Summer Scholars

Summer Scholars participants spend two intense weeks in one of the programs of study listed below. Each class is limited to 20 students, keeping the classes small and the personal attention from Notre Dame faculty high.

The coursework is both rigorous and rewarding. Students will complete work for their track outside designated class times, as they would in any college setting. Yet there is ample time to enjoy the social facets of college life, especially those unique to Notre Dame. Our participants praise the program for its capacity to bring them out of their comfort zone with challenging academics, as well as inspire and excite them by providing a taste of what college life can be in all aspects. Students are eligible to receive one college credit upon completion of a program track.

Program Date: June 27 - July 11, 2015

American Partisan Politics

Investigate the many roles political parties play in American politics.

Archaeology: Down and Dirty

Archaeology

Participate in an archaeological dig and discover how archaeologists combine theory, field investigations, and lab work to learn about the past.

Blood, Guts, and Glory: The Anthropology of Sport

Blood, Guts, and Glory: The Anthropology of Sport

This course aims to increase students’ understandings of the complexity and interrelatedness of sport and society. 

The Brothers Karamazov

Unlock Dostoevsky’s structural innovations, analyze his complex psychological characterizations, and interpret his rich system of symbols and allegories.

Counterfactual History: Remaking and Rethinking the American Past

What would have happened if John Wilkes Booth’s gun had misfired? What if women had not garnered suffrage?

Debate and Public Speaking

Debate and Public Speaking

Hone your debate skills while developing skills that will enhance your academic work in every area. 

Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, and Social Impact

Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, and Social Impact

Receive an in-depth immersion into the mindset and skill sets of the entrepreneur.

 

 
Film Production:The Art of Being a Filmmaker

Film Production: The Art of Being a Filmmaker

Study the history of motion pictures, study the craft of filmmaking, and produce and direct your own short film. 

 

Gender and Culture in American Society

Gender and Culture in American Society

Examine the relationship between popular culture and gender.

 

Global Health: Science, Medicine, and the Social Determinants of Health

Global Health: Science, Medicine, and the Social Determinants of Health

Broaden your understanding of issues including the biological underpinnings of diseases and wider determinants of health.

 

The Law

The Law

Explore the current legal system, starting from the groundwork of the United States Constitution.

Life Sciences

Life Sciences

Investigate life sciences through interactive lectures, laboratory work, collaborative learning, and more.

 

The Literature of Faith, Imagination, and Justice

The Literature of Faith, Imagination, and Justice

Delve into the spiritual and moral dimensions of literature.

Performing Opera and Musical Theater

Performance: Voice

Learn about the technical, business, and spiritual aspects of performance.

Photography: Seeing Creatively

Photography: Seeing Creatively

Find your photographic voice and explore new techniques to express it.

Psychology and the Self

Psychology and the Self

Gain insight into yourself, others, and your relationships with those around you and the world more generally.

Research Computing Expeditions

Research Computing Expeditions

Learn firsthand the amazing power of research computing tools to solve some of the world’s hardest problems.

The Contemporary Church and Its Evolving Mission

The Contemporary Church and Its Evolving Mission

Join the conversation at Notre Dame about the exciting future Pope Francis is charting.

Unlocking Shakespeare through Performance: Acting 2014

Unlocking Shakespeare through Performance: Acting 2014

Broaden your acting abilities and redefine what Shakespeare means to you.

Photo (Pope Francis) by Jeffrey Bruno/Aleteia