Course Directory

Our students choose any two courses from the following lists, one as a morning MAJOR course and one as an afternoon WORKSHOP. Major courses meet six mornings a week and, depending on the nature of the course, include in-class time for fieldwork, labs, workshops, guest speakers, group discussions, and one-on-one instruction. They also include homework and require some project and preparation time outside of class. Workshops meet three afternoons a week, with no homework and all work contained within the class session. A Workshop offers a sample of a different subject than the Major, and most students find their Workshop to be a welcome opportunity to try a new subject for the first time.

There is no final application deadline. We accept applications on a rolling basis until a program is full, but we do have Course Guarantee Dates. Students who apply to The College Experience in Boston on or before January 26, 2018 and are accepted to the program have their first choice of courses guaranteed, subject to enrollment minima. As we begin receiving applications in September, we recommend that students apply as soon as possible for courses that may fill early.


  • Using America’s oldest university and the revolutionary hotbed that was Boston as archives, students get to grips with the primary sources that map out the making of the world’s superpower. They study its triumphs – democracy, freedom, mass immigration, assimilation, westward expansion, and startling economic growth.  At the same time they come to terms with its failures – the treatment of Native Americans, the enduring nightmare of slavery, and the violence of civil war. 

Sciences & Social Sciences

  • Students leverage everyday instruments, such as smartphones, to gain insight into the theoretical foundations and concepts involved in modern computer systems, design and development frameworks, problem-solving, coding, Android and Apple application design, and web frameworks.  They are exposed to, among others, Java, iOS App Design, Swift, and Objective-C as they identify a space in the market and design an app to fill it. Lab fee of $150 US for Major; $75 US for Minor.

  • Students discover the economic institutions that affect all our lives, learn how they have changed over time, and the consequences of these changes. They develop a comprehensive grasp of contemporary economic and social institutions ("capitalism", "globalization" "the market") and their potential futures, not least by exploring their historical development.  Finally, they move on to address foundational concepts, principles, and assumptions of the dominant neoclassical economic theory (micro and macro).

  • Students learn the biology of diseases such as Ebola, AIDS, Tuberculosis, Zika, Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease, Prion protein diseases, diabetes, Hemophilia, and different types of cancers. They acquire the habit of thinking scientifically about the causes of diseases and about research to treat unknown diseases. As the course progresses, students specialize in the biology of one type of disease, addressing its epidemiology, etiology, treatments, and cures.

  • How are governments created, and what happens when they collapse? How does the spread of democracy impact economic growth, security, and welfare? Are there alternatives to democracy besides tyranny? In their attempts to answer such questions, students consider everything from different political models to the role of individuals via spin-doctoring, party politics, and the influence of mass media. 

  • How does the law shape relationships between nations? And how does it govern relations between non-state actors? Students address Public and Private International Law, and consider how International Law affects business, Human Rights, the prosecution of international crimes, sovereignty, trade, and war. The course culminates in a moot war crimes trial.

  • A general introduction for students interested in a career as health-care professionals, this hands-on course includes an introduction to human anatomy, physiology, medical-history taking, aspects of physical examination, including learning to take Vital Signs, and an introduction to neurosciences, brain function, and laboratory interpretation, all illustrated by reviews of clinical cases. Alongside, students present their own research regarding key controversies in medicine today. 

  • Students are introduced to the principles of neuropsychology and the role that specific brain regions play in producing behavior. They cover a wide range of topics, from the history of neuropsychology, assessment, and neuroanatomy, to clinical disorders, using cases as illustration. Students acquire knowledge of the measurement of human behavior and how the brain is responsible for sensory, motor, and cognitive functions, such as attention, language, memory, and emotion.