University Seminars (USEM) are designed to give first-year students
the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills and explore
new ideas in an environment that encourages interactive learning
and intensive discussion. The seminars are based on ideas that have
changed the way we think about our relation to the world around
us. The seminars are given by prominent faculty in departments and
schools across the University, carry two hours of credit, and are
restricted to first-year students during initial course enrollment.
USEM courses are considered non-College and thus do not count among
the 102 College credits required for the degree. If space is available,
second-, third- and fourth-year students may enroll using a Course
Action Form. College students are limited to no more than one USEM
course per semester. Refer to the Course Offering Directory for
a list of specific offerings each semester.