Online College Courses Open to High School Students

  • Syracuse University offers select courses online in 8-week sessions year-round.
  • Qualified high school students are encouraged to apply to enroll in individual courses.
  • Seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Maximum class capacity is 20 students.

2020-2021 Eight-Week Session Schedule

Apply Now for Spring Sessions 1 & 2

Available courses:

Additional courses may be added soon. Check back for updates on offerings in all upcoming semesters.

Available Courses for High School Students
CourseSessionClass Time
BPS 315 Practical Financial Management (3 credits)
Introduction to personal financial management. Emphasis on personal financial decision making, interpreting financial data, budget planning, risk management, retirement and estate planning. Basic financial concepts of time value of money, asset valuation and risk and return. Introduction to the fundamental concepts, techniques and theories for making effective financial decisions.
Instructor: Derek Brainard Course Number: 39475
Spring 2021, 8-Week 1:
Jan 19 - Mar 12
Application Deadline: January 4, 2021
Wednesdays
8:00 - 9:30 p.m. EST
CHE 113 Forensic Science (4 credits)
Introduction to forensic science with focus upon the application of scientific methods and techniques to criminal justice and law. Methods specifically relevant to crime detection and analysis will be presented. Laboratory included.
Instructor: James Spencer Course Number: 42568
Spring 2021, 8-Week 1:
Jan 19 - Mar 12
Application Deadline: January 4, 2021
Thursdays
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. EST
CRL 301 Introduction to Creative Leadership (3 credits)
Introduction to concepts of creative leadership. Principles related to foundational competencies of creative problemsolving; divergent thinking; gathering and using data to make informed decisions; and strategic and visionary thinking.
Instructor: Mike Evans Course Number: 42383
Spring 2021, 8-Week 1:
Jan 19 - Mar 12
Application Deadline: January 4, 2021
Wednesdays
8:00 - 9:30 p.m. EST
CRL 313 Strategic Leadership (3 credits)
A macro view of the important role of the strategic leader in today┬┐s world; entails making informed, purposeful decisions. A framework that examines the personal, communal, organizational, and broad environmental realms a leader operates in.
Instructor: Susan Conklin Course Number: 39473
Spring 2021, 8-Week 1:
Jan 19 - Mar 12
Application Deadline: January 4, 2021
Thursdays
8:00 - 9:30 p.m. EST
HST 112 Modern Europe: Napoleon to the Present (3 credits)
European lives and experiences in the age of industrialization, urbanization, and mass politics. World wars, fascism, the Russian Revolution, empires, Europe in the post-World War II era.
Instructor: Alan Allport Course Number: 42569
Spring 2021, 8-Week 1:
Jan 19 - Mar 12
Application Deadline: January 4, 2021
Wednesdays
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. EST
ECN 101 Intro to Microeconomics (3 credits)
Introduction to microeconomics. Consumer demand, theory of production, markets and prices, social welfare, and related topics.
Instructor: Elizabeth Ashby Course Number: 43101
Spring 2021, 8-Week 1:
Jan 19 - Mar 12
Application Deadline: January 4, 2021
Wednesdays
8:00 - 9:30 p.m. EST
MAT 121 Probability and Statistics for the Liberal Arts I (4 credits)
First in a two-course sequence. Teaches probability and statistics by focusing on data and reasoning. Topics include displaying data, numerical measures of data, elementary probability, discrete distributions, normal distributions, confidence intervals.
Instructor: Thomas John Course Number: 42570
Spring 2021, 8-Week 1:
Jan 19 - Mar 12
Application Deadline: January 4, 2021
Tuesdays
8:00 - 9:30 p.m. EST
PPM 301 Foundations of Project Management (3 credits)
Everyone is a project manager on some level. This course will identify best practices to manage projects, both large and small. Students will apply those practices while implementing a project to enhance their expertise.
Instructor: Mark Borte Course Number: 39480
Spring 2021, 8-Week 1:
Jan 19 - Mar 12
Application Deadline: January 4, 2021
Thursdays
8:00 - 9:30 p.m. EST
PPM 301 Foundations of Project Management (3 credits)
Everyone is a project manager on some level. This course will identify best practices to manage projects, both large and small. Students will apply those practices while implementing a project to enhance their expertise.
Instructor: Mark Borte Course Number: 42343
Spring 2021, 8-Week 1:
Jan 19 - Mar 12
Application Deadline: January 4, 2021
Wednesdays
8:00 - 9:30 p.m. EST
PSY 205 Foundations of Human Behavior (3 credits)
Fundamental principles of mental life and human behavior. Significance of psychology in human relationships and self-understanding.
Instructor: Travis Stewart Course Number: 43102
Spring 2021, 8-Week 1:
Jan 19 - Mar 12
Application Deadline: January 4, 2021
Tuesdays
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. EST

SOC 102 Social Problems (3 credits)
Application of sociological theory and methods to identification, description, and analysis of contemporary social problems. Critique and analysis of alternative strategies for social change.
Instructor: Carrie Roseamelia Course Number: 34365
Spring 2021, 8-Week 1:
Jan 19 - Mar 12
Application Deadline: January 4, 2021
Tuesdays
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. EST
WRT 105 Studio 1: Practices of Academic Writing* (3 credits)
*Only for recent high school graduates.
Study and practice of writing processes, including critical reading, collaboration, revision, editing, and the use of technologies. Focuses on the aims, strategies, and conventions of academic prose, especially analysis and argumentation.
Instructor: Nancy Wright Course Number: 34362
Spring 2021, 8-Week 1:
Jan 19 - Mar 12
Application Deadline: January 4, 2021
Mondays
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. EST
BPS 100 Introduction to Computing Systems (3 credits)
This course introduces students to basic computer concepts such as software, hardware, computer security, databases, e-commerce, and other technologies in the program. Additionally, this course will cover ethical, social, and legal issues related to the use of technology and computer systems.
Instructor: TBA Course Number: 43120
Spring 2021, 8-Week 2:
Mar 15 - May 6
Application Deadline: March 1, 2021
Thursdays
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. EST
BPS 319 Global Leadership (3 credits)
Understanding the dimensions of culture will form the foundation for study after which the course will then layer in the aspects of leadership impacted by and developed from a globalized workforce and workplace. Dynamics specific to both individuals and their workplaces will be emphasized.
Instructor: Elizabeth Wimer Course Number: 39478
Spring 2021, 8-Week 2:
Mar 15 - May 6
Application Deadline: March 1, 2021
Mondays
8:00 - 9:30 p.m. EST
ECN 102 Introductory Macroeconomics (3 credits)
Introduction to concepts and methods of economic analysis. Emphasis on such macroeconomic topics as gross domestic product, unemployment, money, and theory of national income.
Instructor: Andrew Jonelis Course Number: 42572
Spring 2021, 8-Week 2:
Mar 15 - May 6
Application Deadline: March 1, 2021
Wednesdays
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. EST
ENG 107 Living Writers (3 credits)
Introduction to visiting writers and their work. Lectures and small group sections emphasize dynamic and plastic nature of writing. Opportunity to question the authors directly on content, influences, and technique.
Instructor: Walker Rutter-Bowman Course Number: 34361
Spring 2021, 8-Week 2:
Mar 15 - May 6
Application Deadline: March 1, 2021
Tuesdays
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. EST
GEO 155 The Natural Environment (3 credits)
Patterns of the physical phenomena at and near the surface of the earth. Surface configuration, climate, vegetation, and soil and their areal interrelationships.
Instructor: Emily Bukowski Course Number: 34241
Spring 2021, 8-Week 2:
Mar 15 - May 6
Application Deadline: March 1, 2021
Tuesdays
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. EST
MAT 122 Probability and Statistics for the Liberal Arts II (4 credits)
Second in a two-course sequence. Teaches probability and statistics focusing on data and reasoning. Topics include hypothesis testing, linear correlation, linear regression, nonparametric methods, statistical process control, solving liner equations, matrices, Markov chains.
Instructor: Thomas John Course Number: 42571
Spring 2021, 8-Week 2:
Mar 15 - May 6
Application Deadline: March 1, 2021
Tuesdays
8:00 - 9:30 p.m. EST
PSY 274 Social Psychology (3 credits)
Introduction to scientific study of the social behavior of individuals; experimental approach. Social influence, conformity, social perception, attitude changes, small groups, and collective behavior.
Instructor: Leonard Newman Course Number: 34364
Spring 2021, 8-Week 2:
Mar 15 - May 6
Application Deadline: March 1, 2021
Thursdays
8:00 - 9:30 p.m. EST
PSC 121 American National Government and Politics (3 credits)
American political institutions. Basic principles embedded in structure and practices of American government. Practical consequences of this political system for the citizen.
Instructor: Joel Kersting Course Number: 43103
Spring 2021, 8-Week 2:
Mar 15 - May 6
Application Deadline: March 1, 2021
Thursdays
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. EST

Visit https://summercollege.syr.edu/ for online pre-college courses for July and August 2021.

Time Commitment

Semester-based Syracuse University courses in the fall and spring are typically 15 weeks in length. The 8-week online courses are therefore accelerated and more time-intensive.

Students participate in one weekly 90-minute synchronous (live) session with the course instructor. Students will also have 8-10 hours of asynchronous work per week, which may include watching videos, reading, and completing assignments.

Cost

The per credit cost is $695. Therefore, 3-credit courses cost $2085 and 4-credit courses cost $2780.

Admission Criteria

Students applying to enroll in Syracuse University online courses are expected to be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Students must be of rising high school junior or senior status or a 2020 high school graduate. Some courses may have additional requirements.

The online application must be completed by the student through SlideRoom, and includes the following:

  • Biographical, demographic, and school information
  • A high school transcript (unofficial or official)
  • Copy of the most recent report card (if recent grades are not included on the transcript)
  • $30 application fee

If you have any questions, please email precollege@syr.edu.

Apply Now for Spring Sessions 1 & 2

Dates & Deadlines

Spring 2020 Academic Deadlines Spring 2020, 8-Week 1 Deadlines Spring 2020, 8-Week 2 Deadlines
Application Deadline 1/5/2021 3/1/2021
First Day of Classes 1/19/2021 3/15/2021
Add Deadline 1/22/2021 3/18/2021
Academic/Financial Deadline to Drop Class
1/29/2021 3/25/2021
Withdrawal Deadline
3/5/2021 4/29/2021
Last Day of Classes 3/12/2021 5/6/2021