College Scholars Program Courses

The CSP academic program is designed to both challenge participants and give them the opportunity to develop a strong foundation in our research university.  Please find a summary of the curriculum below:

CSP Curriculum 2021-22

Year 1

Fall Welcome Event: All incoming College Scholars are invited to participate in a welcome event at the beginning of Fall quarter. The event is hosted by the Faculty Honors Director and will provide College Scholars the opportunity to learn more about the program, to be introduced to the Provosts of their college and other faculty involved in the program, and to ask questions. It also provides a chance for incoming College Scholars to meet and mingle with their Provosts, faculty and with continuing College Scholars. 

Fall Quarter 1st year—Supplement to College "Core Course": Students will take part in a series of gatherings led by the Faculty Director and the Provosts at the four Fall Start colleges. These meetings are meant to supplement their college “core course” and to build relationships with other CSP students. More information about these meetings will be provided to Fall Start College Scholars at the beginning of fall quarter.

Winter Quarter 1st year—Service Learning Course: All students will take a two-credit service-learning course offered through Cowell College (COWL 168). This course includes three main components: classroom meetings, journal reflections and papers, and potential placement in a local organization. Guest speakers are a part of the class and in the past have included local alumni and elected public officials, all working to promote positive social change locally, nationally, or internationally. Over the course of the term, students contribute 40 hours of work to an organization in the community. Organizations that have welcomed students in the past include: the Homeless Service Center, Rising International, Santa Cruz Boys and Girls Club, and the Museum of Art and History. 

Spring Quarter 1st year—Faculty Research Colloquium: Students will take a two-credit course (COWL 89) where weekly faculty presentations are followed, when in-person classes resume, by dinner at one of the Provosts' houses (each student is invited to attend one dinner during the term).

Faculty guests will be drawn from a variety of fields within the university, and students will be encouraged to listen to and interact with scholars and scholarship beyond their own comfortable niche in engineering, biology, linguistics, music, or whatever their area of interest may be. The invited scholars will be speaking not only about the substance of their work, but also about the types of questions that are particular to their fields of study, and about their particular paths to success in the academic world. By the end of the course, students should have a good sense of the modes of inquiry that animate intellectual life in a research university. 

Year 2

Fall (or Winter) Quarter 2nd year—Research Seminar: Students choose from one of several five-unit research seminars. Each of the seminars focuses on developing significant hands-on skills: whether it is a chance to “do real science” through guided research in the field and in a lab, or address important primary sources directly and debate them together in a text-centered seminar room, students will get training in the real intellectual work that scholars do. All of the seminars bear general education (GE) credit and are taught by an outstanding UC Santa Cruz faculty member or researcher. Some seminars will be offered in winter quarter, however priority enrollment eligibility will only continue through Fall of the second year.

2021-2022 Research Seminar Offerings

Fall 2021

Course Instructor GE Method
BME (Biomolecular Engineering) 122H: Extreme Environmental Virology David Bernick TA In-person
College Nine 60: Water Justice Vivian Underhill PE-E Remote Instruction
Crown 88: Computational Futurology Peter Rothman SR In-person
Merrill 90: Theory and Practice of Field Studies  Mike Rotkin PR-S In-person

Winter 2022

Course Instructor
Crown 90: Business Entrepreneurship: Discovering and Launching a Startup  Nada Miljkovic
Crown 86: Storytelling/Professional Communication in a Digital Age  Kati Greaney
Kresge 85S: Critical Writing Practicum: System and Subject Jeremy Gauger
Porter 90B: Art and Politics after Google  David Lau
Stevenson 43: Comparative Nationalisms in Historical Perspective  Kiva Silver