First Year Seminar Program

Administrative Office
Harney, Room 240
Phone: (415) 422-5265
Marilyn DeLaure, Coordinator

First-Year Seminars are designed to add a unique and challenging dimension to the freshman experience at USF. The seminar format allows freshmen to participate in the kind of class setting generally recognized to be one of the most educationally effective of instructional models.

Freshmen from any School or College may enroll in a seminar which is included in their full-time course load for a given semester.

Seminars cover a wide variety of topics.

Enrollment in each seminar is limited to 16 students, which enables students to have a close working relationship with the faculty member. The faculty member will assist seminar students in career planning, academic advising, and curriculum planning. The context of the seminars will facilitate conversation between freshmen and faculty. In each seminar, freshmen will be provided with opportunities to learn skills crucial to learning: analysis, synthesis, and communication skills (listening, speaking, writing, group discussion skills, and the sharing of abstract ideas). The First-Year Seminars have three prerequisites: a lively curiosity, a willingness to learn, and an eagerness to participate in the pursuit of knowledge and understanding.

For more information, please contact the Administrative Office.