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All Summer Bridge students will earn 6 credits by registering for 2 courses:

  • CSP 100 First-Year Seminar (3cr)

AND one of the following courses chosen in consultation with a CSP academic advisor:

  • CSP 103 - Introduction to Functions (3cr)
  • CSP 105 - Reading and Writing Seminar (3cr)

Each class will provide multiple opportunities for engaging in course material with faculty and your classmates.  This will take many forms such as weekly recorded lectures, online class discussions and study groups.  Faculty will be available for virtual office hours and peer tutors will be available to assist with writing and math concepts. 

Course Descriptions

CSP 100

First Year Seminar

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 103

Introductions to Functions

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 preparation 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. 


CSP 105

Reading and Writing Seminar: Insiders/Outsiders

This reading and writing seminar examines the causes and effects of discrimination in a pluralistic society. Course readings are by 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.