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Summer University Programs

The Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus partners with other divisions of the university to offer summer programs for high school and college students. Find a program that's right for you:

During this four-week summer program for high school students, participants learn engineering basics such as conducting experiments, solving design challenges, interpreting data and applying technology. Lessons focus on chemical, electrical, mechanical and civil engineering, as well materials science and robotics. Students with an A or B grade earn three Johns Hopkins University credits. Tuition is $2,400. Apply. Read a Hopkins Happenings story about the 2014 course.

  • Summer University Programs
    The Johns Hopkins Summer University Programs offers qualified high school and visiting undergraduate students the opportunity to take freshman- and sophomore-level credit classes. Students can take undergraduate classes taught by instructors from one of America's top-ranked universities and earn college credit, all while enjoying the convenience of the Montgomery County Campus in Rockville. The Montgomery County Campus offerings are listed below. More information about tuition and course schedules can be found at the Summer Programs website. An application is required, so apply now!

College Writing Workshop

This workshop will cover the fundamentals of expository writing in order to prepare students for college-level assignments. This will not be a lecture course; rather, students will engage in writing and editing exercises that will allow them to accumulate hands-on practice in each of the writing skills discussed. Students will learn to develop argumentative thesis statements that align with strong topic sentences, incorporate quotes and evidence smoothly and with sophistication, and engage in a thorough outlining process that will eliminate "writer's block." We will work through a "Top Ten" editing checklist for final drafts (e.g., cut repetition), practicing each skill. Students will leave the workshop with a new understanding of the practical, step-by-step process that can be used to write any college-level expository essay--and to make writing a manageable, enjoyable experience! Read a Q&A with the instructor.

Introduction to Laboratory Research

DSCN1465.JPGThis is an exciting time to work in biotechnology research. The Human Genome Project is generating fundamental genetic information at a breathtaking rate. Basic research findings are being applied to medicine, agriculture, and the environment; and a variety of new biotechnology products are moving into production. Behind each of these accomplishments lies extensive laboratory research. In this class, students will explore a variety of experimental techniques and evaluate their roles in modern biotechnology research. This is a two-credit course. Read a Hopkins Happenings story about the 2013 course.

Politics and Genre

When President Bush used the term "axis of evil" to describe enemies of the U.S., or when President Clinton famously said "I feel your pain" when confronted by AIDS activist Bob Rafsky, both men drew on the pathos and good-versus-evil moral categorization characteristic of melodrama. This class asks: What are the different genres of political speech and debate? Genres considered include melodrama, tragedy and parody. We read political theorists’ accounts alongside fiction, film and plays. This is a three-credit course. Read a Hopkins Happenings Q&A about this class.

Rap as a Contemporary Poetic Form

In his essay "Disappearing Ink," Dana Gioia describes rap music as "the new oral poetry." As a course, Rap as a Contemporary Poetric Form will attempt to question Gioia's assertion. Initially, students will study traditional rhetoric, poetic sources and forms, including the Skeltonic, Free Verse, the Lyric, the Cento and the Elegy. Students will critically examine a wide variety of authors including Lewis Carol, Walt Whitman, Allen Ginsburg, Langston Hughes, Kevin Young, Dora Malech, Eminem, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and Nas. Creative assignments will include the composition of traditional poetic forms, spoken word poetry and original rap or hip-hop lyrics. This is a three-credit course. Read a Hopkins Happenings story about the course.