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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 25 - July 9, 2016
2017 Program Date: June 24 - July 8, 2017
Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and the Remaking of America
Students will examine the life of the republic's most celebrated president and its most revered reformer (this new course replaces
American Partisan Politics
Investigate the many roles political parties play in American politics.
Participate in an archaeological dig and discover how archaeologists combine theory, field investigations, and lab work to learn about the past.
Astronomy: Investigating Our Universe
Explore astronomy and analyze observational data using Notre Dame's Digital Visualization Theater and Jordan Hall Observatory.
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.
Confronting Poverty: Bringing Service to Justice
Gain a deeper understanding of poverty through an interdisciplinary exploration of the forces that maintain and resist poverty.
The Contemporary Church and Its Evolving Mission
Join the conversation at Notre Dame about the exciting future Pope Francis is charting.
Debate and Public Speaking
Hone your debate skills while developing skills that will enhance your academic work in every area.
Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, and Change
Receive an in-depth immersion into the mindset and skill sets of the entrepreneur.
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
Examine the relationship between popular culture and gender.
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.
Explore the current legal system, starting from the groundwork of the United States Constitution.
Investigate life sciences through interactive lectures, laboratory work, collaborative learning, and more.
Literature: Faith, Imagination, and Justice
Delve into the spiritual and moral dimensions of literature.
Unavailable Summer 2016
Learn about the technical, business, and spiritual aspects of performance.
Photography: Seeing Creatively
Find your photographic voice and explore new techniques to express it.
Psychology and the Self
Gain insight into yourself, others, and your relationships with those around you and the world more generally.
Research Computing: Computers Accelerating Discovery
Learn firsthand the amazing power of research computing tools to solve some of the world’s hardest problems.
Unlocking Shakespeare Through Performance
Broaden your acting abilities and redefine what Shakespeare means to you.
Photo (Pope Francis) by Jeffrey Bruno/ Aleteia