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Boston College Summer Challenge

For students entering grades 10, 11 & 12

Students meet in front of the residence hall

Program Description

Open to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors, the three-week long, non-credit Boston College Challenge allows students to participate in a college experience by participating in University level course work and extra and co-curricular activities on the Boston College campus.

The program is designed to allow students to participate in one of a select group of existing college courses and supplement classroom learning with guest speakers, experiential learning activities, and subject related field trips.  Broaden your understanding of college major and career options through this fun and engaging program. 

Students will chose one the following subject areas to study:

Creative Writing 

Creative Writing Seminar

Through the study of creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry, students will explore their own unique voices and the diverse voices of published writers. Students will identify and analyze different styles of writing and collect a "toolbox" of craft techniques that they will put into practice by writing their own original creative pieces. Classes will consist of reading, discussion, writing exercises, and writing workshops in which students will have the opportunity to give and receive constructive feedback on their work. As a seminar capstone, students will serve as editors and designers of a class literary journal and will have the opportunity to participate in a public reading to present their work. 

Course Number and Name: ADEN  09001 BCE Creative Writing
ADEN090001 Syllabus

This course is open to BCE students only. Admitted BCE students will automatically be registered by the BCE Program office

Faculty: Dr. Tracy Strauss

Days and Times:  M,T,W,Th , 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM


Psychology 

The Introduction to Psychology

This course covers four units: history of psychology, clinical skills, psychopathology, and research methods (with special topic in neuropsychology). Through a multi-modal class design incorporating lectures, readings, film, field-trips to outstanding Boston institutions, and hands-on class participation in clinical diagnosis, therapy, and case presentation, students gain experience as real-life professionals in the mental health field. 

Course Number and Name: ADPS 0900  BCE Introduction to Concepts in Psychology
ADPS0900 Syllabus

This course is open to BCE students only. Admitted BCE students will automatically be registered by the BCE Program office

Faculty: Dr. Sam Gable

Days and Times:  M,T,W,Th , 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM


Media and Communications

The Digital Community: The Power of Social Media and the Global Audience

Students will have the opportunity to discuss and analyze interaction and social cohesion in the online space, and the way in which communities form, items become viral, and successful campaigns are launched. Students will have the opportunity to provide analyses of recent instances of popular culture social media, and consider the elements that led to notoriety.  Additional consideration will be devoted to the influence of digital media in the Arab Spring and the 2016 presidential election.

ADCO 0900 BCE The Digital Community: The Power of Social Media and the Global Audience

This course is open to BCE students only. Admitted BCE students will automatically be registered by the BCE Program office

Faculty: Dr. William Boozang

Days and Times:  M,T,W,Th , 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

 

 
 

A Day in the Life...

8:00 am - Breakfast

9:00 am -Morning Class

12:00 pm - Lunch and social time

1:00 pm - Afternoon class or field trip

5:30 pm - Dinner on campus

7:00 pm - Red Sox Game

 

Program Dates: July 10 - July 28, 2017

Eligibility: Open to students entering grades 10, 11 & 12

Application Requirements available here

Application Deadline: May 15, 2017

Program Cost

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