JumpStart USF

Get acclimated to USF academics by taking a free, one-unit remote course this summer.

JumpStart USF offers free, three-week, one-credit classes for new incoming students. Our JumpStart courses are designed for you to:

  • Meet classmates who share your interests before you arrive
  • Build relationships with professors
  • Strengthen the skills you’ll need for college-level academics
  • Get a feel for the our small class sizes and intellectual rigor
  • Learn more about San Francisco!

All JumpStart classes will be taught remotely and are synchronous, meaning they are held online together, in real-time. Grading for these courses will be credit/no credit.

Your JumpStart class will be offered during one of the two summer sessions below:

Session 5 dates: June 14 to July 2
Session 6 dates: July 6 to July 23

 
How to Register

Explore the class schedule below. Then fill out this form to register for your free JumpStart course.

All classes are capped at 25 students and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register for your JumpStart class by June 4.
 

JumpStart Courses:

M=Monday; T=Tuesday, W=Wednesday, R=Thursday, F=Friday. For example, “TR” means the class takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. “MWF” means the class takes place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

COURSE REGISTRATION NUMBER (CRN) TITLE SESSIONS(S) DAY/TIME (PT)
30734 The Work of Being Watched: Media, Journalism and Society in the Information Age
As consumers of media, it’s crucial that we understand and reflect on the history of mass media. We’ll cover different communications technologies in the 20th and 21st centuries, the changing role of journalism in a political climate, and how our identity and culture are being reshaped by changing media technologies.
5 TR
12:45–3:00 p.m.
30735 Writing about Race, Popular Culture, and the Media
Explore the relationship between language and power. On one hand, writing can perpetuate racial injustices and stereotypes. On the other hand, it can also be a critical tool of intervention when issues of race and ethnicity are redressed by the media and in popular culture. This course will prepare you for the kinds of formal academic writing and reading typically required in college-level courses.
5 MWF
10:00–11:30 a.m.
30736/30737 Explore Through Drawing
Drawing is not just for artists. See the world in different ways and start “thinking on paper” by learning freehand drawing. Drawing skills can enhance your creativity and imagination, and it allows your mind to engage in a subject matter from a new perspective.
5 or 6 TR
7:00–9:15 p.m.
30824 GENEBIO JumpStart: Prepping Bio/Pre-health Students for Success
Get a short, intensive overview of key genetics and evolution topics in introductory biology. This class is designed for biology and/or pre-health professions students to be successful at USF. We’ll cover DNA and genes, heredity of traits, and the evolution of traits through natural selection.
5 Session 5: TR
12:45–3:00 p.m.
30740 Reading is Fundamental: Drag Queens and Queer San Francisco
Drag is political, entertaining, and liberating. Learn about LGBTQ+ history in San Francisco while exploring queer expression through the art of drag. You’ll get an introduction to drag from its earliest forms to RuPaul and beyond.
6 Session 6: MW
12:45–3:00 p.m.
30741/30742 Life, Death, and Basic Reproductive Rates: How to Write Science When It Really Matters
In the past year, you’ve learned the basic concepts of vaccines, antibodies, and strains — all thanks to scientific writers who bridged the gap between science/academia and the public. In this course, you’ll develop the analytical and writing skills to take scientific literature and communicate the main points persuasively to a general audience in simple language.
5 or 6 Session 5: MW
10:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Session 6: MW
7:00–9:15 p.m.
30743/30744 Inspiring Change: Tales of Truth and Justice
Discover modern environmental justice issues that mainstream media outlets don’t cover. You’ll explore underreported problems and solutions and get a firsthand glimpse into the world of environmental activists.
5 or 6 Session 5: TR
10:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Session 6: MWF
12:45–2:15 p.m.
30745 Learning to (Un)Learn: Education as Liberation
This course explores theories of pedagogy (learning and teaching) that critique systems of power, privilege, and domination in education. Together, we will interrogate how status-quo education has become oppressive, work to unlearn these oppressive forms of learning, and imagine new possibilities for education as a practice of freedom.
5 Session 5: MW
10:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
30747/30748 Food & Eating in San Francisco
Explore aspects of language and identity through food and food writing in San Francisco and the Bay Area. You’ll get to know local authors and journalists and use their work to inspire your own writing. An added bonus: You’ll gain practical knowledge about food, restaurants, and eating in the Bay Area and around USF.
5 or 6 TR
7:00–9:15 p.m.
30749/30750 Algebra for College Students
Want to brush up on your algebra? In three weeks, you’ll strengthen the math skills that are required for many courses and majors at USF.
5 or 6 TR
12:45–3:00 p.m.
30751 The Business of Families and Families in Business
Examine the unique intersection of families and entrepreneurship as you see how family businesses have evolved over time. What makes a family business successful? How can you build a career path consistent with your own personal and professional goals?
5 Session 5: TR
12:45–3:00 p.m.
30755/30756 StoryBoard: Visual Outline Design for Everything
Storyboarding is a pictorial outline strategy that is used in film, writing, research/portfolio presentations, and more. As you learn the key elements of storyboarding, you’ll create your own original piece through brainstorming, outlining, and production meetings with your team.
5 or 6 Session 5: MW
10:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Session 6: TR
10:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
30757 Killer Chemistry: The Science Behind Drugs and Poisons
Explore the science of poisonous substances and their impact on human history and culture, from crimes to medicine. You’ll focus on small molecule poisons, their toxicity, and how antidotes work. Get ready to analyze fictional and real case studies from a modern, scientific lens.
6 MWF
10:00–11:30 a.m.
30761 Calculus Readiness
Want to brush up on your calculus? In three weeks, you’ll strengthen the skills and techniques required to enter university-level calculus classes.
6 MWF
3:00–4:30 p.m.
30763 Public Policy and the California Dream
Understand the rich political history of San Francisco and public policy successes (and failures) that have contributed to the idea of the California Dream. Through your research and writing, you’ll learn about communication strategies during different periods of California’s political history.
6 Session 6: TR
10:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
30766/30767/30768 USF101: Expedition USF
USF101 will support, guide, and challenge you to make the most of your years at USF. You’ll learn about USF’s Jesuit mission, acclimate to the campus community, navigate the university’s academic requirements and resources, explore your personal and professional goals, and map your individual pathway to graduation. This is an abridged version of the USF101 course that is offered during the regular semester.
5 or 6 Session 5: TR
10:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Session 6: MW
7:00–9:15 p.m.

Session 6: TR
12:45–3:00 p.m.

 
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Dates and Deadlines

Session 5:
Classes begin: June 14
Deadline to register: June 4
Last day you can add this class to your schedule: June 14
Last day you can drop this classes without receiving a “W” grade for this class: June 16
Classes end: July 2

Session 6:
Classes begin: July 6
Deadline to register: June 4
Last day you can add this class to your schedule: June 30
Last day you can drop this classes without receiving a “W” grade for this class: July 8
Classes end: July 23

 
Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take more than one class?
All incoming students are eligible for one free JumpStart course. You are welcome to pay for additional classes, if you’d like to take them. Each additional class costs $1,260, which is the summer tuition rate for one credit. You will be able to add additional classes after June 4, and you can add courses yourself in myUSF (see these Webtrack instructions). Use the CRN to search for the course and add it to your schedule.

If I change my mind, can I change the class I’m registered in?
Yes, as long as there is space available in the class you want to take. If it’s before June 4, you can email April Crabtree at acrabtree@usfca.edu to request the change, and we can make the change for you. After June 9, you can add/drop courses yourself in myUSF (see these Webtrack instructions).

Other questions? Contact admission@usfca.edu.