Explore tech and build real-world skills
Supercharge your resume
Adjacent’s program is full of hands-on projects for your portfolio and capped off with a two-week internship.
Earn college credit
All Adjacent students receive a transcript from Davidson College for four college course credits.
For help with your school's transfer credit policy
Spring Semester 2021: Jan 25 – May 7
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Spring 2021 Courses
- DIG245 | Critical Web Design
- CIS108 | Explorations in Computer Science
- ENG296 | Science Fiction & Technology
- CIS125 | Practicum (Capstone Project)
- 2-week project for a company
Digital Studies 245/345 | (Advanced) Critical Web Design
Satisfies requirement of Digital Studies minor at Davidson.
Learn and practice the basics of HTML/CSS in live webpages. Learn the principles of design and accessibility while critically evaluating choices in culturally relevant sites. While applying your skills in CSS grid and the latest technologies, also come to understand the history of web development.
Computer Science 108 | Explorations in Computer Science
Or CIS 108 | Advanced Explorations in Computer Science (prerequisite CSC 108 or CSC 121)
Satisfies Mathematical and Quantitative Thought requirement at Davidson.
“A change in perspective is worth 80 IQ points.” — Alan Kay, pioneer of object-oriented programming and the graphical user interface. In this course you will build a strong enough foundation in practical and theoretical aspects of computer science that you can continue to learn on your own. Develop an understanding of how computer science was informed by and informs other fields — mathematics, history, economics, sociology, literature, political science, philosophy, music, film, etc.
English 296 | Science Fiction & Technology
At Davidson, satisfies the English major and minor; Digital and Screen Media interdisciplinary major; Digital Studies interdisciplinary minor; Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric; Justice, Equality and Community requirements.
Despite its limitations, science fiction allows us to explore and reflect richly on how living, loving, and working-being-in a digital world shapes existence as individuals or in communities. Given widespread current concern about digital inequalities and isolation, we should ask how equality and justice are and may be defined in digital communities.
Designed & taught by Dr. Shireen Campbell and Dr. Mark Sample. Spring 2021 taught by Dr. Mark Sample.
Focuses on themes including:
- Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and persuasion architecture
- Big data, datafication, and discrimination
- Digital inequalities and intersectionalities
- The surveillance state
Center for Interdisciplinary Studies 108 | Practicum
Pass / Fail
Develop and deliver a team-based capstone project through the skills you’ve built over the semester. Throughout the semester, you’ll receive feedback on your personal presentation and teamwork skills to identify the processes and strategies to employ in various team settings. You will develop the EQ and self-awareness to choose a capstone topic that is important to you and situate it within the broader tech ecosystem.
2-week project for a company
Apply your newfound technical skills to further explore your career interests through a two week project for a company. We will help match you with a company in the industry/role of your interest, assist in scoping the project, and provide support during the internship.
Paired in partnership with the Davidson Career Development Office and Davidson Innovation Hub.
A day in the life
As technologists, we know remote work. Working hours are flexible at Adjacent. We meet once per day as a full group, and then instructors hold optional sessions and office hours throughout the day (US timezones)
Sophia SchwartsmanScripps College, Art History major
“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 credit is invaluable.”
Jaelyn TaylorDavidson College, Computational & Digital Studies
“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.”
Ned BaiDavidson College, Political Science
“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.”
John BillupsDavidson College, Economics
“As a non-computer science major, I wanted to see what an increasingly tech-centric world looked like. This program answers that in the classroom, in the start-ups and companies you visit, and in the soft and hard skill sessions you can apply outside of the program.”
Emma Ruth BurnsBryn Mawr College, Archaeology
“The people in this program are fascinating, and the things that I’ve learned in sessions have helped me to understand the dynamics of group work and how best to capitalize upon my own and other peoples’ strengths.”
Spring Semester 2021 Deadlines
*note that your school deadline may be earlier
Notified of admissions by
Transcripts for four college credits are provided by Davidson College.
Tuition & Financial Aid
The semester program costs $16,500. In most instances if your school accepts Adjacent’s course credits from Davidson College, your tuition, federal financial aid and institutional aid will be transferred to cover Adjacent’s program fee. We can help you confirm with your school.