First-Year Seminars

excursionGerard Kuperus from the Philosophy Department and students from his First-Year Seminar course "The Human Animal" visited the California Academy of Sciences earlier this semester.

Did you come to USF for:

  • Small class sizes?
  • Innovative courses?
  • Great faculty?
  • New friends?
  • San Francisco culture?

Of course you did!  That's why you should enroll in a First Year Seminar (FYS) or Transfer Year Seminar (TYS)a unique opportunity to experience the best things about college, all at the same time.

FYS and TYS courses are designed and taught by faculty with a special passion for the topic.  Nearly all of the seminars count toward the Core, and most include excursions into the city and a variety of enrichment activities.  So, instead of a standard “Intro” course in a given Core area, try “Dance in San Francisco,” “Lovers of Wisdom,” “Pinay Lit,” “The Extreme Universe,” or “The Right to the City: Community Movements in SF.”

Enrollment in each FYS/TYS course is limited to 16 students, so you’ll get to know your professor and classmates well. Many seminars also have a First Year Seminar Assistant (FYSA), an advanced undergraduate who is available to mentor new students, and to assist them in navigating the university.

FYS and TYS courses are open only to students in their first or second semester at USF. Click on the links to the right of this page to view descriptions for our current course offerings, and contact the FYS Committee Chair, Marilyn DeLaure ( for more information.