Intensify Your Summer!

As you explore which classes to take this summer, you may be finding it hard to choose from over 175 classes from 35 departments offered at Stanford Summer Session. There are so many choices!

We hope that the Intensive Studies option may help you with your decision about which courses to take. The Intensive Studies were initiated because we heard from a number of you–our students–that you wanted to come to Stanford and focus your summer around a single intellectual pursuit. Some of you do this in order to deepen your existing knowledge and build a stronger portfolio for medical/graduate school or for employment. Or, you may want to use the summer to explore a completely new topic that you won’t get a chance to focus on at your home university. Whatever the reason is that leads you to participate in a Summer Intensive, you’ll walk away with a Certificate of Completion in your area of study, in addition to a Stanford University transcript.

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Students focusing on the sciences have three great options under the “Scientific Foundations” area of study. In only one summer, complete an entire year of general or organic chemistry plus lab. Or, dedicate your summer to increasing your knowledge of computer science, such as databases (CS 143), computer graphics (CS 148), or client-side internet technologies (CS 193C).

Not interested in the science track? Then check out the “Global Perspectives” area of study, which includes certificates in Water Management, International Management, and Human Rights. Want to learn about water resources, sustainability, and building smart cities? Sign up for CEE 165C, CEE 171F, and CEE 177L. Or are you interested in business development? The International Management Intensive offers courses in money and banking (ECON 111), decision-making (MS&E 52), operations management (MS&E 260), and much more.

This year, the Human Rights Intensive focuses on the core course, INTNLREL 119: The International Human Rights Movement – Assessing its History, Work and Current Challenges, taught by Jim Cavallaro, professor at the Stanford Law School. It critically examines the origins of the human rights movement, its present and future, and analyzes the dilemmas and effectiveness of human rights advocates.

In addition to INTNLREL 119, Stanford Summer Session is proud to include two new classes in the Human Rights Intensive this year, both allowing students a truly unique and hands-on experience. ANTHRO 112: Public Archaeology – Market Street Chinatown Archaeology Project, is an internship-style course that centers on historical archaeology in San Jose’s Chinese communities, and includes laboratory analysis of historic artifacts, field trips, and participation in public archaeology events.

Another class with an interactive component is COMPLIT 57: Human Rights and World Literature. In addition to readings on the history and philosophy of human rights in various global locations, students will get to create and populate a website with their findings throughout the course, which will continue to be shared with others in future classes.

We hope you take the opportunity to participate in a Summer Intensive. No separate application is required – students with a Stanford ID number can simply enroll in the select courses in Axess.

Get ready to intensify your summer!

Learn at Stanford.

Current Stanford undergraduate and graduate students and visiting students from around the world are invited to experience the University’s fourth academic quarter.

Current Stanford Students

Continue learning throughout the summer. Registration is easy: visit Axess on April 9, 2017 to view courses and sign up. No separate application is required.

Visiting Domestic Students (U.S.)

Undergraduate and graduate students from around the world are invited to apply. Enjoy challenging academics, explore the Bay Area, and engage with top academics and industry leaders.

Visiting International Students

Students from six continents make our summer program truly international. We encourage all interested international students to apply.

International Honors Program (IHP) Students

Students from select universities around the world come to the Stanford campus to experience a transformative and global academic adventure.

Summer Online Students

Introducing Stanford Summer Online – experience a Stanford education anywhere in the world.

High School Students

Stanford High School Summer College (HSSC) is where exceptional students take Stanford undergraduate courses and earn college credit during the summer quarter.

Summer Courses

Over 170 courses are offered in 40 departments within the schools of Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Engineering.

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A Welcome from Charles Junkerman

Very soon, we will greet you in person and welcome you to Stanford – a university, a place, and an intangible culture that all of us here love and respect, and take great pleasure in sharing with you. A summer at Stanford will be “a place apart” for you – and an opportunity to explore new interests and establish new habits.

It would be a mistake, I believe, to come here and settle into your old routines, no matter how successful they have been for you. I urge you to think of the eight weeks of Stanford Summer Session as a precious intellectual, academic, social, and cultural immersion in new experiences that will transform your life. This goal of transformation is not out of reach. It is, in fact, what thousands of Summer Session students over the years have told us happens to them during their stay here. As a matter of fact, you will have to work very hard not to be transformed by your summer at Stanford.

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To begin with, you will be in class and in dormitories with a truly remarkable cohort of students – from all over the world and from every conceivable cultural, social, and religious background. As your roommate and on your floor and in your Psychology discussion section, you will be with students from China and Chicago, Pennsylvania and Pakistan, Sweden and South Carolina. And many of them will become life-long friends, business associates, and – who knows? – spouses and partners.

The other transformative experience you will have is almost guaranteed by the remarkable location of the campus. Hugging the Santa Cruz Mountains, on the Peninsula between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean, just 35 miles south of San Francisco and in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford is a jumping off point for weekend exploration of some of the most magnetic places in the country (we’ll organize fieldtrips for you). But you don’t need a car to “get out.” Adjacent to the campus are the rolling oak hills affectionately known as The Dish, with miles of trails, waiting for your early morning run or a sunset stroll. The 8,000 acre campus itself (by some estimates the largest in the country because it started out as Governor Leland Stanford’s horse farm) is a walker and bicyclist’s paradise, and its swimming pools, golf course, and playing fields are at your disposal.

But you’re not coming to Club Med, right? You are coming (we proudly say) to one of the six best universities in the world — the others being Harvard, Cambridge, Berkeley, MIT, and Oxford — and it will be your time in the labs and libraries, classrooms and lecture halls, in informal office hours with faculty, and in late night discussions with fellow students where you will be most transformed. You will leave Stanford with new knowledge, there’s no question about that, but you will also leave with greater comfort and confidence in your ability to enter into the compelling conversations of humankind, and to help to answer the most urgent questions facing us today: “Can we avert climate change?” “Where will we find alternative fuels?” “Can we live to 100?” “Do we want to?” This list of questions, and many you have that I can’t even imagine, could be extended indefinitely.

As somebody who teaches literature, I’d like to close this post by quoting a poem full of questions — one aptly entitled “The Summer Day” by Mary Oliver. And I look forward to greeting you all at the end of June, and sharing questions and answers with you for eight glorious weeks this summer.

The Summer Day

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean – the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into the grass,
how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

Mary Oliver

Learn at Stanford.

Current Stanford undergraduate and graduate students and visiting students from around the world are invited to experience the University’s fourth academic quarter.

Current Stanford Students

Continue learning throughout the summer. Registration is easy: visit Axess on April 9, 2017 to view courses and sign up. No separate application is required.

Visiting Domestic Students (U.S.)

Undergraduate and graduate students from around the world are invited to apply. Enjoy challenging academics, explore the Bay Area, and engage with top academics and industry leaders.

Visiting International Students

Students from six continents make our summer program truly international. We encourage all interested international students to apply.

International Honors Program (IHP) Students

Students from select universities around the world come to the Stanford campus to experience a transformative and global academic adventure.

Summer Online Students

Introducing Stanford Summer Online – experience a Stanford education anywhere in the world.

High School Students

Stanford High School Summer College (HSSC) is where exceptional students take Stanford undergraduate courses and earn college credit during the summer quarter.

Summer Courses

Over 170 courses are offered in 40 departments within the schools of Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Engineering.

@StanfordSS