2020 College Spotlight

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. 


    Experiential Leadership Program: Tools for Leadership and Conflict Resolution (2 credits)

  • COWL 11A

    Session 2

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

    Students gain skills and confidence to lead groups; develop a leadership mindset; build tools for communication, conflict resolution, and receiving feedback; cultivate an inclusive and welcoming environment. (General Education Code: PR-E)

    Proposed Instructor - Miranda Allen

    See in Schedule of Classes


  • Personal Finance and Investing (online) (5 credits)

  • COWL 52

    Session 1

    Online only class. 

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

    Overview of the financial responsibilities that young adults take on after college. Topics include: taxes, budgeting, student loans, credit, and investing in the stock market. Ubiquitous terms, such as 401(k), are defined, and financial principles are used to develop a framework for personal financial decision-making.

    Note: Course includes additional fee for online exam proctoring.

    Course Video

    This course will be hosted online in Canvas at canvas.ucsc.edu. It will be available the week before the class starts. Be sure to check your UCSC email for specific instructions!

    Proposed Instructor - Patricia Kelly

    See in Schedule of Classes


  • STEM Essentials (online) (2 credits)

  • CRSN 15A-01

    Session 1

    Online only class.  

    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

    This course will be hosted online in Canvas at canvas.ucsc.edu. It will be available a week before the class starts. Be sure to check your UCSC email for specific instructions!

    Proposed Instructor - Stella Hein

    See in Schedule of Classes


  • STEM Essentials (online) (2 credits)

  • CRSN 15A-02

    Session 2

    Online only class.  

    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

    This course will be hosted online in Canvas at canvas.ucsc.edu. It will be available a week before the class starts. Be sure to check your UCSC email for specific instructions!

    Proposed Instructor - Stella Hein

    See in Schedule of Classes


  • 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. (Formerly Seminar in Science Fiction.) (General Education Code(s): TA.)

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

    Proposed Instructor - Dion Farquhar

    See in Schedule of Classes


  • 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. (Formerly, Summer Entrepreneurship Academy: Discovering and Launching a Business.) Enrollment is restricted to College Scholar Students. (General Education Code: PR-E)

    All students - restrictions lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor - Nada Miljkovic

    See in Schedule of Classes


  • Podcasting: Digital Storytelling (online) (2 credits)

  • CRWN 98

    Session 1

    Online only class

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

    This is an online that class walks students through the process of creating a podcast from concept to broadcast. Podcasting is an expanding market that needs trained skilled content creators. Students' podcasts can be based on any research project or subject that they want. The 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 are in conversation and watch each other’s progress every step of the podcast journey. Ultimately, they learn 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 Syllabus

    Proposed Instructor - Nada Miljkovic

    See in Schedule of Classes


  • 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. Enrollment is restricted to college members. (General Education Code(s): PR-S.)

    All students - restrictions lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor - Franklin Williams

    See in Schedule of Classes


  • 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 will engage in collaborative projects throughout the class, and will learn effective strategies for group work and interpersonal communication. (General Education Code(s): PR-E)

    Proposed Instructor - Beth Hernandez-Jason

    See in Schedule of Classes


  • 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. (Formerly course 65C, Power and Representation: Creative Writing). (General Education Code(s): PR-C.)

    Proposed Instructor - Juliana Leslie

    See in Schedule of Classes


  • 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. (Formerly course 65C, Power and Representation: Creative Writing). (General Education Code(s): PR-C.)

    Proposed Instructor - Roz Spafford

    See in Schedule of Classes


  • 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. (Formerly course 80I.) (General Education Code: PR-C)

    Proposed Instructor - Bob Giges

    See in Schedule of Classes


  • 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 showing. (Formerly course 180I.) Prerequisite(s): course 41I or equivalent college-level experience or coursework. Enrollment limited to 20. (General Education Code(s): 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

    See in Schedule of Classes


  • 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

    See in Schedule of Classes


  • Service Learning (online) (2 credits)

  • STEV 27

    10-Week

    Online only class. 2 credit.

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

    This online course frames and supports the service-learning experiences of students engaged in field placements both here in Santa Cruz and in their home communities. Students approach social challenges thematically (e.g., homelessness, environmentalism, domestic violence, etc.) and consider how different disciplines might engage these issues. They consider how our community partners conceptualize and address social issues and how these conceptions connect, or fail to connect, with academic approaches. (General Education Code: PR-S.) 

    This course will be hosted online in Canvas at canvas.ucsc.edu. It will be available the Friday before class starts. Be sure to check your UCSC email for specific instructions!

    Proposed Instructor - Geoffrey Childers

    See in Schedule of Classes


  • Self and Society Through Film (5 credits)

  • STEV 80G

    Session 1

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

    Uses feature films and documentaries to address and discuss perspectives of "self and society." Films include Star Wars, The Hunger Games, and The Matrix. (General Education Code(s): IM.) 

    Proposed Instructor - Kevin MacClaren

    See in Schedule of Classes