Summer Bridge Academy

Course Descriptions

ENG 101 English Composition (3 Credits)

This course is designed to develop effective collegiate writing competencies. Students develop deeper understanding of the stages of the writing process, including generating, revising, proofreading, and editing essays. Using a collaborative approach, students will produce essays in various genres with emphasis on rhetorical effectiveness, focusing on organization, thesis, purpose, and audience awareness. The course emphasizes academic inquiry through focused research, including retrieving, interpreting, and synthesizing sources effectively and ethically.

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3 Credits)

This course examines the theoretical perspectives, origins and history of sociology. Students will be challenged to do research and to think critically in examining cultural issues in American society and the world. Topics include: human socialization, macro- and micro-sociological perspectives of social structure, class, status, stereotypes, groups, norms, and deviance. It examines the impacts of technology, mass media, social inequality, gender, marriage, family, and social change.

MATH 135 Contemporary Mathematics (3 Credits)

This course is a survey of a wide range of topics that gives students the opportunity to apply mathematics to the solution of everyday problems. Students will become proficient in problem solving with percents, calculating simple and compound interest, computing payments and finance charges for consumer loans, solving problems involving angle relationships, finding perimeter, area, volume, and surface area of basic geometric figures, using the Pythagorean Theorem, converting measurements using dimensional analysis, solving counting problems using permutations and combinations, calculating probabilities, and calculating and interpreting measures of central tendency. A scientific calculator is required for this course.

HUM 160 Introduction to Popular Music (3 Credits)

This course covers the basic musical and lyrical building blocks of American popular music. Students examine the musical elements of American “roots” music, namely blues, gospel, jazz, and country and relate those early styles to modern and contemporary styles of popular music. Students consider issues of multiculturalism, race, ethnicity, gender, social class, and commercialism as they relate to the production and promotion of popular music.

MATH 097 Topics in Arithmetic (Non-Credit)

This course develops the basic mathematical skills required for all subsequent mathematics courses. Topics include whole numbers, estimation, rounding, order of operations, exponents, fractions, decimals, ratios, proportions, percents, square roots, signed numbers, algebraic expressions, solving linear equations in one variable, and introduction to probability and statistics. Students must show competency on 8 curriculum modules. Students have access to videos, assignments, and quizzes both in the math lab and also from any computer with internet access. The class meets weekly at a scheduled time for 3 hours. Students are required to spend an additional 9 hours outside of their allocated class time or reach the weekly target, whichever comes first. Each student is also expected to spend a minimum of 2 additional hours in the math lab at their convenience during math lab hours.