Students

Designed especially for first-year students, freshman seminars offer you an exciting opportunity to broaden your academic horizons. They are one-unit courses limited to 15 students that meet once a week for an hour throughout the quarter. You can receive a letter grade or elect the pass/not pass option.

Freshman seminars let you…
• explore a stimulating topic with outstanding faculty in a small group setting.
• gain an introduction to the culture of the university.
• get to know a professor noted for original research and commitment to teaching.
• learn about ways to do research within your field of study in a supportive and congenial atmosphere.
• form habits of inquiry and expression that will serve you throughout your academic career and beyond.

Seminars are offered in a wide range of disciplines with topics varying for fall, winter, and spring quarters. Seminars may be repeated up to three times so long as the subjects vary. Students may add or drop a freshman seminar up until the end of the second week of classes.

More About Freshman Seminars at UCI…

Freshman seminars are part of a series of courses at UCI designed to introduce freshmen to the research university and to enhance the first-year experience.

  • University Studies 1: Freshman Experience, 2 units, fall/winter quarters. Open to all freshmen, strongly recommended for Undeclared students.
  • University Studies 3: Freshman Seminars, 1 unit, fall/winter/spring quarters. Open to all freshmen and to continuing students as space permits.