Four Weeks: July 7 - August 1, 2019
🎓Wellesley College Credit
🏠 Residential (Meals Included)
Join us this summer to find out what it is like to experience college. Live and study on Wellesley College's idyllic 500-acre campus for four (4) weeks, while earning college credit. Meet motivated and intellectually curious young woman from around the globe and immerse yourself in the academic, social, and intellectual opportunities that cannot be found in any high school program.
Want to stay longer?
Sign up for one of our exploratory workshops and stay one to two weeks longer. Additional discounts are available. Meals, housing and activities are provided during the lay-over weekend(s).
Students in the Pre-College Immersive program earn college credit by completing the equivalent of a 12-week course condensed into four weeks.
You will take two (2) courses including a college prep writing class and an elective chosen from Wellesley College’s most popular courses taught by our world renowned faculty.
We think our professors are supernaturally talented people who also happen to be grounded, generous, and dedicated to you. In fact, current Wellesley students frequently cite the excellence of our faculty as a core component of what makes Wellesley such a special place.
As a pre-college student you get to work with these amazing people!
You also get to learn alongside small, motivated group of peers, and have access to our trained student Teachers' Assistants.
Through studying articles and essays in contemporary publications, we’ll learn and practice the basics of expository writing: finding inspiration, developing ideas, planning, structure, and organization, incorporating supporting material, being clear, concise, and specific, and grammar and mechanics. We’ll use all different types of stories—news, sports, travel, food, entertainment, technology, science, health, opinion, profiles, personal essays—as models for our own writing.
Sharks have inhabited the world’s oceans for over 400 million years. While their biology and evolutionary history is a story of triumph, the portrayal of sharks in various forms of media is largely negative, focusing on sharks as monsters and “man-eaters”, and often times is biologically inaccurate. These representations are one of several factors that have led to the decline of shark populations worldwide. This course will enable students to understand shark biology and evaluate the accuracy of the portrayal of sharks through various forms of writing, including an exploratory essay, an editorial, a popular press article, and a research paper. Students will read and discuss popular and scientific articles on shark biology and literary excerpts to develop ideas for writing assignments, share their writing through peer review, and respond to constructive criticism to develop their writing skills and gain a better understanding of this impressive group of animals.
In this course, students will read celebrated memoirs that are noteworthy for both their writing styles and the stories they tell. These memoirs offer diverse perspectives on the joys and challenges of young adulthood, parent-child relationships, and the various ways in which humans seek out physical and emotional healing. Ideas about language and literature take center stage in many of our readings, and we will pay attention to how these themes guide our authors’ attempts to arrive at collective truths through self-exploration. We will also delve into the texts to determine why literary elements essential to fiction--such as character development, dialogue, and metaphor--are also important in creative nonfiction. We will then put these lessons into practice, writing analyses of the texts we read as well as creating our own brief memoirs.
Introduction to differential and integral calculus for functions of one variable. The heart of calculus is the study of rates of change. Differential calculus concerns the process of finding the rate at which a quantity is changing (the derivative). Integral calculus reverses this process. Information is given about the derivative, and the process of integration finds the "integral," which measures accumulated change. This course aims to develop a thorough understanding of the concepts of differentiation and integration. It will also cover techniques and applications of differentiation and integration of algebraic, trigonometric, logarithmic, and exponential functions. MATH 115 is an introductory course designed for students who have not seen calculus before.
This course offers an interdisciplinary introduction to Environmental Studies, with a focus on climate change. Major concepts that will be examined include the following: the state of scientific research, the role of science, politics, and economics in environmental decision-making, and the importance of history, ethics, and justice in approaching climate change. The central aim of the course is to help students develop the interdisciplinary research skills necessary to pose questions, investigate problems, and develop strategies that will help us address our relationship to the environment.
Thinking sociologically enables us to understand the intersection of our individual lives with larger social issues and to grasp how the social world works. Students in this course will become familiar with the background of sociology and the core analytical concepts employed by sociologists. Students will also gain familiarity with the major substantive topics explored by sociology, with focused attention given to the study of social structures, material, cultural, and institutional explanations of social action, and using concepts for real-world problem-solving.
This course offers an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of women's and gender studies with an emphasis on an understanding of the "common differences" that both unite and divide women. Beginning with an examination of how womanhood has been represented in myths, ads, and popular culture, the course explores how gender inequalities have been both explained and critiqued. The cultural meaning given to gender as it intersects with race, class, ethnicity, and sexuality will be studied. This course also exposes some of the critiques made by women's studies' scholars of the traditional academic disciplines and the new intellectual terrain currently being mapped.
We’re taking a big breath before we say this, but: Wellesley is like no other place on earth. It’s global, it’s interconnected, and it is, frankly, awe-inspiring.
When you come here, you’re grounded in a stunning 500-acre campus built for women—a place that has stood for nearly 150 years as a foundation for our shared promise and inspiration.
We’re 12 miles from Boston and Cambridge, a source of world-class culture, and pretty much unlimited opportunities.