UO Academic Extension
 

University of Oregon Courses for High School Students Program

The University of Oregon Courses for High School Students (UOCHSS) Program is designed for high school students who would like to take advantage of furlough and non-school days to further their education. The UOCHSS faculty consists of volunteers from several different departments: Neil Bania in Planning, Public Policy and Management; Elizabeth Bohls in English; Jane Cramer in Political Science; Christopher Doe in Biology; Michael Dreiling in Sociology; Marina Guenza in Chemistry; Laura Leete in Planning, Public Policy and Management; Tom Lininger in Law; Andrew Marcus in Chemistry; Hillary Nadeau in Education; Clinton Sandvick in History; and Jeffery Measelle in Psychology. Students in the UOCHSS Program have an opportunity to take rigorous college-level classes, but the size of the classes is smaller than is typical in college, and the classes consist solely of high school students.

For more information about the program, including course meeting dates, download the detailed UOCHSS Program overview.

Application Procedure

Fall 2016

INTL 199: Sp St Hist Intl Relation
Credits: 4
Instructors: Jane Cramer, Keith Eddins, Tom Lininger, and Anita Weiss

The UOCHSS Program has offered several courses addressing the subject of international relations, including Comparative Political Science (winter 2016) and Human Geography (fall 2014). Now the UOCHSS Program is offering a course that will address international relations from a historical perspective. This course will survey the political and social history of countries throughout the globe, emphasizing the various ways in which these countries have interacted with one another. The team of instructors has not yet been finalized, but it might possibly include a law professor who teaches international conflict resolution, a former Former Service officer, and a political scientist who specializes in international diplomacy and conflict. This course has no prerequisites. Any potential applicant who has already completed a year-long high school course on world history might want to contact Tom Lininger to make sure that the coverage of the UOCHSS course does not overlap too much with the coverage of the high school course.

PS 199: Sp St Euro Poli Thought
Credits: 4
Instructors: Jane Cramer, Keith Eddins, and Tom Lininger

The UOCHSS faculty have noticed that many local high schools are no longer teaching European history, due apparently to a commendable interest in replacing European history courses with more inclusive courses on world history. The UOCHSS faculty believe nonetheless that local high school students might benefit from taking a specialized course that explores the evolution of Euroepan political thought, some of which serves as the foundation for the political culture of the United States. This course will survey European history and will emphasize the development of political philosophy. The team of instructors has not yet been finalized, but it might possibly include a law professor with a background in political philosophy and a political science professor with expertise in comparative politics. This course has no prerequisites. Any potential applicant who has already completed a year-long high school course on European history might want to contact Tom Lininger to make sure that the coverage of the UOCHSS course does not overlap too much with the coverage of the high school course.

HC 199: Sp St Philo & Rhetori
Credits: 1
Instructors: Alexander Erwig and Tom Lininger

The UOCHSS Program previously offered an introductory debate class. Now the UOCHSS Program has designed an advanced class that will assist students in refining the lucidity and cogency of their rhetoric. Students will study a range of advocacy strategies and will consider the importance of adapting ones advocacy to ones audience. Students will also consider various philosophical paradigms. Instead of taking a written exam, each student will demonstrate his or her advocacy skills in a half-hour assessment during which the student will give speeches on impromptu topics using philosophical frameworks specified by the instructor. For example, an instructor might present a student with the following challenge: Relying on the philosophy of ____________, make an argument for ________________.''

MATH 199: Sp St Adv Applied Math
Credits: 2
Instructors: Tom Lininger

The UOCHSS Program is experimenting with offering one of its fall 2016 classes on a local high school campus. Willamette High School is a natural location for an on-site UOCHSS course because it is relatively far away from the UO, and Willamette students have raised concerns about the accessibility of classes on the UO campus. In Advanced Applied Math, students will focus on practical applications of mathematics. Students will utilize advanced mathematical principles to solve problems that could arise in a range of real-world contexts.

Application Procedure

Students who wish to enroll in the UOCHSS Program must send an e-mail to Tom Lininger at lininger@uoregon.edu. The e-mail must include the following information:

  1. The applicant's name, grade level, and school;
  2. The name, phone number and e-mail address of the applicant's parent or guardian;
  3. The course or courses in which the applicant wishes to enroll;
  4. Whether the applicant has maintained a 3.0 grade point average for the past two years;
  5. Whether the applicant intends to enroll on a graded or pass/no pass basis.

For information on course content or the approval process, contact Tom Lininger at lininger@uoregon.edu.

Use of UOCHSS Credit by Future Full-Time UO Students

Students who take courses in the UOCHSS Program will receive UO college credit. If the students go on to attend the University of Oregon, this coursework will not count toward University of Oregon's group requirements or required courses for a major. For example, if the student wants take EC 199 through UOCHSS, the credit will not count towards Social Studies group requirements. Additionally, if the student plans to major in Economics at the University of Oregon, then EC 199 cannot be substituted for EC 202: Microeconomics. UOCHSS credits can be used toward elective credits at the UO.

Tom Lininger