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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

WINTER 2024 (4-week courses, December 18, 2023 – January 12, 2024) 
UAH 101 ART HISTORY I (3 Credits) 
A survey of the major visual arts—architecture, painting, sculpture— from prehistoric times through the Middle Ages. Offered in the fall semester every year.

Prerequisite(s): No Prerequisite. 

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.

Prerequisite(s): No Prerequisite. 
An introduction to basic concepts, functions, and processes of politics and government, using the American system as a model. The course includes topics such as political socialization, constitutional government, legislative process, presidential leadership and bureaucracy, the role of the judiciary, elections, political parties, interest groups, and problems of civil rights.

Prerequisite(s): No prerequisite. 

Spring I 2024 (7-week courses, January 16, 2024 - March 5, 2024) 
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.

Prerequisite(s): No prerequisite. 
This course offers students the opportunity to learn how to navigate all necessary platforms and resources to be a successful online learner.  Platforms include Zoom, Canvas, Microsoft Office, Outlook and Widener University specific applications.

Prerequisite(s): No prerequisite. 
An introduction to the language of music and a survey of music in Western civilization from the Middle Ages through Bach.

Prerequisite(s): No prerequisite.
Formerly: Formerly History and Literature of Music I 
A general introduction to scientific psychology, including biological psychology, development, learning, memory, psychological disorders, and social psychology. Psychology majors must receive a “C” or better in this course to satisfy psychology major requirements.

Prerequisite(s): No prerequisite. 

SPRING II 2024 (7-week courses, March 18, 2024 – May 7, 2024) 
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.

Prerequisite(s): No prerequisite. 
USOC 245 – RACE, HIP HOP & SOCIETY (3 Credits) 
This course explores the contemporary emergence of rap and hip-hop culture. The course engages students in listening to music, viewing DVDs, and reading books and articles related to rap, hip hop, and cultural values. Societal issues of social control and freedom of speech are examined. Students explore these issues with the intent to broaden their sociological imaginations.

Prerequisite(s): USOC-105 

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.

Prerequisite(s): No prerequisite. 

Success in college calls for curiosity, engagement, and a willingness to be challenged, as well as having a strong foundation in reading, writing, and thinking. First-year students at Widener begin their college career with ENGL 101, a course designed to prepare undergraduates for serious academic inquiry, full participation in the intellectual life and mission of the university, and sustained self-directed learning throughout the curriculum. Students have the opportunity to select a section of ENGL 101 focused on a particular theme or topic. Through a variety of challenging reading and writing assignments engaging with the topic of choice (including a common reading), students become more careful and discerning readers. They will express insights and craft sustained arguments supported by carefully chosen evidence from primary and secondary material, and they will strengthen their ability to ask questions, evaluate, and synthesize complex information and draw conclusions.

Prerequisite(s): No prerequisite. 

FULL SPRING 2024 (15-week courses, January 16, 2024 - May 3, 2024) 
Introductory course designed to emphasize the established fundamental principles common to all known forms of life. Topics for discussion include the origin of life forms (abiogenesis) on this planet, and the evolution and operation (metabolism and self-perpetuation) of such forms of life at various levels of biological organization. Comprehension of the principles including “complementarity between structure and function” is emphasized throughout. Designed as a science elective for business, humanities, and social science students. Students may not receive credit for both this course and BIOL 100. 3 hours laboratory. 3 hours lecture.

Prerequisite(s): No Prerequisites. 

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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 ugadmissions.widener.edu 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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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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Tuition & Financial Aid

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!