Semester Tech Exploration

Less lecture, more real world. For tech curious beginners.
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Explore tech and build real-world skills

Learn new skills

Build skills in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, effective communication, project management, and networking, which are valuable in every career and industry.

Collaborate with motivated peers

Team and re-team constantly to develop and deliver projects, and work alongside instructors who bring current industry experience to their teaching practice.

Earn college credit

All Adjacent students receive a transcript from Davidson College for four college course credits.

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Explore San Francisco

Learn and explore in one of the world's most innovation-rich cities.

Fall Semester 2021: Aug 23 – Dec 10

No prior coding experience required, though a curiosity in tech is appreciated
40 hrs/week with break time included – we like to have fun while we learn
Professional development, such as office visits & networking events, are built into the schedule
All Adjacent students receive a transcript from Davidson College for four courses
see course descriptions

Fall 2021 Courses

Digital Studies 245/345 | (Advanced) Critical Web Design

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.

Satisfies requirement of Digital Studies minor at Davidson; likely satisfies similar requirements at other schools.

Designed in partnership with Davidson faculty member Dr. Owen Mundy and taught by Adjacent instructors.

Examples of projects:

Computer Science 108 | Explorations in Computer Science

“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.

Satisfies Mathematical and Quantitative Thought requirement at Davidson; likely satisfies similar requirements at other schools.

Davidson students who have taken CS 108 or CSC 121 may have take a version of this course for CIS 108 credit.

 

 

 

Designed in partnership with Davidson faculty member Dr. Raghuman Ramajuman and taught by Adjacent instructors.

Project Examples:

English 296 | Science Fiction & Technology

Though it may have 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.

Satisfies Davidson 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.  Likely satisfies similar requirements at other schools.

Designed by Davidson faculty member Dr. Shireen Campbell and taught by Dr. Campbell or Davidson faculty member 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

Using all of the perspectives and skills that you learned over the semester, develop and deliver a team-based capstone project. 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.

Designed in partnership with Davidson faculty member Stacey Riemer and taught by Adjacent instructors.

Project examples:

2-week project for a company

Optional

Apply your newfound technical skills to further explore your career interests through a two-week, team-based 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

Adjacent's schedule mirrors the workplace. Students transit from the dorm to the work space (typically 15-20 min walk) and spend the day in skills sessions and team time focused on tackling group projects. Professional development opportunities and breaks are interspersed throughout.

Morning All-Hands
Kick off the day with reflection, checking in, and goal setting
Coding/Tech Session
Explore new skills and concepts that you'll apply to project work
Team Time
Apply your tech and "soft" skills such as collaboration, communication, and problem solving in your team project as you prepare for your weekly team presentation
Lunch Break
Grab some fresh air and a break with with your new friends
Presentation/Feedback Session
Conduct a dry run of your presentation & demo, get feedback, get back to work!
Professional Development Event
Join a curated networking event during which you'll meet with a range of professionals working in tech roles across industries, from education to finance to healthcare

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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.

How to enroll

Step 1: Complete the quick program application & schedule a short interview
  • During this quick step, we’ll confirm that Adjacent is right for you and get to know you better. This is a good time to ask questions!
Step 2:  Meet with your academic advisor
  • Make sure that a semester with Adjacent works with your academic plan.
  • We’ll provide the information you need to help confirm your school accepts the academic credit and that your financial aid transfers.
  • Contact us for assistance
Step 3: Commit to the program
  • Then, be sure to let your school know that you plan to take classes through Adjacent.

Deadlines

Fall Semester 2021 Deadlines

*note that your school deadline may be earlier

Application deadline
Notified of admissions by

   Early decision

February 1st

February 19th

   Regular admissions

February 15th

February 26th

   Final deadline

March 1st

March 12th

Academic Credit

All Adjacent participants receive a transcript from Davidson College for four courses.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The in-person semester program tuition is $18,000.  We can provide a sample student budget upon request, including estimated housing and food costs.  If your school has approved Adjacent for credit, your campus tuition and financial aid are typically transferred by your school to Adjacent to cover your program tuition.  We can help you confirm with your school and work through any logistics.

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