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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

(3 credits. Meets Social Science Area Distribution)

CSP 100 is a first-year seminar designed to introduce students to the intellectual life of the University of Michigan. Students will further strengthen study skills, metacognitive skills, written and oral communication, information literacy, academic self-efficacy, and the ability to work independently and collaboratively. An important aim of the seminar is to advance critical and creative thinking by encouraging an active and engaged approach to coursework, specifically through meaningful interactions with peers and faculty. As a course that meets social science area distribution requirements, CSP 100 is organized around intellectually exciting and socially relevant topics that matter. Sections of the course may center on a specific theme or around social issues that span a range of academic interests, such as history, public health, education, technology, cultural studies, communication, public policy, and more.


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

(3 credits. Fulfills R&E Requirement. Meets Humanities Area Distribution)

CSP 105 is a reading and writing seminar that also meets LSA’s Race and Ethnicity requirement. Through reading, writing, discussion, and reflection, students will learn to critically examine representations of race and ethnicity in literature, media, visual culture or other elements of popular culture, while also strengthening their understanding of historical legacies of racial and ethnic oppression, and resistance to this oppression, within the U.S. and transnationally. Our approach will be intersectional as we explore connections among race, class, gender, sexuality and other identities and hierarchies. Writing for this class will span a range of genres, including individual and group reflections, critical and creative essays, and multi-modal compositions.