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 2015

ENG 199: Sp St Adv Rules Comp
Credits: 2
Instructors: Elizabeth Bohls and Tom Lininger

This class will examine rules of grammar and usage in college-level writing. The primary focus will be on the rules themselves, not on composition. Students will do brief in-class writing assignments. One purpose of this class is to familiarize students with the grammar rules that the SAT and ACT will test. While this class is not officially an AP class, a portion of the syllabus will be similar to the course description for AP English Language and Composition, available at

EC 199: Sp St Microeconomics
Credits: 4
Instructors: Laura Leete and Tom Lininger

This class will examine how agents—consumers, firms and governments—make decisions when facing scarce resources (such as time and money), and how those decisions affect market outcomes, such as prices, output and how a society uses its resources. Using demand and supply analysis, students will learn how markets coordinate the activities of agents, and how markets and agents respond to changes in underlying factors. The latter part of the course will explore situations in which markets can fail, including imperfect competition among firms (for example, monopoly), activities that generate costs or benefits that are external to the immediate market transaction (for example, pollution), and examples of desired goods that no private firm would want to provide (for example, national defense). Students should come away from the class with the ability to understand the economic phenomena we read and hear about every day. While this class is not officially an AP class, the syllabus will be similar to the course description for AP Microeconomics, available at

HIST 199: Sp St Revol to Reconst
Credits: 4
Instructors: Michael Dreiling and Tom Lininger

The class will cover U.S. history from approximately 1700 to the end of Reconstruction in 1877. While the U.S. history course in the UOCHSS Program are not AP classes, the coverage of the UOCHSS history courses approximately tracks the course description for AP U.S. History, available at

Application Procedure

Students who wish to enroll in the UOCHSS Program must send an e-mail to Tom Lininger at 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

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