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Academic Offerings

Ames Plantation - The Rhodes Archaeology Field School

The Ames Plantation, for all intents and purposes, is a 20,000-acre classroom. Located 50 miles east of Memphis in Fayette and Hardeman counties, the historical area is home to approximately 250 different archaeological sites, both historic and prehistoric. Students work in excavation during a three-week extensive course in archaeology. All students live in dorms at the field school during the course.This year′s course is from May 10-30.

Memphis REACH

Established in 2012, the Memphis Research, Engagement, and Community History (REACH) Symposium showcases the research and work done by Rhodes College student fellows over the summer and highlights their deepening of knowledge in a variety of areas. Participants, including the Regional Studies Fellows, Learning Corridor Fellows, and Summer Service Fellows, reflect on their experiences working with various organizations and individuals throughout the city under the mentorship of inspiring faculty and supportive staff. 

Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies

The Rhodes Institute is an innovative program that capitalizes on the liberal arts tradition of the College, the research expertise of its faculty, and its location in one of America’s great cities. The Memphis area’s racial and cultural diversity, its significant contributions to literature and music, its pivotal role in the history of civil rights, the prominence of its national political leaders, and its growing importance as a commercial and distribution hub make it an ideal laboratory for research. Institute fellows spend a week engaged in an intensive regional studies seminar; six weeks working on their own projects, interspersed with weekly group meetings; and a final week presenting and discussing their research. Rhodes Institute Fellows are encouraged to continue their research beyond the summer by enrolling in a directed inquiry, pursuing an honors research project, or preparing their research for publication.

St. Jude Summer Plus

In the St. Jude Summer Plus program, Rhodes and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital work together to offer qualified students an intensive research experience that pairs Rhodes students with St. Jude scientists. The program places students into the hospital’s professional laboratories for a period of one summer and one academic year, plus a possible second summer. Students work on independent research projects; participate in lectures, group meetings, and onsite discussion; and present their work at local, national, and international venues.

Summer Service Fellowships

Summer Service Fellowships give students the opportunity to work on community issues in Memphis such as education, health care, global warming, and homelessness by working full-time with community organizations. The Fellowships are an intensive nine-week experience that allows students to learn how community organizations operate and also use their skills and talents to make a difference–while earning academic credits and a paycheck. Past Fellows have worked for Memphis Area Legal Services, Habitat for Humanity, The Ronald McDonald House, and Literacy Mid-South.

Summer Session  

Rhodes College offers a 5-week summer session featuring 10 courses that satisfy Foundation credits. The courses run from May 18 - June 20, and include classes from the Humanities, Biology, Commerce & Business, Math and Computer Science, Political Science, Psychology, and Spanish departments. Summer session can be a great way for students to improve their GPA, secure a spot in a popular class, or create room in their traditional academic schedules to participate in fellowships, internships, or study abroad. Several Physical Education courses will also be offered for students needing to complete or get ahead of this graduation requirement. The registrations deadline for summer session is May 18.

Summer Study Abroad Programs/Maymesters

In the Rhodes Summer Program, students take Rhodes courses abroad or in a domestic off-campus program with their peers and Rhodes faculty. The programs vary, but offer intensive study in subjects such as Anthropology and Sociology, Biology, Environmental Studies, Political Science, Religious Studies, and Spanish. Last year, students participated in programs from Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming to Etosha National Park in Namibia to the Low Countries of the European Union.

Summer Writing Institute 

The Rhodes College Summer Writing Institute is an intensive residential academic program committed to developing the critical thinking and writing skills of ambitious high school students. Through class discussions, peer workshops, and coursework, students sharpen their reading and analytical skills and learn strategies for writing creatively and critically. During the two-week course, students experience life on campus as if they were Rhodes undergraduates, from living in dormitories to eating in the refectory, while enjoying state-of-the-art academic and recreational facilities.

Summer Events & Activities

Discover Rhodes

While you’re traveling this summer, make plans to stop in Memphis and discover a college as unique as its city. Tour the campus and learn more about the value and benefits of a Rhodes education. We’ll also provide helpful information about selective college admission. Come for one of our Friday programs on June 7, July 19 or August 2 or, visit when it’s most convenient for you. Mondays through Fridays in June, July, and August, you can schedule a morning visit from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or an afternoon visit from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Open Rhodes

Open Rhodes is a summer orientation program for all new incoming students. Over the course of two days and one night, students will learn about residence life, the Campus community, academic offerings, and special interest opportunities such as study abroad, athletics, Mock Trial at Rhodes, and community service. In addition, students meet with faculty advisors to develop their fall academic course schedule. Five sessions will be held during the summer, beginning in June; students will be sent registration information after they have paid their new student enrollment deposit.

Residence Life Summer Activities

  • May 20:  Summer Kickoff Cookout, 5-7 pm, Craddock Quad or Summer School picnic lunch in Oak Alley 
  • May 21: Overton Square 45th Anniversary Celebration
  • May 22-23: Summer Housing Move Keys Available at 1 pm
  • May 29: Trolley Tour, 7 pm
  • June 2: Free Donuts and Coffee in the Morning, 8- 9 am, various locations
  • June 9: Afternoon at the Zoo, 3 pm
  • June 11:  Res Life Sponsored Event (TBA), 7 pm
  • June 20: Movie Night on the Quad, 9 pm
  • June 27: Redbirds Game with Fireworks, 6 pm

Ongoing Event: Every Tuesday: Soup Kitchen at St. John, 3-6 pm 

Summer Athletic Camps

Rhodes College offers a variety of summer camps for children of all ages and skill levels. Sports include football, softball, basketball, tennis, soccer, lacrosse, and volleyball–and don’t forget the summer swim team! Don’t miss this opportunity for your child to receive personalized instruction from respected coaches and players in each sport. Most camp sessions last one week, but participants may attend multiple sessions to maximize both learning and fun.