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Potsdam Prepared: Fall 2021 Updates

The Office of Early College Programs will work closely with every student to ensure that appropriate coursework is taken to help fulfill high school graduation requirements.

To encourage a community based learning environment, in the Fall, all CUSP students will be enrolled in the same section of First Year Success Seminar (FY100 – 2 credits) and a 1 credit Major & Career Exploration course (FY 215 - 1 credit). CUSP students will also take our Philosophy of Liberal Arts course (PHIL 102  – 3 credits) which fulfills two general education requirements (Critical Thinking and Philosophical Inquiry) and, more importantly, provides students with an introduction to the various humanities disciplines.

In the spring, CUSP students will take our Creative Problem Solving course which is intended to be an introduction to the topic of creativity and problem engagement. Multi-modal assignments foster convergent and divergent thinking through investigation – and practice – within a variety of scientific and arts contexts.

First Year Template

Fall Semester Spring Semester
FY100 – 2 credits First Year Success Seminar Creative Problem Solving – 3 credits (INTD 195) Same section but open to others
FY215 – 1 credit Major & Career Exploration PHIL 102 (FC/PI) – 3 credits Philosophy of Liberal Arts


Additional coursework will vary based on the student’s previous college coursework completed and the courses needed to fulfill graduation requirements.

Sample Schedule

Fall Semester Spring Semester
FY100 – 2 credits CUSP Only Section Creative Problem Solving – 3 credits (INTD 195) All in same section but open to others
FY215 – 1 credit Major & Career Exploration FY215 – 1 credit Major & Career Exploration PHIL 102 (FC/PI) – 3 credits All in same section but open to other students
COMP 101 (FW) – 4 credits HS & GenEd Requirement LITR 100 (FC) – 4 credits HS & GenEd Requirement
ECON 110 (SA) – 3 credits HS Requirement FS - Student Choice GenEd Requirement
POLS 110 (SA) – 4 credits HS & GenEd Requirement FM - Student Choice GenEd Requirement
PE - Student Choice – 1 credit HS & GenEd Requirement Elective – 3 or 4 credits Student Choice
15 - 18 credits Little flexibility to explore major-specific courses Full load+


Depending on students’ previous coursework, in most cases it may not be possible (and certainly would not be recommended) for students to fit all requirements for a diploma in the first semester. In addition, some schools may not issue diplomas mid-year.