University Seminars (USEMs)


University Seminars (USEMS) are designed to give first-year students the opportunity to develop critical-thinking skills and explore new ideas in an environment that encourages interactive learning and intensive discussion. The seminars are based on ideas that have changed the way we think about our relation to the world around us. The seminars are given by prominent faculty in departments and schools across the University, carry two or three hours of credit, and are restricted to 18 first-year students during the initial course enrollment. If space is remaining, second-, third-, and fourth-year students may enroll.

Call for Proposals

We particularly solicit proposals for new USEM courses that address topics related to diversity, including, but not limited to, race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or socio-economic diversity.

Call for Proposals


New and archived USEMS course descriptions are below. These descriptions are for informational purposes only. To enroll, reference the Student Information System (click U for USEMS) for a list of specific offerings each semester.

Note: College of Arts & Sciences' student only: USEM 1570s count as credit and 1580s count as elective credit inside the College of Arts & Sciences. Students in the College are limited to a maximum of 8 hours of USEM coursework.

USEMS Course Descriptions:

  • Click on the desired semester for detailed course information.

Upcoming USEMS Listing