Preparing Call for Courses

Interested in teaching at UCSC this coming summer?

The following information should help you in preparing for the Call for Courses the departments send to the Summer Session Office. Our office sends out the Call in mid-October. This call asks departments for courses our students need to graduate - major, minor, and general education requirements. Courses can be be taught during either of two 5-week sessions, or in the 8- or 10-week sessions.

Who can teach

  • Current UCSC Faculty & Lecturers
  • Graduate Students (approval by Committee on Educational Policy [CEP] required in some cases)
  • Visiting Faculty & Lecturers from other campuses

Types of courses needed

Students are looking for courses to make progress in their major, are heavily impacted in the other quarters, or fill a General Education requirement. Summer is also a time to pilot a new course. The majority of courses are taught in a 5-week session and are of equal quality and rigor to those offered in the academic year. There is a minimum requirement of 35 contact hours over the session regardless of length. Summer courses should fulfill some of these criteria:

  • Meet Major or Minor Requirements
  • Carry General Education Codes
  • Fulfills Fall Prerequisites
  • Are heavily impacted in fall, winter, spring
  • Are not offering in fall, winter, spring
  • Upper-Division courses
  • Evening courses
  • Interdisciplinary appeal
  • Attract enrollment
  • Graduate Student teaching opportunity

How to put forth a course

Courses taught in summer come from Academic Departments and Colleges. If you are interested in teaching, you should notify your department manager of your interest and ask what they require, as well as their timeline; these vary by department. Summer Session does not accept courses directly from individuals; they must come through an Academic Department or College.

If you wish to teach an existing course but revise its current, official course description or title, please fill out a "Course Revision Form" with the sponsoring department by its deadline. These will be sent to Summer Session in the Call for Courses.

Summer Curriculum Design Process

Departments send their Call for Courses documents to their Divisional Deans. The Divisions then send them to the Summer Session Office in 140 Hahn.  

We look for major/minor requirements, general education codes, even distribution between Session 1 and 2, and other attributes so we have broad, appealing course offerings each summer. New courses are also submitted to the Academic Senate's Committee on Educational Policy (CEP) for their approval.


If your course is going to be offered in summer, you will be notified via email from Summer Session in early December. Scheduling, days/times, course location, enrollment restrictions, etc. will occur in winter and spring quarters. 

December, January, February, and March are key times to promote your class. That sounds early, but by April/May, student have made their summer plans. Please let's all work together promoting summer courses - enrollment opens May 1.

For more detailed information on teaching in Summer Session, including timeline, policies, and guidelines, please see our Instructors' Guide.