Skip to main content
×
Loading...

Pathways

Learn what makes UChicago one of the most innovative and impactful universities in the world through the Pathway programs. Explore different facets of a subject area, in order to learn more about the approaches and issues involved, and to determine which facet they want to study further.

Learn what makes UChicago one of the most innovative and impactful universities in the world through the Pathways program. Students will explore different facets of a subject area, in order to learn more about the approaches and issues involved, and to determine which facet they want to study further.

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, Law, Molecular Engineering, Data Science, and more. Through a series of lectures led by faculty members and research associates, students delve into a variety of perspectives and topics. University of Chicago students serve as Teaching Assistants, meeting regularly with participants to discuss what they have heard, read, and seen, and work with faculty to provide special opportunities for further learning, such as labs and off-campus trips.

This undergraduate-level program is ideal for high school students who want to explore an area of study and gain an appreciation for some of the approaches central to the discipline and some of the most pressing issues or questions that scholars and practitioners in the field are currently addressing.

Eligibility: Current high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, who are at least 14 years old.

  Session I Session II
Course Dates June 22 - July 09 July 14 - July 30
Move-in June 20 July 12
Move-out July 10 July 31

To search for courses based on your grade level and academic interest, check out the course finder.

Courses in Program

Pathways in City Planning and Politics

The world is urbanizing at an increasing rate, and the idea of the city remains a potent one for community builders, policy makers, and researchers of all kinds. This course explores the work of city-building through public policy, placemaking, and urban planning.

Session(s)

Session I

Pathways in Data Science

Learn how to glean insights and meaning from complex sets of data in this overview of a field with growing importance in business, government, and scientific research. Students will learn to use the transformational tools of data science and see how researchers are applying them in the service of social good. Working with faculty from the Department of Statistics, students will study how data is collected and stored and then how it is explored, visualized, and communicated.

Session(s)

Session II

Pathways 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 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

Pathways in Economics (Calculus-Based)

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 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

Pathways 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

Pathways in Law

This course explores U.S. law in theory and practice, focusing especially on constitutional law. First, we will gain a deeper understanding of the major theoretical debates in contemporary constitutional law, particularly the central cleavage between “originalism” and “living constitutionalism.” Then, we will see how these theoretical debates play out in practice as we examine some of the major issues in constitutional law and politics as ruled on by the modern Supreme Court—including abortion, gun rights, LGBTQ rights, and the intersection of the First Amendment and campaign finance laws.

Session(s)

Session I

Pathways in Leadership and Entrepreneurship

This three-week course is designed to introduce you to the skills required to develop your leadership capacity and start your own ventures. At its core, entrepreneurship is the process of identifying a problem and creating a solution. In this course, students will learn the art of opportunity identification, and will understand how to transform compelling opportunities into new ventures as creative leaders.

Session(s)

Session II

Pathways in Molecular Engineering (Session 1)

The emerging field of Molecular Engineering brings together concepts from chemical and mechanical engineering, materials science, physics, and nanotechnology to innovate across a wide range of areas, such as energy storage and harvesting, water purification, and manufacturing electronic, biomedical, and mechanical devices. Molecular engineers may build new materials or objects from the molecule up, or even create new molecules that do not exist in nature.

Session(s)

Session I

Pathways in Molecular Engineering (Session 2)

The emerging field of Molecular Engineering brings together concepts from chemical and mechanical engineering, materials science, physics, and nanotechnology to innovate across a wide range of areas, such as energy storage and harvesting, water purification, and manufacturing electronic, biomedical, and mechanical devices. Molecular engineers may build new materials or objects from the molecule up, or even create new molecules that do not exist in nature.

Session(s)

Session II

Pathways in World Politics

Why is there no world government?  What are the consequences of not having a world government? These are the fundamental questions of interest to scholars of international relations.  International relations offers conceptual tools for understanding the causes of and possible solutions to many of the challenges facing the world today, including wars, nulcear proliferation, economic crises, and climate change.

Session(s)

Session II