Course Overview

What’s your favorite TV show? Squid Game? Schitt’s Creek? Friends? We live in a remarkable time for the television entertainment industry. Streaming services have shifted delivery and economic models. Those same streaming services — Netflix, Hulu, etc.— as well as premium channels such as HBO and Showtime have delivered shows that rival blockbuster movies in terms of production quality, story development, and audiences. This class for high school students will consider the role and influence of television in American culture.

All students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion and have the opportunity to request a Syracuse University noncredit transcript.


Course Objectives

In this course, students will:

  • Critically analyze television content
  • Explain how new technologies are changing economic models for television
  • Think more critically about how television affects our understandings of ourselves and others
  • Develop television content from conception to the pitch

Course Information

Course Prefix and Number: SCN 062

Format: On Campus (at Syracuse University)

Eligibility: Students must be of rising high school sophomore, junior, or senior status – or a 2022 high school graduate. 

Credit: Noncredit

Grading: Pass/Fail


  • Residential: $3,585
  • Commuter: $2,730

Newhouse Scholarship:

A course-based scholarship opportunity is available to students who apply for pre-college courses out of the Newhouse School. Applicants who select a Newhouse course will automatically be considered for the Newhouse scholarship without the need for an additional essay. 

Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees. Discounts and scholarships are also available.

Program Information

Summer College – On Campus: Experience what college is really like: take a college-level course, live in a residence hall, have meals with friends in a dining hall, and participate in activities and events on campus.

“The professors and speakers were so passionate about their work and more than willing to provide us with any help we needed, whether that be carving out an hour of their time to explain material or put in the effort to find outside resources to better explain a topic.”

-Andrea G., Summer College – Online Student, 2020

Course Dates and Details

ProgramCourse DatesClass Time (Eastern Time)Credit/NoncreditStatus
Summer College – On Campus2-Week Session I: Sunday, July 3 – Friday, July 15, 2022MTWThF;
9 a.m. -1 p.m.
Class times subject to change.

Course Requirements

Students should budget for the cost of supplies and textbooks.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

Students are required to attend class Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. We will spend each day watching and analyzing television shows past and present. Students will work in groups and individually to develop their own creative projects.

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College – On Campus activities to meet and connect with other students! Check out our On Campus Experience page for more information!

End Event

On the final day of class, there will be an end event where students will present their final projects. Parents and families are welcome to attend!

Faculty Bios

Anne Osborne

Anne Osborne teaches a range of classes on media and culture, including classes on James Bond films and the work of Joss Whedon. Osborne’s teaching is informed by her research on gender, sport, and fandom. She has published peer-reviewed articles in journals such as International Journal of Sport Communication, Journal of Public Relations Research, and Sport in Society, as well as several book chapters. She is lead author of “Female Fans of the NFL: Taking their Place in the Stands” (Routledge, 2016), and is working on a new book titled “Transgender and Intersex Athletes Against Gender Binaries in Sports: Discourses of Difference” (Peter Lang, 2019).

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