College Spotlight


    STEM Essentials (online) (2 credit)

  • CRSN 15A

    Session 2

    Online 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.

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    Instructor: Stella Hein

    Syllabi and Course video


  • Becoming a Successful Student

  • COWL 10

    Session 1

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

    An interactive approach to effective studying, note-taking, critical thinking, and exams. Also explored: time management; good communication with staff and faculty; major and career exploration; and use of campus resources.  5 credits.

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    Instructor: Todd Thorpe


  • Public Speaking

  • COWL 12

    Session 1

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

    Introduces students to the theory and practice of formal and informal public speaking through composition, presentation, and evaluation of informative reports, persuasive speech, introductory remarks, panels, and extemporaneous speech. 

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    Instructor: Catherine Carlstroem


  • Personal Finance and Investing

  • COWL 52

    Session 1

    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.

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    Instructor: Patricia Kelly


  • Summer Entrepreneurship Academy: Discovering and Launching a Business

  • CRWN 90

    8-Week

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

    Explores business-learning fundamentals. Based on the nine basic building blocks of the Business Model Canvas, encourages students to move products from the lab and into the market. Encourages students to talk to potential customers, partners, and competitors; and each student team presents its findings each week. Business-learning fundamentals are delivered online, so workshops focus on face-to-face interactions between students, their mentors, and the instructional team. Culminates in students giving their final executive business-plan presentation and story-making video. (General Education Code: PR-E.)

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    Instructor: Nada Miljkovic


  • Service Learning (3 Credit)

  • 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 limited to 25. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-S.)

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    Instructor: Franklin Williams


  • Introduction to Grant Writing (3 Credit)

  • KRSG 12C

    Session 2

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

    A fast-paced and academically rigorous exercise in four main sections. First and foremost, participants must locate and support a community-service site for three hours each week. Each student's service commitment requires the student to attend class regularly and share community-service experience with classmates. Students are introduced to the basic requirements of a variety of national service agencies including AmeriCorp, the Peace Corp, City Year, Teach for America, and City Service. Students are required to do community-service work with a member of one of these agencies locally for four hours during the quarter. The last major section of this course teaches students the basics of grant writing and research.(General Education Code(s): PR-S.)

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    Instructor: Franklin Williams


  • Kresge Garden Cooperative (2 credits)

  • KRSG 63-01

    Session 1

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

    Hands-on practice with basic ecological horticulture skills through work at the Kresge Garden, including soil cultivation. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code: PR-S.)

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    Instructor: David Shaw


  • Kresge Garden Cooperative (2 credits)

  • KRSG 63-02

    Session 1

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

    Hands-on practice with basic ecological horticulture skills through work at the Kresge Garden, including soil cultivation. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code: PR-S.)

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    Instructor: David Shaw


  • Creative Writing (2 credits)

  • KRSG 65W

    Session 2

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

    For students who wish to develop skills in creative writing--poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. Students do in-class and out-of-class writing exercises; read and discuss published writing; start new work or improve existing projects.  No previous creative writing experience required or expected--writers at all stages are welcome. (General Education Code: PR-C)

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    Instructor: Roz Spafford

  • Transformative Communication (2 credit)

  • KRSG 68

    Session 1

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

    Based on Nonviolent Communication (NVC), this experiential course offers skills in intra- and inter-personal conflict transformation by aligning with core values; understanding what motivates self and others; cultivating compassion, even under difficult circumstances; and bringing greater peace into our world. (General Education Code: PR-E)

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    Instructor: Christine King


  • Academic Success (2 credit)

  • OAKS 10

    Session 2

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

    Provides opportunity to assess and revise methods of and purposes in studying. Critical, effective approaches to reading, writing, participating in lectures and sections, taking exams, balancing competing responsibilities, and utilizing campus resources explored. 

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    Instructor: Phil Longo


  • Improvisation

  • PRTR 41I

    Session 1

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

    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)

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    Instructor: Bob Giges


  • Improvisation Workshop

  • 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.) (General Education Code: PR-C.) 

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

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

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    Instructor: Bob Giges


  • Writing the Future: Science Fiction

  • PRTR 151F

    Session 1

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

    This course investigates how science fiction’s utopic and/or dystopic projections give us insights about equality, democracy, justice, and difference at the same time they register contemporary anxieties about community, kinship, war, viruses, genetic engineering, robotics, surveillance, and environmental degradation.  (General Education Code: TA.) 

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    Instructor: Dion Farquhar

     


  • Service Learning (online) (2 credit)

  • STEV 27

    10-Week

    Online class.  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.) 

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    Instructor: Geoff Childers


  • Women in the Bible

  • STEV 36

    Session 1

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

    A seminar style course intended to sharpen analytical skills by critically analyzing biblical narratives about women; stories about heroism, betrayal, love, loyalty, infidelity, motherhood and leadership. We will explore biblical personalities and perspectives, analyzing how these are conveyed in the biblical narrative.  (General Education Code: TA.) 

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    Instructor: Schlomo Chein


  • Critical Thinking & Skepticism

  • STEV 37

    10-Week

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

    Focuses on the acquisition and application of critical thinking skills and examines skeptical perspectives on a variety of issues. Topics include rationality, fallacies, cognitive biases, religion and the paranormal, media biases, and the costs and benefits of arguing with people. (General Education Code: TA.) 

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    Instructor: Geoff Childers


  • Self and Society Through Film

  • STEV 80G

    Session 2

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

    The course uses documentary and feature films to discuss themes of individuality, revolution, and technology. Films include the Star Wars, Hunger Games, and the Matrix series. (General Education Code: IM.)

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    Instructor: Kevin MacClaren