Special Courses

INT W20: Introduction to the Research University (ONLINE)

The Office of Summer Sessions and the College of Letters and Science are excited to announce a new online course, INT W 20, Introduction to the Research University. INT W20 is a 2 unit, fully online course that introduces students to the varying disciplines of study at UCSB. The course delivers a series of videos featuring UCSB faculty detailing their specific discipline, explaining how research is conducted within the discipline, and includes personal information about his/her own interest in the 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 UCSB faculty. Click here for more information.

The People’s Voice: A Joint Collaboration Between the Community and UCSB — Theater 43 and 143

This is a course that is open to non-theater majors, as well as those students who are specializing in theater studies. Click here for additional information.

Summer Dance Intensive

With the opportunity to dance every day in a variety of courses plus the six-week summer sessions courses culminating in two fully produced performances in the HSSB Ballet Studio Theater, the Summer is an ideal time to focus on dance. Click here for additional information.

INT 133A: Memory: An Interdisciplinary Exploration

Join Kenneth Kosik, Professor of Neuroscience, Kim Yasuda, Professor of Arts, and visiting artist Cristina Pato in an exploration of the transdisciplinary field of memory studies.

Throughout this unique 8-unit course, students will explore connections between migration and Cultural Memory, addressing questions such as: How do we connect human migration and the idea of "the other" in cognitive neuroscience and in literature? How do we build and recreate our cultural identity when we feel displaced? How do artists represent, render and reimagine human movement? Students will practice drawing on numerous disciplines to understand the compelling questions of our time.  

This course has 30 scholarships allocated to it. Click here for additional information.

INT 133B: What's Wrong With the World? How Do we Fix it?

This 8-unit course will be team taught by Ken Hiltner, Professor of English and Director of the Environmental Humanities Center, and John Foran, Professor of Sociology and co-founder of the International Institute of Climate Action and Theory.

In this course, students will investigate the future, asking what might the world look like in the year 2030? What will be the state of climate change? What will schools, cities, agriculture, jobs, nations, energy sources, technology, political systems, international relations, global and local economies, and much more look like? This course examines current systems while also considering our roles in building a better future.

This course has 20 scholarships allocated to it. Click here for additional information.