal of this course will be to introduce the student to the role that specific brain regions and networks play in producing behavior. The course will focus on the tools neuropsychologists use to detect behavioral and cognitive deficits cause by brain...

Introduction to Philosophy: Themes and Methods

Although Philosophy has gotten something of a bad rap in recent years, the questions that drive it remain as important as ever, and an understanding of its methods becomes more vital every day. Is Philosophy really useful? How can we spot bad arguments? How do we construct good arguments? What exists? What is the grounding of Science? Are there such things as good and evil?...

Introduction to Roman Art and Archaeology

How did the Roman Empire develop from a village of huts in central Italy to an international powerhouse that dominated the Mediterranean? What clues have been left behind for us to reconstruct the lives of the Roman people, from emperors to slaves, from gladiators to soldiers? This course addresses these big questions through the lens of art and archaeology. We begin with...

Introduction to Statistical Programming in R

We will use the statistical programming language R to solve problems and analyze and graphically represent data. R is a popular programming language for statistics and data mining, and is a great first language to learn.Advances in computing power have enabled scientists to amass huge amounts of data on everything from genetics to climate science, but there is a need...

Introduction to Systems Thinking: Game Design and Learning

How do people learn, and how do games help people learn? In this workshop-based seminar, we will explore these questions by designing, reflecting upon, and critiquing our own games.Solving the complex problems of the 21st-century requires systems thinking- the “art of seeing the forest and the trees.” Yet, learning systems thinking as a decontextualized...

Introduction to the Global Business Environment

In this course, we will analyze how different configurations of key elements--the market, the participants, the institutions, and the external factors--constitute the global business environment. It is an environment in which each participant wants to optimize a measure of welfare: for example, firms make production and pricing decisions in order to maximize profits (or...

Introduction to U.S. Law and The Way Lawyers Think

The law touches nearly all aspects of our lives, and a certain amount of basic legal knowledge is necessary to identify important legal issues that arise in daily life and in various industries. The way that lawyers think and analyze serves as a valuable foundation for individuals in many fields. Learn at an introductory level, from an attorney, about: the legal system...

It's a Material World and I am a (Cultural) Material Girl: Thinking with Things

This course is designed specifically for English Language Learners interested in further developing their English skills in a challenging college-level academic setting. What's with all this stuff?! Computers, phones, clothes, books, toys, buildings... from the objects we use each day...

Jazz and Hip Hop

This course is an exploration of Jazz & Hip Hop music and cultures, delving into their origins, impacts and similarities through a survey of their historical development, political significance, and social influence. We will explore how hip-hop has made bridges cross-culturally among not only Black communities nationally and internationally, but also among Latino and Asian...

Laboratory Research in Biomedicine

Topics to be covered in this laboratory intensive course include the structure and function of biomolecules such as proteins, enzymes, carbohydrates, and DNA, as well as the structure and function of cellular components. In the laboratory, students will carry out several introductory and advanced experimental techniques utilizing both DNA and proteins. Experiments will include...

Learn to Program in Five Days

This course is a whirlwind introduction to programming in Python. No programming experience is expected or required. By the end of the week, you will be able to design, execute, and debug your own code.The goal of this course is to learn how to program using Python, a highly popular, easy-to-learn programming language. Though the course is fast-paced, it assumes no...

Learning and Memory: From Brain to Behavior

The facts we learn as humans across our lifetime and our memories of personal experiences make each one of us unique. Consider, however, how a person’s sense of self would be affected if he or she were unable to form new memories. At a more basic level, how could animals survive if they were unable to learn from their experiences? This course will offer students the...

Learning New Physics Using Your Smartphone

This course is designed specifically for English Language Learners interested in further developing their English skills in a challenging college-level academic setting. This course will provide an overview of Newtonian Mechanics. We will be studying one and two dimensional motion, forces,...

Literature, Culture, and American Identities

This course is designed to expose students to the diversity of contemporary American literature while developing interpretative skills for the close reading and written analysis of texts. By the end of this course, students will be familiar with major concepts in literary and cultural studies such as globalization, democracy, diaspora, genre, and representation. Through...

Live like it's 3000 BC: Introduction to Experimental Archaeology

Have you ever wondered how ancient people lived? How they made their tools, clothes, and food? How they wrote on clay and papyrus? Do you want to learn about ancient artifacts and recreate them? This course offers a unique opportunity to experience how archaeologists use experimental archaeology to study the relationship between people, materials, and ancient techniques,...

Logic & Paradox

Logic is a system of rules upon which human reasoning is based. It is a tool that we deploy routinely in our everyday lives. It pervades every academic discipline, from mathematics to the sciences to the humanities. To philosophers, however, logic is a deep and complex subject of study in its own right. This course is devoted in part to exploring this system of rules, which...

Lost in the Weeds: The Emerging Science and Psychology of Marijuana

Marijuana is one of the most widely used psychoactive substances and its use dates back thousands of years. However, despite its popularity and long history, many scientific questions remain unanswered about the short- and long-term effects and uses of marijuana, and its links with human health and behavior. This course will cover cutting-edge biological and psychological...

Making Informed Financial Decisions in Today's World Economy

This course introduces students to concepts and tools needed to understand basic economic decision making. By examining how individuals, governments, and businesses allocate resources, students will gain an understanding of the environment in which resource decisions are made. In this course, we focus on economic analysis rather than investments. We examine some of the instruments...

Materials Engineering: A Revolution in the Making

What do you think will be the greatest, coolest invention of this century? Many of the greatest scientists and technologists believe that this will be in the field of Materials research: "of new materials that have amazing properties,” and what’s more, “are capable of changing themselves to suit their requirements.” Though we know of an amazing...

Me, Myself and My Microbiome: Meet the trillions of microbes you've unknowingly been living with

Not all microbes are bad. Our body houses trillions of microbes that help keep us healthy. Come explore this microbial world inside us; discover your unique microbial signature and how it affects everything from your immunity to your behavior!Have you ever wondered what makes you “You”? Is it just your unique DNA? Would you believe it, if you were told that there...

Media Psychology: The Psychological Basis of the Media's Power of Persuasion

What we see and hear in films, TV, advertising, music and the news, influences our thinking and behavior in ways we are often unaware. How this happens has a lot to do with the ways these media use psychology in producing the work we see and hear. Media Psychology is a new and dynamic field in psychology that studies the varied ways in which social interactions as well as...

Medical Diagnostics: Observation, Interpretation, the Art of Being a Better MD

There’s a reason medicine is referred to as an art. While science is certainly integral to the field of medicine, equally important are more qualitative abilities in observation, interpretation, navigating ambiguity and emotional complexity, and facing the unknown. This highly experiential course will explore how such skills are essential to good doctoring, and can make...

Modeling Living Systems: The Principles of Life

Why can some cancer types elude treatments? How come we still haven't found a vaccine for HIV? Why do antibiotics sometimes work and sometimes don't? Adaptation, while providing quite a general answer to these questions, is not at all illustrative. This one simple principle governs many very different phenomena that we encounter in everyday life. The key to understanding...

Molecular Biology and Biochemistry: From DNA to Enzymes

Molecular biology and biochemistry are two closely related fields where the properties of key biological molecules, such as proteins and DNA, and how they interact with each other in living organisms are studied. Research in these areas has become so successful at explaining living processes that it is used in almost all areas of the life sciences from medicine to the study...

Moral Medicine: Questions in Bioethics at the Cutting Edge

Medical science has brought enormous advantages in the 21st century: extending human life and reducing suffering. However, there are also major ethical and practical concerns arising with scientific progress. How do we frame, re-frame, and decide these controversial issues as ethicists, doctors, individuals, and as a society?In this course, students will develop an...

Moral Psychology

In everyday life, whether they may be trivial or significant, people often encounter situations that fall under the purview of morality. Sometimes people are tempted to commit a norm violation, such as telling a lie to obtain immediate rewards or avoid undesirable outcomes. Other times, people become a victim of or witness someone else's bad behaviors. Under such...

Narratives of Revolution and (post)Colonialism: Race, Gender, and Human Rights

The objective of this course is to have students develop their critical-thinking skills orally and in written form and to engage with questions of race, gender, and human rights through readings and screenings of postcolonial narratives. Students will partake in discussions of colonialism in Africa, and engage with a diverse canonical corpus comprised of film, theory, and...

Neuroeconomics: The science of decision making

What happens in your brain when you decide to buy a lottery ticket or go on a date with someone? What about when you spend hundreds of dollars on an expensive gadget that you stop using after a few months, or when you decide to say something that you should have known would be embarrassing? Are economic decisions and decisions in general the result of a messy fight between...

Neuroscience in Health and Disease

Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, and networks of nerve cells, or neurons, that travel throughout the body. Although the field of neuroscience is relatively new, being recognized only in recent decades as a formal discipline, it is growing and expanding at a very rapid rate. The rapid growth of neuroscience and the pace of...

Number Theory: An Introduction to Higher Mathematics

"Mathematics is the queen of the sciences and number theory is the queen of mathematics." Carl Friedrich Gauss

Number theory, the study of the integers, is a vibrant area of mathematical research that many students do not have the opportunity to study in high school. The objectives for this course are to expose students to this beautiful theory, to understand...

Organic and Biochemistry: Key Pathways to Success for the Pre-Med Student

Organic and biochemistry are the foundation sciences for the life sciences discipline. Students hoping to have a medical career need to have a strong foundation in chemistry. The MCAT exams given to college students hoping to enter medical, dental, or veterinary schools contain a number of sections devoted to general, organic, and biochemistry.The course begins with...

Organizational Behavior

This course integrates the study of management principles and practices with the study of human behavior within organizations. The focus will be upon translation of management and organizational behavior theory to practices that result in organizational effectiveness, efficiency, and human resource development. The primary goal of this course is to prepare students for advanced...

Party Girls: Feminist Fiction Up Till Dawn, 1815 - 2015

“This is the luxury of a large party, one can get near every body and say every thing.” This provocative line from Jane Austen’s Emma begs the question: why do we throw, attend, and obsess over parties? From strategizing invite lists to picking out the perfect dress, from rehearsing banal small talk to repeating scandalous gossip, from the nervousness...

Personality Disorders Through the Lifespan: Phenomenology, Treatment, and Controversies

This course will delve into personality disorders -- what they are, how they differ from normal personality traits, how they impact the quality of life and functional impairment of sufferers, and current treatment approaches. We will also explore current controversies regarding personality disorders. Should they be diagnosed in children and adolescents? Should they be treated...

Personality: What Makes Us Who We Are?

This course will introduce students to what psychologists mean when they use the term personality. Does money make people happy? Why do some people prefer to study in a noisy coffee shop while other people prefer a quiet library? How is personality related to health outcomes such as heart disease? What motivates people? Are men from Mars and women from Venus? What does it...

Playing with Death: Games in the Ancient World

The vast majority of courses taught on ancient history and/or religion focus on the presentation of facts in a lecture style. This course will do the opposite. In focusing on the games of the ancient world, the majority of which deal with the overarching theme of the afterlife, students will learn the history and religion of these cultures in a novel way. At the conclusion...

Political Theory and the Law

How should we evaluate the laws that govern and bind society? This course will examine the moral and political value of American law through the lens of political theory. As such, students will be able to evaluate for themselves whether laws are legitimate.During the course, we will read contemporary and classic political theory in light of the history of American...

Positive Psychology: The Key to Happiness

For years, psychology has been the study of what ails the human mind. For example, why do certain individuals develop depression or abuse substances? Currently, there is a movement within psychology to study not only what ails the human mind, but what makes us happy, healthy, and content in our lives. Positive psychology is the scientific study of what goes right in our...

Presenting to the Public

Want to make amazing presentations and influence people? Learn the tips, tricks, tactics, and tools of giving effective public presentations. This course will introduce you to fundamental methods of public speaking and designing effective graphic presentations.Public presentation skills are central to success in any academic or professional career. This course will...

Probability and Its Applications

Don’t let them fool you! You hear people talking about probabilities all the time. 80% chance of rain? Well, what does that even mean? If a medical test gives the correct answer with 99% probability, does a positive test result mean you have a 99% chance of being sick? It does not. And when you hang out with your friends playing poker, wouldn’t you like to know...

Psychoactive Drugs: Brain, Body, Society

Have you ever wondered about the difference between recreational and medicinal usage of psychoactive drugs (drugs that alter mood and behavior)? Are there basic differences in the action of psychoactive drugs when they are taken for recreational versus medicinal purposes? And how does society decide how to categorize psychoactive drugs: which ones to make legal and which...

Psychology and Culture

This course is designed specifically for English Language Learners interested in further developing their English skills in a challenging college-level academic setting. How does culture influence the way we interact each other? Does Western psychology differ from Eastern psychology? What...

Psychology and Health: Emotions, Behaviors, and Disease

Have you ever wondered where the terms “cold feet” or “butterflies in your stomach” come from? Have you ever wondered why zebras and other animals don’t get ulcers? This course will answer these and other questions related to the role of psychology in the onset, course, and treatment of physical health conditions.

This course will provide an...

Psychology and the Media

In "Psychology and the Media," we will explore and evaluate the ways in which psychology and psychologists are (mis)-represented in the popular media. Films, TV clips, and websites will be used to illustrate the ways in which psychology and psychologists are portrayed in the media and to stimulate discussion about the accuracy, ethics, and implications of the media...

Psychology of Good and Evil

How do we define good and evil? Are people born that way? What about social, environmental, and cultural forces? What are your individual vulnerabilities and strengths? Let's find out in this course!

The media is filled everyday with stories of unimaginable harm and unselfish heroes. Have you ever wondered what makes people behave the way they do? What can research...

Psychology of Stress and Trauma

How do we cope with war, natural disaster, or terrorism? What about surviving experiences with abuse or torture? How are these experiences different or similar to routine life stresses like exams, moving, or getting divorced? How can you prevent or treat psychological problems that might arise after trauma? These are some of the overarching issues that will be addressed...

Putting Your Ideas Into Words

This course is designed specifically for English Language Learners interested in further developing their English skills in a challenging college-level academic setting. Do you ever wish you could express your thoughts in a clearer and more compelling manner? Do you have convincing arguments...

Quantum Mechanics and the Nature of Reality

Quantum mechanical formalism suggests that the underlying mechanics of our universe is far divorced from our perception of reality. In this course, we will examine the conceptual fundamentals of quantum mechanics and explore their metaphysical implications.Quantum mechanics posits that the behavior of particles in our universe is necessarily probabilistic, and that...

Read, Think, Write - Approaching the College Essay

This course is designed specifically for English Language Learners interested in further developing their English skills in a challenging college-level academic setting. Despite our increasing reliance on screens in our 21st-century lives, reading and writing remain crucial skills in any...

Reading and Writing Workshop I: Utopia and Dystopia

This course is designed specifically for English Language Learners interested in further developing their English skills in a challenging college-level academic setting. This intensive two-week workshop is intended for high school students who are not native speakers of English and who...

Reading and Writing Workshop II: Reflection and Reaction

This course is designed specifically for English Language Learners interested in further developing their English skills in a challenging college-level academic setting. This intensive two-week workshop is intended for high school students who are not native speakers of English and who...

Representing the 'Forever Wars': Culture and Global Debates Since 9/11

This course takes as its starting point the fact that cultural production - in the form of literature, film and art - both teaches and contests the past and present. Therefore, producers of culture are often involved in major social and political debates using various cultural media to create and challenge narratives that governments, politicians, corporations and ordinary...

Research Techniques in Biomedical Fields

Doctors work to treat diseases, but scientists work to cure them. Have you ever wondered about the work that goes on behind the scenes in Medicine? Do you want to find out what it is like to work in a laboratory and be a real "lab rat"? This laboratory intensive course is designed to expose students to basic laboratory research, current topics, and techniques in...

Resistance to Racial Equality From the Civil War to Donald Trump

After the two-term presidency of Barack Obama - the first Black man to hold that office - was the election of Donald Trump a surprise? To many people, it was. The history of race in America is often told as a linear story of progress, beginning with the emancipation of slaves during the Civil War, continuing with the expansion of civil rights in the twentieth century, and...

Robot Rover Derby

Engineers design useful or desirable objects, employing scientific principles. In Robot Rover Derby you and your teammates will design, construct, and program a useful and desirable rover that will compete with other rover teams in a ladder tournament.Your rover can navigate autonomously by on-board computer signals. The rover will start remotely by 900MHz wireless...

Scholar-Athlete: Back From the Bench: Sports Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation

Approximately 80% of high school athletes will experience a significant sport-related injury at some point in their athletic career. In this interactive course we will explore the relationship between injury, injury prevention and improving sports performance. This course offers clarity on what really matters in prevention, rehabilitation, and return to sport to enjoy a...

Scholar-Athlete: Introduction to Sport Psychology

The psychology of sport is the study of the interaction between psychological variables and performance in athletic and physical activities. The overall objective of this course is to introduce students to psychological theory and practical skills that influence sport performances. Students will be encouraged to incorporate the personal significance of the course content...

Scholar-Athlete: Sport Physiology

As soon as you body is in motion your Autonomic Nervous System takes charge. Blood is shunted to Muscles for Oxygen delivery. Muscles use the Oxygen to make energy. Blood is diverted to skin to ward off excess heat and stabilize temperature. Respiration increases to expire excess Carbon Dioxide and pH is maintained. Breathe volume increases to gain extra Oxygen. Blood...

Science of Running and Secrets of Elite Performance

If you run long enough, you will eventually find a limit. A point where you decide to stop. The reasons you stop are at the center of this course.

The Science of Running and the Secrets of Elite Performance explores how the body responds to the stress of running and the mind confronts the perception of fatigue. This course underscores how endurance training increases...

Science, Perception and Reality

Modern science throws light on many of the perennial questions of philosophy, sometimes seeming to confirm or refute old answers and sometimes suggesting new ones. Are sensory qualities, such as colors, in external things or only in our minds? Is the world governed by deterministic laws, and if so, what room is there for freedom of the will? Could space have extra dimensions?...

Seeking Truth: Fakes, Forgeries, and Fraud in Art History

How do we define authenticity? Throughout the ages, fakes and forgeries have challenged even the most discerning eye. This course explores the debates and contentious works of art that have shaped art history. Questions like, "what makes something a fake?" are often open to interpretation. Answers may change based on one's interests, culture, or place in history. In order...

Smartphone Physics

This course will provide an overview of Newtonian Mechanics. We will be studying one and two dimensional motion, forces, momentum, energy, rotational motion, periodic motion and light.

Instead of using complicated laboratory equipment, we will use an app and the sensors in a mobile phone to measure heights, angles, g-forces, position, velocity and acceleration, periodic...

So You Want to Be a Counselor?

This course provides an introduction to the profession of counseling. As such, a primary goal of this course is to introduce students to the field of counseling and the multiple training disciplines. The course will address the various fields of counseling (e.g., school counseling, marriage and family therapy, social work, clinical psychology) and the required training needed...

Social Impact of Natural and Manmade Disasters

This interdisciplinary course focuses on natural and human-initiated disasters and their impact on human life. We will explore how social dynamics such as culture, inequality and social structure influence vulnerability and shape how people face, respond, recover, or fail to recover from disasters, and examine as well how the media impacts the development of empathy or apathy...

Social Psychology

Social psychology is the intriguing study of social context and the way it influences our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Students will be encouraged to reflect on the application of social psychology research to real-world problems and to incorporate concepts explored in class to its relevance in their own lives.Social interactions have a tremendous influence...

Sports in American Society

This course analyzes sport by treating it as one of the primary institutions in our lives. Using the primary lenses of history, gender, and race we examine sports at five different levels - professional, Olympic, NCAA, scholastic, and youth - to understand how athletics have impacted, and will continue to impact, American society. One of the key tenets of this course is...

Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

There's a lot of controversy surrounding embryonic stem cells, but did you know that there are many types of stem cells in the body and that some are already being used to treat diseases? In this course, you'll learn about what stem cells are, what they do, and their importance to research and medicine. You’ll even learn how to culture mammalian cells. Discover...

Studying the Ocean From Blackboard to Drones

At 1.33 billion cubic km and covering roughly ⅔ of Earth’s total surface area, the global ocean is the largest body of water in the world. It’s mysteries have intrigued humans over the course of history, and scientists have spent decades attempting to observe and understand the wonders of the ocean. This course is designed to introduce students to the basic principles...

Taking Life to Save Life: War, Media and Humanitarianism

War. The bloody history of the 20th century is littered with them. The muddy trenches of World War II, the jungles of Vietnam and the deserts of Iraq are by now familiar images. But for those of us growing up in the 21st century, war in our time appears more chaotic and difficult to understand. Who is the enemy? Where is the enemy? Do battles have frontlines anymore, and...

Techniques in DNA-Based Biotechnology

The development of powerful tools in molecular biology has led to an explosion in our understanding of genes and the factors controlling their expression. Illuminating research, including recent Nobel Prize winning work, is beginning to reveal the significant role of RNA, a molecule long thought to be merely a "messenger."Through extensive laboratory work,...

Technology and its Effect on Business and World Economies

In 1980, three television stations provided entertainment, telephones were stuck to walls, computers took up entire rooms, and people found facts in books and consumer goods in a store. Today, smart chips no bigger than a fingernail hold more information than the computer of the 1980s, Google processes 1.2 trillion Internet searches per year worldwide, e-commerce sales topped...

Terrorism in the United States

Nearly fifteen years after 9/11, terrorism continues to be a pressing security concern and a ubiquitous topic of conversation. It shapes domestic and foreign policy on an impressive array of issues, it is frequently mentioned in political debates, and it often appears in sensational newspaper headlines. In nearly all of these instances, though, the topic of discussion is...

The *@#%* Media: Pulling Back the Curtain on Fake News

We are going to focus on how the media covers three hot button issues. Our topics include the Donald Trump campaign and Presidency, the Black Lives Matter movement, and what happens when athletes speak up on topics outside the lines of sports. Together we will get closer to the media and determine whether there is a universal truth to reporting.Everywhere we turn—from...

The Adaptable Mind - How Neural Plasticity Shapes our Brains

We all know that our lives are shaped by the experiences we have in the world, but how are these adaptations physically manifested in our brains? The answer - neural plasticity. In this course students will discover the molecular underpinnings of plasticity, which allow us to learn, remember, and adapt.Plasticity is an essential mechanism of the normal functioning...

The Body: An Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology

This course explores the structure and function of the human body at multiple levels: individual cells, their coming together to form tissues, the organization of tissues into organs, organs working together as parts of organ systems, and finally how those organ systems support one another to maintain the body. Normal structure and function are presented as a starting point,...

The Creative and Scientific Approach to Sports Training

Ever wonder...
Why you do high or low repetitions of weights?
Why there are work and rest intervals? Dynamic vs. Static warm ups?
When and what you should eat before, during and post exercise?
What exercise advice is based on myth and fact?
This course aims to demystify, understand, and create a basic solid foundation of an aerobic or strength training program.

Learn...

The Creative Process: Making Your Ideas Come Alive

The most useful skill in the world – no matter what your field of interest – is coming up with exciting ideas and then productively making them happen. This intensive two-week course will guide students to build a creative process and workflow that allows them to sidestep fear and procrastination and happily and confidently create whatever it is they love --...

The Entrepreneurial Process: Turning Ideas into Commercial Realities

Being an entrepreneur means being willing to take risks, look at things in new ways, and challenge convention with your creativity. In this course, you’ll learn how the entrepreneurial process can work, as well as the ways innovation of products and services are developed and managed. We’ll look at entrepreneurial ventures within both start-up and fully developed...

The final frontier of the electromagnetic spectrum: the Terahertz Gap

The course will introduce students to one of the most fascinating and relatively new engineering research fields, namely, Terahertz (THz) Science & Technology; or in short, the THz field.

The THz field deals with the generation, detection, and manipulation of electromagnetic waves in the THz frequency range. THz waves bridge the gap between microwaves and light-waves,...

The Great Diseases: Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes, and Infections

This course will explore the big killers of mankind. Students will gain a better understanding of the history of disease and the biological reasons diseases occur.In examining the major diseases that afflict man, we will explore cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases, like Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer’s, autoimmune diseases,...

The History of Islam in 10 Buildings

This course is designed specifically for English Language Learners interested in further developing their English skills in a challenging college-level academic setting. History has often been literally written in stone. Building types, architectural elements and stylistic tendencies of...

The Intersection of Health Care, Economics, and Policy

The US health care system is complex. There are stakeholders vying over limited funds while trying to maximize multiple outcomes including patient health. In this course, we will explore the key stakeholders in the health care system including payers (e.g., Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance), providers (e.g., physicians and hospitals), policy makers, and patients from...

The Mathematical Proof: Origins, Importance, and Construction

The Pythagorean Theorem. The area of a circle. The quadratic formula. We know how to use these things, but where did they come from? In this course, students will not only be afforded a glimpse into the origins of these and other famous and familiar mathematical ideas and formulas, but they will also be equipped with the tools to compose their own mathematical proofs.From...

The Mind, Brain, and Behavior

Psychology - the study of the mind, the brain, and behavior - is relevant to every aspect of your life! How does personality form? How does society and culture impact an individual's behavior? How are mental illnesses diagnosed and treated? These are just some of the questions we will attempt to answer in this course. This course will provide an introduction to a broad...

The Mysteries of Sleep: What Goes Bump in the Night?

We spend a third of our lives asleep—why would we do this? The meaning of sleep is one of sciences’ most enduring and lingering questions. In this class, we’ll tackle it head-on. We’ll explore what sleep does for the body, the brain, and the mind. We’ll learn how much sleep we should get, and what happens when we don’t get enough. Finally, we will learn where...

The Origin of Everything: Creation Myths Around the World

This course is designed specifically for English Language Learners interested in further developing their English skills in a challenging college-level academic setting. Even today in the midst of rapid scientific advancements, we often ask some of life's most fundamental questions: how...

The placebo effect in medicine

The placebo effect has an unbelievable power to minimize suffering for genuine medical conditions, even though the term “placebo” often has negative connotations. How is it that a completely inert substance, like a sugar pill, can make people feel better? For what types of ailments do placebos work? When effective, would it be appropriate to use placebos in standard...

The Political Economy of Cities: American and Comparative Perspectives

This course is designed specifically for English Language Learners interested in further developing their English skills in a challenging college-level academic setting. More than half of the world's population now lives in urban areas, and this proportion is expected to increase. Why...

The Power of Political Ideas

This course gives students a chance to undertake a fascinating and highly challenging process of political and intellectual exploration. In addition to well-established far right- and left-wing ideas, you will be exposed to and asked to evaluate such ideologies as Nihilism, Radical Feminism, Radical Environmentalism, and even Radical Islam.This will be an intense,...

The Psychology of Time

Have you ever wondered why time seems to fly by when you are reading a good novel, but crawl at a snail-like pace when you are waiting anxiously to de-board a plane? The experience of "time passing" is incredibly different in these two situations, and this difference plays an important role in how we understand other aspects of cognition such as attention and memory. This...

The Quantum Revolution in Technology

Nearly 100 years ago, quantum mechanics changed the face of physics forever. The orderly, deterministic rules of classical physics were turbulently turned on their head, unveiling a veritable zoo in which particles can behave like waves and waves like particles, particles can tunnel through walls, and either the position or speed of an object can be known, but both can't...

The Romans: Society, Life and Thought

This class will explore the rich and diverse cultural history of the Roman Empire through a series of themes - such as gender, law, religion, economics - and institutions - such as slavery, marriage, and military. As we are still debating many of these aspects in our own culture, it is not irrelevant to figure out how and when we inherited long-lasting attitudes and ideologies....

The U.S. In World Politics

Globalization is transforming the relationship between world events and U.S. politics. This course analyzes some of the main challenges, threats, and questions facing the United States in the first decades of the twenty-first century. In addition to introducing students to core theoretical perspectives, concepts, and debates in the study of International Relations and American...

Themes from Existentialism

By far the most popular philosophy course at Brown, this course on existentialist philosophy (taught by the current chair of the philosophy department) provides a unique introduction to philosophical thinking, by applying the methods of philosophical analysis and argumentation to questions and issues confronting all human beings: What is the meaning of a life with the distinctive...

Think about it! An Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience

Have you ever thought about how your brain works? Do you want to know how people think? Using state of the art technology, we will study the inner workings of the brain while seeing firsthand the power of these incredible organs. “Think about It” is a one week intensive pre-college course that introduces students to cognitive neuroscience. The central goals of this...

Tiny Solutions for Big Problems: Introduction to Environmental Nanotechnology

There are no shortage of environmental problems facing the world today. Whether it be toxic metals in water supplies, too much carbon dioxide (CO2) production, or even just how society talks about environmental problems in general. How can we possibly begin to solve such big problems? Nanotechnology offers "nano"-sized solutions that can make a huge difference. This course...

Trends in Modern Art

This course will look at the major art movements from the 1880s to the present. We will focus on the dominant trends in art making as well as some of the critical theory that surrounds it.From the Impressionist paintings of Claude Monet, the Cubist work of Pablo Picasso, and the Pop art of Andy Warhol, this course will examine what it means for a work of art to be...

Tropical Marine Biology

Tropical marine environments are as fascinating biologically as they are thrilling to see in person — colorful coral reefs, dense mangrove forests, seagrass beds with manatees, open ocean large pelagics. In lectures, activities and field trips, we will dive into the diversity of nature in the tropical oceans and understand how these ecosystems develop, evolve, and persist...

Unpacking Race in the U.S.: Theory, Concepts and Lived Experience

We often learn about race from "sound bites" in the media or experiences with family and friends which can be limited in scope. This course will provide an opportunity to thoughtfully analyze the social construction of race. We will take a historical look at how race is categorized and institutionalized in the U.S. and learn key concepts used to maintain racial...

Using Pharmacology To Help Us Study The Nervous System

Have you ever thought about how nerve cells in your brain talk to each other, and how psychoactive drugs can affect this process? In this class, you will learn the latest ideas concerning how nerves use chemicals and electricity to communicate with each other, and how drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, LSD, caffeine, and nicotine can alter brain communication.Pharmacology...

Viruses: Ancient Machines in a Modern World

Have you ever had a really bad cold? Maybe the flu? Do you know a polio survivor? Someone with AIDS?

Do you ever wonder exactly how these illnesses occur? It turns out we are merely guests in a fascinating microscopic world. Among the bacteria, parasites, prions, and other microbes are tiny, lifeless, parasitic beings that have been on earth long before we ever were: we...

What are Prisons for? Rethinking Social Norms and Deviance

Why do prisons exist? As recently as the 1970s, respected criminologists predicted the demise of the prison. Yet in the last few decades, the United States has been home to the largest expansion of prisons in modern history. Far from remaining institutions “out there,” prisons affect everyday lives in complex ways. Things we buy are made by prisoners. City and state...

When Disaster Strikes

This course is designed specifically for English Language Learners interested in further developing their English skills in a challenging college-level academic setting. Hurricane Katrina. The Indian Ocean Tsunami. The Lisbon Earthquake. The Black Plague. What are disasters, why do they...

Who Are You To Judge? Modernist Fiction and Judgment

Who is allowed to judge? Who is capable of it? Can the individual who judges separate herself from the judged? And by what law, category, and ethical right does judgement take place? This course will examine in what ways judgement, both juridical and social, becomes a problem in the twentieth century. By looking at questions of race, class, ethics, and philosophy, we will...

World Literature

World Literature introduces literary works from four different countries, written in the second half of the 20th century: a Czech novel by Bohumil Hrabal, stories by Argentine master Jorge Luis Borges, a novel by German Nobel Laureate Heinrich Boll, and Little Red Riding Hood versions by British novelist Angela Carter. Through close reading and discussion, you will gain...

Writing Flash Fiction

Flash fiction is a story boiled down to its essence, one that hinges on a single word, a phrase or a fragment. In this class will learn by doing. We will write every evening and workshop in every class. We will read the work of a variety of modern authors, learning from those who have come before us. This is a class for exploring and pushing language, it is for students...

Writing for Performance/Designing Creative Inquiry

Humans not only communicate through stories, we build our lives around them. We inherit stories, invent them through both necessity and imagination; we justify wars based on stories, we create borders based on stories, we make stories out of love and family and fear and longing and joy. The ability to focus on a story, to follow a line of curiosity, or inquiry, has powerful...

Writing from the Margins: Ethnic Literature and the American Dream

This course aims to highlight the importance of ethnic literature to the American literary canon. We will do so by investigating what ethnic writers and texts have to say about the shared ideals—such as freedom, democracy, and equality—that constitute the “American dream.” The course seeks to demonstrate that ethnic literature provides...

Writing Seminar: Composing the Academic Essay

Based on Brown’s well-regarded Academic Essay course, in this class you will learn how to organize and craft a well-researched academic essay that explores a topic of your choice on an issue that matters to you. You will develop an idea, expand and support it with evidence, articulate it by means of a carefully-structured argument, and conclude it with implications...

Writing Seminar: Putting Yourself into Words

This week-long workshop will explore the balance between self-expression and effective communication essential to writing powerful personal narratives, college admissions essays, and creative reflections. As you write and receive feedback daily, you’ll learn not only about purpose, revision, and style, but also about writing as a means of exploring, learning, figuring...

Writing Seminar: Writing the Expository Essay

This course is designed to teach you how to introduce your voice into an academic conversation. You will learn how to closely read primary texts, summarize arguments, evaluate and respond to critical sources, incorporate evidence and cite references, and employ a variety of rhetorical tools and strategies that will strengthen your position.Students will study and...

Writing Speculative Fiction

In this class we will write. A lot. We will write every day. And by doing so, we will develop as story tellers. We will look at work from the early days of the genre to work written last week. We will look at these stories not only out of a love for sci-fi, but also out of an interest in language. We will see how the great stories were crafted and use that knowledge to inform...

Writing the College Admissions Essay

The main objective of this course is to teach high-school students how to write a personal statement for their college applications.Wondering how you're going to describe yourself in 500 words? Talk about your dreams without using cliches? Don't you want to set yourself apart from the rest of the college-bound hopefuls? In this week-long seminar, students...