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College Courses for High School Students

Strengthen your college application, stand out among other applicants, and get a head start on your college education—all while you're still in high school.

Why Enroll in College Courses While Still in High School?

Insider Access to a Personal College Advisor

You'll benefit from having a dedicated college advisor who will assist you in selecting courses that align with your educational goals and personal needs. Plus, you'll be taught by the same expert faculty members who teach in our highly ranked academic programs, helping you feel more prepared for college and knowledgeable of how course topics apply to the real world. 

Flexible & Convenient Courses

You won't have to forego any aspect of your high school experience to get a jumpstart on your college career. That's because all of our courses are offered online and do not require you to meet on a certain day or time. You'll have the flexibility to complete coursework whenever it's most convenient for you, but still have the support you need for academic success. Your advisor can discuss with you and your family how we develop your personal success plan.

Cutting Costs and Accelerating Your Career

Courses for high school students are offered at a significantly reduced tuition rate. And by getting a jump start on general education requirements, you can begin to take your programmatic coursework when you officially start at Widener (or any college of your choosing) and potentially graduate early!

  • Reduced tuition rate: $500 per course

Courses Available to High School Students by Term

UHIS 121 –American Civilization I (3 Credits)

American Civilization I surveys the history of the United States to 1877, with emphasis on how major economic, political, and social changes affected the lives and values of Americans. The focus is on how diverse peoples experienced and influenced the processes of colonization, nation-building, and sectional development. The class examines the kinds of evidence historians use to reconstruct the past and challenges students to think analytically about historical sources to learn how people made sense of and shaped American civilization.

UALH 111 – Medical Terminology (3 Credits)

Allied health, like any other professional discipline, has its own specialized lexicon. Those in the various fields of allied health must understand this shared language not only to interact with other professionals but also to carry out career responsibilities. In this entry-level course, students learn and practice medical terminology-from anatomy and physiology to diagnostics and technology.

UENV 100 – Intro to Environmental Science (3 Credits)

This course is designed for nonmajors in science who are interested in the environment and environmental issues. Topics include an overview of humans and nature (environmental problems and their causes), principles and concepts (matter and energy, ecosystems, risk, toxicology, human health), resources and wastes, biodiversity, and living sustainably.\

UHIS 102 – Western Civilization III (1815 to Present) (3 Credits)

A study of select themes in European history from the French Revolution to the present. Topics of special interest include the emergence of liberalism, nationalism, the growth of industrialization, socialism, and militarism.

UANT 105 – Cultural Diversity (3 Credits)

This course introduces students to the study of human cultural diversity. By examining different cultural systems from around the world, students learn concepts and methods for investigating why humans think and behave the way they do. This course provides students with the competence to live and work with people from different cultural backgrounds. It also enables students to see the world through a different cultural lens and reflect critically on the cultural beliefs and practices that govern their own lives. Topics include race, ethnicity, nationalism, language, gender, sexuality, religion, warfare, political organization, economic systems, migration, healing, kinship, marriage, and the family.

UHIS 101 – Western Civilization II (1300 to 1815) (3 Credits)

A study of select themes in European history from the French Revolution to the present. Topics of special interest include the emergence of liberalism, nationalism, the growth of industrialization, socialism, and militarism.
 
USOC 105 – Intro to Sociology (3 Credits) 

A general introduction to sociology covering empirically based theoretical insights on social groups, culture, institutions, social organization, stratification, deviance, social movements, and social change. The development of a sociological perspective through the application of core concepts, such as the sociological imagination and the social construction of reality, formulates the basic framework for this course.

UALH 111 – Medical Terminology (3 Credits) 

Allied health, like any other professional discipline, has its own specialized lexicon. Those in the various fields of allied health must understand this shared language not only to interact with other professionals but also to carry out career responsibilities. In this entry-level course, students learn and practice medical terminology-from anatomy and physiology to diagnostics and technology.
 
UCOM 180 – Public Speaking (3 Credits) 

The course provides students with the skills needed to deliver compelling speeches and presentations. Students will learn to communicate information powerfully for both small groups and large audiences.

 
UBIO 115 – Human Nutrition (3 Credits)

This course is an introduction to the science of nutrition. Human nutrient requirements, nutrient absorption, malnutrition (overconsumption as well as underconsumption), recommended dietary guidelines, and topics of current interest are covered. Special attention is paid to helping students evaluate their own nutrition practices. Designed as a science elective for nonscience majors. 3 hours lecture.

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How to Enroll in College Courses

You'll need to submit an application first. Our application is free and takes just a few minutes to complete.

  • Have a recent copy of your high school transcript ready to upload. 
  • Complete the application at go.widener.edu/apply by choosing Continuing Studies and High School Student. 

Once you apply, we'll be in touch to assist you in enrolling in courses that will put you on the inside track to success.

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Accelerated College Program

Apply to our Pride Scholars Accelerated College Program and work with a Widener Student Success Advisor to plan your college coursework while still in high school. You can earn up to 30 college credits, saving time and significantly reducing your college tuition costs. 

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Browse Our Programs

With your gen eds already banked, dive into a major that interests you. Graduate early. Or use the time to study abroad, gain more on-the-job experience, or delve into cutting-edge research. You'll graduate with the confidence to launch your career.  

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Earn a Bachelor's + Master's in 4 Years

Take advantage of the credits you've accrued in high school by using your four years at Widener to accelerate to a master's degree—earning you a job advantage, higher compensation, and the skills to advance your career.  

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Our Value & Affordability

You want the best fit—and the best education you can afford. Through scholarships, grants, and financial aid, we make this possible.

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Student Experience

You’ll know it when you feel it. The sense of belonging. The thrill of shared purpose. The excitement of life in a community that feels like a second family. Take a sneak peek of student life at Widener. 

Get in Touch

Have questions? Feel free to email or call our Center for Graduate & Continuing Studies for more information. Provide your contact information and one of our advisors will call you!