Academic Curriculum

Academic Curriculum

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Barrett Summer Scholars will offer non-college credit courses during the program. Below are examples of the elective and required courses you will take. Students will rank their elective courses when they complete their acceptance portal. Some elective courses may be more popular than others and will have limited space. Course offerings are not final and are subject to change based on instructor availability and participant interest.

11th Grade Virtual Program: June 7 - June 11, 2021 and July 19 - July 26, 2021

All 11th grade participants will take a version of The Human Event, a critical thinking humanities course that is required for all first-year Barrett, the Honors College students. The Human Event is a critical analysis of the great ideas human cultures have had from the beginning of recorded history to the present. This course includes review of various classic and contemporary literature & active participation in class discussions.

All 11th grade participants will also take an elective course of their choosing. Some elective courses may be more popular than others and will have limited space; participants will be placed in one of their top three choices. Course topics for the 2021 program are listed below. Topics are subject to change based on instructor availability. 

Session 1Session 2
  • Computer Science 
  • Intro to Sustainability
  • Intro to Criminology
  • Astrobiology: Life Outside of Earth
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Intro Criminology 
  • Supply Chain Management 
  • Astrobiology: Life Outside of Earth 

10th Grade Virtual Program: June 14 - June 18, 2021 and June 21 - 25, 2021

All 10th grade participants will take a version of The Human Event, a critical thinking humanities course that is required for all first-year Barrett, the Honors College students. The Human Event is a critical analysis of the great ideas human cultures have had from the beginning of recorded history to the present. This course includes review of various classic and contemporary literature & active participation in class discussions.

All 10th grade participants will also take an elective course of their choosing. Some elective courses may be more popular than others and will have limited space; participants will be placed in one of their top three choices. Course topics for the 2021 program are listed below. Topics are subject to change based on instructor availability. 

Session 1Session 2
  • Introduction to Biomimicry 
  • Introduction to Engineering
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Introduction to Psychology 
  • Inquiry 
  • Integrated Approaches to Healthcare 
  • Introduction to Engineering 

9th Grade Virtual Program: June 7 - June 11, 2021 and June 14 - 18, 2021

All 9th grade participants will take a version of The Human Event, a critical thinking humanities course that is required for all first-year Barrett, the Honors College students. The Human Event is a critical analysis of the great ideas human cultures have had from the beginning of recorded history to the present. This course includes review of various classic and contemporary literature & active participation in class discussions.

All 9th grade participants will also take an elective course of their choosing. Some elective courses may be more popular than others and will have limited space; participants will be placed in one of their top three choices. Course topics for the 2021 program are listed below. Topics are subject to change based on instructor availability. 

Session 1 and Session 2
  • Introduction to Engineering
  • Thinking like a Scientist
  • Introduction to Sustainability

8th Grade Virtual Program: June 7 – June 11, 2021 and June 14 - June 18, 2021

All 8th grade participants will be enrolled in a Critical Thinking course in addition to one of the electives listed below. Students will learn fundamental skills that will enable them to enhance their critical thinking skills. This includes learning how to formulate arguments, identifying fallacious reasoning, and applying these lessons to everyday activities.

All 8th grade participants will also take an elective course of their choosing. Some elective courses may be more popular than others and will have limited space; participants will be placed in one of their top three choices. Course topics for the 2021 program are listed below. Topics are subject to change based on instructor availability.

Session 1Session 2
  • Introduction to Sustainability
  • Insects, Ink and Identification
  • Taking a Bite Out of Science: Lessons exploring the Unique Biology of Sharks, Scales, & Rays
  • Surviving Extinction – An Adventure through Geologic Time
  • Introduction to Sustainability
  • Astrobiology: Life Outside of Earth 
  • Surviving Extinction – An Adventure through Geologic Time