Online Programs Summer 2021

Explore your interests. Discover new ones.

BCE is offering 12 different two-week, non-credit online programs this summer covering areas such as business and leadership, economics, nonprofit management for social justice, intro to psych and applied neuroscience, college and creative writing and arts and history. The two week programs are open to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors and will run multiple times over an eight-week span. 

We are excited to announce that this summer, Boston College will offer an online version of its flagship Honors Program. This program is open to rising high school juniors and seniors who meet the academic qualifications necessary to participate. Students admitted into the online Boston College Honors Program may earn college credit by enrolling in up to two (2) options from a carefully curated list of undergraduate course scheduled to run online through the Boston College's Summer Session in the summer of 2021.

COVID-19 Update

Though BCE is typically offered as a residential experience, out of an abundance of caution and a desire to keep our students and our community safe, for the summer of 2021 the Boston College Experience will once again be offered in an entirely virtual format.  We have built upon the success of our online offerings last summer, transitioning a few more of our residential programs online and will be expanding our online offerings for both credit and on-credit courses. Check out our summer offerings below to see what interests you.

"Out of Class" Virtual Calendar of Activities

In addition to participation in either Boston College Honors or any of the two week online programs, enrolled BCE students will have access to a calendar of virtual events throughout the eight-week term. These virtual events, which will typically run live for 1-2 hours, will cover college prep and social and cultural enrichment topics and include presentations from BC admissions, Student and Residential Life and Financial Aid representatives. There will be seminars on personal finance and writing a strong college essay and other related college preparatory content. There will also be a wide variety of personal enrichment options in areas such as history, creative arts, leadership and innovation, and digital media to name a few.

2021 Session Dates

Please pay careful attention to which sessions the courses you are interested in are offered. Not all courses are available in all sessions.

Two-Week, Non-Credit Course Session Dates

Session 1: Monday, June 21 – Friday, July 2

Session 2: Monday, July 5 – Friday, July 16

Session 3: Monday, July 19 – Friday, July 30

Session 4: Monday, August 2 – Friday, August 13

Honors Seven-Week, For-Credit Courses

Summer Term 1: Wednesday, May 19 – Friday, July 2

Summer Term 2: Wednesday, July 7 – Friday, August 20

Two-Week Online Courses

Students may attend up to four different programs, but may not be enrolled in more than one, two-week program at the same time. Registration for the two-week online courses will be on a rolling basis until courses are filled. Students must be at least 14 at the time the program begins to participate. Not all programs run in every session. Please note: You must have access to a Google account to participate in the two-week, non-credit programs.

Introduction to Concepts In Psychology Seminar

Psychology is the study of Mind. A social science that exploded into global consciousness throughout the 21st century, psychology continues to shape our experience within society and provide insights into the human potential for growth, healing, and understanding. The three pillars of psychology (i.e., neuroscience, anthropology, and philosophy), are integrated throughout the course activities and discussions, while incorporating a justice-oriented lens that seeks to understand the ways that privilege and power can inform clinical research and practice. Participants will consider the depth and rigor required of psychological researchers and clinicians to answer such questions as:

  • Is personality predicted by our genes? To what extent are we shaped by our family environment or culture?
  • How do discriminatory attitudes form? Why do people sometimes prefer their own group, and fear the other?
  • What happens following a traumatic brain injury? How can we help people (e.g., athletes, veterans) in their recovery?
  • What are moods? Why do some people struggle with depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder and how can we help?


This course covers three units over two weeks:

  • History of Psychology, spanning the ancient world through modern-day neuroscience
  • Clinical Skills, in which students learn and apply approaches to psychotherapy
  • Psychopathology, in which students gain hands-on experience with diagnosis and assessment. This unit also includes a Special Topic in Neuropsychology, which explores assessment and intervention approaches for neurological conditions.


Through participating in this course, students will gain a comprehensive introduction into the field, its career opportunities, and learn about themselves in the process. They will emerge with advanced knowledge from an immersive training comprised of fun and accessible lectures, activities/projects, and film.

Faculty: Professor Sam Gable, Ph.D.

Course Participation Requirements: Students will be expected to complete 3 hours per day for class work, including recorded and live lectures, reading, and homework. Plan for two 1.5-hour synchronous sessions per week.

Books required: TBD

Session Dates Available

Session 1: Monday, June 21 - Friday, July 2

Session 2: Monday, July 5 - Friday, July 16

Session 3: Monday, July 19- Friday, July 30

Session 4: Monday, August 2 - Friday, August 13

Virtual Session Times

Week 1: Friday 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Week 2: Tuesday 1:00 -3:00 p.m., Friday 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Creative Writing Workshop

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 have the opportunity to present their work in an online reading.

Faculty: Professors Allison Adair, PhD and Christopher Boucher, PhD

Course Participation Requirements: 2-3 hours of asynchronous work per day; two additional 1- to 1.5-hour synchronous sessions (one small-group, one large-group) per week. 

Books Required: The Poet's Companion (Addonizio & Laux - copies cost $2.50-13.50 on Amazon); The Lie That Tells the Truth (Dufresne - costs $7-15.25 on Amazon)

Session Dates Available

Session 1: Monday, June 21 - Friday, July 2

Session 2: Monday, July 5 - Friday, July 16

Session 3: Monday, July 19- Friday, July 30

Session 4: Monday, August 2 - Friday, August 13

Virtual Session Times

Fridays 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Business & Leadership Institute (BLI)

Through readings, dialogue, and project-based learning, this course seeks to develop an understanding of the business and leadership components that participants will study and utilize in their college and early professional careers.  The Business and Leadership Institute (BLI) operates in a collaborative virtual environment; instead of traditional classroom lectures, participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of business and leadership through activities such as:

  • Case study analysis
  • Video analysis
  • Expert speakers
  • Small group collaborative work


The BLI will culminate with the creation of a group business plan; storyboarding of the “big idea”; and presentation of their start-up concept to a panel of “Project Funders”

Please note: this course does not focus on any specific business functional area but instead provides a broad overview of the concept of business and leadership and is geared towards students interested in pursuing business majors and/or leadership in organizational settings of all kinds.

Faculty: 

  • Professor Bill Boozang, EdD
  • Professor Ifa Kahn, Phd
  • Professor Courtney Cole, PhD
  • Professor Dawn Mackiewecz, EdD


Course Participation Requirements: Students expected to dedicated 2-3 hours per day to asynchronous work and attend a weekly live session on Fridays from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST.

Sessions Available

Session 1: Monday, June 21 - Friday, July 2

Session 2: Monday, July 5 - Friday, July 16

Session 3: Monday, July 19- Friday, July 30

Session 4: Monday, August 2 - Friday, August 13

Virtual Session Times

OH: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. EST on Wednesdays, live sessions Fridays from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST.

Beyond the Rhetoric: How to Really Support Nonprofit’s and Social Justice Movements

Nonprofit organizations are tax-exempt entities guided by their mission. While there are different types of nonprofit and non-governmental organizations such as education and charity, these organizations must raise funds and use them to support their mission. This course explores the structural, legal, financial and organizational components necessary to go beyond the rhetoric. In the context of social justice movements centered on eliminating poverty, racism, discrimination, and the like, this course is ideal for individuals interested in learning how to start and fund a nonprofit organization and/or those interested in working or volunteering for a nonprofit organization. This course embodies theory, practice, and experiential activities coupled with real-world cases to augment existing knowledge and experience. Course topics include nonprofit legal governance and board issues, financial management, grant writing, fundraising and development and advocacy.

Faculty: Professor Rick Arrowood, JD, DLP

Course Participation Requirements: Bi-weekly one hour live meetings with additional required asynchronous activities as assigned. Approximately 10-15 hours per week total engagement. 

Sessions Available

Session 3: Monday, July 19- Friday, July 30

Session 4: Monday, August 2 - Friday, August 13

Virtual Session Times

Tuesday or Wednesday and Friday 7 p.m. EST

Applied Neuropsychology

Our frontal lobes house crucial brain circuitry responsible for complex daily functioning, including abstraction, humor and creativity, mental calculations, learning, and impulse control. In life, they are the last to develop fully (wait until you’re 25 years old!) and the first to go as we age, and yet society heaps greater and greater demand on these networks in the way we approach school and careers. For this reason, emerging neuropsychologists and therapists must learn how to merge cutting edge science with effective counseling techniques in order to help people “learn” their own brain and achieve excellence in this competitive world.

This course will teach neuropsychological and functional neuroanatomical concepts as they are applied in counseling and rehabilitation for young people and adults. In addition to learning about specific psychiatric and neurological diagnoses affecting cognition, the course takes a sociohistorical view of the changing nature of school and work that has resulted in increased competitiveness and demands in our lives in the areas of thinking, leisure, and relationships.

Specific topics covered include:

  • ADHD, autism, and daily functioning
  • Dyslexia and other learning challenges
  • Neural correlates of depression and anxiety
  • Counseling with Motivational Interviewing
  • Neuroplasticity and Rehabilitation
  • School and work in the 21st century


Faculty: Professor Sam Gable, Ph.D.

Course Participation Requirments: Students will be expected to complete 3 hours per day for class work, including recorded and live lectures, reading, and homework. Plan for two 1.5-hour synchronous sessions per week.

Sessions Available

Session 3: Monday, July 19- Friday, July 30

Session 4: Monday, August 2 - Friday, August 13

Virtual Session Times

Week 1: Friday 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Week 2: Tuesday 1:00 -3:00 p.m., Friday 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Sports Management Institute

Participants will learn about the Sports Industry and the opportunities and career options available in the sports industry. Through a variety of activities including readings, viewings, short lectures, and guest speakers, students will be introduced to the cultural, economic, and social impact of sports in America and internationally.  Students will learn how to identify and analyze resources for clarification of industry trends, opportunities, and challenges to entry in the sports sector. The course will culminate in a final project.

Topics covered include:

  • Marketing and promotions
  • Merchandizing and Licensing
  • Social and Cultural Impact of Sports
  • Player Formation and Development
  • Sports Governance issues


Faculty: Professor Reginald Grant, MEd

Course Participation Requirements: Bi-weekly one hour live meetings with additional required asynchronous actvities as assigned. Approximately 10-15 hours per week total engagement. 

Sessions Available

Session 1: Monday, June 21 - Friday, July 2

Session 2: Monday, July 5 - Friday, July 16

Session 3: Monday, July 19- Friday, July 30

Session 4: Monday, August 2 - Friday, August 13

Virtual Session Times

Fridays 9 a.m. PST, 12 p.m. EST

Government, Globalism, Capitalism: A History

This course involves a comprehensive survey of the connection between politics, economics, and internationalism, and the effects of this connection in the development of World History. In particular, the course takes an in-depth look at the beginnings of capitalism in the sixteenth century; at how capitalism affected, and was affected by, the growth of the nation state; and at how capitalism became the dominant economic, social, and, in some cases, the religious belief system for many countries, particularly those in the West. We will also look at how the concept of capitalism has fared against global challenges from newer political/economic/religious ideologies such as Socialism, Marxism, Communism, Fascism, and international terrorism. And, finally, we hope to identify just how the theory and practice of global capitalism has proven to be so resilient, despite its evident flaws, to the extent that it remains one of the major forms of economic, cultural, social, and political systems practiced by many countries in the world today. Throughout this course, issues of race, gender, class, nationality, religion, and age will be to the fore, as we strive to discover how the world came to be as it is today.

Faculty: Professor Michael Paul

Course Participation Requirements: Synchronous meetings twice per week on Tuesday and Friday from 2:00-3:00 PM EST. All meetings will be recorded and available for students who cannot attend live. Asynchronous: eight hours per week, including virtual Museum tours, readings, etc.

Required Books: Olaudeh Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudeh Equiano, Bedford/St. Martins, 1996 ISBN: 0-312-11127-4

Sessions Available

Session 1: Monday, June 21 - Friday, July 2

Session 2: Monday, July 5 - Friday, July 16

Session 3: Monday, July 19- Friday, July 30

Virtual Session Times

Tuesdays and Fridays at 2 p.m.

Psychology of the Arts

Think back to our cavemen ancestors – their lives weren’t easy, constantly on the lookout for food, shelter, and safety from predators. Yet, between those stressful tasks, evidence shows that these people participated in the arts. They painted on cave walls, made and wore jewelry of shells and rocks, and played music on flutes carved from bird bones. Why did they make time for this? The arts (music, visual arts, dance, and theater) must be important to human beings in ways we still can’t completely understand. Fast forward to today, and there are still questions to be asked:

  • Why do we spend so much time flipping through Snapchat filters?
  • Why do we listen to sad music when we’re already feeling sad?
  • Why do we like being scared when watching horror movies, but not in real life?


In this class, we’ll learn to think like a research psychologist (observe evidence, ask questions, test hypotheses, analyze and present data) using the lens of artistic behavior. We’ll read research, design, and execute studies, and present our findings about why people sing, dance, paint, and act. Students should be prepared to be active participants in class (lectures will be minimal) and to read occasionally challenging scientific literature. 

Faculty: Carolina Zamora

Course Participation Requirements: Total course involvement will be 5-6 hours per week

Books Required: Required art making materials. Paper, scissors, glue and any mark making tool (pencils, colored pencils, charcoal etc)

Sessions Available

Session 1: Monday, June 21 - Friday, July 2

Session 2: Monday, July 5 - Friday, July 16

Virtual Session Times

Tuesdays 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PT / 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET

Fridays 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. PT / 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. ET

Writing for College

This course will help prepare students for the quality of writing expected at the college level. Through a variety of different writing activities this course will touch on grammar, punctuation, developing outlines, and composing essays/ We will also include a bit of creative writing, practical writing, social media writing, and then the course by completing a formal research paper.

Faculty: Cindy Frueh

Course Format: Mostly asynchronous. Every day there will be a writing assignment (fun-not boring or scary!) as well as a bit of work each day towards a traveling story and the final paper.

Sessions Available

Sessions 2, 3, & 4

Virtual Session Times

Sometime between 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Fridays

Fundamentals of Economics

Economics is a study of human behavior and helps explain many aspects of our everyday life. In this course, students will learn the basics of both Microeconomics and Macroeconomics in order to better understand both business and the economy as a whole. We will look at factors influencing individuals and businesses and how they make decisions. Then we will look at the economy as a whole and address the measures of economic activities, role of the government and its policies, and the effects of those policies.

The focus of the course will be on applying the principles learned to the world around us. Students will not only apply the tools to the current events and business issues but will be encouraged to think about how these play out in their own lives.

Faculty: Professor Sasha Tomic, PhD

Course Participation Requirements: Students will attend a synchronous session once per week for 2 hours each.

Sessions Available

Session 1: Monday, June 21 - Friday, July 2

Session 4: Monday, August 2 - Friday, August 13

Virtual Session Times

Fridays 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Honors Seven-Week, For-Credit Courses

Boston College will offer a fully online version of its flagship Honors Program to high school students this summer. This program will be open to rising high school juniors and seniors who meet the academic qualifications necessary to participate. Students admitted into the online Boston College Honors Program may choose to enroll in up to two (2) options from a carefully curted list of undergradaute course scheduled to run online through the Boston College's Summer Session in the summer of 2021. 

Please the Participant Information page for more information on how to apply, admission requirements, costs and other participant related details. 

The Boston College Honors program allows academically qualified rising high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to enroll for credit in up to two (2) undergraduate courses during the summer. The courses are fully online and will run during Boston College Summer Session's Term 2 which runs from July 7 through August 20, 2021.

The summer courses open to Boston College Honors are carefully curated to represent a wide variety of subjects of interest at the appropriate levels of aptitude. Boston College Honors students may find themselves in the virtual classroom with current Boston College undergraduate students representing schools across the institution, including: Morrissey College of Arts and Science, Lynch School of Education, Connell School of Nursing, Carroll School of Management, and Woods School of Advancing Studies.  

Upon satisfactory completion of the course, students may earn up to 6-8 semester credits (depending on the courses completed) and may request an official transcript from Boston College by contacting the Office of Student Services.  

The full list of summer session courses will be available in mid-January. Students admitted into BCE Honors will be provided with the list of the summer undergraduate courses available to them upon confirmation of intent to enroll in the Honors program. Their choices will be recorded and the BCE program will enroll BCE Honors students in their courses of choice. BCE Honors students MAY NOT register themselves for summer courses.

Below is the list of necessary documents required to complete your application. You will complete and submit your application through Slate. Please click on the Apply button to begin your application once the application period opens in January. Please use the Apply but to make changes/update application once you have submitted.

  1. Must be a rising high school junior/senior
  2. Application form
  3. Minimum two letters of recommendation
  4. Personal essay
  5. High school transcript(s) – GPA of 3.8 or better out of 4.0. Please note that all international transcripts must be translated to English with GPA equivalencies as applicable.
  6. A TOEFL or IELTs score, if English is your second language for all but the English Language Institute.
  7. International students who in the past have studied, or are currently studying,  for at least two years, at a school where the primary lanaguage of instruction is in English may request a waiver from the TOEFL requirement. The school transcript must clearly provide proof that English is the primary language of instruction.  
  8. Applicants to all but the English Language Immersion Program should have English proficiency demonstrated by a minimum TOEFL (English level) score of 577 (written), 100 (computer) 90 (iBT), or 6.5 (IELTS).
  9. The TOEFL code for Boston College is: 3276
  10. The TOEFL or IELTS score may not be substituted by other standardized test scores such as the PSAT and SAT.
  11. International students who are studying in the United States at a school where instruction is English at the time of their application may request a waiver from the TOEFL requirement. This does not include English Language Learner programs. 
  12. Applicants to the English Language Immersion Program may be asked to submit TOEFL scores based on their English level skills. This will be determined after a review of their applications. TOEFL scores for the ELL program will range from 45-65 on the iB.
Courses are subject to change. 

Summer 1: May 19 – July 2, 2021

Course registation closed.

Summer 2: July 7 – August 20, 2021

ADIT 1985 01 Python

This course is meant for any student interested in learning computer programming concepts with the Python programming language. We will cultivate our problem-solving abilities as we develop programs in Python. This course is suitable for students with little to no programming experience. The course will start with the basics as we discuss logical decisions and loops. Further, we will explore Python data structures such as tuples, sets, lists, and dictionaries. We will couple this knowledge to make our own classes as we learn about object-oriented programming. Throughout the semester we will discover and implement basic debugging techniques. By the end of this course, students will compose Python programs that solve problems on their own.

Credits: 4

Online - Asynchronous

Session 2

Term Dates: 7/7/2021-8/20/2021

Faculty: Harris Williams

ARTS 1163 02 Introduction to Digital Photography

In this course, students will become familiar with how to create a photograph with a digital camera, and how to use photographic techniques to control the look of an image through post-production techniques. These will be developed with good digital asset management practices by using Adobe Photoshop. Students will also learn an introduction to photographic history and visual literacy. This course introduces the fundamental principles of photography and its history for universal applications and is available to all majors. All those participating will need to have a DSLR that shoots in RAW and is at least 10 megapixels to take this course

Credits: 3

Online - Synchronous

Days and Times: Tu, Th 6:00 p.m.-09:00 p.m.

Session 2

Term Dates: 7/7/2021-8/20/2021

Faculty:  Greer Muldowney

FILM 2278 01 Film, Literature and Law

Interest in the rapport between film and literature as it relates to the law intrigues us as much today as ever. Literature captures the drama of a legal trial or an investigation into a brutal, racial murder. Film then takes the material and shapes it into a compelling form with dynamic visuals and other narrative techniques. The course explores the power of story-telling and the impact of film to embody and inhabit law and its relationship to ideas about inferiority, liberty, citizenry, race, justice, crime, punishment, and social order.  Film adaptations from short stories, plays, and novellas will comprise the body of the curriculum. Elective.

Credits: 3

Online - Asynchronous

Session 2

Term Dates: 7/7/2021-8/20/2021

Faculty: John Michalczyk & Susan Michalczyk

MUSA 1100 02 Fundamentals of Music Theory

An introductory music theory course designed for students with a strong interest in music. As a Core course it includes speculations on how musical discourse informs our perception and understanding of the world around us. Students learn to acquire skills in music notation and transcription. The following theoretical concepts will be extensively covered: notation of pitch and rhythm, scales, intervals, chords, and harmonic progression. Students leave the course prepared for upper level study in music theory and will begin to question broader issues concerning the meaning and use of music. Core.

Credits: 3

Online - Asynchronous

Session 2

Term Dates: 7/7/2021-8/20/2021

Faculty: Leah Kosch

MUSA 1200 01 Introduction to Music

This course will attempt to develop essential and critical listening faculties by employing a chronological survey of the elements, forms, and various types of music that the serious listener is exposed to today. The principal emphasis of the course will be on traditional Western art music from medieval Gregorian Chant to twentieth-century electronic music, but certain excursions into the world of non-Western music, jazz, and American popular song will be included to diversify and enrich the experience of listening critically to music. Core.

Credits: 3

Online - Asynchronous

Session 2

Term Dates: 7/7/2021-8/20/2021

Faculty: Peter Watchorn

MUSA 1200 02 Introduction to Music

This course will attempt to develop essential and critical listening faculties by employing a chronological survey of the elements, forms, and various types of music that the serious listener is exposed to today. The principal emphasis of the course will be on traditional Western art music from medieval Gregorian Chant to twentieth-century electronic music, but certain excursions into the world of non-Western musics, jazz, and American popular song will be included to diversify and enrich the experience of listening critically to music. Core.

Credits: 3

Online - Asynchronous

Session 2

Term Dates: 7/7/2021-8/20/2021

Faculty: Peter Watchorn