SEMESTER IN SAN FRANCISCO
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!
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.”
CIS 125: Praticum
Engage in project-based experiences that, through critical reflection, connect prior academic content and tech-adjacent skills
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.
- 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.