Discover the Possibilities of What College Can Be

B4USoar offers students from Philadelphia’s public and charter high schools the opportunity to attend college classes, free of charge, and explore new paths for the future.

Junior and senior high school students get a real campus experience with in-person classes, mentorship and high-quality education.

With B4USoar, get the tools, support and confidence you need to succeed in college, with free tuition and transferable college credits.

Explore Your Potential While Building Confidence in the College Setting

High school students who are enrolled in one of the B4USoar courses share the college classroom experience with current Temple students. Each class has a Peer Mentor who offers support, technology assistance, encouragement, and tips for planning and transitioning to college. 

Community professionals provide workshops in areas such as time management, financial planning, career and professional development, leadership and other relevant topics.

What are the benefits?

  • Earn fully paid and transferable college credits.
  • Learn what it’s like to be a Temple Owl.
  • Get a college classroom experience.
  • Meet faculty and current students.
  • Build relationships with peer mentors.
  • Access Temple’s libraries, student center and bookstores.

When and where do the classes meet?

  • Class are typically two or three days a week in the afternoon, Fall & Spring Semesters.
  • The Fall semester runs from August 26, 2024 through December 17, 2024 on Temple University’s Main Campus, 1800 North Broad Street.

What courses can I choose from?

Fall 2024 B4USoar Courses (check back for updates)

Guerrilla Altruism: A Mini-Manual of Subversive Activism [NEW]

Tuesday/Thursday 3:30-4:50

A multi-disciplinary investigation into the unorthodox strategies deployed by contemporary guerrilla artists and activists, reformers and humanitarians, eventually culminating in the design and realization of one or more small-scale humanitarian interventions within Temple's surrounding communities.

STEM Challenge: The World Within [NEW]

Monday/Wednesday 4:00-5:20

This course provides an exploration of the world within using an integrated and conceptual approach that includes the major themes: life science, physical science. Topics including biomolecules and the cell, biochemical cycles, proteins and DNA, cellular processes, genetics, evolution, anatomy and plant biology and ecology will be integrated to understand natural phenomena associated with organisms in their habitats. In addition, students will investigate the role of science through reading "Science in the News" and other current science-focused publications.

Creativity and Organizational Innovation

Monday/Wednesday: 4:00-5:20

Being creative is about solving problems or approaching opportunities in novel and valuable ways. This course is designed to help ALL students better harness their full creative potential – whether you think: “I am not creative” or “I already have more ideas than I can handle”, this class will help you come up with more creative ideas that offer more value and have greater impact on the world. Although creativity has been studied by nearly every professional domain, this course focuses on creativity as a driver of organizational innovation – from non-profits to small businesses and large corporations to students’ own entrepreneurial startups, creativity and innovation are critical to providing value and ensuring long-term survival. Throughout this course students will develop important life skills while learning to creatively solve problems through a number of real-world innovation challenges. No matter what career or profession you are going into, being more creative and appreciating how and why modern organizations function the way that they do will help you to be more valuable, more employable, more innovative, and more entrepreneurial.

Sport & Leisure in American Society

Monday/Wednesday 4:00-5:20

Explore the complexity and diversity of American society through the study of sport and leisure. To what extent does the way we play or spectate sports, the way we plan or experience leisure time, reflect American values? As we trace a brief history of the United States through the lens of sport and leisure, we will observe how concepts of freedom, democracy and equality are tested through time. Issues of race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, and socio-economic class will be prominent, as we observe American ideals both upheld and contradicted in the context of the way Americans recreate.

Introduction to Communications and Social Influence

Tuesday/Thursday 3:30-4:50

This course provides an overview of the theory, research, and practice of communication and social influence. Students will be introduced to risk, political, and conflict communication techniques and cutting-edge research and how it all applies and/or relates to current events and contemporary culture. Career paths and opportunities for Communication and Social Influence majors are also explored.

Data Science

Monday/Wednesday 4:00-5:20

We are all drowning in data, and so is your future employer. Data pour in from sources as diverse as social media, customer loyalty programs, weather stations, smartphones, and credit card purchases. How can you make sense of it all? Those that can turn raw data into insight will be tomorrow’s decision-makers; those that can solve problems and communicate using data will be tomorrow’s leaders. This course will teach you how to harness the power of data by mastering the ways it is stored, organized, and analyzed to enable better decisions. You will get hands-on experience by solving problems using a variety of powerful, computer-based data tools virtually every organization uses. You will also learn to make more impactful and persuasive presentations by learning the key principles of presenting data visually.

Green vs. Gray: Improving and Sustaining Urban Ecosystems

Tuesday/Thursday 3:30-4:50

Explores urban ecosystems and methods of improving and sustaining urban environments using the City of Philadelphia as a living laboratory. Students learn about urban ecology, urban field experiments, and the work required to sustain green infrastructure within a city landscape. As a Community-Based Learning (CBL) course, students engage in ten hours of field work and environmental stewardship which can range from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Tree Tender training, tree planting, restoring urban ecological systems and vacant lots, working in sustainable urban agriculture and/or greening school rooftops.

African Americans, Equality and the Law: Weapon or Tool?

Monday/Wednesday 4:00-5:20

Learn about the experience of African Americans through the lens of the U.S. legal system. U.S. law, which first defined African Americans as less than human, eventually declared discrimination illegal, and remains both an expression and an instrument of change at the intersection of race and equality. As you study this evolution, you will reflect on relevant current events, and explore your own responses to the kind of everyday encounters that continually arise in our pluralistic society. Can race be used as a factor in hiring, in college admissions? Is race a factor for you in dating, marriage, adoption? We explore issues like these on both broad social and personal dimensions.
NOTE: Limited availability

Race and Ethnicity in the Cinematic Arts

Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 4:00-4:50
Movies have played a central role in how we understand race, racial categories, and ethnic cultural identities. We will study Hollywood's evolving portrayal of African-Americans, Asian-Americans and ethnic groups like Latinos and Italian-Americans. From Edison's early films, through "Birth of a Nation," and to the present, commercial cinema has denigrated Americans of color and stereotyped its ethnic groups. How are stereotypes built up on century-old cinematic traditions and how do they function today? What self-images have minority filmmakers presented as an alternative to mainstream views? In addition to looking at the critiques, we look at more positive aspects of ethnic and racial images and examine the ways that these images speak to the history of the nation as a whole.

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