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First Year Program Jump Start: Viewpoints

Founded upon the principles of social justice and cultural difference, Jump Start offers incoming students an introduction to the intellectual culture and mission of CCA. This inquiry intersects all Core courses during the first and second week of the fall semester every year.

Download a single-page overview of last year's Jump Start: Currencies »

Jump Start encourages incoming students and faculty alike to engage in a topic with multifaceted possibilities for interpretation -- one intended to foster rich debate. Programwide studio projects, a literary reading, writing, a community event, research, and discussion will converge around the topic of "currencies" in order to acclimate students to interdisciplinary extensions available in their work, expand the field of discussion, and build community.

Film Screening: "Pariah"

Thursday September 5th
Nahl Hall

As part of Jump Start, the First Year Program also hosts a film screening during the first week of classes that ties into the overall theme. This year's film is "Pariah," a poignant coming-of-age story that was an Official Selection at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011.

More about the film, including a trailer »