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.

10th Grade Virtual Program: June 1 - June 12, 2020 and June 15 - 26, 2020

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.

A number of elective courses that will provide a broad introduction to academic programs that are available on the Tempe and Downtown campuses. 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 2020 program are listed below. Topics are subject to change based on instructor availability. 

Session 1 Session 2
  • Introduction to Engineering 
  • Sustainability 
  • Supply Chain Management 
  • Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature
  • Introduction to Journalism
  • Integrated Approaches to Healthcare 
  • Introduction to Communication 
  • Inquiry 

9th Grade Virtual Program: June 1 - June 5, 2020 and June 8 - 12, 2020

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 2020 program are listed below. Topics are subject to change based on instructor availability. 

  • Thinking Like a Scientist: Introduction to Scientific Research
  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Engineering
  • Sustainability
  • Surviving Extinction: An Adventure through Geologic Time

8th Grade Virtual Program: May 18 – May 22, 2020 and June 15 - June 19, 2020

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.

In addition to the Critical Thinking course, all 8th grade participants will be enrolled in an elective of their choice. Electives are math and science based. 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 2020 program are listed below.  Topics are subject to change based on instructor availability.

Session 1 Session 2
  • Sustainability
  • Insects, Ink and Identification
  • Sustainability
  • Insects, Ink and Identification 
  • Microbes in Society 
  • Introduction to Engineering