Summer Quarter Course Planning Guide

Stanford students planning to enroll full-time in Summer Quarter 2020-21 can map out a meaningful course schedule that makes the most of an unprecedented number of interesting summer class offerings.

This summer, you may want to enroll in:

  • A course that fulfills a requirement (PWR, Thinking Matters, Foreign Language, Ways)
  • A course in a major or minor you are considering 
  • A course in a topic that interests you 
  • Two or more courses that share a common theme

As you consider your summer enrollment possibilities, your Academic Advisor can be a helpful resource for discussing your plans.

The curated course options below from the School of Earth, Energy, and the Environment, the School of Engineering, the School of Humanities and Sciences, and VPUE provide some guidance for thinking intentionally and creatively about your summer plans. 

This document is not comprehensive. For the complete list of courses offered in Summer quarter, go to Explore Courses.


For students interested in the Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, or Natural Sciences

The School of Humanities and Sciences is offering a broad range of courses across the disciplines. Students can make progress this summer by completing introductory, core, prerequisite, or major requirement courses in many disciplines such as Math, Economics, English, Physics, and Psychology. You can find these in Explore Courses.

If you are looking for courses with a shared theme, here are some options:

Courses with Shared Themes

   
American Cultures
AFRICAAM 133/AFRICAST 132/COMPLIT 133A/CSRE 133E/FRENCH 133/JEWISHST 143  Francophone Lit-Africa & Caribbean
AFRICAAM 256E/AMSTUD 256E/HISTORY 256E  The American Civil War
AMSTUD 51Q/COMPLIT 51Q/CSRE 52Q  Comparative Fictions Ethnicity
AMSTUD 139B//ENGLISH 139B/FEMGEN 139B  American Women Writers 1850-1920
AMSTUD 146C/ENGLISH 146C  Hemingway, Hurston, Faulkner
AMSTUD 183  Re-imagining American Borders
AMSTUD 251C/HISTORY 251C  American Enlightenment
AMSTUD 261W/HISTORY 261E  Asian American History
ANTHRO 127B  Millennial Pop Culture
ARTHIST 146  American Dream, American Nightmare. A History of the US in Art and Literature
COMM 164/264/POLISCI 124L/PSYCH 170  Communication about Politics
DANCE 58  Hip Hop I
ENGLISH 143B  Exist to Resist: The Problem of Politics in Native Art
ENGLISH 144D  American Arts & the Great Depression
ENGLISH 169B  Asian-American Literature and Criticism
HISTORY 257E  History of Conservatism
HISTORY 200Y  Doing Colonial History
ILAC 131  Introduction to Latin America
MUSIC 37N  Ki ho’alu (Hawaiian Musical Tradition)
RELIGST 117  Christianity, Race, and Gender in 21st-century America
   
Exploring the Mind: AI and Cognitive Science
COMPLIT 126C  Literature, Data and AI
LINGUIST 35/ CS 24/PHIL 99/PSYCH 35/ SYMSYS 1  Minds and Machines
PSYCH 20N  How Beliefs Create Reality
PSYCH 24N  Neuroforecasting
PSYCH 50  Introduction to Neuroscience
PSYC 54N  Genes, Memes and Behavior
   
Arts and Culture, Law and Business  
APPPHYS 100Q  INDIGO
ARTHIST 245/SIW 245  Art, Business, and the Law
ARTSTUDI 155  Social Sculpture
ENGLISH 82N  Thinking about Photographs
FEMGEN 137  Beauty and Power
KOREA 153  Olympic Spectacles
TAPS 11N  Dramatic Tensions Theater and the Marketplace
TAPS 13N  Law and Drama
   
Childhood and Youth
ANTHRO 127B  Millennial Pop Culture
ARCHLGY 43N/CLASSICS 43N  The Archaeological Imagination
CHINA 168/268  The Chinese Family
PSYCH 60  Introduction to Developmental Psychology
PSYCH 60A  Introduction to Developmental Psychology Section
PSYCH 147  Development in Early Childhood
   
China
CHINA 111 Modern Chinese Literature
CHINA 115/215/FEMGEN 150/250 Sex, Gender, Power in China
CHINA 168/268 The Chinese Family
HISTORY 90/190 Early Chinese Thought
HISTORY 298E Chinese Pop Culture
RELIGST 212 Zhuangzi
   
Cities
ARTHIST 116N  Making Sense of the World: Art, Medicine, and Science in Venice
ANTHRO 42/ARTHIST 242B, URBANST 142  Megacities
COMPLIT 100/DLCL 100/ FRENCH 175/ GERMAN 175/HISTORY 206E/ ILAC 175/ ITALIAN 175 PHIL 135x/URBANST  Capitals
HISTORY 232G  Early Modern Cities
URBANST 172A  Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning
Community and Society
AMSTUD 51Q/COMPLIT 51Q/CSRE 52Q  Comparative Fictions Ethnicity
ANTHRO 42/ARTHIST 242B/URBANST 142   Megacities
ARCHLGY 43N/CLASSICS 43N  The Archaeological Imagination
ARTSTUDI 155  Social Sculpture
COMM 105S  Dynamics of Social Media
COMM 166/266  Virtual People
COMPLIT 100/DLCL 100/FRENCH 175/GERMAN 175/HISTORY 206E/ILAC 175/ ITALIAN 175 PHIL 135x/URBANST  Capitals
HISTORY 34A/134A  European Witch Hunts
HISTORY 210D  Neighbors: Intimate Relationships and Everyday Life in Hitler’s Germany
HISTORY 232G  Early Modern Cities
POLISCI 234N  The Concept of Society from Marx to Zuckerberg
PSYCH 70/SOC 2  Introduction to Social Psychology
PSYCH 183  SPARQ Lab (research opportunity for units)
PWR 2HK  Writing & Rhetoric 2: Think Global: The Rhetoric of Global Citizenship
SOC 10  Introduction to Computational Social Science
SOC 184D  Policing in Society: Fro Precincts to Playgrounds
URBANST 172A  Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning
WELLNESS 160  Radically Human Technology: Enhancing Connection and Wellbeing
   
Data Science
HUMBIO 51  Big Data for Biologists - Decoding Genomic Function
MATH 114  Introduction to Scientific Computing
POLISCI 150A  Data Science for Politics
SOC 10  Introduction to Computational Social Science
STATS 202  Data Mining and Analysis
Delving into the Fantastic
ENGLISH 10A  English 1: Encounters with the Monstrous in Early British Literature
ENGLISH 122C  Medieval Fantasy Literature
HISTORY 135L  Modern European Extraterrestrials
PHYSICS 96N  Harmony and the Universe
SLAVIC 77Q  Russia’s Weird Classic
Ecology, the Environment, and Sustainability
ANTHRO 166  Political Ecology of Tropical Land Use
APPPHYS 100Q  INDIGO
BIO 35  Sustainability and Civilization
BIOHOPK 47  Introduction to Research in Ecology and Ecological Physiology
COMPLIT 207  Why is Climate Change Unbelievable?
EARTHSYS 182B  Sustainable Agriculture Projects 
ECON 17N  Energy, the Environment, and the Economy
HISTORY 200B  Doing Environmental History
   
Ethics 
ENGLISH 67N  The Ethical Gangster
ETHICSOC 20/PHIL 2  Introduction to Moral Philosophy
PHIL 24P  The Moral and Political Philosophy of Luck
PWR 1ST  Writing & Rhetoric 1: The Rhetoric of Biomedical Ethics
   
The Family
CHINA 168/268  The Chinese Family
RELIGST 152  Buddhism and the Family
   
Globalization
ANTHRO 136  The Anthropology of Global Supply Chains
KOREA 153  Olympic Spectacles
PWR 2HK  Writing & Rhetoric 2: Think Global: The Rhetoric of Global Citizenship
SOC 133D  Globalization and Social Change
   
Germany
FEMGEN 115A/GERMAN 115A  Queer 20th Century
HISTORY 210D  Neighbors: Intimate Relationships and Everyday Life in Hitler’s Germany
GERLANG 1, 2, 3, or 5  German Language
GERMAN 106/206  Turkish German Literature, Film, Theater
GERMAN 131  What is German Literature
Global Literature
AFRICAAM 133/AFRICAST 132/COMPLIT 133A/CSRE 133E/FRENCH 133/JEWISHST 143  Francophone Lit-Africa & Caribbean
AMSTUD 51Q/COMPLIT 51Q/CSRE 52Q  Comparative Fictions Ethnicity
CHINA 111  Modern Chinese Literature
COMPLIT 101  What is Comparative Literature?
COMPLIT 126C  Literature, Data and AI
COMPLIT 132A  Nostalgia as a Global Form
ENGLISH 114C  Books Promiscuously Read: Varieties of Renaissance Experience
ENGLISH 169B  Asian-American Literature and Criticism
GERMAN 131  What is German Literature
SLAVIC 77Q  Russia’s Weird Classic
   
Health and Disease
ARTHIST 116N  Making Sense of the World: Art, Medicine, and Science in Venice
BIO 60  Problem solving in infectious disease
BIO 195  Science of COVID-19
COMPMED 81Q  Aardvarks to Zebras: The A to Z of Animal Anatomy
COMPMED 91N  And that's why cats should never eat garlic!
PSYCH 20N  How Beliefs Create Reality
PWR 1ST  Writing & Rhetoric 1: The Rhetoric of Biomedical Ethics
SURG 52Q  Becoming whatever you want to be: lessons learned from a stem cell
THINK 69  Emotion
Human Rights
CLASSICS 116  Human Rights in Comparative and HIstorical Perspective
SOC 133D  Globalization and Social Change
   
Immigration and Migration
AMSTUD 183  Re-imagining American Borders
ENGLISH 33N  A Way of Life: Historic Journeys to Sacred Places
GERMAN 106/206  Turkish German Literature, Film, Theater
SOC 19N  The Immigrant Experience in Everyday Life
   
Inequality & Justice
ANTHRO 132C  Technology and Inequality
CLASSICS 12N/HISTORY 12N  Inequality in History
LEAD 150  Leading for Social Justice
Italy
ARTHIST 116N  Making Sense of the World: Art, Medicine, and Science in Venice
CLASSICS 115/ENGLISH 115/HISTORY 238C/ITALIAN 115   Virtual Italy
   
Politics and Democracy
COMM 104W  Reporting, Writing, and Understanding the News
COMM 164/POLISCI 124L/PSYCH 170  Communication about Politics
HISTORY 257E  History of Conservativism
POLISCI 234  Democratic Theory
   
Popular Culture
ANTHRO 127B  Millennial Pop Culture
ARTHIST 119/FRENCH 149/ITALIAN 149  Love at First Sight
HISTORY 298E  Chinese Pop Culture
KOREA 153  Olympic Spectacles
   
Storytelling and Narratives
ANTHRO 1  Introduction to Cultural and Social Anthropology
ARCHLGY 43N/CLASSICS 43N  The Archaeological Imagination
ARTHIST 146  American Dream, American Nightmare. A history of the United States in Art
COMM 104W  Reporting, Writing, and Understanding the News
COMM 105S  Dynamics of Social Media
COMPLIT 132A  Nostalgia as a Global Form
ENGLISH 9CE  Creative Expression in Writing 
ENGLISH 21Q  Write Like a Poet: From Tradition to Innovation
ENGLISH 33N  A Way of Life: Historic Journeys to Sacred Places
ENGLISH 82N  Thinking about Photographs
ENGLISH 90  Fiction Writing
ENGLISH 114C  Books Promiscuously Read: Varieties of Renaissance Experience
ENGLISH 129A/FEMGEN 129A  Body Text
ENGLISH 143B  Exist to Resist: The Problem of Politics in Native Art
FILMPROD 101  Screenwriting 1: Visual Writing
PWR 1D  Writing Academic Arguments: The Art of the Essay
RELIGST 86  Exploring the New Testament
TAPS 1  Introduction to Theater and Performance Studies
   
War
AFRICAAM 256E/AMSTUD 256E/HISTORY 256E  The American Civil War
HISTORY 10N  Thinking About War
HISTORY 204G/REES 304G  War and Society
Women/Gender
AMSTUD 139B/CHPR 235/ENGLISH 139B/FEMGEN 139B/MED 164/MED 264  American Women Writers 1850-1920
CHINA 115/215/FEMGEN 150/250  Sex, Gender, Power in China
ENGLISH 94Q/FEMGEN 94Q  The Future is Feminine
FEMGEN 115A/GERMAN 115A  Queer 20th Century
FEMGEN 137  Beauty and Power
RELIGST 117  Christianity, Race, and Gender in 21st-century America
WELLNESS 140  Wellness through Queerness

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For students interested in Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

Students interested in earth, energy, and environmental sciences can make progress this summer by completing foundational math and science courses, WAYS requirements, and several courses in Stanford Earth departments and programs. Review ExploreDegrees to confirm that a course counts towards a particular major. Students should check ExploreCourses to confirm course offerings and prerequisites.

   
Introductory Seminars
PHYSICS 96N  Harmony and the Universe
Foundational Math and Science Courses
MATH 20  Calculus
MATH 21  Calculus
MATH 51  Integral Calculus of Several Variables
MATH 52  Linear Algebra, Multivariable Calculus, and Modern Applications
MATH 53  Ordinary Differential Equations with Linear Algebra
CME 102  Ordinary Differential Equations for Engineers
PHYSICS 43  Electricity and Magnetism
Energy Resources Engineering Courses
CEE 70/ENGR 90  Environmental Science and Technology
COMM 166  Virtual People (Technology in Society Requirement)
CS 106A  Programming Methodology
CS 106B  Programming Abstractions
   
Earth Systems Courses
(review ExploreDegrees to confirm requirements for specific tracks)
ANTHRO 166  Political Ecology of Tropical Land Use
CEE 101B  Mechanics of Fluids
CS 106A  Programming Methodology
CS 106B  Programming Abstractions
EARTHSYS 182B  Sustainable Agriculture Projects
ECON 1  Principles of Economics
ECON 50  Economic Analysis 1
ECON 51  Economic Analysis II
ECON 52  Economic Analysis III
ECON 102A  Introduction to Statistical Methods (Postcalculus) for Social Scientists
ECON 102B  Applied Econometrics
ECON 155  Environmental Economics and Policy

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For students interested in Engineering

Undergraduate students interested in engineering have a number of ways to explore engineering and make progress towards an undergraduate degree this summer. You can…

  1. Explore a number of engineering fields via Introsems or Engineering Fundamentals (Engineering Fundamentals count towards engineering majors; Introsems often do not).

  2. Take a Technology in Society course. 

  3. Take foundational Math and Science courses.

  4. Take any part of the Computer Science core.

  5. Take courses in many engineering disciplines.

  6. Explore the broader curriculum and fulfill WAYS requirements in A-II, CE, ED, ER, SI.


If you want to confirm that a given course counts towards a particular major in engineering, consult UGHB.stanford.edu, particularly the Majors & Minors tab.

   
Introductory Seminars
AA 115Q  The Global Positioning System
BIOE 32Q  Bon Appétit, Marie Curie! The Science Behind Haute Cuisine
BIOE 72N  Pathophys/Design in CV Disease
CS 49N  Using Bits to Control Atoms
MATSCI 90Q  Resilience, Transformation, and Equilibrium
Engineering Fundamentals
BIOE 80/ENGR 80  Intro to Bioengineering
CEE 70/ENGR 90  Enviro Sci & Technology
CEE 146S/ENGR 60  Engineering Economics and Sustainability
CS 106A  Programming Methodology
CS 106B  Programming Abstractions
ENGR 50E  Intro to Matls Sci Energy
   
Technology in Society
COMM 166  Virtual People
ENGR 145S  Technology Entrepreneurship
   
Foundational Math and Science Courses
CME 102  ODE for Engineers
MATH 20  Calculus
MATH 21  Calculus
MATH 51  Lin Alg, Multivar Calc, Mod App
MATH 52  Multivar Integral Calculus
MATH 53  ODE’s with Linear Algebra
MATH 63CM  Modern Math: Continuous
MATH 63DM  Modern Math: Discrete
PHYSICS 43  Electricity & Magnetism
PHYSICS 44  Electricity & Magnetism Lab
PHYSICS 65  Quantum & Thermal Physics
PHYSICS 67  Intro to Laboratory Physics
   
Computer Science Core
CS 103  Math Found of Computing
CS 106A  Programming Methodology
CS 106B  Programming Abstractions
CS 107  Comp Org & Systems
CS 109  Intro to Prob for Comp Scient
CS 110  Principles of Comp Sys
CS 161  Design & Analysis Algorithms
Bioengineering Courses
BIOE 32Q  Bon Appétit, Marie Curie! The Science Behind Haute Cuisine
BIOE 72N  Pathophys/Design in CV Disease
BIOE 80/ENGR 80  Intro to Bioengineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering Courses
CEE 70/ENGR 90  Enviro Sci & Technology
CEE 101B  Mechanics of Fluids
CEE 120A  Building Modeling for Design & Construction
CEE 146S/ENGR 60  Engineering Economics and Sustainability
CEE 170  Aquatic & Organic Chemistry
Electrical Engineering Courses
EE 42  Intro Engineering Electromagnetics
EE 101A  Circuits 1
EE 102A  Signal Process, Linear Sys I
ENGR 108  Introduction to Matrix Methods
   
Management Science and Engineering Courses
ECON 1  Principles of Economics
ECON 50  Economic Analysis 1
ENGR 145S  Technology Entrepreneurship
MS&E 111  Introduction to Optimization
MS&E 140  Accounting for Mgrs & Entrpnrs
MS&E 180  Organizations: Theory and Management
   
Materials Science & Engineering Courses
ENGR 50E  Intro to Matls Sci Energy
MATSCI 90Q  The Science of Materials
                               
Product Design Courses
ME 101  Visual Thinking
PSYCH 1  Introduction to Psychology
Electives
ARTSTUDI 141A  Drawing from Life
ARTSTUDI 145  Painting 1 (also an elective for Architectural Design)
ARTSTUDI 155  Social Sculpture
PSYCH 50  Intro to Cognitive Neurosci
PSYCH 60  Intro Dev Psych
PSYCH 70  Intro to Social Psychology
 (additional ARTSTUDI and PSYCH courses are offered)

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