Pre-College Programs

Courses Starting the Week of July 20, 2014 (15)

Our Summer Pre-College Program residence halls are filling, but we still have some room: 

  • Men’s halls have space during all one week sessions
  • Women’s halls have space only for those one week sessions beginning July 20 and July 27
  • Space is available for both men and women during the last two week session beginning July 27

Wait-list Protocol

To ensure we have residence hall space for students wishing to enroll in terms where residential space is limited, we've instituted a course waitlist: this is why you may have seen in the course catalog that the course you’re interested in is “waitlisted.”  If you've paid your deposit, you may put yourself on the waitlist and if there’s room for you in the appropriate residence, we’ll move you into the course. If you want to find out whether there is still room in a course and the residence hall before your pay your deposit, please contact our office.

Courses listed as “Open” or “Waitlisted” still have space available, but the latter may be contingent on appropriate space in our residence halls.

"Full: Waitlist Closed" means there is no space in a course, the waitlist already full, and so not open to new registrants.

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The Prehistory of Humans: A Social and Cultural Evolution

The overarching theme of this course is meant to supply students with an ample understanding of our human antiquity. Therefore, in this course we will use archaeology as a means to comprehend our earliest origins and our unique evolution. This course should be of particular interest to students interested in archaeology, but also the humanities in general.

The main...

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Conquest, Control, and Interconnections: The History of the Roman Empire

Spanning from Britain to Iraq, the Roman Empire connected vast areas and different cultures in a time before the internet, telephones, or mass media. How did the Romans gain such an Empire, how did they govern it, and ultimately why did it fall? This course examines the history of the Roman Empire and considers the unique social, cultural, and political concerns of an imperial...

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Programming and Problem Solving in Matlab

Mat lab is a powerful numerical computing, visualizing, and programming environment that has found wide use across all engineering disciplines and is probably the most commonly used tool for engineering calculations. Electrical engineers use it to accelerate magnetic field measurements, mechanical engineers use it to enhance structural analysis computations and visualizations,...

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Writing for College and Beyond

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Four Weeks

Are you ready to start writing the way college students write? Challenge yourself intellectually and creatively as you explore writing as a form of inquiry, and a part of social conversation.

The first half of this course offers you the chance to think carefully about writing narrative prose, which is in effect a form of storytelling. Thus you begin the course thinking...

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Putting Yourself into Words

This week-long workshop will explore the balance between self-expression and effective communication essential to writing powerful personal narratives, college admissions essays, and creative reflections. As you write and receive feedback daily, you’ll learn not only about purpose, revision, and style, but also about writing as a means of exploring, learning, figuring...

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Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering

Are you curious to learn more about how computers work? Do you want to build your first Android Application? Are you fascinated by Laptops and Smartphones and have an interest in learning how engineers use the iterative design process to make these technologically amazing products? If you answered yes to these questions, this introductory course on electrical and computer...

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Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: Sustainable Development

BELL is a unique outdoor learning laboratory. The courses draw their curricula from many different disciplines: biology, chemistry, geology, environmental studies, leadership theory and experiential education. As students live and learn together on the shores of Narragansett Bay, they are challenged both physically and intellectually.

This program is based on the 372 acre...

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BELL: Alaska

BELL is a unique outdoor learning laboratory. The courses draw their curricula from many different disciplines: history, biology, geology, economics, environmental studies, and leadership theory. In this course, students will travel to southern Alaska to experience, first-hand, the beauty and complexities of historic and present-day Alaska. Learning will be fast-paced, experiential,...

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Urban Built Environments: Stewardship and Resilience

A majority of the world's population now lives in cities, and the global urban population is expected to increase steadily. With so many people living in urban communities, city infrastructure systems face growing demands and vulnerabilities to disruption from climate-related weather events. Challenges include providing clean, reliable energy supply and demand management,...

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How Big Is Infinity? And Other Math Questions

Have you ever wondered how many numbers there really are or how big infinity is? Many mathematicians have asked these questions, and the answers can be fascinating...and sometimes quite strange. This course will be a journey through the mathematical concepts that have helped answer such questions, and along the way you'll get a taste of what pure mathematics is all about.

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Creating Change: Public Policy in a Global Context

Public policy is the set of laws and rules enacted and enforced by government. These policies affect virtually every aspect of our daily lives. For example: can schools use standardized tests? What age can you get your drivers license? How much of your paycheck gets taken in taxes?

This course introduces students to how public policies are made and to the skills...

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Leadership and Global Engagement

World leaders have the same styles, skills, and setbacks as leaders in any walk of life. However, the challenges they face are often much more visible, and the impact of their effectiveness more broadly felt. In this course students will explore complex international issues including security and terrorism, immigration, HIV/AIDs, human rights and sustainable development. From...

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Psychological Responses to Stress and Trauma

This class is for students who are interested in psychology, and more specifically in the topic of stress disorders and anxiety. The class will focus on normal and pathological responses to stress, how stress disorders such as PTSD are diagnosed and treated, and how they are different from other types of mental illness. Students will learn stress-management techniques such...

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Women and Leadership

Despite remarkable progress over the last hundred years, women in the 21st century still face unique challenges in educational, career, social, and political arenas. In this course, students (1) analyze the position and portrayal of women in society, (2) explore how gender and other factors influence women’s leadership styles, and (3) propose strategies to facilitate...

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Leadership and Social Justice

Leadership and Social Justice is a course designed to provide engaged students with the tools and theory needed to become successful change makers, activists, and community organizers. This course explores how grassroots movements can transform communities, cultural norms, and global systems. How are campaigns developed, initiated, and orchestrated? What factors determine a...

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