Course Spotlight

ANTH 182M: Introduction to the Archaeological Analysis of Stone Tools, Architecture, and Ceramics

Want to understand how ancient art and technology was made and used? Want to understand how archaeologists gather information to develop their grand interpretations of the past? If your answer is yes, then this is the class for you. In course meetings students will develop the basic skills needed to analyze and interpret stone tools, architecture, and ceramics from around the ancient world. Upon completion of this course you will be ready to begin your own archaeological analysis. Click here for more information. 

CMPSC 90DA (DS 1): Introduction to Data Science 1

The Introduction to Data Science course series combines three perspectives: inferential thinking, computational thinking, and real-world relevance. Given data arising from some real-world phenomenon, how does one analyze that data so as to understand that phenomenon? The course series teaches critical concepts and skills in computer programming and statistical inference, in conjunction with hands-on analysis of real-world datasets, including economic data, document collections, geographical data, and social networks. It also delves into social issues surrounding data analysis such as privacy and study design. Please email for an add code.

EACS 181ML: Memory in the Literatures & Films of East Asia

This course examines the concept of memory — individual, collective, intergenerational, and transcultural — and how it has been (re)inscribed in literatures and films of East Asia from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present, exploring memory's relations with history, modernity, trauma, nostalgia, gender, and nation. Click here for additional information.

INT 35HD: History of Disease

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered businesses and led to worldwide orders that people stay at home. Yet, even as the death toll rose and medical systems strained in cities from New York to Rome to Wuhan, there were some who doubted the necessity of such stay-at-home orders or who argued that the cure was worse than the disease. As this recent example demonstrates, even in the twenty-first century the nature of disease and how to prevent it is not merely a matter of science, but an issue laden with cultural, political, and religious concerns.  This course will chart the history of disease both as a subject of scientific inquiry and a cultural and religious phenomenon. We will begin by providing a solid background in both the historical and scientific concepts related to disease, before moving on to discuss major outbreaks in World History including the Black Plague, Cholera, Syphilis, Influenza, and, of course, COVID-19. This course has a number of scholarships to award to qualified students. Students who are awarded the scholarship will receive an add code upon acceptance. To apply, prepare a brief essay (no more than 300 words) explaining why you are interested in this course. Use your UCSB NetID to log in to the scholarship application portal and upload your essay for consideration. 

INT 133C: Cognitive Social Science of Nonordinary Experiences

Across cultures, people have experiences that seem out of the ordinary, anomalous, or exceptional that can occur while dreaming, meditating, taking drugs, or engaged in everyday life. These experiences may seem personally significant and transformative, puzzling, or distressing, and may be appraised as religious, paranormal, or psychopathological. What people experience and how it affects them depends not only on psychology, but also on cultural expectations and practices. This 8-unit course, which is based on a new survey designed to investigate the effects of culture on the prevalence and interpretation of nonordinary experiences, will introduce students to methods they can use to analyze and interpret data collected prior to the start of the course. Student research teams will have humanities specialists, who will use historical and ethnographic sources to investigate the cultural expectations and traditions that shape people's experiences, and scientific specialists, who will analyze survey data and draw from psychological and neuroscientific research to explain the cognitive processes at work. This course has 40 scholarships available for interested students. Students who are awarded the scholarship will receive an add code upon acceptance. Click here for more information.

INT W 20: Introduction to the Research University (ONLINE)

Summer Sessions and the College of Letters and Science are excited to collaborate on an online course, INT W 20: Introduction to the Research University. INT W 20 is a 2 unit, fully online course that introduces students to the varying disciplines of study at UC Santa Barbara. The course delivers a series of videos featuring UC Santa Barbara faculty detailing their specific discipline, explaining how research is conducted within the discipline, and sharing information about what drives their own interest in that area of study. Students will not only learn about the varying majors on campus, but will also be prepared for success by being introduced, virtually, to renowned faculty. Click here for more information.

THEAT 43/143 The People’s Voice: A Joint Collaboration Between the Community and UC Santa Barbara

The People's Voice is an umbrella term for cutting-edge collaborations between the university and the community. The course was specifically named for the people to include a variety of arts initiatives for diversely marginalized populations where social justice is a concern. This course is for students who are passionate about their development as informed, engaged, and action-oriented citizen-artists. It is open to non-theater majors, as well as those students who are specializing in theater studies. Because of its permeability with social issues, The People's Voice can supplement educational and fieldwork objectives for teachers, therapists, social workers, and community organizers, as well as cultural workers in all arts disciplines. We look for novel combinations with media, citizen journalism, live theater and performance, and multimodal art strategies to destabilize the status-quo as well as celebrate society's disenfranchised voices throughout Santa Barbara and other parts of California. Click here for additional information.

W&L CS 170: Literary Publishing

Come join the editorial team for the inaugural summer edition of Spectrum, a national literary magazine that has been in publication for over 60 years.  By enrolling in the course, you join the staff of a literary magazine that has featured the work of writers and artists from all over the world.  This summer’s special edition will be the first to focus exclusively on student writing and art.  In this course you will learn the ins-and-outs of literary publishing, develop editorial skills, copyedit material, work closely with contributors, design the layout and overall aesthetic of the journal, and ultimately promote the artistic productions of many talented UCSB students.  No former publishing experience necessary, and all majors are welcome.  Anyone who is interested in writing and publishing will benefit from this dynamic and fast-paced course.