Secondary School Program Courses and Subjects

Expand your perspective

As a summer student at one of the top-ranked universities in the world, you'll experience a challenging learning environment. Whether you’re making liquid nitrogen ice cream in a chemistry lab or examining sea urchins with a marine biology professor, you'll find fascinating ways to build your knowledge in the Secondary School Program.

You can browse our wide range of courses offered on campus. Can't make it to Cambridge for the summer? Consider our online courses.

If you're ready to explore, you can view summer 2020 courses.

New Summer 2020 Courses
  • Africana Philosophy
  • African and African American Religions
  • Space Law and Policy
  • The Molecules of Life, Nature, and Industry
  • Disease, Illness, and Health through Literature
  • Introduction to the Russian Novel
  • Global Crime Fiction
  • Advanced Fiction: Writing Fairy Tales
  • Advanced Fiction: Writing for Conservation and Sustainability
  • The Art of the Pitch
  • Intensive Introduction to Computer Science
  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence with Python
  • Script and Score: The Intersection of Story and Song
  • How to Change the World
  • Summer Seminar: (Very) Contemporary American Fiction
  • Fundamentals of Applied Electrodynamics
  • Introduction to Probability for Engineering and Data Science
  • The Healing Forest on Fire: Conservation and Climate Change in the Amazon
  • Sustainable Fashion
  • Natural Disasters
  • Election Polls and Surveys: Creating and Understanding Data
  • Politics of Presidential Elections
  • Intelligence and International Security
  • Contemporary Photography: War and Conflict
  • Asian American History and Culture, 1924 to the Present
  • Darwin, Evolution, and Society in the 19th and 20th Centuries
  • Buddhist Philosophy
  • Ethics of Computing Technologies
  • Sociology of Law in Transnational Perspective
  • Race, Gender and Youth Activism in the Struggle for Justice

Pursue a Career Pathway

With college on the horizon, you may already be considering which path to pursue. Through our career pathway series, you'll have the opportunity to study topics that you are passionate about—and to examine them through a variety of disciplines. In fact, 89% of past attendees said the courses they completed at Harvard helped them identify what they wanted to study in college.

Browse Courses by Topic

Learn from Harvard Professors

Our courses are taught by Harvard faculty who teach the same courses to Harvard College students during the academic year or by visiting scholars who hail from respected institutions around the world.  

Enjoy a Flexible Schedule

Whether you choose to enroll in one or two courses, you will have some flexibility to schedule your days. Classes are held in the mornings, afternoons, or evenings. Residential students are required to enroll full time, in either two 4-credit courses or one 8-credit course.

The program spans seven weeks, and most courses meet for six weeks, with a final exam, paper, or project during the seventh week.

Earn College Credit

At the completion of the program, you may request a transcript listing your coursework, grades, and number of credits earned.

Choosing the Right Courses for You

We can help you choose courses that will match your interests and goals. Connect with us after admission, and we'll advise you every step of the way.

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