The Georgetown Pre-College Online Program offers flexible, online courses in law, medicine, surgery, politics/government, investing, psychology, and more for students ages 13 and older. You will learn through dynamic video featuring Georgetown instructors, be guided by a mentor well-versed in your course subject, and earn a Certificate of Completion.
At Georgetown, we believe that you're more than a mind. You're an individual with unique talents, dreams, and passions. Our long-held Jesuit tradition of cura personalis means "care for the whole person," and our goal in creating these new online courses is to provide a holistic experience for you. As an individual with unique talents, dreams and passions, you deserve the opportunity to develop and refine what makes you you. If you are intrigued by a certain subject and would like to explore it in-depth before college, here is your chance. Georgetown University now offers pre-college online courses for students ages 13 and older. Each features dynamic video lessons by renowned Georgetown faculty and support from your mentors. The program is available year-round, and the online format enables you to study anywhere, anytime, at your own pace.
The subjects currently offered are:
- International Law
- International Relations
- Journalism & Media
- Politics & Government
Cybersecurity: Protecting Our Digital Future
This course unveils how cyberspace evolved, how it opened the door for cyberattacks, and how the world of the dark web came to exist. Learn from industry experts from the FBI, CISA, and more about the vulnerabilities that exist on the web, how they’re being exploited, and how cybersecurity experts are unraveling them. See how innovations in AI are affecting cybersecurity and find out what the future entails for this field.
Becoming an Entrepreneur: An Inside Look at Innovation
It is said that entrepreneurs can see a need before people even have it on their radar. Entrepreneurship is also the story of success and failure. In this course, you will learn what goes into launching a business. You will identify your target customer, create a story for your product, write a business model, and practice leadership behaviors that can inspire a team, prove out ideas, and test your brand concept. If you want to know how to take an idea all the way through to an on-the-shelf product or service, this course is for you.
International Law: Protecting the World's Interests
If the U.S. legal system seems complex, imagine the intricacies of how laws work across an international landscape. In this course, you will explore how international law is created, how jurisdiction works, how international treaties are negotiated, and how international law is enforced. You’ll even break down a simulated case study on the war in Ukraine and complete a final project in which you will take on the role of advisor. This fascinating course is a great choice for anyone who aspires to learn about international law and its impact on the world.
International Relations: How the World Works
The subject of international relations is more relevant than ever. We are living through a time of disruption and promise. On one hand, technology offers more people a voice—on the other, populist movements threaten democracy. The world economy is more connected than ever, yet threats like pandemics shut down supply chains and cause shortages. Industry is more productive, but causes environmental ills. How do these problems and potentials interact? Who are the new movers and shakers? What will your role be in the future?
Becoming an Investor: An Inside Look at Finance
This fascinating course navigates the complex world of finance by breaking down the basic mechanics of financial markets. You’ll learn how valuation models are used to determine a company’s value and how its value affects the price of its stock. You’ll apply what you learn to create an investment portfolio that meets your investment goals. If you see a future investing for individuals or for companies, this course is for you.
Journalism and Media in the Digital Age
In today’s digital world, the field of journalism has and will continue to evolve and expand—careers like multimedia editor, social media specialist, podcaster, content writer, and more have become increasingly necessary to keep the world in the know. This course introduces you to the foundations of this ever-changing world, including how to craft a story, interview subjects, and identify pitfalls within the industry. Various experts such as news correspondents, prize winning journalists, reporters, and political editors from renowned news and media outlets discuss why they chose this field and how they specialized their skill set.
Law: How to Think Like an Attorney
How do trial lawyers make decisions? What skills do lawyers draw on to gather information? How do they use evidence to make decisions, while avoiding the pull of emotions? In this course, you will learn how to think like a trial lawyer. You will discover a disciplined way of asking questions. You will be encouraged to look beyond the obvious and make decisions based on evidence and analysis of the information you must consider. You’ll separate fact from opinion and exercise the skills you need to be a lawyer and a critical thinker.
Medical Research: Evidence-Based Practices Behind Medical Discoveries
Every vaccine, drug, and treatment used in medicine is the result of evidence-based research. For a cancer therapy to succeed, medical researchers have to ask a question. Will it work? In this course you will learn the process researchers use to formulate, conduct, and evaluate the evidence they gather. You will be tasked with developing your own study using professional methods.
Medicine: An Inside Look at Treating Patients
Do you dream of a future in medicine? Are you interested in treating patients and improving their lives? In this course, you’ll get an inside look at the patient journey, understand the various roles of a healthcare team, and explore treatment plans for three cases: a kidney transplant, vascular disease, and cancer. Hear from physician specialists in each discipline, as well as from team members who collaborate on treatment. Learn the differences between complementary and integrative medicine techniques, and finally design a healthcare team for a patient scenario.
U.S. Politics and Government: To Form a More Perfect Union
Delve into the relationship of the American political system with the U.S. government. What shapes political policy? How does the U.S. government adapt to realities on the ground like a global pandemic or war? How does the government deal with issues such as climate change, economic inequality, or racial injustice? What is the media’s role in all of these important topics? If you have ever been curious about these issues, this course is for you. Learn about the inner workings of our political system and discover potential college majors and career opportunities that will provide you with the foundation to make a difference.
Psychology: How the Brain Influences Behavior
How can social media cause you stress? What impacts can society have on sexuality? Do you feel manipulated by popular culture? How do drugs affect the brain? This course addresses these and other topics like brain injuries, learning disabilities, the psychology of product and web design, and how we process our media environment.
Becoming a Surgeon: Skills, Specialties, and Diseases
Have you always been fascinated by how surgeons save lives? Is it your dream to dive into the world of surgery? This is a course for people who love the challenge of diagnosing a disease and treating it through surgery. Study diseases of the abdomen and create your own model of the major organs and vascular structures. Learn about emerging technologies, such as robotics and digital scanning. Discover the jobs of an OR team and hear from specialists like gynecologists, radiologists, and trauma surgeons.