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SoCo seminars provide an intensive and immersive learning experience, including field trips and activities outside class to engage in experiential learning, when faculty may choose to use evenings and weekends. Classes have 10-14 students. Check out the SoCo Calendar to see how SoCo fits into your sophomore summer.

Student in labcoat and gear making art materials
Curt Frank & Sara Loesch-Frank

An Exploration of Art Materials: The Intersection of Art and Science

Learn how egg yolks turn into paint you can use, from an artist and an engineer together.

palace of fine arts in san francisco reflecting in the lake
Grant Parker

Classical California

How many ways do ancient Greece and Rome still show up in our lives today?

L.A.'s Families Belong Together March. Luke Harold, Flickr, public domain.
James Fishkin & Alice Siu

Deliberative Democracy: Deliberating the Issues that Divide Us and Beyond

Examine the state of polarization in American democracy and study the method of Deliberative Polling in theory and practice.

landscape photo of a joshua tree in front of a rock and bright blue sky
Robert Siegel

Desert Biogeography of Joshua Tree National Park

What happens to the ecosystem when two deserts collide?

Student holds up arduino
John Pauly & Steve Clark

Dream It, Build It!

The world is filled with electronic devices! Wouldn’t it be cool to hack and build stuff? Bend electronics to your will? Cloud connect your own stuff?

Solar Power farm, Holaniku Hawaii.
Sally Benson, Bruce Cain, & Terry Surles

Energy in Hawaii: Forefront of Clean Energy Technology and Policy

Explore practical, social, technical, and political issues surrounding energy production and use in Hawaii.
Iguana form the Galapagos.
William Durham

Evolution and Conservation in Galápagos

The tiny remote islands of Galápagos have played a central role in the study of evolution. Not surprisingly, they have also been important to theory and practice in biodiversity conservation.

protester all in black holding a sign asking for universal basic income, especially with COVID-19
David Grusky

Guaranteed Income: A Bold Experiment to Reduce Inequality

California is pioneering experiments in universal basic income—join the journey!

San Francisco City Hall decorated with rainbow pride flags.
Adrian Daub

LGBT History and Culture in the Bay Area

Study the evolution of queer culture in one of its most important birthplaces.

A set in the outdoor Allen Elizabethan Stage at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Wikimedia Commons.
Rush Rehm & Linda Paulson

Learning Theater: From Audience to Critic at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

From the audience seats to backstage, immerse yourself in theater right at the heart of it.

Researcher in biodesign lab.
Paul Yock, David Camarillo, & Lyn Denend

Needs Finding in Healthcare

What does a patient in the healthcare system really need to make the experience better?

police car and horses in the street at a parade in Mexico
Beatriz Magaloni & Alberto Diaz-Cayeros

Policing and Violence in Latin America: Historical Origins and Contemporary Challenges

Why is it so difficult for countries to build a police force that is professional, effective, and respects human rights?

Landels Hill Big Creek Reserve
Stuart Thompson

Natural History, Marine Biology, and Research

Zen and the art of marine biology.

Close up of hands using a mixing board
Adam Banks

Remix | Writing and Reading the DJ

Learn why sampling and remixing is today's unique artform—and learn to remix on a turntable.

Elderly farmworker wearing hat created by local Salinas, CA artist John Cerney.
Maria Cristina Urruela & Citlalli Del Carpio

Spanish Immersion | From the Field to our Table: History and work of the migrant farm-worker community in Pescadero

Learn to dream in Spanish, and work closely with the Spanish-speaking community in the Bay Area.

Chinese girls taking a selfie. By David Stanley, Flickr
Haiyan Lee

The Cult of Happiness: Pursuing the Good Life in America and China

What does it mean to YOU to be happy?

Painting depicting battle of Gettysburg.
Scott Sagan & Allan Weiner

The Face of Battle

Travel to DC and Montana to walk the fields of Gettysburg and Little Bighorn, and recapture what it was like to be there.

a group of students protest in front of Memorial Auditorium. Signs read "Stanford funds oppression", "we stand for justice." Protesters have tape over their mouths.
David Palumbo-Liu

Who Belongs at Stanford? Discussions of a Different Sort of Education

What happens when “diverse” populations are recruited to places like Stanford, and then asked to constrain or reshape their diversity for the sake of belonging? 

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