What makes this university and city so special? As a new local, how can you form a deeper connection to San Francisco’s communities and organizations?

First-year seminars answer these and other questions by examining the culture, politics, environment, people, and history of the Bay Area. In small classes led by expert faculty, first-year and transfer students are introduced to new surroundings and new interests in an urban academic environment.

  • Virtually all first-year seminars count toward the core curriculum requirement.
  • In selected classes, first-year seminar assistants provide valuable peer mentoring.
  • Students who don’t sign up for a seminar in their first semester at USF may enroll in the second semester.

Upcoming First-Year Seminars