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Experimenting at Hampshire Summer Academic Programs

Summer academic programs provide students with a distillation of Hampshire’s rigorous, hands-on educational approach in weeks-long immersive experiences.

Experimenting at Hampshire Summer Academic Programs

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.

for Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, and Others

Summer 2017 program offerings will be posted in mid-November. To get a better idea of our undergraduate program offerings, these programs ran between June 1 to July 1, 2016 and were for undergraduate college students, graduate students, post-B.A.s, professionals, and high school seniors who graduated by spring 2016. 

» The Institute for Curatorial Practice is a 5-week intensive summer program focused on the practice of curation: material, digital, and imaginary. 

» The Institute for Transforming Social Justice is a 4-week intensive summer program on the study and practice of creating social change.


for Pre-College Students

Summer 2017 program offerings will be posted in mid-November. To get a better idea of our pre-college program offerings, these programs ran from July 18 to July 29, 2016. Pre-college programs are for high school students entering their junior or senior year of high school. 

» Creative Media Viewfinders exposes students to a wide range of nonfiction and fiction film and video and asks them to create something every other day.

» 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.  

» Blacksmithing, Bladesmithing, and Beyond introduces students to the world of metalworking with an emphasis on hot forging, casting, and manipulation. Students learn from historical and contemporary examples of this ancient art, and create new works.

» Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics, now in its 44th year, is an intensive six-week encounter with college-level mathematics for talented and highly motivated high school students. 

"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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