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College Pathway Programs

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Learn what makes UChicago one of the most innovative and impactful universities in the world through the Pathway programs.

Each three-week program provides a broad overview of how scholars at the University of Chicago articulate problems and apply solutions in a particular field of study—Economics, Human Rights, Molecular Engineering, and Neuroscience. Participants delve into a variety of perspectives and topics through a series of lectures by faculty members and research associates. University of Chicago students act as Teaching Assistants, meeting regularly with participants to discuss what they have heard, read, and seen, and working with faculty to provide special opportunities for further learning, such as labs and off-campus trips. Participants have assignments to turn in and homework to complete, and receive a written evaluation and certificate of completion at the end of the program.

This program is ideal for high school students who want to explore different facets of a subject area, in order to learn more about the approaches and issues involved, and to determine what about it they want to study further.

Students can choose from one of the programs and sessions below: 

Course(s)

Pathway Program in Economics

This program introduces students to the approaches to economic research and experimentation that make UChicago a world leader in the field. Full-time lecturers in the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics teach classes on topics in macroeconomics, microeconomics, game theory, and field experiments, which are supplemented by guest lectures delivered by preeminent UChicago faculty in economics and other departments whose research applies the tools and insights of the field in new and exciting ways.

Session(s)

Session I

Pathway Program in Economics C

This program introduces students to the approaches to economic research and experimentation that make UChicago a world leader in the field. Full-time lecturers in the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics teach classes on topics in macroeconomics, microeconomics, game theory, and field experiments, which are supplemented by guest lectures delivered by preeminent UChicago faculty in economics and other departments whose research applies the tools and insights of the field in new and exciting ways.

Session(s)

Session II

Pathway Program in Human Rights

What are the philosophical and historical approaches to contemporary justice issues? How do laws, treaties, and norms work in practice to protect rights? Through lectures and discussions with affiliated faculty, researchers, and advocates associated with the University of Chicago’s Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, participants will explore these questions through the lens of particular issues in the field.

Session(s)

Session I

Pathway Program in Model UN

Develop a nuanced understanding of global affairs and the successful strategies and skills of debate practiced at the University of Chicago. The Model United Nations (MUN) Pathway program brings together the expertise of our faculty with that of our UChicago MUN team, which has been number one in the country for three out of the past four years and consistently ranks among the top five teams in the nation.

Session(s)

Session II

Pathway Program in Molecular Engineering

The emerging field of Molecular Engineering brings together concepts from chemical and mechanical engineering, materials science, physics, and nanotechnology in order to innovate across a wide range of areas, including energy storage and harvesting, water purification, and manufacturing electronic, biomedical, and mechanical devices.

Session(s)

Session I

Pathway Program in Molecular Engineering

The emerging field of Molecular Engineering brings together concepts from chemical and mechanical engineering, materials science, physics, and nanotechnology in order to innovate across a wide range of areas, including energy storage and harvesting, water purification, and manufacturing electronic, biomedical, and mechanical devices.

Session(s)

Session II

Pathway Program in Neuroscience

Participants will explore the development and functional neuroanatomy of the adult vertebrate nervous system. This understanding will be solidified by dissections of sheep and human brains. Participants will also consider neuroanatomical adaptations specific to particular animals, which will be examined in the context of critical environmental and ecological factors. Trips to related sites, such as the Field Museum of Natural History and the Shedd Aquarium, will provide opportunities to place the material into a living, breathing context.

Session(s)

Session I

Pathway Program in Neuroscience

Participants will explore the development and functional neuroanatomy of the adult vertebrate nervous system. This understanding will be solidified by dissections of sheep and human brains. Participants will also consider neuroanatomical adaptations specific to particular animals, which will be examined in the context of critical environmental and ecological factors. Trips to related sites, such as the Field Museum of Natural History and the Shedd Aquarium, will provide opportunities to place the material into a living, breathing context.

Session(s)

Session II