SEMESTER IN SAN FRANCISCO
Connect your liberal arts degree with tech and entrepreneurship skills
Liberal Arts in Silicon Valley is for liberal arts students who don’t want to be counted out in an increasingly technology-driven world. This is your opportunity to join a group of learners who, like you, want to have the skills, experiences, and networks to have a massive impact on the world around them. As Steve Jobs once said, “Technology alone is not enough. It’s technology married with the liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields the results that makes our hearts sing.”
Build projects that demonstrate your initiative, creativity, and skills
Gain inspiration and networks to help you succeed
Join your peers in conversations with a range of leaders, from early in career to seasoned CEOs, who have made their way into tech and had an impact in fields such as education, healthcare, financial services, and media. Explore your curiosity in startups. Identify and unpack new opportunities to pair your liberal arts education and interests with tech.
“I am really glad that I decided to join Adjacent this past semester. I learned amazing skills, grew as an individual in ways I couldn’t imagine and met some of the most wonderful people I’ve ever met. I think that when I will be looking back in my life in 5 years, I will consider this experience one of the most influential of my life. This program really opened my eyes and made me see that I can truly do anything I want to.”
Christos Kuompotis, Davidson College ’23, Undecided
“I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity and everything I’ve learned thus far. Would I recommend this to everyone? YES! This has hands down been my best semester at Davidson thus far. Between what I learned, how I learned, and the possibilities left to learn, every expectation was met and blown out of proportion.”
Jaelyn Taylor, Davidson College ’22, Digital & Computational Studies
“Through our collaboration with Adjacent I have seen students combine their interests from art to sustainability to politics with technology and create powerful projects in a short period of time. Students walk away with more competence and confidence to access internships and jobs in tech, and many of those students didn’t know how to or didn’t think they could before this program.”
Owen Mundy, Visiting Associate Professor of Digital Studies at Davidson College
Program at a Glance
August 24, 2020 - November 20, 2020 (13 weeks)
San Francisco Bay Area
No computer science experience required
Learning structured more like a work day and less like traditional school (40 hrs/week)
Work with seasoned professionals and expand career opportunities
Students will receive a transcript from Davidson College upon completion of the program
DIG 245: Critical Web Design
Conceptualize, design, and program websites using HTML/CSS and execute interactive projects that are both culturally-relevant and technically sophisticated.
CSC 108: Explorations in Computer Science
Learn the basics of computer science and structured programming by creating projects such as multi-page websites, browser extensions, interactive games, and more.
English 234: Beyond the Single Story
Explore the relationship between human and non-human worlds through fiction and venture beyond the “single story.” (JEC)
CIS 125: Praticum
Engage in project-based experiences that, through critical reflection, connect prior academic content and tech-adjacent skills
Proactive Health and Safety Measures
COVID-19 is an ongoing concern as the Bay Area slowly reopens. Adjacent is committed to the health and well being of its students and has made changes to ensure a safe learning environment. We are guided by the CDC, ACHA, and California public health information and directives. This program will adhere to the same standards as the Davidson College campus.
Testing upon arrival – and continued availability; COVID-19 testing is available to anyone living or working in San Francisco
Physical distancing – learning spaces large enough to accommodate adequate spacing as recommended, cleaned daily, and visitors will be limited
Symptom checking – students will self-screen and check in with an RA on a daily basis
Reduced Cohabitation – students will live in doubles in a dormitory where interaction with students outside of the program is very restricted. This means that students in the program will either occupy their own building or specific floors within a building, with kitchen and bathrooms limited to program participants
Daily practices – enhanced health and personal hygiene practices
Meals – students will not share food while in the program
Quarantining – students who test positive will be immediately quarantined in a private space per CDC recommendations
In spring 2020 Adjacent quickly and seamlessly transitioned to an online environment; despite the transition, the majority of students said it was in the top three college experiences they’d had to date. Adjacent is prepared to move online at any point if circumstances dictate such a transition in the interest of health and safety.
Transparency and regular communications with students and families throughout is our priority.
Tuition & Admission Requirements
Program fee: $18,000
Housing, food, and transportation not included: estimated $1,400/month for dormitory housing and $600/month for food.
Financial aid is applicable depending on the institution.
Gap year students through college seniors are encouraged to apply and complete the interview process. This program will select for students interested in technology and who will be comfortable in and motivated by an intensive, highly collaborative, and self-motivated learning experience.
Selection into this program is not guaranteed.
Early Application Deadline July 1st
- The biggest thing that I got out of Adjacent was the confidence and skillset to learn anything. I feel completely comfortable in the confusion of trying to learn something completely new. It’s amazing!
- I’m pretty much mind blown at how cool this program is. I don’t think a lot of people come out of college with tech skills and therefore have to learn on the job, but having a solid foundation like this without compromising time during the semester is invaluable.
- Adjacent showed me that there are so many possibilities/fields within the tech industry. It was nice learning how the people we met in the industry got to where they are now. It showed me that I don’t have to be a programmer to be there, but that having some experience with programming will definitely be advantageous.
- I’ve never been a mathematics or science person but I realized computer science is for everyone as long as you’re interested and continuously curious you can do anything you want with it.
- As a non-computer science major, I wanted to see what an increasingly tech-centric world looked like. This program gives you a lot of answers of what that does look like in terms of what startups you go to visit what you’re learning in the classroom and the hard and soft skills you can apply outside the program.