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]

    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


  • Personal Finance and Investing (5 credits)

  • COWL 52 [Online]

    Session 2

    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


  • Intro to Broadcast Media and Podcasting (5 credits)

  • CRWN 70B [Online]

    8-Week

    Creative audio storytelling and journalism through the collaborative production of podcasts to be published online. Students will explore the many potential stories in and around Santa Cruz such as notable local persons in academia, politics, or the arts, or local topics of general interest. This course prepares students to represent their interests through audio within various UCSC media outlets and professional opportunities within the fields of podcasting, journalism, and radio. In turn, this will produce quality projects representing UCSC’s campus and the surrounding communities that are accurate, relevant, and well-produced.
    Crown 70B also fulfills two of the three requirements for becoming staff members at the KZSC radio station.

    General Education Code IM
    Proposed Instructor: Shevit Melamed


  • Science Fictions (5 credits)

  • CRWN 80F [In Person]

    Session 1 

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

    General Education TA
    Proposed Instructor: Marilyn Patton Pool


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

  • CRWN 90 [Online]*

    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 PR-E
    Proposed Instructor: Kathleen Greany

    *Pending CCI Approval 


  • GetVirtual Business Assistance (5 credits)

  • CRWN 95 [Online]

    8-Week

    Community service-oriented class provides a supervised learning experience for students who deliver real solutions to local businesses while gaining valuable practical skills and an opportunity to integrate their academic coursework with community involvement. Teams are formed and businesses assigned while students are trained to do interviews, write proposals, project-manage, design websites, and marketing campaigns. No prerequisites are required and familiarity in the following areas is preferred: the lean startup method, the business model canvas, and customer discovery. May be repeated for credit.

    General Education PR-S
    Proposed Instructor: Deborah Lindsay


  • Podcasting: Digital Storytelling (2 credits)

  • CRWN 98 [In Person]

    Session 2

    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 PR-C
    Proposed Instructor: Shevit Melamed


  • Global Seminar: Eco-Entrepreneurship in Costa Rica (10 credits)

  • Crown 92G & Crown 94 [In Person]

    Learn more and apply through Global Learning

  • Global Seminar: Writing 2: Travel Writing and Podcasting in Ireland (8 credits)

  • CRWN 98B & WRIT 2GS [In Person]

    Learn more and apply through Global Learning


  • Fundamentals of Starting and Scaling an Organization (3 credits)

  • CRWN 100 [Online]*

    Session 1

    Touches on the main operational facets of starting and scaling an organization. Students from all disciplines are welcome and encouraged to approach this class within the framework of their own career and business goals. For those who wish to start and scale companies, or those who desire to work in fast-paced and high-growth industries, this course hopes to illustrate the fundamental systems and practices that underpin the creation of new organizations, products and services. Satisfies the Core requirement of the planned Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate.

    Proposed Instructor: Wayne Fenton

    *Pending CCI Approval


  • The Power of Filmmaking (5 credits)

  • KRSG 2 [In Person]

    Session 2

    Introduction to media representations through film and their consequences for individuals and communities. Addresses how today's films represent struggles for justice and agency—especially relative to race, gender, citizenship/documentation, and communities of diaspora—in terms of filmmaking frameworks and the dialogues they foment. Each week class screens and discusses a collection of films, television, news programming, and video games to analyze and critique the ways in which power operates. Students also use such analyses and criticism to inform us as we create our own filmmaking projects. (Formerly offered as Power and Representation in Media.) Cross Listed Courses FILM 2

    General Education IM
    Proposed Instructor: Brenda Avila-Hanna


  • Successful Transfer to the Research University

  • KRSG 25 [Online]

    Session 1

    Provides community college transfers, during their first year at UC Santa Cruz, with an understanding of the workings of a research university with emphasis on advanced academic expectations, creating and meeting purposeful education and career goals, building relationships and community, and navigating opportunities and challenges.

    Proposed Instructor: TBA


  • Successful Transfer to the Research University

  • KRSG 25 [Online]

    Session 2

    Provides community college transfers, during their first year at UC Santa Cruz, with an understanding of the workings of a research university with emphasis on advanced academic expectations, creating and meeting purposeful education and career goals, building relationships and community, and navigating opportunities and challenges.

    Proposed Instructor: TBA


  • Successful Transfer to the Research University

  • KRSG 25 [In Person]

    Session 2

    Provides community college transfers, during their first year at UC Santa Cruz, with an understanding of the workings of a research university with emphasis on advanced academic expectations, creating and meeting purposeful education and career goals, building relationships and community, and navigating opportunities and challenges.

    Proposed Instructor: TBA


  • Prison Narratives (3 credits)

  • KRSG 60C [In Person]

    Session 2

    Analyzes systems of incarceration in the U.S. and explores movements to abolish those systems and to envision alternative modes of justice. Themes include, but are not limited to, the role that mass incarceration plays in contemporary society, histories of resistance, political prisoners, racial justice, and the intellectual, creative, and political interventions of incarcerated people. Students engage in collaborative projects throughout the class, and learn effective strategies for group work and interpersonal communication. (Formerly offered as Prison Narratives.)

    General Education PR-E
    Proposed Instructor: Tatiane Santa Rosa


  • Creative Writing (3 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 PR-C
    Proposed Instructor: Juliana Leslie 


  • Creative Writing (3 credits)

  • KRSG 65W-02 [Online]

    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 PR-C
    Proposed Instructor: Roz Spafford

     


  • Pandemics and Planetary Health (5 credits)

  • MERR 41 [Online]*

    Session 2

    Examines global health events through our own personal experiences and foundations in public health, environmental health, social theory, and governance, generating insight about how infectious disease spreads within our communities and across geographic boundaries. A focal objective is to explore lessons from present and past pandemics to inform future actions and responses within our global and local communities. Case study methods are used to analyze the COVID-19 pandemic and engage in learning across multiple global health events and intersecting planetary health challenges, in a theory and practice-based exploration of pandemics from the perspectives of global health, society, science, and human behavior. (Formerly offered as Pandemic Case Studies: Principles in Public Health.)

    General Education PE-H
    Proposed Instructor: Cindy Wong

    *Pending CCI Approval


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

  • MERR 60-01 [Online]*

    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 TA
    Proposed Instructor: Nolan Higdon

    *Pending CCI Approval


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

  • MERR 60-02 [Online]*

    Session 2

    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 TA
    Proposed Instructor: Nolan Higdon

    *Pending CCI Approval


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

  • OAKS 188A [Online]*

    10-Week

    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 Courses OAKS LGSTA

    Proposed Instructor: Henry Martin

    *Pending CCI Approval


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

  • OAKS 188B [Online]*

    10-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 Courses 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 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 PR-C
    Proposed Instructor: Bob Giges


  • Navigating the Research University

  • STEV 26 [In Person]

    Session 2

    Explores critical engagement in education in the context of a research university. Introduces first-year issues and success strategies and ways to participate in the institution's academic life. Investigates strategies for clarifying education goals and devising a plan for success. Students cannot receive credit for this course and PRTR 26 or KRSG 26.

     

    Proposed Instructor: TBA


  • Service Learning (2 credits)

  • STEV 27 [Online]

    10-Week

    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 PR-S
    Proposed Instructor: Geoffrey Childers