Early Start Program

What is Early Start?

The Early Start Program allows incoming students to complete one online course over the summer. This program affords the newest members of the CPASS learning community the opportunity to interact with faculty, staff and other students prior to the start of the fall term. 

Available courses

  • PET 101

    Games in American Culture

    Sports in American History textbook

    This course offers an analysis of the history of American sport as a social institution and the interrelations between sport and societal subsystems. It also addresses the attitudes, values and behaviors associated with the history of American sport.

  • SEP 271

    Sport in American Society

    Sociology of North American Sport textbook

    This course provides a comprehensive analysis of sport structures with a close view of who competes and the consequences of such competition. A major emphasis is placed on the sociological phenomena that contribute to sport in the United States. In-depth discussion of the apparent positive and negative consequences of the way sport is organized in society will occur via discussion modules. 

Additionally, both courses afford Early Start students access to Supplemental Instruction (SI), an innovative academic support model involving group study approaches and collaborative learning. CPASS SI Leaders serve as personal success coaches by monitoring student progress in the course and facilitating online, small group meetings as a complement to the scheduled instruction each week. The overarching goal of SI is to help students learn how to be successful in a college course while mastering the related content.

Why select our early start program?

  • Focus on the completion of one course, allowing for a productive start to your college career
  • Engage in weekly SI sessions targeting course-specific content and general learning strategies for college success
  • Take advantage of early move-in date to beat the rush and participate in a pre-semester student success workshop
  • Meet your professors, academic advisors and peers in advance of your arrival on campus in the fall
  • Six-week online format is ideal for busy summer schedules and accommodates personal work, travel and play
  • Courses are taught by full professors and SI is provided by graduate students with work-related experience
  • All Early Start students pay in-state tuition and fees

Take the first step

If you are interested in speaking with a CPASS representative about the Early Start program, please complete the interest form found at this link. 

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Lindsay Augustine
Student Services Specialist