PreCollege Study Program 

Summer 2020 Curriculum

The Summer 2020 curriculum is designed to focus on writing and to offer an array of courses within the liberal arts and sciences that will engage students and prepare them for the college experience. For reference, here is the course information from summer 2019: Full course descriptions for all courses can be found at the bottom of this page.

Focus on Writing:
We strongly recommend that PreCollege Residential Scholars enroll in one of these writing courses.
The Art of the Personal Essay
Techniques of Fiction

Focus on the Arts:
Digital Art
Survey of Jazz Styles

Focus on the Sciences and Social Sciences:
Applied Data Analysis
International Politics
Saving the Republic: Lessons from Plato to our Time
Social and Political Perspectives on Digital Media
Introductory Chemistry II (prerequisite required, enroll with special permission only. For more information, please send email to


Course Options

  • ARST190: Digital Art / Christopher Chenier

    This experience will introduce students to the digital arts, an area of creative practice encompassing computer-based art from GIFS and graphics to cutting edge digital fabrication tools. While developing the critical and methodological tools to engage problems in our digital culture, students will acquire the practical skills necessary to create and communicate digitally. Sessions will emphasize the ways software is used for project development, prototyping, and experimentation. Most of our time will be spend in Adobe Creative Cloud. The core elements of CC will be covered through workshops in image editing, graphics, layout, and type. Translating digital files into physical objects, students will work with a laser cutter, large format inkjet printers, and a CNC mill.

  • GOVT155: International Politics / Giulio Gallarotti

    This introduction to international politics applies various theories of state behavior to selected historical cases. Topics include the balance of power, change in international systems, the causes of war and peace, and the role of international law, institutions, and morality in the relations among nations.

  • CHEM 142: Introductory Chemistry II / Andrea Roberts

    This course is a continuation of CHEM141. This course emphasizes rigorous descriptive reasoning. While intended for students with little or no previous background in chemistry, the course is taught at a relatively high level. The topical coverage emphasizes the relationships between electronic structure, chemical reactivity, and the physical properties of the elements and their compounds.

    CHEM152, the associated laboratory course, may be taken concurrently. CHEM152 will span over Summer Session I and II. 

    Please note: prerequisite required for CHEM142. PreCollege students may enroll with special permission only. For more information, please send email to

  • ENGL 296: Techniques of Fiction / Brando Skyhorse
    Every great writer starts out as a great reader. In order to become a great reader, you must learn the proper questions to ask when evaluating a piece of writing. Using a wide sampling of short stories and basic fiction theory, this class will teach you how to get inside a writer's mind by dissecting what we have on the page. Students will participate in daily free writes, learn how to spot the tools and tricks of great writers, and how to apply those to their own writing. We’ll also discuss story structure, how to "show" instead of "tell" by writing scenes, and how to edit and revise your work once you’ve finished a draft of it.

Focus on Leadership

Social Justice Leadership

Acclaimed for its proactive stance on issues of justice, diversity, and social progress, Wesleyan is an ideal place for students with interests in these areas to receive firsthand training. Professional staff from Wesleyan's Office of Residential Life have created a four-part social justice training program that will prepare you to manage interpersonal and social conflict. You will be better prepared for leadership roles, increasing your impact on your next college campus, and engaging with your community as a world citizen. Students who participate in all sessions will receive a certificate.