Course Offerings

*All times are listed in Eastern Standard Time (EST or UTC -5)

Session 1

Intro to Microeconomics

June 8th-June 26th

8:30 am-10:30 am USA EST

Course Introduction

This course provides an introduction to microeconomics, which attempts to understand the economy from an individual perspective. Consistent with the idea of a “principles” class, we will focus on a core set of fundamental concepts that help us to understand a broad range of
microeconomic issues. This course will provide an introduction to the economic approach to analyzing the choices and resultant decisions under these conditions. Applying broader economic principles, we will see the consequences and repercussions of free trade and globalization, sources of unemployment, the role and effects of taxes in the economy, and the function of government intervention. We will learn how economics provides useful tools for analyzing the world in which we produce and consume.

You WIll Learn

  • Understand consumer behavior

  • Understand firm behavior

  • Analyze different types of market structures

  • Understand how to apply economic principles to a range of policy questions

  • Solve a firm's cost minimization problem mathematically and graphically

  • Calculate producer and consumer surplus

  • Use economic tools to analyze economic policies

Forrest Spence-University of Notre Dame

Programming Basics

June 7th-June 25th

8:30 pm-10:30 pm USA EST

Course Introduction

You will become familiar with the process of programming in a creative context. The power of computational media will be revealed through an examination of code and data as a medium for creative expression. The final project will allow you to explore a specific area of your own interest. You will develop basic fluency in programming and enhance your analytical thinking skills.

You WIll Learn

  • Introduction, Programming Basics & Drawing

  • Data Flow Control

  • Animation Interactivity

  • Data Structures& Object-Oriented- Programming

  • The Physics of Motion

  • Media as a signal

  • Data Visualization Information Design

  • Lab Day

  • Interim Presentations

Jose Luis Lopez-Harvard University

Session 2

Intro To Psychology

July 6th-July 24th

6:30 am-8:30 am USA EST

Course Introduction

The primary purpose of this course is to provide students with overviews of important topics in Psychology and a broad survey of the psychological sciences and its history. The course will provide students with an overview of many fields of psychology, including the historical basis of psychology, cognition, emotion, learning, life-span development, biological basis of behavior, personality, psychological barriers, psychotherapy, and social behavior. These topics will be discussed according to their theory, scientific development and application in reality. The course content includes lectures, readings, discussions, presentations, various forms of media and group projects

You WIll Learn

  • Introduction to Psychology

  • Scientific methods in Psychology

  • Biopsychology

  • Sense and perception

  • human development

  • Memory and consciousness

  • Motivational behavior

  • Mood, stress, and health

  • social psychology

  • Personality and personality test

  • Psychological barriers

Stephanie Keer-New York University

English Composition II

July 5th-July 23rd

8:30pm-10:30pm USA EST

Course Introduction

Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Research is a continuation of English Composition II and is designed to introduce and cultivate the rhetorical strategies necessary for producing texts in academic and public settings. This course focuses on writing and composing for specific purposes, audiences, and contexts, which makes this a course on rhetoric. Rhetoric is commonly understood as the art of crafting messages for particular audiences, in particular contexts, and for particular purposes. Rhetorical discourse demands that you be sensitive to the specific people you’re talking to and the specific situation you’re talking in. 

You WIll Learn

  • Rhetorical Analysis

  • Rhetorical appeals

  • Persuasive techniques

  • Logical fallacies

  • Non-fiction works, dealing with race, class, gender, and disability

  • Purpose, audience, and context in depth

  • Making an argument

  • Thesis development

  • Quotation, paraphrase, summary

Ross Hamilton-Columbia University

Session 3

Intro To Psychology

July 13th-July 31st

8:00 am-10:00 am USA EST

Course Introduction

The primary purpose of this course is to provide students with overviews of important topics in Psychology and a broad survey of the psychological sciences and its history. The course will provide students with an overview of many fields of psychology, including the historical basis of psychology, cognition, emotion, learning, life-span development, biological basis of behavior, personality, psychological barriers, psychotherapy, and social behavior. These topics will be discussed according to their theory, scientific development and application in reality. The course content includes lectures, readings, discussions, presentations, various forms of media and group projects

You WIll Learn

  • Introduction to Psychology

  • Scientific methods in Psychology

  • Biopsychology

  • Sense and perception

  • human development

  • Memory and consciousness

  • Motivational behavior

  • Mood, stress, and health

  • social psychology

  • Personality and personality test

  • Psychological barriers

Eric Schumaker- Georgia Tech University

Intro to Microeconomics

July 12th-July 30th

8:30 pm-10:30 pm USA EST

Course Introduction

This course provides an introduction to microeconomics, which attempts to understand the economy from an individual perspective. Consistent with the idea of a “principles” class, we will focus on a core set of fundamental concepts that help us to understand a broad range of microeconomic issues. This course will provide an introduction to the economic approach to analyzing the choices and resultant decisions under these conditions. Applying broader economic principles, we will see the consequences and repercussions of free trade and globalization, sources of unemployment, the role and effects of taxes in the economy, and the function of government intervention. We will learn how economics provides useful tools for analyzing the world in which we produce and consume.

You WIll Learn

  • Understand consumer behavior

  • Understand firm behavior

  • Analyze different types of market structures

  • Understand how to apply economic principles to a range of policy questions

  • Solve a firm's cost minimization problem mathematically and graphically

  • Calculate producer and consumer surplus

  • Use economic tools to analyze economic policies

Forrest Spence-University of Notre Dame

Physics I

July 20th-August 7th

8:30 am-10:30 am USA EST

Course Introduction

This course is designed to be equivalent to a first-semester college physics class. The material will be learned through a variety of activities including reading and writing assignments, homework problems, quizzes, and tests Through this course, students will increase their knowledge of physics and develop their problem-solving abilities, specifically, how to apply mathematical principles to a physical situation, how to analyze scientific phenomena, and how to communicate experimental results. Topics covered will focus on mechanics and heat.

You WIll Learn

  • Physics and Measurement 

  • Speed, Vectors, and Velocity Forces and Newton’s Laws  

  • Energy 

  • Momentum 

  • Rotational Motion 

  • Structure of Matter and Solids 

  • Fluids  

  • Heat and Change of State
     

Carey Witkov-Harvard University

Elementary Statistics with Computers

July 19th-August 6th

8:30 pm-10:30 pm USA EST

Course Introduction

This course provides an introduction to the use of statistics in the public health sciences.  Topics include descriptive statistics, probability distributions, parameter estimation, hypothesis testing, and simple linear regression, as well as an introduction to sample size and power calculations.  This course also provides students with the opportunity to develop their scientific writing skills as they practice describing and presenting statistical findings. 

You WIll Learn

  • Introduction, variable classification, descriptive statistics, measures of variation

  • Introduction to probability, discrete random variables, expected value and variance

  • Binomial probability distribution

  • Continuous random variables, normal and t distribution

  • Parameter estimates, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing

  • Tests of hypotheses

  • Midterm Review and In-class Midterm

  • Sampling, Power calculations

  • Contingency Tables

  • Linear Regression

Yasmmyn Salinas-Yale University

Principles of Biology I

July 19th-August 6th

8:30 pm-10:30 pm USA EST

Course Introduction

This course is designed to bring students to a level of understanding of basic human biology, health, and disease, as well as modern biomedical science that will enable them to make rational decisions on personal, ethical, and political issues in their health. This level will be reached through lectures, reading of texts, papers and news media, and laboratory experiments. This course is a participatory course. A research project will lead students to become true experts in a subject of their choice and laboratory experiments will give an appreciation of biotechnology.

You WIll Learn

  • The origin and definition of life

  • The chemical composition of cells

  • Gene structure and expression

  • Cell organization

  • The basis of heredity and reproduction

  • Evolution

  • Population genetics and dynamics

  • The origins of life’s diversity

Rusty Lansford-University of Southern California

Introduction to Computer Science

July 19th-August 6th

8:30 pm-10:30 pm USA EST

Course Introduction

A broad survey of the computer science discipline, focusing on the computer's role in representing, storing, manipulating, organizing, and communicating information. Topics include hardware, software, algorithms, operating systems, networks. The main objective of this course is to provide a basic understanding of the role, activities
(design, analysis, and implementation [programming] of algorithms) by the computer scientist in the modern computer. The interface of hardware, software, operating systems, and programs will
be the center of study.

You WIll Learn

  • Understand binary data representation in the modern computer

  • Understand how fixed-length number representations affect accuracy and precision in computing.

  • Identify the necessary properties of good algorithms. Discuss the importance of algorithms in the problem-solving process.

  • Understand the software development cycle, good coding style, and algorithm development.

  • Introduce the syntax of the Python programming language and develop small algorithmic programs in Python.

Ibrahim Albluwi-Princeton University

Intro To Psychology

July 20th-Aug 7th

Time: 8 am-10 am USA EST

Course Introduction

The primary purpose of this course is to provide students with overviews of important topics in Psychology and a broad survey of the psychological sciences and its history. The course will provide students with an overview of many fields of psychology, including the historical basis of psychology, cognition, emotion, learning, life-span development, biological basis of behavior, personality, psychological barriers, psychotherapy, and social behavior. These topics will be discussed according to their theory, scientific development and application in reality. The course content includes lectures, readings, discussions, presentations, various forms of media and group projects

You Wll Learn

  • Introduction to Psychology

  • Scientific methods in Psychology

  • Biopsychology

  • Sense and perception

  • human development

  • Memory and consciousness

  • Motivational behavior

  • Mood, stress, and health

  • social psychology

  • Personality and personality test

  • Psychological barriers

Angela Fidler Pfammatter-Northwestern University

English Composition I

July 26th -August 13th

8:30pm-10:30pm USA EST

Course Introduction

Most universities have a writing/composition general education requirement and often offer courses that incorporate a writing component. All students in the iStar program are encouraged to attend this class, combining audience and contextual analysis, suitable language and practical skills, and knowledge of different writing styles to produce high-quality, impactful pieces. Students will engage in writing of university caliber while strengthening their English skills. Students will also gain a basic understanding of how to write a research paper.

You Wll Learn

  • Rhetorical Analysis

  • Rhetorical appeals

  • Persuasive techniques

  • Logical fallacies

  • Non-fiction works, dealing with race, class, gender, and disability

  • Purpose, audience, and context in depth

  • Making an argument

  • Thesis development

  • Quotation, paraphrase, summary

  • Basic MLA formatting

  • Writing and Revision

  • Writing workshop

  • Peer review

Ross Hamilton-Columbia University

Don't know what courses you want to study? Not a problem! Our iStar representatives will work with each student to aid them in selecting the courses that best fit their career goals and personality. For some students, this may include an assessment to gain a better understanding of a student's skills and the career path that utilizes their strengths.

To ensure that each class does not exceed the maximum number allowed, students will be asked to select their top three courses. iStar we will work to ensure each student is placed in one of their top three choices.

Don't see any courses for the subject you want to study? The course list above is only the beginning. We know every student is different, and that means their interests are different, too. iStar is constantly expanding our course offerings, and we would love to hear your suggestions. We promise to do our best to help you explore your interests. 

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