Curricular Support Courses (CUSP)

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

Not Scheduled for This Year. 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 Wednesday nights. 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: 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 3/20, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 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-208 Fundamentals of Maker Culture

Fall and Spring. Credits: 2

This course is an introduction to common shop practices in the MHC Makerspace. In this course, you will learn to safely operate equipment and to both develop and mentor projects, with a focus on inclusive pedagogy. Emphasis will be placed on class participation as well as hands-on project based assignments. Priority will be given to those seeking to work as Makerspace Consultants.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
K. Aidala
Instructor permission required.
Notes: 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-209 Making Study Abroad a Transformative Experience

Fall. Credits: 1

This course prepares students for a profoundly transformative study abroad experience, personally and intellectually. We explore ways to engage cultural difference rather than shy away from it and be comfortable with being outside one's comfort zone. Students will learn critical reflection strategies and discuss how study abroad supports their individual learning goals and advances their personal growth and career prospects. Classes include case studies, role play, and conversations with faculty and alumnae with study abroad experience.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
M. Lauer, M. Svaldi
Instructor permission required.
Advisory: Course is limited to students who plan to study abroad in spring 2019.
Notes: Second half of 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.

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
D. Hernández
Instructor permission required.
Notes: Meets second half of the semester on Monday evenings. 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

CUSP-215RR Intergroup Dialogue: 'Understanding Race and Racism in the United States and Mount Holyoke College'

Fall and Spring. 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. Keehn
Instructor permission required.
Advisory: Interested students must complete an online application. Fall application, Spring application.
Notes: Students may take this weekend dialogue experience for 1 academic credit or may participate without registration as a co-curricular opportunity. In addition to the weekend meetings, there are reflection papers to be completed before and after the dialogue. 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

Not Scheduled for This Year. 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.

CUSP-235 Intergroup Dialogue: Facilitating Conversations About Social Justice

Spring. Credits: 2

Intergroup Dialogue engages individuals and groups in facilitated small group processes to explore difficult issues to develop shared meaning across lines of difference, and generate opportunities for collaborative action. This course is designed to give students both a theoretical and practical foundation in the awareness, knowledge and skills needed to effectively plan, facilitate and evaluate Intergroup Dialogues. Students will develop skills in facilitating multicultural group interactions and work with conflict that may emerge engaging topics such as group dynamics, conflict intervention, intergroup communication and group building

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
M. Keehn
Instructor permission required.
Prereq: CUSP-215RR.
Advisory: Students must have completed CUSP-215RR or a comparable intergroup dialogue experience from another institution and must complete the required application form.
Notes: 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-241 Engaging for Social Impact: Working With Local Communities Around the World

Spring. Credits: 2

This course prepares students for learning and engagement in community-based settings locally and abroad -- through international internships, Community-Based Learning and/or the Global/Local Fellowship. Effective and ethical work with communities requires students to better understand the contexts of, and possible modes for, collaborative action. Students will engage crucial questions, including their motivations and positionality as change agents, histories of social inequality and attempts to address them (e.g., through development, social justice), how "community" is variously defined. This course will use a combination of course discussion, personal reflection and community-based trips.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
Other Attribute(s): Community-Based Learning
A. Bloomgarden
Instructor permission required.
Notes: 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.