2021 Remote College Courses

UC Santa Cruz combines the resources of a world-class public research university with a distinctive undergraduate experience characterized by our college system. Each of the ten colleges is a vibrant living/learning community supported by faculty and staff who provide academic support, organize student activities, and sponsor events that enhance the intellectual and social life of the campus. All undergraduate students become affiliated with one of our 10 colleges. 

Over the summer, many of the colleges offer unique classes, open to anyone, regardless of the UCSC college you are from, other universities, high schools, or UCSC Staff. 


    Global Leadership (3 credits)

  • COWL 174

    8-Week

    Students will learn about leadership styles, how leaders work with constituent groups, build cooperation, and develop implementation plans. Students will learn to consider how decision making is done, and what is best practice for best working in a variety of communities and cultures. General Education Code PR-S

    This course is restricted to those participating in Virtual Global Internships.

    Proposed Instructor: Caitlin Stinneford

    Pending CCI Approval 


  • STEM Essentials (2 credits)

  • CRSN 15A-01

    Session 1

    Open to ALL students - from any college at UCSC, other universities, high schools, or UCSC Staff. 

    Introduces tips and techniques to supplement and expand a student's existing repertoire of science/mathematics problem-solving skills for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) classes. The material covered is intended to aid development as a confident learner and future expert in the student's major.

    Course video

    Proposed Instructor - Stella Hein


  • STEM Essentials (2 credits)

  • CRSN 15A-02

    Session 2

    Open to ALL students - from any college at UCSC, other universities, high schools, or UCSC Staff. 

    Introduces tips and techniques to supplement and expand a student's existing repertoire of science/mathematics problem-solving skills for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) classes. The material covered is intended to aid development as a confident learner and future expert in the student's major.

    Course video

    Proposed Instructor - Stella Hein


  • Creating and Financing a Sustainable Startup in the Global Economy (5 credits)

  • CRSN 80G

    8-Week

    Introduces students and prospective entrepreneurs to the ingredients required to successfully create and finance a sustainability-minded start-up or non-profit in the global economy. Emphasis is placed on ethical business practice, tools for understanding markets and supply chains, and building value for all stakeholders, including communities and the environment. Crosslisted with ECE 80GGeneral Education Code CC

    Proposed Instructor - Paul Vroomen

    Pending CCI Approval


  • Innovation & Sustainability for Global Impact Practicum (3 credits)

  • CRSN 155S

    8-Week

    Through this course, centered around your internship, you will learn how to use design thinking and lean innovation tools to research global sustainability problems, design innovative solutions, prototype and test them, and launch them in the real world. These tools will help you initiate and develop sustainability innovation projects in companies, non-profit organizations, startups, government and more, with the intention to make a positive impact on people and the environment. This course serves as fulfilling a requirement for the Sustainability Minor, and is also open to any students from other minors and majors.

    This course is restricted to those participating in Virtual Global Internships.

    Proposed Instructor: Andrea Carafa

    Pending CCI Approval


  • Science Fictions (5 credits)

  • CRWN 80F

    Session 1

    Open to ALL students - from any college at UCSC, other universities, high schools, or UCSC Staff. 

    Examines how science fictions have imagined better and worse worlds, social relations, and identities by using science and technology. Students read novels and short stories from the 19th Century to the present and discuss and debate questions of justice, freedom, difference, and identity. General Education Code TA

    Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing requirement.

    Proposed Instructor - Dion Farquhar


  • Start-up Entrepreneurship Academy (SEA) (5 credits)

  • CRWN 90

    8-Week 

    Open to ALL students - from any college at UCSC, other universities, high schools, or UCSC Staff. 

    Introduction to the basics of setting up a start-up company using the Lean Launchpad/NSF I-Corps model of instruction. Students learn principles of data collection, marketing processes, and resources needed for new companies. The class is articulated around the design of a business plan, in groups of 4-5 students coached by a successful entrepreneur, and culminates in a presentation. The market research for the project involves talking to at least 5 potential customers, partners, channels and/or related experts each week. General Education Code PR-E

    All students - restrictions lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor - Nada Miljkovic


  • Podcasting: Digital Storytelling (2 credits)

  • CRWN 98

    Session 2

    Open to ALL students - from any college at UCSC, other universities, high schools, or UCSC Staff.  Prerequisites lifted in summer. Email summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code to enroll. 

    Course walks students through the process of creating a podcast from concept to broadcast. Students' podcasts can be based on any research project or subject that they want. Class provides students with working knowledge of current trends in audio production and includes lessons on sound gathering using professional sound gear as well as cell phones, interviewing, script writing, audio editing and developing a "radio voice." Students watch each other's progress, learning to collaborate, problem-solve and take risks together. Finally, the class also examines the media and trains students to think critically about stories they consume. General Education Code PR-C

    Course Video

    Proposed Instructor - Nada Miljkovic


  • Service Learning (3 credits)

  • KRSG 12A

    Session 1

    Open to ALL students - from any college at UCSC, other universities, high schools, or UCSC Staff. 

    Students find a volunteer position with the instructor's assistance and perform community service in non-profit organizations, schools, unions, or local government agencies. Students meet weekly, keep a journal, and write a social action witnessing report of their experience. General Education Code PR-S

    All students - restrictions lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor - Franklin Williams


  • Prison Narratives (3 credits)

  • KRSG 60C

    Session 2

    Open to ALL students - from any college at UCSC, other universities, high schools, or UCSC Staff. 

    Survey of narratives of prison experience, supporting inquiry into the role of prisons in U.S. society. Addresses themes including, but not limited to, prison abolition, re-entry, the school-to-prison pipeline, capital punishment, sentencing of minors, and political prisoners. Emphasis on voices of the imprisoned, and their advocates. Students engage in collaborative projects throughout the class, and learn effective strategies for group work and interpersonal communication. General Education Code PR-E

    Proposed Instructor - Megan McDrew


  • Creative Writing (2 credits)

  • KRSG 65W-01

    Session 1

    Open to ALL students - from any college at UCSC, other universities, high schools, or UCSC Staff.

    A course of guidance and exercises to assist in developing independent writing projects, and a group setting for critique and feedback. Students do in-class and out-of-class writing assignments; read and discuss texts; and work to develop a final project. General Education Code PR-C

    Proposed Instructor - Juliana Leslie


  • Creative Writing (2 credits)

  • KRSG 65W-02

    Session 2

    Open to ALL students - from any college at UCSC, other universities, high schools, or UCSC Staff.

    A course of guidance and exercises to assist in developing independent writing projects, and a group setting for critique and feedback. Students do in-class and out-of-class writing assignments; read and discuss texts; and work to develop a final project. General Education Code PR-C

    Proposed Instructor - Roz Spafford


  • Deafness and Sign Language (5 credits)

  • MERR 40

    8-Week

    Explores what we can learn about the human mind and brain by studying sensory loss and language in a different sensory modality. Topics include the structure of signed languages such as ASL; visual and spatial thinking; brain organization; compensating for sensory loss; and the nature of human language. Deaf culture and the Deaf community will also be discussed. General Education Code SI

    Proposed Instructor - Margaret Wilson

    Pending CCI Approval


  • Pandemic - Case Studies - Principles in Public Health (5 credits)

  • MERR 41

    Session 1

    Public health features the study and promotion of health in populations based on a foundation of science and ethics. Public health professionals recently have been the subject of threats and controversy based on fear and mistrust by members of the general public. Throughout the past year, the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has made deep and lasting impressions on our personal, economic, social, political and educational lives. Although the Covid-19 virus has disrupted many aspects of our daily lives due to its potency as a new and deadly pathogen, numerous plagues, epidemics and pandemics have made indelible marks on society throughout history. In this course, we will examine the Covid-19 pandemic to gain better understanding of its etiology (causal pathways), ethics and societal dynamics. We will analyze multiple pandemic events using case study analysis, as well as the application of public health principles and concepts, in order to contextualize and comprehend Covid-19 within a broader perspective of human behavior. General Education Code PE-H

    Proposed Instructor - Cindy Wong

    Pending CCI Approval


  • Improvisation (5 credits)

  • PRTR 41I

    Session 1

    Open to ALL students - from any college at UCSC, other universities, high schools, or UCSC Staff.  Prerequisites lifted in summer.

    Theory and practice of improvisation in the performing arts with an emphasis on acting improvisation techniques. Readings and films develop a theoretical and historical understanding of spontaneous invention on stage. Students attend area theater improvisational performances. General Education Code PR-C

    Proposed Instructor - Bob Giges


  • Improvisation Workshop (5 credits)

  • PRTR 141W

    Session 2 

    Open to ALL students - from any college at UCSC, other universities, high schools, or UCSC Staff.  Prerequisites lifted in summer. 

    For practitioners of acting improvisation, this course deepens participants' knowledge and skills through practical and theoretical readings, by viewing performances, and by improvising in class and in small groups outside class. Participants perform in a final public (remote) showing. General Education Code PR-C

    Students can take both 41I and 141W for in-depth experience and skill building! 

    All students - prerequisites are lifted in summer. 41I will not be a prerequisite for 141W in summer - students can take either one (or both).

    Proposed Instructor - Bob Giges


  • From Hamlet to Hamilton: Rhythm and Rhyme in the Twenty-First Century (5 credits)

  • PRTR 145R

    Session 1

    Open to ALL students - from any college at UCSC, other universities, high schools, or UCSC Staff.  Prerequisites lifted in summer. 

    This acting studio is an introduction to the skills needed in the performance of rhythmic and rhyming texts. Explores the similarities and differences in the use of rhythm and rhyme between Shakespeare and the contemporary playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda. No acting experience or audition is needed to enroll. General Education Code PR-C

    Proposed Instructor - Greg Fritsch