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Academics

Learning among leaders

Leading at the intersection of innovation, social justice, and sustainability, our campus ߣߣƵ
members use their voices, knowledge, and talents to create real change. Blaze your own learning trail. 

What do you want to study?

With 73 majors, 43 minors, world-class teachers, and modern facilities, a wealth of knowledge is at your doorstep—or your fingertips.

Postgraduate students learn in 66 graduate programs, in a prime location just 40 minutes from Silicon Valley and perched on the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean.

Explore the disciplines

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The UCSC student experience fuses high-level academics with passionate engagement in the world. Here, you learn by doing, and we are routinely ranked among top universities for research excellence and impact.


Plan your academic year

Course catalog

Explore undergraduate and graduate degree course descriptions, faculty listings, information and expenses, the academic calendar, and more.

Summer quarter at a glance

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Live and learn

All undergraduate students choose one of our 10 colleges as their living/learning ߣߣƵ. Each college is like its own “neighborhood,” complete with traditions and history, academic support, activities, and events.

is the founding college of UC Santa ߣߣƵ. Its motto, The Pursuit of Truth in the Company of Friends, represents its twin commitments to academic endeavor and supportive ߣߣƵ.

theme, Science, Technology, and Society, explores the relationship of science and ߣߣƵ with the world around us, including both the positive and negative impacts of ߣߣƵ on our environment and social institutions.

theme, Social Justice and Community, focuses on the inequalities that exist in society, such as discrimination and poverty, and the role of ߣߣƵ involvement in addressing social injustices.

theme, Power and Representation, explores the many ways we constitute ourselves as individuals in relation to communities, focusing on representations of class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, and race.

theme, Cultural Identities and Global Consciousness, helps students to understand the nature of cultural identity by examining the relationships between societies of the world and their struggles to preserve their cultures.

theme, International and Global Perspectives, recognizes the importance of cultural competency and focuses on issues such as economic globalization, environmental degradation, human rights, and international and ethnic conflicts.

theme, Communicating Diversity for a Just Society, prepares students to become active citizens and future leaders capable of communicating across differences to bring about a more egalitarian and just society.

theme, Ars Longa, Vita Brevis: Life is Short, Art Endures, manifests the belief that creativity is integral to all fields of study from art to physics to linguistics, and promotes an environment in which original thought, creative imagination, and personal and cultural differences are appreciated.

theme, Environment and Society, embodies the college’s concern for environmental issues within a social, political, scientific, and humanistic context.

theme, Self and Society, emphasizes the goals of both self-understanding and active participation in the ߣߣƵ to give students a greater understanding of themselves and their cultures, and to help them think globally.

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Extend yourself with professional courses

Located in the global center of high tech and innovation, UCSC Silicon Valley Extension offers accredited, convenient professional courses for every stage of your career.


Make summer sizzle

Summer Session provides the opportunity to fill in a needed class, make faster progress toward your degree, or try something different during a quieter time on campus.

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Last modified: Jul 08, 2024