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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 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.

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 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.

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 which facet they want to study further.

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

  Session I Session II
Course Dates June 24 - July 11 July 15 - August 1
Move-in June 22 July 13
Move-out July 12 August 2

Course(s)

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. Using Python, students will learn techniques for classification, prediction, inference, and regression.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Session I

Pathways in Law

What is law, in theory and practice? This course introduces students to ways of thinking about issues of law and legal legitimacy, particularly as they relate to the work of judges. First, we will study different schools of thought about what law “is” --  whether we can lay claim to a “higher law” which determines human and civil rights, for example, or whether law is simply an expression of a source of authority’s political force and will -- and the process through which legal determinations should be made.

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Session I

Pathways in Molecular Engineering

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.

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Session I

Pathways in Molecular Engineering

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.

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Session II

Pathways in Urban Studies

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 and design.

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Session I

Pathways in World Politics

Those who can create and shape order have power. How is order formed at the international level? How is it expressed domestically? How do domestic and international orders change and interact with one another? Political Science defines order as the institutions (e.g. treaties signed by nations; a nation's government type, such as being a democracy) that regulate interactions between individuals, communities, and nations.

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Session II