SIG at Yale University: Courses

Once you have chosen your campus, it is time to select your courses and customize your SIG experience. SIG is committed to fostering the recognition of each student’s unique abilities as well as providing opportunities to explore new interests. We encourage students to choose a course schedule that includes areas of passion and strength, but also allows for the exploration of new interests. Students may take four classes in the four-period day. All campus courses are ninety minutes long and run for 15 sessions during the 3-week program, except for the Harvard program where classes are two hours each and run for 11 sessions during the 2-week program.

Tips on Choosing Courses and Making Your Schedule:

The most important thing to consider when choosing the courses is to create a schedule that helps the student develop individual passions and also pursue topics of interest. We suggest that parents with any academic questions or concerns contact the SIG office. Here are guidelines we have found helpful:

  • Choose two courses within an area of strength, such as science.
  • Try a course in a new area of interest!
  • Choose a course from the Arts or Fitness offerings.

A computer lab is provided on most campuses for access during available times. While personal computers are not required, they are recommended for many courses.

Students can change courses during the first two academic days as long as an appropriate course alternate is available. Students can drop a course at any time and have a daytime study period instead. The daytime study period is not listed in the schedule, but may be arranged on campus through the Academic Dean.

Evening Study/Tutorial Period

SIG provides a nightly Study/Tutorial period for all students. This self-directed study period allows additional time to conduct research and to work on individual and group projects.

Please Note: Not all courses run at all campuses. Students must choose alternative courses in case a selected class is at capacity or is not offered due to under-enrollment. We also encourage students to apply early to increase their chances of getting their first choice courses. Our final schedule of courses is reflective of the preferences of students enrolled at that campus. Course schedule adjustments by campus occur in April. Students may transfer to another campus without penalty as long as there is space on the alternate campus.

Session I June 29 - July 19
Session II July 21 - August 10

Session I

Humanities
M41Period - 2 & 4The Writer's Word PalettePeriod 2 Full

Build a vibrant vocabulary and learn the secrets to deciphering new words. Explore the fascinating and often humorous world of word and phrase origins. Increase your verbal reasoning skills. At the same time, gain experience and practice writing effectively and creatively by analyzing and editing your own work. Learn how to create a masterpiece of characterization and setting. Discussions about style, the structure of fictional pieces, and reader involvement will help you understand the functions of writing as communication of knowledge as well as of creative expression.

M42Period - 4Immortality: Myths, Legends and the SupernaturalFull

Literature is replete with the search for the key to immortality. What drives the human fascination with never-ending life? Evaluate humankind's need for eternal life in literature, from vampire tales to the Greek Gods. Investigate historical quests for immortality, including the search for the Fountain of Youth and the alchemist's dream of the Philosopher's Stone. Create your own story of the quest for immortality.

M43Period - 3New!Digital Age Dilemmas

The digital age has created a wealth of opportunities, but also a wealth of potential problems and risks. Security cameras have great benefits- consider how security footage, as well as countless cell phone contributions, led to the identification of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers. But not everyone is on board with this kind of pervasive scrutiny. Debate the issues of privacy versus security with regards to the electronic frontier. Learn about internet regulation and fourth amendment law and apply these concepts to your daily lives. If you've ever been curious about the science and ethics of surveillance and monitoring, this is the course for you!

M44Period - 4New!Local Litigation across Global LandsFull

Laws and court procedures can vary greatly in different countries. In this class, mock courtroom drama will unfold as you become the players in a series of exciting simulated trials that depict the way our legal system functions. The structure of our court system, the functions of judge and jury, basic trial procedures and the strategies that attorneys use to win cases will be explored. You will then compare and contrast the courtroom procedures to several other countries. Journey around the world and study jurisprudence from varying perspectives: prosecution, defense, judge and jury.

Math, Science & Technology
M45Period - 3Engineering in ActionFull

Ever wonder how chemical, mechanical, electrical, aeronautical, and civil engineers solve real world problems? Come learn basic engineering principles surrounding stability of structures, buoyancy, heat phenomena, and electricity. Perhaps you will use your interest in scientific and mathematical principles to design towns, factories, airplanes, toys, and other products that will enhance your life in the future, or maybe you will pursue one of the many great career opportunities in engineering!

M46Period - 4Medical MicrobiologyFull

The human body could be considered one of the last frontiers. This course is an introduction to human biology and the science of medicine that surrounds it. Medical Microbiology is the branch of both medicine and microbiology which deals with the study of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites, all of which are capable of causing diseases in humans. You'll examine the essential biochemical reactions that occur within the human body. Then, delve into the imbalances and resulting diseases that inevitably occur, as well as their treatments. Come see if you think trailblazing this fascinating frontier is for you! Materials fee: $25.

M47Period - 2New!Mathematical Masterpieces: Fermi and The Golden RatioFull

Discover some of the mysterious concepts of math, such as the golden ratio and Fermi questions. Examine works of architecture to find the “divine proportions” within the structures. Dissect the paintings of Leonardo da Vinci to reveal their mathematical mysteries. Construct golden spirals and find their counterparts in nature and the universe. How many piano tuners are there in New York City? How does one even approach this question? What does the answer to this question depend upon? Fermi Questions, named after the famed mathematician Enrico Fermi, require the student to take multiple directions when solving a problem. Engage in algorithmic and intuitive approaches to solve the most daunting problems that do not have single solutions: collaboration and worldly wisdom are used in conjunction with mathematical and scientific knowledge to arrive at solutions. Look beyond algebra and geometry, and study some of the ways math intersects with Art and Science!

M48Period - 1Buy! Sell! Trade! Brush Up on Business Math!Full

Living in a global economy, it is important to understand the ins and outs of making solid financial business decisions. In this course, you will analyze trends in the market, how to make smart decisions with money and investments, and how to market a new business. Gain the mathematical savvy needed to understand simple and compound interest rates, consumer and business credit, and the practical application of applied computational skills.

M49Period - 2Technology: Complex Problems, Simple SolutionsFull

Our world faces many challenges today such as climate change, shortages of energy, water, and food, widespread poverty, diseases and inadequate health systems. In developing countries, low-tech solutions can be created that use local knowledge and resources in conjunction with sophisticated technology from developed countries. Solar powered appliances provide electricity; treadle pumps bring water up from desert areas; sugar cane charcoal provides energy in Haiti and wheat and rice straw make a fuel in India that minimizes air pollution and supports the local economy. A $10 kit of plastic baby bottles with washers and a filter can be used to test water compared to the high tech test kit priced at $800-$1200. Even rats provide a low-tech solution to countries with a landmine problem. These ideas are just a few of the solutions that international problem solving has generated for people facing challenging situations. Join in the spirit of innovation, ingenuity and cooperation. Test your ability to solve a global or local challenge that intrigues you by using your newly gained knowledge of appropriate technology and engineering.

Multi-Disciplinary
M50Period - 2Roots of Human Behavior

What are the theories behind why we act as we do? Study the psychology of human behavior to help you understand more about yourself. This course will survey past and current theories in human development, mental health, and social relationships. You'll examine the roots of personality and behavior as seen through the theories of Freud, Skinner, Maslow, and Erickson. You'll have a chance to evaluate the validity of the theories in the light of your own life experiences.

M51Period - 1Facts, Stats, and Studies: The Methods of Research

Children laugh over 300 times a day, while adults laugh on average only 15 times a day. Annually, the amount of garbage that is dumped in the world's oceans is three times the weight of the fish caught from the oceans. 45% of Americans don't know that the sun is a star. Have you ever wondered where statistics like these interesting facts originate? Statistics help determine causality and provide tools for prediction of future trends and events. In this introductory course you will learn the basics of research design and statistical collection techniques, as well as data analysis and presentation. You will explore statistical phenomena, become informed about the misuses of statistics, and conduct your own mini statistical research project!

M52Period - 3New!Videogame Theory and Analysis

Popular video games are more than just amusing pastimes; they have educational, cultural, and social implications as well. This course will examine the various functions of video games through the expanding interdisciplinary field of videogame theory and analysis. This course will focus on the theories and major debates about video games, as well as an understanding of the role of video games in society today. Investigate semiotics and the role of semiotic systems in video games. Trace the history of video games and the gaming culture, and postulate about the future of video games in our society.

M53Period - 1Theories of Time Travel: Spacetime Physics and WormholesFull

If we could unify quantum gravity, quantum mechanics, and general relativity into one theory, physicists argue that time travel would be possible. Journey with us through a study of black holes, negative energy, and cosmic strings as we research current theories of time travel. Study the experiments of physicists around the world and what they have revealed about paradoxes and mutable timelines. Create your own theory of time travel based on your research.

M54Period - 1New!The Future of Foods: Chew the Right ThingCancelled

The need for food is a need that you share with every other person in the world. How will the food demands of future generations be met? What solutions are needed to deal with concerns about genetically engineered foods or whether the world's farmers will be able to supply the increasing demand for food? What are the implications if huge multi-national corporations seek to control the world's food system? What roles will organics, the eat local movement and nutrition play in your personal future? Create a new product or process that addresses one of these pressing concerns.

M55Period - 3International Relations: Ordering a New WorldFull

Want to make a difference in the world? Then first you should understand the relationships among countries and states, governmental and non-governmental agencies, and multinational corporations. Today's changes in world politics, economics and ecological concerns for the planet are creating the need for our nation-based policies to become global in scope. Perhaps you'll want to examine such topics as the role of personalities in global decision-making processes or analyze how science and technology impact global health, business, environment, technology, and development. Finally, use your new-found knowledge to create a new or improved policy related to such issues as ecological sustainability, nuclear proliferation, terrorism, global finance, organized crime, human security, or human rights. Work toward the difference you want to see!

Humanities
S56Period - 3Writing MattersFull

Do you want to move people with your words? This intensive workshop in exposure to the varied styles of contemporary authors and in developing your own writing style will challenge and motivate you. You'll gain invaluable practice in communicating your thoughts, feelings, and knowledge, vividly and expressively, through the written word.

S57Period - 4College PreparationCancelled

What you really need to know about the college application process from test taking, to the essay, to the campus visit, to the interview! Learn how to write an essay that will impress the reader with its unity and coherence. Gain valuable test-taking strategies. Create a résumé that describes the real you. Practice interview questions and behaviors that will make a lasting impression. Gain the confidence to improve your chances for acceptance into the most highly-regarded colleges.

S58Period - 3Cradles of CreativityFull

Did you know Louisa May Alcott was told she would never publish? Albert Einstein had a headmaster who said Albert had no chance of a career because he failed mathematics. Helen Keller, deaf and blind from 19 months old, graduated cum laude from Radcliffe and became active in social reform. Louis Armstrong was committed to an institution for delinquent boys where he learned to play an instrument and become a band leader. What inspired these creative people to persevere? Creativity is a hallmark of ingenuity; the world is full of truly creative people, including you. In this course you will learn from well-known entrepreneurs, innovators and inventors so you can understand what it takes to be a truly creative productive person. You will explore multiple theories and models of creativity. Through the use of biographies and studies of eminent people you will develop a new construct of creativity or design a new program to foster and develop creative production in self and others!

S59Period - 1Word Origins for SAT SuccessFull

The etymology of words is a fascinating study in unlocking the complexities of linguistic relationships. This class will improve your vocabulary and understanding of word origins. You'll have the chance to practice taking sample tests, learn test-taking tactics, and improve your verbal confidence. You'll employ your new vocabulary as you practice writing for the current SAT writing component.

S60Period - 2New!Comparative Analysis of Major World ReligionsCancelled

Do you believe in life after death? Reincarnation? A higher power or deity? Did you know that the the majority of the world does not practice Christianity; only about 1/3 of the world's population is Christian? Or that there are more practicing Muslims than any one branch of Christianity, though Roman Catholicism is a close second. Explore other religions around the world from the common to the rare. Compare religions through a sociological lens, and also through the lens of your own faith, belief system, or spirituality. Analyze the relationships among religion, politics, culture and economics from the perspectives of different religions around the world. If you'd like to gain an increased understanding of religions and culture, this course is for you!

Math, Science & Technology
S61Period - 4New!Think Algorithmically!: Mathematics for Computer Science

Did you know that there is a great deal of math involved in computer science? Elements of discrete math that emphasize logical proofs are essential in the computer science industry. In this course, you will learn about induction, graph theory, asymptotic notation and growth of functions, discrete probability and more! Jump into algorithms and vector analysis as you study the math that is the backbone for understanding computer science.

S62Period - 3Jump Start Your SAT Math Score

Don't sweat those Math SATs; prepare for them. This class is designed to help you improve your math scores on standardized exams. Using past sample practice tests, you'll gain the confidence and skill you need to score well on standardized tests. Bring your scientific calculators. Prerequisite: Algebra I and Geometry.

S63Period - 2Cosmic Proportions: The Origin and Structure of the UniverseFull

Cosmologists research the origins and structure of our universe, which they believe began 15 billion years ago. Starting from the simplest components, the universe has self-organized to an astonishing level of complexity. One of the most important discoveries in cosmology is that the expansion rate of the universe is accelerating. In this class you will gain an understanding of the theories about the origins of the universe and investigate some of science's most difficult questions. How did our universe come to be what it is today? What is reality? Is space an entity? Why does time have a direction? Could the universe exist without space and time? Can we travel to the past? How credible is the Big Bang theory? Come research your own questions about the cosmos as well.

S64Period - 1New!Pharmacology

In classic Greek language, ‘pharmacology' translates to the study of poison, though modern Greek translates ‘pharmakon' to the word ‘drug.' Pharmacology is a biomedical science field that encompasses many different areas of study, including drug design and creation, mechanisms in the body, from the molecular level to organs and systems, toxicology, and biochemical reactions and interactions. In this course, you will study the effects of pharmaceuticals, both on a small scale, on the individual human body, and also on the grander scale of our culture and society. Investigate a pharmacological area of interest and research how the chemical reactions of certain drugs change the body's systems and behaviors- it's truly a matter of life and death!

S65Period - 3New!BiopsychologyFull

Why do you react a certain way or feel the way you do in response to external influences? The answer may be found in biopsychology, a branch of psychology that deals specifically with how the brain and neurotransmitters act upon the body, influencing what we do, say and feel. This field leans heavily on neuroscience and includes the study of the brain, the nervous system, and neurotransmitters. Anatomy, physiology and statistics are also essential in the study of biopsychology. Embark on a study of science and math to gain an understanding of the biological processes that stimulate your thoughts, behaviors and feelings. Materials fee: $25.

S66Period - 4Bioengineering: Technology for the FutureFull

Bioengineering integrates physical, chemical, or mathematical principles for the study of biology, medicine, behavior or health. From biomechanics and biomagnetics to genomics, you will take a look at the brief history of this emerging and exciting field. You will investigate a branch of bioengineering that interests you, such as medical engineering, agricultural engineering, bionics, biochemical engineering, human factors engineering or environmental engineering.

Multi-Disciplinary
S67Period - 2Deconstructing Crime in AmericaFull

Though America makes up less than 5% of the world's population, it incarcerates almost 25% of the world's criminals. If you find this statistic intriguing, this is the course for you! With average prison stays longer than other countries, and the rate of recidivism higher than international counterparts, come explore the effectiveness of America's penal system. Study the essential elements of the science of criminology, including crime theory, the nature and extent of offenses, and criminal law. Examine the representation of crime in the media, contrast white and blue collar crimes and corresponding punishments, delve into the psychology of repeat-offenders and perhaps create new promising strategies for rehabilitating criminals.

S68Period - 1New!The Macroeconomics of GlobalizationFull

Globalization - the integration of capital, technology, and information across national borders - is creating a single global market. Globalization is as old as the human race, but its magnitude is unique to this century. Macroeconomics deals with the performance, structure, behavior and decisionmaking of an economy as a whole, rather than individual markets. This course will look at the whole-market approach of our increasingly global economy. If you're curious about how the changing world economy might impact your future, here's an opportunity for you to understand globalization's impact on culture, the environment, politics, business, and standards of living around the world.

S69Period - 4Crime Scene InvestigationFull

Learn fingerprinting, hair analysis, handwriting analysis, and the importance of chain of custody when solving a crime. This introduction to forensic science will cover evidence collection guidelines, photography, profiling, and career training. Crime scene investigators draw upon their knowledge of chemistry, biology, physics, entomology, botany, and computer science to solve their mysteries. Investigate whether this could be a career for you. Create a mystery for your peers to solve. Materials fee: $25.

S70Period - 1 & 2The Brain and DreamingFull

Examine dreaming from physiological, psychological, and spiritual perspectives. Compare gender differences in dreams. Debate links between dreams and ontology. Gain a greater understanding of dream incorporation, lucid dreaming, and dreams of absent-minded transgression. Examine historical perspectives of dreams and their importance. Study the work of artist Salvador Dali and others who depict dreams in their art. Keep a dream journal with interpretations based on both Jungian and Freudian point of view. Analyze the importance of dream interpretation in our present society.

Visual & Performing Arts
A71Period - 1Digital Photography Full

Digital photography has changed the world of image recording. Learn how to enhance your own photographs to express yourself through a captured moment. If you like computers and cameras, this course is for you. You must bring your own digital camera to participate in this class. A 1G flash drive is highly recommended as well. Ages 13-17 only and 9-14 at Bryn Mawr College.

A74Period - 4Script Writing, Page One, Re-Write!Cancelled

Have you ever watched a television show or movie and felt you could have written it better? Learn the secrets of successful screenwriting. Gain the ability to influence people through characters and plot line. Find your original voice and tap into your own emotions. Learn how to write what is meaningful to you, and marketable to producers. Create an original series that could change the essence of today's television and movies. Ages 13-17 only.

A76Period - 3Improv 101: You'll Laugh, You'll Cry, You'll Improvise!Full

This combination of dramatic and comedic improvisation will help you gain confidence in your ability to perform spontaneously, improve your storytelling skills, think on your feet, and improve your teamwork and communication skills. Focus will be given to creating a stage presence, developing scenes and projecting a character to the audience through coaching, warm-ups, games, and short scene work. Great practice for developing creativity, trust and cooperation in a fun atmosphere! Ages 13-17 only.

A78Period - 4Broadway Beckons

Sing! Dance! Act! The show will go on! Learn vocal techniques, dance and movement exercises, and character acting skills-all pertaining to a selected production. The class will present a mini-musical presentation at the end of the three weeks. Some recreation hour rehearsals may be required.

A79Period - 2New!The Art of Making a Short FilmFull

Did you know that Tim Burton got his start in short film production? Before Edward Scissorhands and Frankenweenie, Burton wrote and directed short films, such as The Island of Doctor Agor and Stalk of the Celery Monster. In fact, Burton still finds a creative outlet in directing and producing short films. A short film, whether animated or live action, is less than 40 minutes long, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Analyze the various features of short films and evaluate the entertainment value of a short compared to a feature length film. Come learn the trade of award-winning directors like Martin Scorsese and Wes Anderson and film your own SIG short film. Ages 13-17 only and 9-14 at Bryn Mawr College. Materials fee: $25.

Fitness & Recreation
R80Period - 1Fit for Life

Enjoy your life to its fullest extent by being strong, healthy, and energetic. This course will help you do that through assessing your present state of fitness, making personal goals, individualizing your fitness activity according to your abilities, interests, needs and preferences, and learning more about the roles nutrition and emotion play in an overall approach to physical health. You'll exercise what you learn in the class and leave with a holistic approach to lifelong fitness.

R81Period - 3Fencing: Footwork to FoilsCancelled

Fencing – the sport of aristocrats and a great way to connect mind and body! For novices, this class will develop basic technique, form, finesse, and balance essential for success as a fencer. Refine your skills as you are paired with others of similar ability. The foil technique will emphasize a strong defense and body attack. Foils and fencing equipment are provided.

R82Period - 4Self-Defense Sense

Self-defense strategies are important, not only in self-protection, but also in building physical and mental discipline. This class will help you present a commanding presence as you gain control and confidence through such strategies as awareness of your surroundings, wrist escapes, defense against body holds, and blocking. A healthy lifestyle is built on self-discipline, fitness and goal setting-the foundations of effective self-defense!

R83Period - 2Just Dance

Bring your sneakers and your soul! It's all about having fun and feeling healthy. You'll learn the most up-to-date dance moves while you get a great aerobic workout! Learn body rolls, arm rolls, moonwalking and more! You too can create a new dance form like ZUMBA® fitness, created in the 1990s, which pulls from the rhythms of merengue, salsa, cumbia, reggaeton, belly dance, flamenco, tango, and samba. Experience imaginative choreography and improve your stage presence.

Session II

Humanities
M41Period - 2 & 4The Writer's Word PalettePeriod 2 Cancelled

Build a vibrant vocabulary and learn the secrets to deciphering new words. Explore the fascinating and often humorous world of word and phrase origins. Increase your verbal reasoning skills. At the same time, gain experience and practice writing effectively and creatively by analyzing and editing your own work. Learn how to create a masterpiece of characterization and setting. Discussions about style, the structure of fictional pieces, and reader involvement will help you understand the functions of writing as communication of knowledge as well as of creative expression.

M42Period - 4Immortality: Myths, Legends and the SupernaturalCancelled

Literature is replete with the search for the key to immortality. What drives the human fascination with never-ending life? Evaluate humankind's need for eternal life in literature, from vampire tales to the Greek Gods. Investigate historical quests for immortality, including the search for the Fountain of Youth and the alchemist's dream of the Philosopher's Stone. Create your own story of the quest for immortality.

M43Period - 3New!Digital Age DilemmasCancelled

The digital age has created a wealth of opportunities, but also a wealth of potential problems and risks. Security cameras have great benefits- consider how security footage, as well as countless cell phone contributions, led to the identification of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers. But not everyone is on board with this kind of pervasive scrutiny. Debate the issues of privacy versus security with regards to the electronic frontier. Learn about internet regulation and fourth amendment law and apply these concepts to your daily lives. If you've ever been curious about the science and ethics of surveillance and monitoring, this is the course for you!

M44Period - 4New!Local Litigation across Global LandsCancelled

Laws and court procedures can vary greatly in different countries. In this class, mock courtroom drama will unfold as you become the players in a series of exciting simulated trials that depict the way our legal system functions. The structure of our court system, the functions of judge and jury, basic trial procedures and the strategies that attorneys use to win cases will be explored. You will then compare and contrast the courtroom procedures to several other countries. Journey around the world and study jurisprudence from varying perspectives: prosecution, defense, judge and jury.

Math, Science & Technology
M45Period - 3Engineering in ActionFull

Ever wonder how chemical, mechanical, electrical, aeronautical, and civil engineers solve real world problems? Come learn basic engineering principles surrounding stability of structures, buoyancy, heat phenomena, and electricity. Perhaps you will use your interest in scientific and mathematical principles to design towns, factories, airplanes, toys, and other products that will enhance your life in the future, or maybe you will pursue one of the many great career opportunities in engineering!

M46Period - 4Medical MicrobiologyFull

The human body could be considered one of the last frontiers. This course is an introduction to human biology and the science of medicine that surrounds it. Medical Microbiology is the branch of both medicine and microbiology which deals with the study of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites, all of which are capable of causing diseases in humans. You'll examine the essential biochemical reactions that occur within the human body. Then, delve into the imbalances and resulting diseases that inevitably occur, as well as their treatments. Come see if you think trailblazing this fascinating frontier is for you! Materials fee: $25.

M47Period - 2New!Mathematical Masterpieces: Fermi and The Golden Ratio

Discover some of the mysterious concepts of math, such as the golden ratio and Fermi questions. Examine works of architecture to find the “divine proportions” within the structures. Dissect the paintings of Leonardo da Vinci to reveal their mathematical mysteries. Construct golden spirals and find their counterparts in nature and the universe. How many piano tuners are there in New York City? How does one even approach this question? What does the answer to this question depend upon? Fermi Questions, named after the famed mathematician Enrico Fermi, require the student to take multiple directions when solving a problem. Engage in algorithmic and intuitive approaches to solve the most daunting problems that do not have single solutions: collaboration and worldly wisdom are used in conjunction with mathematical and scientific knowledge to arrive at solutions. Look beyond algebra and geometry, and study some of the ways math intersects with Art and Science!

M48Period - 1Buy! Sell! Trade! Brush Up on Business Math!Full

Living in a global economy, it is important to understand the ins and outs of making solid financial business decisions. In this course, you will analyze trends in the market, how to make smart decisions with money and investments, and how to market a new business. Gain the mathematical savvy needed to understand simple and compound interest rates, consumer and business credit, and the practical application of applied computational skills.

M49Period - 2Technology: Complex Problems, Simple Solutions

Our world faces many challenges today such as climate change, shortages of energy, water, and food, widespread poverty, diseases and inadequate health systems. In developing countries, low-tech solutions can be created that use local knowledge and resources in conjunction with sophisticated technology from developed countries. Solar powered appliances provide electricity; treadle pumps bring water up from desert areas; sugar cane charcoal provides energy in Haiti and wheat and rice straw make a fuel in India that minimizes air pollution and supports the local economy. A $10 kit of plastic baby bottles with washers and a filter can be used to test water compared to the high tech test kit priced at $800-$1200. Even rats provide a low-tech solution to countries with a landmine problem. These ideas are just a few of the solutions that international problem solving has generated for people facing challenging situations. Join in the spirit of innovation, ingenuity and cooperation. Test your ability to solve a global or local challenge that intrigues you by using your newly gained knowledge of appropriate technology and engineering.

Multi-Disciplinary
M50Period - 2Roots of Human Behavior

What are the theories behind why we act as we do? Study the psychology of human behavior to help you understand more about yourself. This course will survey past and current theories in human development, mental health, and social relationships. You'll examine the roots of personality and behavior as seen through the theories of Freud, Skinner, Maslow, and Erickson. You'll have a chance to evaluate the validity of the theories in the light of your own life experiences.

M51Period - 1Facts, Stats, and Studies: The Methods of ResearchCancelled

Children laugh over 300 times a day, while adults laugh on average only 15 times a day. Annually, the amount of garbage that is dumped in the world's oceans is three times the weight of the fish caught from the oceans. 45% of Americans don't know that the sun is a star. Have you ever wondered where statistics like these interesting facts originate? Statistics help determine causality and provide tools for prediction of future trends and events. In this introductory course you will learn the basics of research design and statistical collection techniques, as well as data analysis and presentation. You will explore statistical phenomena, become informed about the misuses of statistics, and conduct your own mini statistical research project!

M52Period - 3New!Videogame Theory and Analysis

Popular video games are more than just amusing pastimes; they have educational, cultural, and social implications as well. This course will examine the various functions of video games through the expanding interdisciplinary field of videogame theory and analysis. This course will focus on the theories and major debates about video games, as well as an understanding of the role of video games in society today. Investigate semiotics and the role of semiotic systems in video games. Trace the history of video games and the gaming culture, and postulate about the future of video games in our society.

M53Period - 1Theories of Time Travel: Spacetime Physics and Wormholes

If we could unify quantum gravity, quantum mechanics, and general relativity into one theory, physicists argue that time travel would be possible. Journey with us through a study of black holes, negative energy, and cosmic strings as we research current theories of time travel. Study the experiments of physicists around the world and what they have revealed about paradoxes and mutable timelines. Create your own theory of time travel based on your research.

M54Period - 1New!The Future of Foods: Chew the Right ThingCancelled

The need for food is a need that you share with every other person in the world. How will the food demands of future generations be met? What solutions are needed to deal with concerns about genetically engineered foods or whether the world's farmers will be able to supply the increasing demand for food? What are the implications if huge multi-national corporations seek to control the world's food system? What roles will organics, the eat local movement and nutrition play in your personal future? Create a new product or process that addresses one of these pressing concerns.

M55Period - 3International Relations: Ordering a New World

Want to make a difference in the world? Then first you should understand the relationships among countries and states, governmental and non-governmental agencies, and multinational corporations. Today's changes in world politics, economics and ecological concerns for the planet are creating the need for our nation-based policies to become global in scope. Perhaps you'll want to examine such topics as the role of personalities in global decision-making processes or analyze how science and technology impact global health, business, environment, technology, and development. Finally, use your new-found knowledge to create a new or improved policy related to such issues as ecological sustainability, nuclear proliferation, terrorism, global finance, organized crime, human security, or human rights. Work toward the difference you want to see!

Humanities
S56Period - 3Writing MattersFull

Do you want to move people with your words? This intensive workshop in exposure to the varied styles of contemporary authors and in developing your own writing style will challenge and motivate you. You'll gain invaluable practice in communicating your thoughts, feelings, and knowledge, vividly and expressively, through the written word.

S57Period - 4College PreparationFull

What you really need to know about the college application process from test taking, to the essay, to the campus visit, to the interview! Learn how to write an essay that will impress the reader with its unity and coherence. Gain valuable test-taking strategies. Create a résumé that describes the real you. Practice interview questions and behaviors that will make a lasting impression. Gain the confidence to improve your chances for acceptance into the most highly-regarded colleges.

S58Period - 3Cradles of Creativity

Did you know Louisa May Alcott was told she would never publish? Albert Einstein had a headmaster who said Albert had no chance of a career because he failed mathematics. Helen Keller, deaf and blind from 19 months old, graduated cum laude from Radcliffe and became active in social reform. Louis Armstrong was committed to an institution for delinquent boys where he learned to play an instrument and become a band leader. What inspired these creative people to persevere? Creativity is a hallmark of ingenuity; the world is full of truly creative people, including you. In this course you will learn from well-known entrepreneurs, innovators and inventors so you can understand what it takes to be a truly creative productive person. You will explore multiple theories and models of creativity. Through the use of biographies and studies of eminent people you will develop a new construct of creativity or design a new program to foster and develop creative production in self and others!

S59Period - 1Word Origins for SAT Success

The etymology of words is a fascinating study in unlocking the complexities of linguistic relationships. This class will improve your vocabulary and understanding of word origins. You'll have the chance to practice taking sample tests, learn test-taking tactics, and improve your verbal confidence. You'll employ your new vocabulary as you practice writing for the current SAT writing component.

S60Period - 2New!Comparative Analysis of Major World Religions

Do you believe in life after death? Reincarnation? A higher power or deity? Did you know that the the majority of the world does not practice Christianity; only about 1/3 of the world's population is Christian? Or that there are more practicing Muslims than any one branch of Christianity, though Roman Catholicism is a close second. Explore other religions around the world from the common to the rare. Compare religions through a sociological lens, and also through the lens of your own faith, belief system, or spirituality. Analyze the relationships among religion, politics, culture and economics from the perspectives of different religions around the world. If you'd like to gain an increased understanding of religions and culture, this course is for you!

Math, Science & Technology
S61Period - 4New!Think Algorithmically!: Mathematics for Computer ScienceCancelled

Did you know that there is a great deal of math involved in computer science? Elements of discrete math that emphasize logical proofs are essential in the computer science industry. In this course, you will learn about induction, graph theory, asymptotic notation and growth of functions, discrete probability and more! Jump into algorithms and vector analysis as you study the math that is the backbone for understanding computer science.

S62Period - 3Jump Start Your SAT Math Score

Don't sweat those Math SATs; prepare for them. This class is designed to help you improve your math scores on standardized exams. Using past sample practice tests, you'll gain the confidence and skill you need to score well on standardized tests. Bring your scientific calculators. Prerequisite: Algebra I and Geometry.

S63Period - 2Cosmic Proportions: The Origin and Structure of the Universe

Cosmologists research the origins and structure of our universe, which they believe began 15 billion years ago. Starting from the simplest components, the universe has self-organized to an astonishing level of complexity. One of the most important discoveries in cosmology is that the expansion rate of the universe is accelerating. In this class you will gain an understanding of the theories about the origins of the universe and investigate some of science's most difficult questions. How did our universe come to be what it is today? What is reality? Is space an entity? Why does time have a direction? Could the universe exist without space and time? Can we travel to the past? How credible is the Big Bang theory? Come research your own questions about the cosmos as well.

S64Period - 1New!Pharmacology

In classic Greek language, ‘pharmacology' translates to the study of poison, though modern Greek translates ‘pharmakon' to the word ‘drug.' Pharmacology is a biomedical science field that encompasses many different areas of study, including drug design and creation, mechanisms in the body, from the molecular level to organs and systems, toxicology, and biochemical reactions and interactions. In this course, you will study the effects of pharmaceuticals, both on a small scale, on the individual human body, and also on the grander scale of our culture and society. Investigate a pharmacological area of interest and research how the chemical reactions of certain drugs change the body's systems and behaviors- it's truly a matter of life and death!

S65Period - 3New!Biopsychology

Why do you react a certain way or feel the way you do in response to external influences? The answer may be found in biopsychology, a branch of psychology that deals specifically with how the brain and neurotransmitters act upon the body, influencing what we do, say and feel. This field leans heavily on neuroscience and includes the study of the brain, the nervous system, and neurotransmitters. Anatomy, physiology and statistics are also essential in the study of biopsychology. Embark on a study of science and math to gain an understanding of the biological processes that stimulate your thoughts, behaviors and feelings. Materials fee: $25.

S66Period - 4Bioengineering: Technology for the FutureFull

Bioengineering integrates physical, chemical, or mathematical principles for the study of biology, medicine, behavior or health. From biomechanics and biomagnetics to genomics, you will take a look at the brief history of this emerging and exciting field. You will investigate a branch of bioengineering that interests you, such as medical engineering, agricultural engineering, bionics, biochemical engineering, human factors engineering or environmental engineering.

Multi-Disciplinary
S67Period - 2Deconstructing Crime in America

Though America makes up less than 5% of the world's population, it incarcerates almost 25% of the world's criminals. If you find this statistic intriguing, this is the course for you! With average prison stays longer than other countries, and the rate of recidivism higher than international counterparts, come explore the effectiveness of America's penal system. Study the essential elements of the science of criminology, including crime theory, the nature and extent of offenses, and criminal law. Examine the representation of crime in the media, contrast white and blue collar crimes and corresponding punishments, delve into the psychology of repeat-offenders and perhaps create new promising strategies for rehabilitating criminals.

S68Period - 1New!The Macroeconomics of GlobalizationFull

Globalization - the integration of capital, technology, and information across national borders - is creating a single global market. Globalization is as old as the human race, but its magnitude is unique to this century. Macroeconomics deals with the performance, structure, behavior and decisionmaking of an economy as a whole, rather than individual markets. This course will look at the whole-market approach of our increasingly global economy. If you're curious about how the changing world economy might impact your future, here's an opportunity for you to understand globalization's impact on culture, the environment, politics, business, and standards of living around the world.

S69Period - 4Crime Scene InvestigationFull

Learn fingerprinting, hair analysis, handwriting analysis, and the importance of chain of custody when solving a crime. This introduction to forensic science will cover evidence collection guidelines, photography, profiling, and career training. Crime scene investigators draw upon their knowledge of chemistry, biology, physics, entomology, botany, and computer science to solve their mysteries. Investigate whether this could be a career for you. Create a mystery for your peers to solve. Materials fee: $25.

S70Period - 1 & 2The Brain and DreamingPeriod 1 Full

Examine dreaming from physiological, psychological, and spiritual perspectives. Compare gender differences in dreams. Debate links between dreams and ontology. Gain a greater understanding of dream incorporation, lucid dreaming, and dreams of absent-minded transgression. Examine historical perspectives of dreams and their importance. Study the work of artist Salvador Dali and others who depict dreams in their art. Keep a dream journal with interpretations based on both Jungian and Freudian point of view. Analyze the importance of dream interpretation in our present society.

Visual & Performing Arts
A71Period - 1Digital Photography Full

Digital photography has changed the world of image recording. Learn how to enhance your own photographs to express yourself through a captured moment. If you like computers and cameras, this course is for you. You must bring your own digital camera to participate in this class. A 1G flash drive is highly recommended as well. Ages 13-17 only and 9-14 at Bryn Mawr College.

A74Period - 4Script Writing, Page One, Re-Write!Cancelled

Have you ever watched a television show or movie and felt you could have written it better? Learn the secrets of successful screenwriting. Gain the ability to influence people through characters and plot line. Find your original voice and tap into your own emotions. Learn how to write what is meaningful to you, and marketable to producers. Create an original series that could change the essence of today's television and movies. Ages 13-17 only.

A76Period - 3Improv 101: You'll Laugh, You'll Cry, You'll Improvise!

This combination of dramatic and comedic improvisation will help you gain confidence in your ability to perform spontaneously, improve your storytelling skills, think on your feet, and improve your teamwork and communication skills. Focus will be given to creating a stage presence, developing scenes and projecting a character to the audience through coaching, warm-ups, games, and short scene work. Great practice for developing creativity, trust and cooperation in a fun atmosphere! Ages 13-17 only.

A78Period - 4Broadway Beckons

Sing! Dance! Act! The show will go on! Learn vocal techniques, dance and movement exercises, and character acting skills-all pertaining to a selected production. The class will present a mini-musical presentation at the end of the three weeks. Some recreation hour rehearsals may be required.

A79Period - 2New!The Art of Making a Short Film

Did you know that Tim Burton got his start in short film production? Before Edward Scissorhands and Frankenweenie, Burton wrote and directed short films, such as The Island of Doctor Agor and Stalk of the Celery Monster. In fact, Burton still finds a creative outlet in directing and producing short films. A short film, whether animated or live action, is less than 40 minutes long, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Analyze the various features of short films and evaluate the entertainment value of a short compared to a feature length film. Come learn the trade of award-winning directors like Martin Scorsese and Wes Anderson and film your own SIG short film. Ages 13-17 only and 9-14 at Bryn Mawr College. Materials fee: $25.

Fitness & Recreation
R80Period - 1Fit for LifeCancelled

Enjoy your life to its fullest extent by being strong, healthy, and energetic. This course will help you do that through assessing your present state of fitness, making personal goals, individualizing your fitness activity according to your abilities, interests, needs and preferences, and learning more about the roles nutrition and emotion play in an overall approach to physical health. You'll exercise what you learn in the class and leave with a holistic approach to lifelong fitness.

R81Period - 3Fencing: Footwork to Foils

Fencing – the sport of aristocrats and a great way to connect mind and body! For novices, this class will develop basic technique, form, finesse, and balance essential for success as a fencer. Refine your skills as you are paired with others of similar ability. The foil technique will emphasize a strong defense and body attack. Foils and fencing equipment are provided.

R82Period - 4Self-Defense SenseFull

Self-defense strategies are important, not only in self-protection, but also in building physical and mental discipline. This class will help you present a commanding presence as you gain control and confidence through such strategies as awareness of your surroundings, wrist escapes, defense against body holds, and blocking. A healthy lifestyle is built on self-discipline, fitness and goal setting-the foundations of effective self-defense!

R83Period - 2Just Dance

Bring your sneakers and your soul! It's all about having fun and feeling healthy. You'll learn the most up-to-date dance moves while you get a great aerobic workout! Learn body rolls, arm rolls, moonwalking and more! You too can create a new dance form like ZUMBA® fitness, created in the 1990s, which pulls from the rhythms of merengue, salsa, cumbia, reggaeton, belly dance, flamenco, tango, and samba. Experience imaginative choreography and improve your stage presence.