INT W20: Introduction to the Research University

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 their 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. 

The course takes place within GauchoSpace, utilizing the latest technologies available to UCSB faculty and students. Students are expected to actively engage with one another via the various communication channels within GauchoSpace, complete weekly short answer essays, and complete a final project. This course is open to all students except Seniors; however, it is specifically targeted to those students who are interested in learning of the various areas of study at UCSB, particularly newly admitted students and those looking to declare, change, or add a new major. At the completion of the course, students will have gained an in-depth understanding of the various disciplines at UCSB, become more familiar with research within specific disciplines, and gain insights to individual faculty thought on research at UCSB. 

Course Name: INT W 20

Instructional Method: Fully online and self-paced

Instructor: Dr. Amy Propen
Dates and Time: Summer Session B, August 2 - September 14

Cost: $565** See below for special incentives

How to Enroll:
Incoming Freshman Students: Click here to apply with Summer Sessions. Create a username and password, start your application as an Admitted UC Student and then choose your status as Newly Admitted Freshman (online only or no program). After you have submitted your application and we have processed it, you will receive an email notifcation and you will be able to login to GOLD and enroll in the online course. We know that this can be a confusing process, especially when it is your first time applying with Summer Sessions or using GOLD. If you have any questions at all please contact us at or call 805 893 7306. We have experts standing by to help you with this process. 

If you are a current UCSB student in good standing, you may enroll in the course via GOLD. This course is not open to Seniors. 

**If you are a newly admitted UCSB Freshman and you successfully complete the course, Summer Sessions will refund you $565.00. You must enroll in the course, pay for the course, and successfully complete and pass the course in order to receive the refund. The quoted price of $565.00 is the cost of 2 units of tuition at $280.00 per unit, plus the L&S Tech Fee at $2.50 per unit. The refund will be posted to your BARC account no later than October 1st. If you are not a newly admitted Freshman, you may still enroll in the course, but you are not eligible for this incentive.