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The First-Year Seminar (FSEM)

A small and rigorous four-credit course, the First-Year Seminar (FSEM) is the first course in the Common Curriculum and introduces students to the academic values and norms of the University community. Before fall quarter begins, students meet and go through Discoveries Orientation Week with their FSEM classes, which is aimed at fostering a sense of community and providing an entry point into the curricular content of the University. Each FSEM faculty member facilitates learning on subjects they are passionate about, and additionally sets expectations for students to hone academic skills essential for successful college work. After the end of the fall quarter, the First-Year Seminar faculty mentor will meet with each student during winter and spring quarters to provide consistent academic advising, mentoring, and support. For more information please visit the FSEM website.

To view the 2019-2020 FSEM course descriptions, visit the online class schedule and follow the steps below:

  1. Select "Autumn Quarter 2019."
  2. In the subject box, select "First-Year Seminar" and click "search."
  3. Click on any course title to view more information such as course descriptions, course meeting times, etc.


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