Challenge Program

Challenge Program

Challenge Program for High School Juniors and Seniors

The University of Saint Joseph Challenge Program is designed for female and male students to expand and enrich their academic program with a collegiate experience while still attending high school.

Accepted students receive tuition-free scholarships enabling them to take one course for college credit.

Evidence of above-average performance in a college preparatory program and a recommendation of a guidance counselor are required for acceptance into this program.

Home schooled students should be 16 years or older and studying at the equivalent of junior year. They must submit evidence of a portfolio of work completed and a letter of recommendation from their primary teacher.

  • Student assumes cost of books, laboratory fees, and transportation.
  • Limit one semester course tuition-free.
  • Enrollment is subject to openings available after regular college registration. Students are accepted on a space available basis.
  • Unless otherwise noted, classes meet three hours a week.

Application Procedure

  1. Obtain an application form from your guidance counselor.
  2. By July 1, 2017, the completed application, transcript, available college board scores, and counselor’s recommendation must be forwarded to:
    University of Saint Joseph
    Attn: Academic Advisement Center
    1678 Asylum Avenue
    West Hartford, CT 06117
  3. Applications will be reviewed and accepted students notified via their guidance counselor.
  4. USJ advisors will contact students to schedule registration appointments in mid-August.


Contact the Academic Advisement Center, 860.231.5219.

Course Listing

Day Abbreviations:
Course Abbreviations:
M - Monday
COMP Computers
T - Tuesday
CRMJ Criminal Justice/Restorative Justice
W - Wednesday
ECON Economics
R - Thursday
ENGL English
F - Friday
HIST History
S - Saturday
INTS International Studies
MATH Mathematics
PSYC Psychology
SPAN Spanish

COMP 100 Introduction to Computers  3 CR

Basic computer hardware components, basic operating system operations, disks and file management, use of an Internet browser. Introduction to Microsoft Office applications and Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. Investigation of societal issues related to the use of technology.

MWF 2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. or 3:00 p.m.– 3:50 p.m.

CRMJ 102 Introduction to Criminal Justice  3 CR

This course provides an introduction to the U.S. criminal justice system in its various components: the nature and impact of crime; law enforcement and the court system; trial process; corrections.

R 6:45 p.m. — 9:45 p.m.

ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics  3 CR

Survey of determinants of the overall performance of the economy. Analysis of the basic economizing problem, national income accounting, income determination, business fluctuations, the public debt, elements of money and banking, and currents macroeconomic issues.

R 6:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.

ENGL 104 The Art of Effective Writing I  3 CR

Practice in exposition, argumentation, and the methods of research based on the study and discussion of creative, critical, and factual works.

MWF 2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.

HIST 120 The American Scene to 1865  3 CR

A survey of the trends and documents in early American history, from the earliest foundings to the Civil War, with emphasis on political patterns and social groups at the grassroots level.

TR 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

INTS 101 World Geography  3 CR

A broad geographical overview of the major regions of the global village. Examination and analysis of key geographical concepts leading to the development of perspective on the geography of global issues.

T 6:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.

MATH 110 Elementary Statistics  3 CR

Study of basic probability concepts and descriptive statistics. Topics include random variables, binomial distribution, normal distribution, regression, correlation, sampling, confidence of estimations, and hypothesis testing. A statistical software program is used for statistical analyses. No previous experience with statistics software is required.

S 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

PSYC 100 Introductory Psychology  3 CR

An introduction to the study of behavior and mental processes. Topics such as learning, human development, and psychopathology will be examined in light of scientific method.

MWF 2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

SPAN 100 Beginning Conversation I 3 CR

For students with little or no prior studies in Spanish. Students with prior experience should consult with Spanish faculty for placement. Fundamentals of speaking, listening, reading, writing with emphasis on oral Production; basics of Spanish grammar and syntax.

MWF 3:00 p.m.—3:50 p.m.

SPAN 154 Spanish for Health Professionals  3CR

Overview of basic grammar and structure (verbs in past, present, future; pronoun usage; using ser/estar, gustar; introduction of command forms). Emphasis on oral skills as well as some writing, with vocabulary themes of interest to those seeking a career in health care (anatomy, nutrition, illness and disease, hospital terminology).

T 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

SPAN 250 Conversation and Readings  3 CR

Aimed to improve students’ vocabulary and oral fluency to the advanced level. Lessons will incorporate a wide range of literary and non-literary materials, including newspaper and magazine articles, comic strips, advertisements, political propaganda, health brochures, songs and films. Students will be strongly encouraged to bring materials from Hispanic cultures (music, recipes, brochures, cultural artifacts) that help liven the conversational atmosphere. Includes the review of specific grammar problems such as “false cognates” “passive voice” and use of “tú, usted, vos.”

TR 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

SPAN 302 Fundamentals of Hispanic Lit Studies  3 CR

A presentation of the language of literary criticism and genres in Spanish, needed for advanced literary theory, civilization, film and literature courses at the 300 level and above. Readings include poems, short stories, letters, short novels, and plays emblematic of Spain and Latin America. The works will expand students’ reading and critical thinking abilities, as well as knowledge of Hispanic cultures and literature.

MWF 2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.