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Summer Bridge Scholars Program Courses

Summer 2018

CSP 100

First Year Seminar

Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays: 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Learn and apply meta-cognitive principles to the planning of your own academic, professional, and personal goals. Seminar topics include but are not limited to: 

  • Developing critical thinking skills
  • Basic principles of formal argumentation 
  • Time management
  • Developing academic self-efficacy, a growth mindset, sense of belonging, and motivation
  • Improving and/or developing test-taking skills


CSP 105

Reading and Writing Seminar: Insiders/Outsiders

Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays

10:00AM - 12:00PM

Reading and writing seminar that examines the causes and effects of discrimination in a pluralistic society. Course readings are be 20th-century authors: American, African American, Native American, Asian, Puerto Rican and Mexican American. Students examine ways in which ethnicity, race, and racism affect communities, educational institutions, families, and interpersonal relationships.


English 125

Writing and Academic Inquiry

Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays

10:00AM - 12:00PM    

This writing course focuses on the creation of complex, analytic, well-supported arguments that matter in academic contexts. Students work closely with their peers and the instructor to develop their written prose. Readings cover a variety of different genres and academic disciplines.


MATH 103

Intermediate Algebra

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays

8:30AM - 10:00AM

This course provides an introduction to the rigorous mathematical reasoning required at the University of Michigan. Focus is centered around assisting scholars in strengthening mathematical skills in prepration to use and analyze quantitative information to make decisions, judgments, and predictions. Topics to be explored include: elementary algebra; rational and quadratic equations; properties of relations, functions, and their graphs; linear and quadratic functions; inequalities, logarithmic and exponential functions and equations. 


MATH 104

Mathematical Thinking

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays

8:30AM - 10:00AM

An introduction to rigourous mathematical reasoning for students planning on a career in the humanities. The focus is on significant ideas in mathematics, but not on notation or compuation. The course aims to convey powerful mathematical methods of analysis and reasoning that can be retained for a lifetime, in a way that formalism would not. Topics to be explore include: number theory, including an exploration of modular arithmetic, public key encryption, and the pigeon-hole principle; the nature of infinity; fractals and chaos; and elementary probability and statistics. 


Writing 100

Transition to College Writing

Mondays & Wednesdays OR Tuesdays & Thursdays

10:00AM - 12:00PM 

This course emphasizes an intensive one-on-one approach to teaching writing, including frequent student-teacher conferences. It addresses key features of college writing including:

  • Analysis in addition to summary
  • Revision for focus and clarity
  • Development and generation of ideas
  • Style built on a solid grasp of conventions of grammar and punctuation. 

Students gain confidence for writing assignments typical of college classes. Activities include discussion and analysis of readings, explanation and modeling of writing strategies and techniques, along with peer review workshops.