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Pre-College Honors Immersion


Wellesley Residential Summer Programs have been canceled for Summer 2020. More information can be found here.

Course Offerings | June 27 - July 24, 2020

Students in the Pre-College Honors Immersion program 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.

For the elective you will earn Wellesley college credit by completing the equivalent of a 12-week course condensed into four weeks.

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.

Below is a list of planned offerings for Summer 2020.
Final list of courses will be posted in December.


🎓 College Electives

AFR 242: New World Afro-Atlantic Religions and Cultures

With readings, documentary films, discussions, and lectures, this course will examine the complex spiritual beliefs and expressions of peoples of African descent in Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, and North America. The course surveys African diasporic religions such as Candomble, Santeria, Voodoo, Shango, and African American religions. Attention will be paid to how diasporic Africans practice religion for self-definition, community building, and sociocultural critique, and for reshaping the religious and cultural landscapes of the Americas.

ARTS 105: Drawing I

A foundational course in observational drawing with attention to the articulation of line, shape, form, gesture, perspective, and value. Studio work introduces a range of traditional drawing tools and observational methods while exploring a variety of approaches to image making and visual expression. In-class drawing exercises, weekly homework assignments, and group critiques address a range of subjects including the human figure. Aimed at firstyears and sophomores and those considering majors in Studio Art, Art History, Media Arts and Sciences, or Architecture.

ARTS 221: Digital Imaging

Introduction to artistic production through electronic imaging, manipulation, and output. Emphasis on expression, continuity, and sequential structuring of visuals through the integration of image, text, and motion. Image output for print, screen, and adaptive surfaces are explored in conjunction with production techniques of image capture, lighting, and processing. Lectures and screenings of historic and contemporary uses of technology for artistic and social application of electronic imaging.

CLCV 104: Classical Mythology

Achilles' heel, the Trojan Horse, Pandora's Box, an Oedipal complex, and a Herculean task. These themes and figures from classical mythology continue to play an important role in our everyday life. We will read the original tales of classical heroes and heroines as depicted by Homer, the Greek tragedians, Vergil, Ovid, and others. Why do these stories continue to engage, entertain, and even shock us? What is the nature and power of myth? Readings from ancient sources in English translation.

EXT 130: Exploring Gender Dynamics in Leadership

This course will help students develop an understanding of women’s leadership and ways of influencing organizations.  Topics will examine the personal, social, and structural dynamics that affect women as leaders, particularly in terms of how they are viewed, how their contributions are evaluated, and what kinds of opportunities are available to them. Students will begin to uncover and understand the unique challenges, constraints, and opportunities that face women today as they ascend to leadership positions. Key themes include the dynamics of power, authority, and influence, being different, managing multiple roles, and social expectations as they pertain to women.

PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology

This course offers an introduction to some of the major subfields of psychology, such as developmental, personality, abnormal, clinical, physiological, cognitive, cultural, and social psychology. Students will explore various theoretical perspectives and research methods used by psychologists to study the origins and variations in human behavior.

SOC 102: Introduction to Sociology

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.

STAT 101: Reasoning with Data

An introduction to the fundamental ideas and methods of statistics for analyzing data. Topics include descriptive statistics, basic probability, inference, and hypothesis testing. Emphasis on understanding the use and misuse of statistics in a variety of fields, including medicine and both the physical and social sciences. This course is intended to be accessible to those students who have not yet had calculus.

✍ Writing Workshops

Creating New Worlds: Analyzing Sci-Fi/Fantasy for a Better Future

In this class, you will be a world builder. How can you create/imagine new possibilities for ourselves and others through your writing? What kinds of futures have you been made aware of through recent science fiction/fantasy films, and how can you use your analyses of the films to affect the way people see the world? By studying recent fantasy films, you will find inspiration for your own constructions of the future. While practicing the basics of expository writing (developing ideas, polishing our prose, making clear arguments, and organizing paragraphs), you will read other writers’ published work about how to make our world better. But it will be your words that push the boundaries of what others believe is possible. Join me in suspending disbelief and believing in your power to change the world.

Sharks in the Media

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.

What's College For?

As college in the US becomes increasingly expensive and competitive, it’s worth asking what role institutions of higher education play in our society. Do they promote equity and equality? Do they transform or preserve the status quo? Do we prioritize their value as a private or as a public good, that is, as something that benefits the individual, or as something that the public invests in for some broader social goal? Students will read and write about the work of political theorists and educators in order to consider what the political and social mission of the university should be. We will also investigate the business of higher education, examining what happens when a college’s financial considerations might conflict with its educational mission. Other topics we’ll explore include the public financing of college, student debt, practices of for-profit universities, and the size of college endowments.

*Courses are subject to change or cancellation

Viewing Your Grades

Once students have completed the Pre-College Honors Immersion Program, they will be able to view their grades and request an official copy of their transcript.  Instructions on how to view your grades will be posted in early July.