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Freshman Seminars - Overview

Freshman Seminars

UCSB offers an exciting educational opportunity for members of the freshman class—freshman seminars. These small group courses each have a maximum of twenty students. They are taught by distinguished faculty who have chosen to work beyond their normal academic loads in order to meet and influence students early in their university careers. Freshman seminars are open to all eligible freshman students from any campus college or major.

There are several benefits to freshman seminars. They facilitate student-faculty contact, promote valuable intellectual discourse in a small group setting, and allow students to explore subjects outside of their majors without affecting their grade-point averages.

"Freshmen seminars really helped ease my transition to UCSB! It was an awesome way to meet other first years, and also a way to really establish genuine relationships with some of the professors. As an added bonus the seminars were innovative, and interesting, and always fun!"
-Rayana Poole

Approximately 100 freshman seminars will be offered during the 2014-2015 academic year. Seminar topics may introduce a particular discipline, explore an area of professional interest, or provide important insight on a matter of contemporary concern. You are invited to review the current freshman seminar course listings by clicking the Seminar List tab. Continue to check the freshman seminar list, as courses often are added after the quarterly class schedule has gone to print.

Please note that freshman seminars differ from normal class offerings in the rules and restrictions governing them. If you are considering enrollment in a freshman seminar, please visit the About page to familiarize yourself with this important information.