Summer Jumpstart 2019 Program

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Every year AIC invites a small group of newly admitted freshmen students to take part in AIC’s Summer Jumpstart Program. This 8-day experience provides students with a free 3-credit college course (Sociology 1100) with a unique blend of in- and out-of-the-classroom activities. All students (including commuters) live on campus and meet daily for one week (including the weekend).

All costs, including the textbook, housing, and meals, are covered!

Your Jumpstart will include:

  • Completing a FREE 3-credit course in 8 days.
  • Moving in early to your residence hall.
  • Developing early connections on campus.
  • A unique, engaging academic experience.
  • Your housing, meals, and textbook FREE.
  • All Jumpstart participants will receive a $250 stipend!

To learn more please contact the dean of the School of Business, Arts, and Sciences at or 413.205.3216.


Professor Melissa MacDonaldThis year’s course will be in the field of Sociology, the scientific study of society. This course is designed to introduce you to a range of key sociological principles, major sociological theories, and primary methods of sociological research. You will explore the intersecting effects of power, privilege, and oppression by participating in interactive workshops, classroom discussions, social experiments, and a variety of unique group learning activities. In this course, you will develop your sociological imagination by relating sociological principles to your own life experiences. In addition, you will have the opportunity to develop relationships with faculty, meet other entering freshmen, benefit from peer mentors, connect with campus resources, and develop skills necessary to thrive academically. This course is being taught by Dr. Melissa MacDonald, Assistant Professor of Sociology.

Application Process

To apply please fill out the form below. You will receive an email once we have received your form and confirmed your registration.

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