Student-Originated Studies: Collaborative Projects in the Arts and Society

Fall 2016 and Winter 2017 quarters

Taught by

  • UG

This SOS program provides an opportunity for students to work on larger, highly collaborative projects that require a multiplicity of skills and knowledge that individuals may not possess on their own. In this two-quarter program, students will form their own learning communities in order to work collectively and collaboratively on a project of common interest. For example, students could organize as political activists and work for a political campaign or on a political issue, rehearse and perform a play or musical, or write and produce a film. Students could also create a business plan and take steps to open their own business, write and perform a comedy sketch show, create an improv performance troupe, or contribute daily work to an ongoing charity such as Habitat for Humanity. There are countless possibilities, limited only by one's interests and imagination. The most important aspect in the selection of a project is the recognition that the size and scope of the work requires the commitment of more than one individual and is possible only with the creation of a learning community.  

Faculty will support student work through regular meetings, critiques, and problem-solving discussions. The peer learning community will also provide support and direction for the various projects

Program Details

Fields of Study

community studies cultural studies gender and women's studies literature media studies music queer studies theater writing

Preparatory For

political activism, performing arts, business, and community service.


Fall Signature Winter Signature

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered

Day, Evening, and Weekend

Advertised Schedule

First winter class meeting: Wednesday, January 11th at 11am (Sem II D4106)

Online Learning

No Required Online Learning


2016-05-19This program will now accept qualified freshmen.