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First-Year Seminars

Registration for First Year Seminars will open June 16, 2014 at 8:00am Mountain Standard Time


All first-time, first-year students (NOT transfer students) enroll in a First-Year Seminar (FSEM 1111). Completion of this 4-credit course is one of the graduation requirements for all students. If this is your first time as a full-time college student you're required to take an FSEM regardless of the number of AP credits you may be bringing with you. You'll register for your First-Year Seminar the summer before you come to DU and choose the rest of your first quarter courses during Discoveries Orientation in the fall.

First-Year Seminars are designed to provide you with an in-depth academic experience that will be rigorous and engaging. You'll develop the kinds of academic skills that will prepare you for successful college work, including writing, critical reading and thinking, discussion, argument and debate. Faculty members have selected course topics about which they have particular expertise and enthusiasm. For you to be able to engage with faculty in the exploration of these topics is an extraordinary opportunity for academic and personal growth.

Your First-Year Seminar instructor will also serve as your academic adviser and Faculty Mentor for your entire first year at DU. You'll meet individually with your mentor during winter and spring quarters for advising and registration help. Faculty Mentors are also a good source of support if you need assistance any time during you first year.

The seminars will meet for 4 hours per week for the fall quarter. You can read descriptions of seminars for fall on the First-Year Seminar Descriptions page.

Important Information for INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:

International Students will NOT register for a First-Year Seminar over the summer. Instead, you will register for your First Year Seminar when you attend International Student Orientation.