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2018 Pre-college Summer Programs

July 16-27, 2018

Experience Hampshire College while you're still in high school. Get a sense of our innovative approach to learning and what life is like on Hampshire's campus during our 2-week pre-college sessions every summer in July. Pre-college participants live in the dorms, eat in the dining commons, and are immersed in rigorous and exciting fields of study. Led by current Hampshire faculty, recent graduates, and experienced alumni, our pre-college programs are intended for rising high school juniors and seniors.

Social Media Literacy: Engaging in the Personal and Political

This program will analyze how historically marginalized groups use social media as a tool to evaluate, expose, as well as challenge deeply-entrenched narratives in relation to race, gender, class, etc.

The Science of Food

This is a hands-on program that will take students from the farm to table, with work in the laboratory as well.

Immersion Spanish

Led by faculty from the International Language Institute of Massachusetts, we will offer both Beginner Spanish and Elementary Spanish Plus. Both offerings are experiential workshops that include a strong cultural component in which students learn by doing and spend as much time as possible speaking the language, rather than speaking about the language.

Inside the Cell: Immersion into the Biology Laboratory

This program will return again this summer and introduce students to a wide array of skills beneficial to becoming a successful scientist and/or researcher.

Design for a Better World

This pre-college program will immerse students in the world of design, merging historical and cultural backgrounds of the design fields with questions of social justice and ecological sustainability.

Blacksmithing, Jewelry Design, and Metal Fabrication

Returning for the third summer, this program introduces students to the world of metalworking with an emphasis on hot forging, casting, manipulation, and jewelry-making. Students learn from historical and contemporary examples of this ancient art, and create new works.

Making Music for Film, Games, and Other Media

This two-week hands-on program will explore the art and business of making music for films, video games, and other media.

The Craft of Documentary

This program will help students more deeply engage with the world of non-fiction media by learning about the creative and technical elements that go into making a documentary.

Young Feminist Collaborative

This program is a collaboration between the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program (CLPP) based at Hampshire College and the Soapbox Feminist Camp. It mixes historical and political contexts of activism with exposure to real world careers in social justice and the non-profit sector. Some financial assistance is available.

Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics

Now in its 46th year, this is an intensive six-week encounter with college-level mathematics for talented and highly motivated high school students.

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