Curricular Support Courses

Overview

Curricular support courses are courses designed to strengthen skills applicable to a student's academic growth.

There is a 12-credit limit on curricular support and non-liberal arts courses that may be counted towards the 128 credits required for graduation.

CUSP-100 Engaging the Pioneer Valley: Community-Based Learning (CBL) Theory and Practice

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 2

This course will equip students to enter communities effectively and responsibly as learners, researchers, volunteers, and citizens. Successful community-based learning depends on familiarity with communities and methods to study and assess conditions in them, and on familiarity with the history, politics, policies and practices of campus-community partnership. Students will analyze and interact with nonprofit and civic organizations, issues, and leaders to refine personal interests and skills for social justice advocacy. Students will identify and prepare to address critical needs and opportunities via community partnerships through readings, discussions, panel sessions and assignments.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
Other Attribute(s): Community-Based Learning
A. Bloomgarden
Notes: There is a 12-credit limit on curricular support and non-liberal arts courses that may be counted towards the 128 credits required for graduation.

CUSP-105 Speaking from Experience

Spring. Credits: 2

Especially designed for students interested in developing their public speaking skills (or pitching) within entrepreneurial settings, this speaking-intensive two-credit course will help students reflect on, learn from, and speak about their unique experiences as they transition into their next steps after graduation. Using techniques that are effective to focus their message and connect with their audience, students will improve their ability to communicate with confidence, express themselves authentically and inspire others. Students will practice and revise their pitches with different contexts and audiences in mind, and learn more about ways that such spoken presentations are evaluated.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive
R. Feldman
Notes: Half-semester course. Note: There is a 12-credit limit on curricular support and non-liberal arts courses that may be counted towards the 128 credits required for graduation.

CUSP-134 Effective Writing, Revising, And Communication

Fall. Credits: 1

This course is intended for students who are new to American academic writing or identify as non-native speakers of English. Students should also be enrolled in a writing-intensive course. Through discussion and analysis of their own writing and peer work, students evaluate the effectiveness of their written communication and writing process. A variety of strategies for strengthening written communication are applied to current writing projects. Planned topics include incorporating and citing sources, English structure and vocabulary, writing to an audience, constructing effective paragraphs, and drafting and revision.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
A. Lawlor, M. Shea
Instructor permission required.
Notes: Repeatable for credit. Credit/no credit grading. Meets second half of the semester only. Remember, there is a 12-credit limit on curricular support and non-liberal arts courses that may be counted towards the 128 credits required for graduation.

CUSP-202 Community-Based Learning: Networks, Reflection, and Meaning

Fall. Credits: 2

Community-based learning that effectively develops civic leaders and engages purposefully in community development requires students to develop networking, reflection, and analytic practices. Readings on civic engagement, discussions and exercises will advance campus and community networks, writing and oral reflection on field experiences, and information-sharing so students will better understand themselves and communities. This course is designed to facilitate learning and impact for CBL Program student staff pursuing concurrent fellowships and mentorships. Students in C.A.U.S.E. leadership, off-campus work-study, and independent study positions may also enroll by permission.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
Other Attribute(s): Community-Based Learning
A. Bloomgarden
Instructor permission required.
Advisory: For current CBL Fellows only. Instructor permission required.
Notes: Meets Wednesdays, 7-9pm, dates to be announced. There is a 12-credit limit on curricular support and non-liberal arts courses that may be counted towards the 128 credits required for graduation.

CUSP-203 Integrating Learning, Service, and Social Action

Spring. Credits: 2

Connecting community-based learning to social justice advocacy requires experience with asset-based community analysis, and skills for project planning, implementation, and assessment. Students will develop logic models for social change and participate in exercises and reflections that enhance their capacity to support organizational community partnership development. This course is designed to facilitate learning and impact for CBL Program student staff pursuing concurrent fellowships and mentorships. Students in C.A.U.S.E. leadership, off-campus work-study, and independent study positions may also enroll by permission.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
Other Attribute(s): Community-Based Learning
A. Bloomgarden
Instructor permission required.
Notes: Meeting dates: 2/14, 2/28, 3/21, 4/4, plus required workshops and trainings. Remember, there is a 12-credit limit on curricular support and non-liberal arts courses that may be counted towards the 128 credits required for graduation.

CUSP-212 Peer Mentoring: Theory and Practice

Spring. Credits: 2

This course is an introduction to theories and practices of collaborative learning for students preparing to work as mentors in the Speaking, Arguing, and Writing Program (SAW). We will draw on existing research, practice sessions, class discussion, and our own writing and speaking to craft our philosophies of peer mentoring and to develop effective practical strategies.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive, Writing-Intensive
A. Martin
Instructor permission required.
Notes: Meets second half of the semester on Mondays from 7:00 to 9:30 pm. Remember, there is a 12-credit limit on curricular support and non-liberal arts courses that may be counted towards the 128 credits required for graduation.

CUSP-215 Intergroup Dialogue

Instructor permission required.

CUSP-215RR Intergroup Dialogue: 'Exploring Race and Racism in the United States'

Fall. Credits: 1

In a culturally and socially diverse society, discussion about issues of difference, conflict and community are needed to facilitate understanding between social/cultural groups. In this intergroup dialogue, students will actively participate in two days (16 hours) of semi-structured, face-to-face meetings with students from other social identity groups. Students will learn from each others' perspectives, read and discuss relevant reading material, and explore their own and other groups' experiences in various social and institutional contexts. Students will also explore ways of taking action to create change and bridge differences at the interpersonal and social/community levels.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
M. Runell Hall
Instructor permission required.
Notes: Students may take this weekend dialogue experience for 1 academic credit or may participate without registration as a co-curricular opportunity. Note: There is a 12-credit limit on curricular support and non-liberal arts courses that may be counted towards the 128 credits required for graduation.

CUSP-216 MaGE Training

Fall. Credits: 2

This course is an introduction to theories and practices of collaborative learning for students in the Computer Science Megas and Gigas Educate (MaGE) peer mentoring program. We will draw on existing research, practice sessions, and class discussion to craft our philosophies of peer mentoring and to develop effective practical strategies.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive
A. St. John
Instructor permission required.
Notes: Meets half of the semester. Note: There is a 12-credit limit on curricular support and non-liberal arts courses that may be counted towards the 128 credits required for graduation.