SEMESTER IN SAN FRANCISCO

Overview

 The 16-week semester program offers a full load of four courses and is right for students who are excited to commit an extended period of time immersed in place-based learning, networking, collaborating, and building. The semester is designed for tech-curious students with no technical background to become proficient in advanced interface design and dynamic web application programming. From week 1, students will be challenged to think computationally, create a foundational understanding of technology, and develop a curiosity to explore relevant concepts.

In addition, the curriculum interweaves a humanities course that will contextualize and question the role of technology in our society. We’ll explore, comment on, critique, or celebrate the impact of tech via the lens of justice, ethics, and community not only in the classroom but also in our surroundings in San Francisco. We’ll visit tech companies, network with professionals, and build a career toolkit specifically designed to launch students into a variety of roles in tech.

Come explore the tech industry with us!

Academics

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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.

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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.

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English 234: Beyond the Single Story

Explore the relationship between human and non-human worlds through fiction and venture beyond the “single story.”

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CIS 125: Praticum

Engage in project-based experiences that, through critical reflection, connect prior academic content and tech-adjacent skills  to social needs.

Tuition & Admission Requirements

There is no additional cost to tuition to do this program. Your tuition and financial aid cover the full cost of the program, which includes meals, housing, materials.  You’ll be responsible for your local transportation and personal expenses during your time in San Francisco. 

All students 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.