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Synthesis Program

Students at Planetarium

Seventh College’s theme, “a changing planet” encompasses a broad range of pressing global issues such as the climate crisis, mass migration, and rapid cultural and technological change.

The Seventh College Synthesis Program empowers students with the knowledge and skills to confront the challenges posed by our changing planet.

The program comprises three courses: Synthesis 1, Synthesis 2 and Synthesis 100.  Each course emphasizes the importance of confronting large-scale, global issues from an interdisciplinary perspective and takes a real-world, solutions-oriented approach. In addition, these courses provide a mix of individual and group work, building upon the expertise students gain in their other coursework. Synthesis 1 and Synthesis 2 are lower-division writing-intensive courses, and Synthesis 100 is an upper-division project-based course. 

SYN 1 - Perspectives on a Changing Planet (Starting Winter 2021)

Synthesis 1 introduces students to the methods, challenges and rewards of working across disciplines and models interdisciplinary thinking by using a variety of disciplinary perspectives to enhance students’ understanding of our changing planet. Students also are asked to engage in interdisciplinary thinking through the course assignments.

SYN 2 - Explorations of a Changing Planet (Starting Fall 2021)

Synthesis 2 builds upon the skills developed in Synthesis 1 by introducing research methods, culminating in an interdisciplinary research paper that students design around the changing planet topics addressed in the course and each student’s own interests.

SYN 100 - Solutions for a Changing Planet (Starting Fall 2022)

Synthesis 100 is a project-based course that builds on skills developed in Synthesis 1 and Synthesis 2 by taking a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to solving complex problems.