COVID-19 Information: Brown University continues to closely monitor and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic locally, nationally and around the world. After careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all residential on-campus and off-campus Pre-College Programs for Summer 2020. We will continue to offer online courses. Please visit the Pre-College COVID-19 web page for additional information.

Course Catalog: Summer 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related cancellation of all residential on-campus and off-campus Pre-College Programs for Summer 2020, only online courses are being offered and only in the following programs: Summer@Brown Online, Summer@Brown for English Language Learners, and Pre-Baccalaureate.
Most of Brown’s online courses are asynchronous, allowing students to access the course at any time. Some courses will also have synchronous meeting times. Synchronous sessions will also be recorded so students who are unable to meet at a scheduled time can view the meeting.

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Beyond the Book: Text, Image, and Experiments in the In-between

Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction

Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry

Experimental Writing

Experimental Writing (New Online)

Introduction to Creative Nonfiction

Introduction to Creative Nonfiction (New Online)

Introduction to Fiction Writing

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

Reading, Writing, Traveling: An Exploration in Creative Nonfiction

ReWrite Mississippi: Narratives of Harmony and Hate

Writing Flash Fiction

Writing Flash Fiction (New Online)

Writing for College Admissions (New Online)

Writing for College and Beyond

Writing Seminar I: Presenting Yourself in Words

Writing Seminar II: Writing About Media

Writing Seminar III: Composing the Academic Essay

Writing Speculative Fiction

Writing Speculative Fiction (New Online)

Humanities Seminar: Disruptive Thinkers, Ideological Conflict, and Social Revolution

Humanities Seminar: Mythology

Documentary Production and Practice

Arguing About Arguing and Thinking About Thinking

Planet Hip Hop: Learning about current politics and social challenges through Hip Hop (and more)

This course looks to interpret some of the increasing complexity of today’s world through the eyes of hip hop artists (especially graffiti writers and rappers) and hip-hop culture, using mainstream news outlets and academic scholarship to provide added or alternative insights. This is a course about hip hop culture and artistry. But it is more than that: It uses hip hop to explore contemporary societies and politics, and how they are interpreted by hip hop artists (who are usually members of a subaltern group of grassroots, engaged, often minority and excluded, agents of social change), and two mainstream sources of opinion-making and knowledge production: media (mainly newspaper) outlets, and academia.

In this survey of contemporary societies and politics, we will study how hip-hop artists and activists, as well as academics and the media, have looked at relevant topics central to studies in the social and political sciences: class, race, ethnic and gender inequality; peace, war and international conflict; the global mobility and trafficking of people (migration) and “goods” (opioids) and its effect for local communities; climate and environmental change; or nationalist and populist politics worldwide, from Brazil to the United States and Europe.

If you want to gain a deeper understanding of the complex world of today and address foundational topics in the social and political sciences through a range of perspectives (academic, artistic, grassroots, media), in a creative way and using sources as varied as newspapers, scholarly texts, and hip-hop lyrics, then this is the course for you.

Altogether, hip hop artists have produced an immense array of material on foundational social and political topics, national and global. [click to learn more]

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Presenting to the Public

Presenting to the Public (New Online)

Something to Offer and Something to Learn: Becoming a Better Communicator

Writing for Performance/Designing Creative Inquiry

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