Secondary School Program Courses and Subjects

For reasons of health and safety, all 2021 Harvard Summer School courses and activities will be offered online, and we will not be hosting a residential program for high school students. The feedback from our 2020 virtual programs from students and faculty was overwhelmingly positive, and we look forward to another exciting and successful summer online in 2021.

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 analyzing modern medicine or examining sea urchins with a marine biology professor, you'll find fascinating ways to build your knowledge in the Secondary School Program.

Summer 2021 courses will be updated in late January 2021. Until then check out our 2020 offerings for an idea on courses offered in the past:

View summer 2020 courses.

New Summer 2021 Courses
  • Race, Class, and Consumption in Food
  • How Did We Get Here? From Slavery to #MeToo
  • African Literature and the Poetics of Memory
  • Ethnography, Fieldwork, and Cultural Documentation: An Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
  • The Storyteller in Flight: Migrant Narratives, Refugee Camp Cultures, and the Arts of Displacement
  • The Life and Death of Stars
  • Species-Spanning Medicine: The Nature of Illness in Humans and Other Animals
  • Infectious Diseases, Pandemics, and Social Injustice
  • Introduction to the Ancient Greek World
  • Introduction to the Ancient Roman World Moral
  • Inquiry in the Novels of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky
  • Global Environmental Literatures
  • Advanced Fiction: Writing Horror
  • Advanced Fiction: Writing the Novella
  • Latinx Movement
  • Street Dance Activism
  • East Asian Religions: Traditions and Transformations
  • Economics of the European Union
  • Economics of Inequality
  • International Finance and Macroeconomics
  • Global Warming Science
  • Water and the Environment
  • Environmental Chemistry Asian
  • American Genre Fictions
  • England After Empire
  • The Literature of Abolition
  • Drawing Asia/America in Graphic Novels
  • Working in Environmental Justice
  • Advanced French: The Contemporary Francophone World through Cinema
  • Comic Relief: The Power of Humor in Social Fiction
  • Justice: Ethics in an Age of Pandemic and Racial Reckoning
  • Populism and the Erosion of Democracy
  • Race and U.S. Politics
  • Thinking Out of the Black Box: Exploring New Insights Into North Korea
  • Muslim Politics
  • German History from Bismarck to Hitler
  • Berlin and the Postwar Urban Experience
  • Race and Riots in American History
  • History of European Imperialism in North Africa
  • Architecture Design Studio: Urban Connections
  • Rethinking the Darwinian Revolution
  • Deadly Diseases: Epidemics throughout History
  • Reading Augustine's Confessions
  • American Sign Language I
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • Music and Resistance in the Modern United States
  • Music and Disability
  • Human Ethics: A Brief History
  • The Power of Others: Social Influence and Persuasion
  • How Students Learn: Psychological Science in the Classroom
  • Power and Privilege in the Criminal Justice System
  • The Sociology of Religion
  • American Society and Public Policy
  • Advanced Spanish Language I: Viewing the Hispanic World, Identidades y Lazos
  • Can You Choose to Be Healthy?
  • Our Selfies, Ourselves: A Cultural History of Self-Representation
  • Feminism and Social Justice
  • Creating Comics and Graphic Novels

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.

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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. 

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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