College Spotlight


    STEM Essentials (online) (2 credit)

  • CRSN 15A

    Session 2

    Online class only.  

    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


  • Personal Finance and Investing (online)

  • 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. 


  • Science Fictions

  • 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.") Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and C1 requirements. Enrollment limited to 22. (General Education Code(s): TA.)


  • Start-up Entrepreneurship Academy (SEA)

  • CRWN 90

    8-Week Session

    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".) (General Education Code(s): PR-E.) 


  • Social and Creative Entrepreneurship

  • CRWN 92

    Session 1

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

    Course designed to help students discover their own business idea that does the world good. Examines leadership, provides tools to research community issues, and to develop sustainable business models. Guest lecturers and project mentors introduce students to business and civil leaders. (General Education Code(s): PE-H.) 

    *New course pending CCI approval


  • 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.)


  • Service Learning (2 credits)

  • KRSG 12B

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


  • Kresge Garden Cooperative (2 credits)

  • KRSG 63

    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. Enrollment limited to 15. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-S.)


  • Creative Writing (2 credits)

  • KRSG 65W

    Session 1

    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)


  • Merrill Field Study Practicum (2-Credit)

  • MERR 90S

    10-Week

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

    Students spend 10 hours a week on an internship they choose, with the support of the instructor, working with a local organization. Includes class lectures and discussions of readings. (General Education Code: PR-S)


  • 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)


  • 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 in-depth experience and skill building! 

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


  • 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.) 


  • 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.)