The cost effective way to build a bridge between high school and your college career

Learn more, learn earlier with up to four college courses at Saint Joseph’s - before you even leave high school.

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What is the Early Scholars Program?

  • High school seniors and juniors accelerate learning in exciting college-level courses
  • Take up to 4 college courses over 3 semesters on campus or online through Saint Joseph’s College
  • Take advantage of completing college credits early at a discounted price
  • Cost: only $150 per course

Early Scholars Online March Term 2023

  • Classes begin March 15th and end May 23rd

These courses are offered in a 10-week, asynchronous format where students will regularly engage in discussions with the professor and classmates. In addition, weekly assignments will be required and in some instances a project. Learning materials are provided within the course and in some courses, textbooks will be required for the course.

Course offerings:

While this is a literature survey course, it is also an interdisciplinary course as students will read works of literature and examine these in light of their historical contexts. The course begins in the Colonial Period with William Bradford and ends in the nineteenth century with Charlotte Perkins Gilman. (3 Credits)

This course is designed to prepare you to understand and to find solutions to environmental problems. The readings in the required text present a broad overview of the current major environmental issues facing society. The text, the instructor notes, and the activities are geared toward raising awareness of these issues, emphasizing the interrelation between the environment and public health, and conveying an awareness of how current environmental issues directly affect our own lives. The course stresses that humans are an integral part of natural ecosystems and, as such, human health and well-being is both connected with, and dependent upon, the health and stability of the environment. ES 101 offers a good introduction to the principles that help people to understand their environment. (3 Credits)

This course examines how race, gender, and class shaped the experience of Americans in their social, political, and professional roles. The exploration includes the impact of class, religion, race, ethnicity, gender roles, and expectations for all Americans from colonial times through the Reconstruction. Additionally, students will explore the cultural influence of various races, classes, and genders throughout American history including contributions to the disciplines of archeology, primary documents, literature, and art.  Throughout the course, students will investigate themes of continuity and change in the lives of Americans from pre-contact to the U.S. Civil War. (3 Credits)

Introduces the student to basic scientific principles and human physiology through exploration of the field of nutrition science. This course also presents the problems of world hunger and studies the impact that modern civilization has on agriculture and food supply. (3 Credits)

This course provides a general introduction to the science of human behavior. Topics include the history and scope of psychology, nature/nurture and behavioral adaptation (genetics, evolution, learning), physiological mechanisms of behavior (the nervous system, motivation, sleep, emotion), cognitive mechanisms of behavior (perception, memory), the growth of the mind and person (cognitive development, social development, social cognition, social influences on behavior), personality and disorders (theories of personality, mental disorders and their treatment). (3 Credits)

Explores patterns of inter-group relationships between various religious and ethnic groups that comprise American society. Processes of racial and cultural contact between peoples, especially in regard to the origin and development of American minority groups are explored. Focus is on integration, segregation, and cultural pluralism. Social theories of racial and ethnic aggression and minority responses to oppression are also examined. (3 Credits)

1/ Complete the Application

Request an application form from your guidance counselor, by calling the Early Scholars Program at 207-893-7746, or by downloading it. Registration will take place the week before the semester begins. All classes will be assigned on a space-available, first-come, first-served basis.

  • For March online term: By March 1st

2/ Request a Recommendation

Request a written recommendation from your school counselor. Home-schooled students should provide a letter of academic recommendation from a non-family member.

3/ Request Transcript

Request an official copy of your high school transcript.

4/ Submit

Submit to the Admissions Officer by March 1st for March online courses.

Once received, your file will be reviewed by the Office of Admission for approval. You will be notified in writing of our decision.

Send completed applications to:
Ally Davis
Saint Joseph’s College of Maine
278 Whites Bridge Road
Standish, Maine 04084