First Year Seminars

First Year Seminars provide a unique opportunity for freshmen to engage in academic discourse with a top professor.

How human are you? Does “free will” truly exist? Why does order emerge from chaos? These are just a few of the many thought-provoking questions that serve as the subjects of Honors College First Year Seminars.

First Year Seminars are taught by honors professors, a group that represents some of the most distinguished and enthusiastic faculty members from across campus. Honors professors offer seminars each spring semester on unique topics, ranging from neuroscience to human rights to medieval literature.

The First Year Seminar is required for all honors students in their second semester. It is a one-credit course that counts toward the 30 honors units required for graduation with honors. The best part? Your seminar does not need to relate to your major in any way. In fact, you are encouraged to expand your horizons by choosing a seminar that introduces you to a new topic that you have not previously studied.