University of Oregon Courses for High School Students Program

The University of Oregon Courses for High School Students (UOCHSS) Program is designed for high school students who would like to take advantage of furlough and non-school days to further their education. The UOCHSS faculty consists of volunteers from several different departments: Neil Bania in Planning, Public Policy and Management; Jane Cramer in Political Science; Christopher Doe in Biology; Michael Dreiling in Sociology; Marina Guenza in Chemistry; Laura Leete in Planning, Public Policy and Management; Tom Lininger in Law; Andrew Marcus in Chemistry; Hillary Nadeau in Education; Clinton Sandvick in History; and Jeffery Measelle in Psychology. Students in the UOCHSS Program have an opportunity to take rigorous college-level classes, but the size of the classes is smaller than is typical in college, and the classes consist solely of high school students.

For more information about the program, including course meeting dates, download the detailed UOCHSS Program overview.

Fall 2014

PS 199: Sp St Adv Poli Theory
Credits: 4
Instructors: James Cramer and Tom Lininger

This class is the second part of a two-term sequence that introduces students to the discipline of political science in the context of U.S. government. The first part was introduction to Political Science, taught last term by Professors Cramer and Lininger. Students are welcome in Advanced Political Theory if they have not taken introduction to Political Science, but those students should read the first part of our textbook in advance of the term. Students who passed introduction to Political Science will have priority in enrolling for Advanced Political Theory, but they will not fill all the available slots. The class will examine the following topics: voting, campaigns and elections; the distinctive functions of the three branches in the federal government; civil rights and civil liberties; the budget and economic policies; social safety nets; and foreign policy and national defense. While this class is not officially an AP class, the syllabus will be similar to one half of the course description for AP U.S. Government, available at

GEOG 199: Sp St Human Geog
Credits: 4
Instructors: Nicholas Kohler and Tom Lininger

The goal of this course is to provide students with an introduction to human contribution to the geographical diversity of the earth. The course offers an overview of the basic demographic, cultural, economic, and political patterns that have shaped the modern world, as well as the ways in which humans have used and transformed their environments. Specific topics addressed include colonialism and global power dynamics, urban growth and economic change, human migration and settlement, globalization and its environmental impacts, territory and geopolitical conflict, and the role of space, place, and identity in shaping geographical diversity. Students will learn to do the following interpret maps and analyze geospatial data; understand and explain the implications of associations and networks among phenomena in places; recognize and interpret the relationships among patterns and processes at different scales of analysis; and characterize and analyze chaning internconnections among places. While this class is not officially an AP class, the syllabus will be similar to the course description for AP Human Geography, available at

HC 199: Sp St Debate
Credits: 2
Instructors: Tom Lininger and Jeff Measelle

The 4J School District no longer provides any funding for instruction or coaching in debate. Some local high schools rely on volunteers to lead their debate programs, and some high schools do not have debate programs at all. The purpose of this course is to provide an opportunity for high school students to learn about the different OSAA debate formats and to practice their advocacy skills. The class will meet daily before first period begins at local high schools. Each session will be 40 minutes long. Students need only attend a total of 30 sessions (an average of three per week) during the period from September 3 through December 1. Students map pick the sessions that interest them the most and that align with their schedules. Each Monday's class will be a discussion of strategies and substantive arguments in policy debate. Each Thursday's class will be a discussion of strategy and substantive issues in public forum debate and/or Lincoln-Douglas (LD) debate. Each Friday's class will be a practice session for parliamentary debate, public forum debate, and LC debate. Students will also have an opportunity to judge middle school debate rounds at Roosevelt Middle School in Eugene on Wednesday morning or at Hamlin Middle School in Springfield on Wednesday afternoons. Jeff Measelle will be the on-site instructor at Roosevelt and Tom Lininger will be the onsite instructor at Hamlin. Students who wish to judge rounds at Roosevelt and Hamlin will need to attend a brief training program. Students may apply up to 10 judging sessions toward their required 30 sessions; in other words, at least 20 sessions must be on the UO campus. This class is open to beginning and advanced debaters. Students from any high school in Eugene or Springfield may attend this class. The class will meet on the UO campus in a building that is just a few blocks from South Eugene High School. Students from other high schools may leave earlier than 8:20 a.m. if necessary to get to their high schools on time.

Application Procedure

Students who wish to enroll in the UOCHSS Program must send an e-mail to Tom Lininger at The e-mail must include the following information:

  1. The applicant's name, grade level, and school;
  2. The name, phone number and e-mail address of the applicant's parent or guardian;
  3. The course or courses in which the applicant wishes to enroll;
  4. Whether the applicant has maintained a 3.0 grade point average for the past two years;
  5. Whether the applicant intends to enroll on a graded or pass/no pass basis.

For information on course content or the approval process, contact Tom Lininger at

Use of UOCHSS Credit by Future Full-Time UO Students

Students who take courses in the UOCHSS Program will receive UO college credit. If the students go on to attend the University of Oregon, this coursework will not count toward University of Oregon's group requirements or required courses for a major. For example, if the student wants take EC 199 through UOCHSS, the credit will not count towards Social Studies group requirements. Additionally, if the student plans to major in Economics at the University of Oregon, then EC 199 cannot be substituted for EC 202: Microeconomics. UOCHSS credits can be used toward elective credits at the UO.

2014-15 Course List
FALL 2014
Advanced Political Theory
Human Geography
Tom Lininger