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 through your academic career and beyond.

Seminars are offered in a wide range of disciplines with topics varying for fall, winter, and spring quarters. Freshman seminars are normally taken for a letter grade, though students may choose the pass/not pass option. 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.