Get a head start on your college experience while you are still in high school.
B4USoar introduces high school students to high-quality education while illustrating how they can thrive in higher learning institutions. High school students who enroll in one of the courses are paired with current college students in the class who help them plan projects, study and offer support. It is a chance to get started on your way to college.
What are the benefits?
- Earn transferable academic credits fully funded by the Fox School of Business and Management
- Experience the academic and campus culture of Temple University
- Access to the Charles Library
- Access to the Howard Gittis Student Center
- Access Temple’s Bookstores
When and where do the classes meet?
Fall & Spring Semesters
Temple Main Campus, 1800 North Broad Street
The fall semester runs from August 24 through December 16 on Temple University’s Main Campus in Philadelphia. Applications are being accepted now!
What courses can I choose from?
Fall 2020 B4USoar Classes
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.
This course will expose students to an historical analysis of traditional and innovative models for solving complex and daunting social problems—from government legal and regulatory models, to NGOs and non-profits, to social entrepreneurial and multi-bottom-line ventures. The overall goal is to inspire students towards greater civic engagement while equipping them with ways of thinking about and building solutions to pressing systemic social problems. Central to this course is a team project designed by students to solve a meaningful social problem.
Creativity is inside of all of us. Maybe you feel like you use yours all the time. Maybe you feel like you are not creative at all. In this course, we are going to uncover your creativity – be it abundant or elusive – and channel it with newfound tools and energy. We are going to look at the mindsets and methods we need to think divergently. We’ll return to our roots as kids and remember why asking why is a good thing. We will explore playing different roles at different times in the creative process. The goal is to come out of this course with practical tools you can apply in any scenario. We are going to become critical thinking, flexible, problem-solving ninjas.
Do you listen to hip hop, spend all your time in TikTok, dress up like a cartoon character and go to anime fairs, or go skateboarding every day with your friends? Then you are part of the phenomenon called youth culture. Often related to gender, race, class and socio-economic circumstances, youth cultures enable young people to try on identities as they work their way to a clearer sense of self. Empowered by new technology tools and with the luxury of infinite virtual space, young people today can explore identities in ways not available to previous generations. Students in this class will investigate several youth cultures, looking closely at what it means to belong. They will also come to appreciate how the media and marketing construct youth identities and define youth cultures around the world.
This course is designed to teach students how to think about race and diversity through the lens of three social problems in schools. They represent a gap between what we would like society to be like and the lived reality for individuals in the society. Race and diversity are implicated in the framing of these three issues as social problems and in devising solutions that move us toward a more equitable society. Devising solutions to social problems and participating in their implementation is an important role for citizens in a democracy. In order to do so we need to understand the role of race and diversity in modern American society and in our own lived experience. This General Education course will examine three pressing social problems in American society that play out in schools—segregation and racial isolation in schools, school violence, and dropout.