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College Preparation Program

Time limit: 90 days


Full program description


This program is designed so that students can self-select courses in a variety of disciplines and explore the types of learning activities and variety of instructional used at the university. We aim to provide a real experience so students are expected to demonstrate the productivity, self-guided study and critical thinking skills we expect to see when they are enrolled full time.


Courses Offered in this Program


Geology is the core discipline of the earth sciences and encompasses many different phenomena, including plate tectonics & mountain building, formation of volcanoes, earthquakes, landscape formation, earth history, and carbon cycling. Because of the ever-increasing demand for commodities and the changing climate, geology is of considerable societal relevance. This course introduces students to the basics of geology. Through a combination of lectures, labs, and field observations, we will address topics ranging from formation of the elements, mineral and rock identification, and geological mapping to plate tectonics, erosion and climate engineering. The course is designed to be accessible to students from all disciplines. No geology background is assumed.

Exploring the Music and Culture of Great European Cities

Care to see Beethoven's piano-forte? Or place a flower in memory of Franz Schubert at his beautiful tomb in Vienna? If you're a classical music fan, you'll want to join us on a virtual tour of the birthplaces, museums, and graves of Europe's great composers. If it wasn't for these men, music today would be entirely different!

Contemporary music is an evolution of classical music and for this reason this genre is also named contemporary classical music. Since the middle of the last century, new music has emerged, originally inspired by romantic music, but also the simple characteristics of atonality, twelve-tone music, Second Viennese school, etc. Today there are many festivals dedicated to contemporary music, such as the Donaueschingen Festival of Contemporary Music, the Festivals of Aix-en-Provence, the Wien Modern, the Ultima Festival in Oslo, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Festival Pontino of Latina and the Festival Tempo Reale in Florence.

US History from a Global Perspective

This course examines US History (1775 to 1791) from a global perspective. Using primary sources, participants will explore key US events that established its culture and civilization as we know it today.

Intro to Music Theory

After completing this course, students should have a strong understanding of common notation, the physics behind music theory, as well as the basic concepts of music theory and a few slightly advanced but useful topics, such as transposition.

You will be expected to review all sections of the corresponding course Module. You are required to take a quiz specifically on the readings. Quizzes are not timed and questions may be randomized. You have 3 attempts for each quiz; the highest score out of the attempts will be counted.