Davidson in Silicon Valley
Through an immersive experience in the heart of Silicon Valley, Davidson students connect their liberal arts education with tech skills and entrepreneurial mindsets.
Students learn through projects to not only build but also consider and critique how ethics and morals impact how technology is created and consumed. As Steve Jobs once said, “Technology alone is not enough. It's technology married with the liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields the results that makes our hearts sing.”
About the Program
Davidson in Silicon Valley is a pilot program formed in partnership with Adjacent Academies to address gaps between a degree in the liberal arts and careers in tech. Staying true to the liberal arts, this program allows students to major in what they love and still graduate tech-capable. Students learn tech skills and strengthen essential skills such as teamwork, communication and project management. They also develop a greater understanding of opportunities for impact in the world of tech—and not just as software engineers.
The program has innovation at its roots. It was developed in partnership with Entangled Studios, Adjacent Academies and Davidson faculty and draws from the connections and tech expertise of Davidson alumni. With guest speakers, site visits and networking, students explore the tech economy and strengthen skills they need to travel any career path.
“Our students and alumni increasingly see tech as a place to make an impact for good, but they have had a hard time breaking into tech upon graduation,” says current director of innovation initiatives Kristen Eshleman. The program was devised to disrupt that pattern and address the need.
Providing the resources for technical training and access to tech company networks, Adjacent Academies exists so students “don’t have to decide between a liberal arts degree and tech skills.” Davidson College serves as the academic accreditor, co-creating the curriculum and assuring quality educational outcomes.
The program is in its second year of a three-year pilot initiative that began in 2019. It serves students not only from Davidson but also from other universities.
The program runs each semester (four course credits) and twice in the summer (one course credit). Designed to be an immersive and project-based learning experience, topics include technical explorations into computer science and critical web design as well as a deep dive into what it means to be human in a digital world.
Minimum GPA of 2.5, no prior coding knowledge or technical skills required. Students from every major are encouraged to apply!
Location & Housing
In person programs operate in the Bay Area, with housing (standard double occupancy dorm-style) and learning spaces located within walking distance of each other.
Full time. The program operates more like work and less like school, i.e. students are expected to be present and work from 9 a.m.-5 p.m, Monday through Friday.