The Academic Mission of College Ten

College Ten's theme is Social Justice and Community. Through the frosh seminar, optional workshops, and co-curricular activities, we pay special attention to individuals and groups who are denied opportunities afforded to more privileged members of society. Some of the issues we consider are racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination. Other matters that are addressed include poverty, greed, ethnic hatreds, violence against gays, and environmental threats. Finally, community involvement is emphasized as a means of addressing social injustices. Students interested in these issues as their major area of study or as part of their general education are encouraged to join the College Ten community.

– Campbell Leaper
College Ten Founding Provost

There are four major components to the academic mission at College Ten— advising, classroom learning, encouraging academic excellence, and monitoring academic standing. The college provost is a faculty member who is in charge of supervising these four components. At College Ten, our provost is Associate Professor of Environment Studies, Flora Lu.


Throughout your academic career at UCSC, College Ten will be your home for academic advising. The Academic Advisers will be important resources for getting help with your classes. The Academic Advisers are the ones who can answer questions about general education and graduation requirements as well as other general academic matters. For more information about advising please visit the Advising website.

Classroom Learning

The UCSC colleges are based on a living and learning model. Not only do frosh live together in the residence halls, they also take the same seminar in their college during the fall quarter. In this way, all students within a college have a common learning experience. College Ten's frosh seminar is Introduction to University Discourse: Social Justice and Community. We hope that the course provides students with a thought-provoking introduction to some of the pressing issues in the world today. The course is also designed to help students develop important academic skills such as writing, studying, and reading. For more information on the Core Course, please visit the Core Course webpage.

In addition to the frosh seminar, we also offer some optional courses within the college: Social Justice Issues Workshop (CLTE 85), Service Learning (CLTE 110 and 110B) which is a service-learning field practicum for course credit, and Teaching Social Justice Issues Workshop (CLTE 191).  For more information visit the Courses webpage.

Encouraging Academic Excellence

We would like to see you do your best at UCSC. That will mean some hard work on your part and also taking initiative to seek out opportunities. 

As a way to encourage student achievement, College Ten students may graduate with two forms of special recognition. One of them is to graduate with honors. This is based on attaining a minimum cumulative grade point average (see the Academic Advisers for details). A second form of special recognition is to graduate with distinction. College Ten Distinction is awarded if students pursue three quarters of work through one of two pathways. For more information, please visit the Distinction Pathways webpage.

Monitoring Academic Standing

The fourth academic component of the college is to monitor student's academic standing. The Academic Advisers review students' records to see if they are passing their classes and making satisfactory progress towards the graduation requirements. Additionally, good academic standing involves maintaining academic integrity. Academic integrity refers to doing honest work which means not cheating or plagiarizing. For more information, please visit the UCSC Academic Integrity website.

College Ten's Partnership with Division of Social Sciences

One of the relatively unique features of College Ten is that its academic administration is affiliated with the Division of Social Sciences.  This does not mean, however, that College Ten students are only supposed to be majors in the social sciences. We welcome all majors. Indeed, College Ten students come from all majors in Humanities, Arts, Natural Sciences, and Engineering, in addition to Social Sciences. Their shared interest is in learning about the world, community, and social justice.

All students can benefit from College Ten's partnership with the UCSC Social Sciences Division. In a comprehensive analysis of more than 200 top public universities, Social Sciences at UC Santa Cruz ranked first in the nation in research quality. Thus, College Ten students will have opportunities to explore social justice and community with distinguished faculty from a range of disciplines including Anthropology, Community Studies, Economics, Education, Environmental Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Politics, Psychology, and Sociology. Special opportunities for students will include assisting faculty in their research for course credit. Also, students will be able to meet with faculty in small group events as part of College Ten student programs.