2022 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. 


    Personal Finance and Investing (5 credits)

  • COWL 52 [Online/Remote]

    Session 1

    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.

    Proposed Instructor: Patricia Kelly


  • Virtual Global Internship: Global Leadership (3 credits)

  • COWL 174 [Online/Remote]

    8-Week

    Students learn about leadership styles, how leaders work with constituent groups, build cooperation, and develop implementation plans. Students learn to consider how decision making is done, and what is best practice for best working in a variety of communities and cultures. Enrollment is restricted to those participating in Virtual Global Internships.

    General Education Code PR-S

    Proposed Instructor: Caitlin Stinneford

    Apply through Global Learning


  • STEM Essentials (2 credits)

  • CRSN 15A-01 [Online/Remote]

    Session 1

    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.

    Proposed Instructor: Stella Hein


  • STEM Essentials (2 credits)

  • CRSN 15A-02 [Online/Remote]

    Session 2

    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.

    Proposed Instructor: Stella Hein


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

  • CRSN 80G [In Person]

    Session 2

    Introduces students and prospective entrepreneurs to the ingredients required to successfully create and finance a sustainability-minded startup or nonprofit 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. Cross Listed Courses ECE 80G

    General Education Code CC

    Proposed Instructor: Paul Vroomen


  • Global Seminar: Watershed Thinking in Sustainability (10 credits)

  • CRSN 151A & CRSN 151S [In Person]

    Location(s): Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

    Date: Arrival Date:  June 24, 2022  End Date: July 23, 2022
    Remote prep days will be from June 20, 2022 - June 24, 2022

    Watershed Thinking in Sustainability has been designed to give you an immersive educational opportunity that goes beyond the typical tourist experience in the Galapagos Islands, opening up the possibility for you to intimately know the beauty of the Galapagos from the inside out. Join us for an in-depth exploration of the interactions between human and natural communities on the archipelago in two ways: by working alongside its people and by performing field methods to assess the health of its watersheds and all those that depend on it. We will visit sites that include Darwin Station, artisanal farms, and volcanoes, and participate in nature walks, traditional fishing, and beach cleanups. You will have the chance to meet passionate people from farming, fishing, conservation, governmental, and rights-based, and ethnic grassroots sectors doing the work to ensure a long-term and sustainable future for all those who share the Galapagos Islands.

    As a participant in this program, you will not only learn how scientific and cultural approaches together formulate sustainability, you will be an active participant in the ongoing story of the Galapagos Islands.

    Courses: 

    • CRSN 151 A: Sustainability Praxis in the Natural and Built Environment (5 units)
    • CRSN 151 C: Sustainability Laboratory Tools, Techniques, and Applications (5 units)

    Faculty Leaders: Dr. Juli Hazlewood & Dr. Tela Favaloro

    Apply through Global Learning

    Courses Pending CCI Approval


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

  • CRSN 155S [Online/Remote]

    8-Week

    Climate change and environmental sustainability issues are among the most pressing challenges that humanity is faced with. Through this course you will learn how to design technological, policy and social innovations for the environment, and how to bring your innovations to the world. 

    Proposed Instructor: Andrea Carafa

    Apply through Global Learning


  • Science Fictions (5 credits)

  • CRWN 80F [In Person]

    Session 2

    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

    Proposed Instructor: Dion Farquhar


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

  • CRWN 90 [Online/Remote]

    8-Week

    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

    Proposed Instructor: Kati Greaney


  • GetVirtual Business Assistance (5 credits)

  • CRWN 95 [Online/Remote]

    8-Week

    Community service-oriented class that provides supervised learning experiences where students reflect on, communicate, and integrate principles and theories from the classroom in real-world settings. Service learning provides students with an opportunity to integrate their academic coursework with community involvement. Students are paired with industry experts as mentors and gain valuable practical skills such as interview practices and delivering real solutions to local businesses suffering from the new world COVID-19 paradigm. Prerequisite(s): CRWN 90 or CRWN 92. Enrollment is by permission of the instructor.

    General Education Code PR-S

    Proposed Instructor: Nikky Cherukuthota


  • Podcasting: Digital Storytelling (2 credits)

  • CRWN 98 [Online/Remote]

    Session 1 

    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

    Proposed Instructor: Nikki Silva


  • Prison Narratives (3 credits)

  • KRSG 60C [Online/Remote]

    Session 1 

    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 [In Person]

    Session 1 

    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 [Online/Remote]

    Session 2 

    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


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

  • MERR 41 [Online/Remote]

    Session 1 

    Examines the coronavirus pandemic using public health principles to gain better understanding of its causes, pathways, and social dynamics. Students compare and contrast the current pandemic with historical pandemic events using case study analysis and the application of public health concepts, in order to understand the coronavirus pandemic within a broader perspective of health, society, and human behavior.

    General Education Code PE-H

    Proposed Instructor: Cindy Wong


  • Fake News: Its History and Why We Need Critical Media Literacy (5 credits)

  • MERR 60 [Online/Remote]

    Session 1 

    Teaches students how to take skillful possession of their power as citizens by participating in community focused news literacy service learning projects. Recently, debates about fake news in entertainment, politics, and news media have centered on the threat American citizens’ waning news literacy skills pose to the democratic process. Course develops those skills, focusing on critical thinking, the history of fake news and journalism, differences between journalism and fake news, news and propaganda, news and opinion, bias and fairness, assertion and verification, and evidence and inference. Integrates coursework into collaborative community engagement projects that seek to advance the community’s news literacy skills.

    General Education Code TA

    Proposed Instructor: Nolan Higdon


  • Focus on Africa (2 credits)

  • MERR 183F [Online/Remote]

    Session 2

    Equips students with the skills and background necessary to be informed observers and chroniclers of current affairs on the African continent.

    Proposed Instructor: Melvin Cox


  • Research for Social Justice: Basic Needs (5 credits)

  • OAKS 155 [In Person]

    Session 2 

    Examines how social science research informs advocacy and advances social justice issues. Students analyze quantitative and qualitative data and use evidence-based findings to create a final advocacy project. Students will strengthen skills for developing research questions, interpreting qualitative and quantitative data, articulating research findings, and effectively communicating research for advocacy and public outreach. Relevant for students interested in careers in advocacy, policy, and nonprofit work.

    General Education Code SI

    Proposed Instructor: Fatima Raja

    Pending CCI Approval


  • Introduction to the Legal Profession and Legal Aid Work (2 credits)

  • OAKS 188A [Online/Remote]

    Session 1 

    Offers a basic introduction to key aspects of the Legal Profession, generally, as well as an introduction to the specific area of the profession known as Legal Aid -- the system and services through which under-served communities gain access to legal services. Course covers key elements of the legal profession and legal aid work, offering practical information and training on topics such as professional responsibility, ethics, confidentiality, interviewing skills, record keeping, communication, and working with diverse clients. It is particularly designed as a preparation or companion course for law-related internships and field student through courses such as OAKS 188B / LGST 188B (3 credits), OAKS 199, or LGST 185 Internship (5 credits). Cross Listed Course LGST 188A

    Proposed Instructor: Henry Martin

    Pending CCI Approval


  • Legal Field Practice: Professional Skills and Ethics (3 credits)

  • OAKS 188B [Online/Remote]

    8-Week

    Offers placement, standards, and support during on-site experiential training in professional skills and ethics for students working in the legal field or with legal information to empower under-served communities. Previous or concurrent enrollment in LGST 188A or OAKS 188A and by permission of instructor. Cross Listed Course LGST 188B

    Proposed Instructor: Marina Garcia

    Pending CCI Approval


  • Improvisation (5 credits)

  • PRTR 41I [In Person]

    Session 1

    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 [In Person]

    Session 2

    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. 

    General Education Code PR-C

    Proposed Instructor: Bob Giges


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

  • PRTR 145R [In Person]

    Session 1

    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. Cross Listed Course THEA 145R

    General Education Code PR-C

    Proposed Instructor: Greg Fritsch

    Pending CCI Approval


  • Service Learning (2 credits)

  • STEV 27 [In Person]

    10-Week

    This 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

    Proposed Instructor: Geoffrey Childers


  • Self and Society Through Film (5 credits)

  • STEV 80G [In Person]

    Session 1

    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 IM

    Proposed Instructor: Kevin MacClaren