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Hampshire College Introduces Ten Summer Academic Programs in 2018

What We Did This Summer: Students Showcase Their Work in Immersive Summer Programs

Summer Academic Programs

To know is not enough. No approach to education is better geared to meet the challenges ahead than the Hampshire model: experience-based, learner-centered, inquiry-driven. Hampshire is extreme sports for the mind.

Each June and July Hampshire College offers a variety of summer academic programs designed to reflect our academic philosophy by linking critical engagement to experience-based education. Our programs support diverse learning communities: undergraduates, pre-college students, graduate students, professionals, practitioners, and life-long learners. Immersive, rigorous, challenging, and fun, these programs delve deeply into their given topic or subject matter.

2018 College Programs

College Summer Programs will run June 4-June 29, 2018. All program participants are required to attend our welcome and orientation on Sunday, June 3. These programs are intended for current undergraduate college students, graduate students, post-B.A.s, professionals, and high school seniors who are least 18 years old and will have graduated by spring 2018.

College Program Details

2018 Precollege Programs

Precollege Summer Programs will run July 16-27, 2018, with the exception of Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics. Pre-college programs are for high school students entering their junior or senior year of high school.

  • Social Media Literacy: Engaging in the Personal and Political will analyze how historically marginalized groups use social media as a tool to evaluate, expose, and challenge deeply-entrenched narratives in relation to race, gender, class, etc.
  • The Science of Food is a hands-on program that will take students from the farm to table, with work in the laboratory as well.
  • Immersion Spanish is an experiential workshop that includes 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 introduces students to a wide array of skills beneficial to becoming a successful scientist and/or researcher.
  • Design for a Better World 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 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 Media will explore the art and business of making music for films, video games and other media.
  • The Craft of Documentary 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 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.
  • Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics, now in its 45th year, is an intensive six-week encounter with college-level mathematics for talented and highly motivated high school students.

Precollege Program Details

Hampshire is a top producer of Fulbright Scholars

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The U.S. State Department and the Chronicle of Higher Education have named Hampshire College a top producer of Fulbright Scholars for 2016-17. Hampshire is one of 11 bachelor’s institutions to receive the designation this year.



"There are two reasons why Hampshire graduates achieve so much. One is the kind of person the college attracts. The other is what the college does for them by equipping them to become their own wide-ranging explorers and connection-seekers."

Loren Pope, Colleges that Change Lives (2006)

Hampshire College is a member of Colleges that Change Lives, a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process.

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