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University Seminars

For more than a decade, the University Seminar (USEM) program has provided an opportunity for first-year students to take unique seminar style courses in a variety of topics taught by faculty from all of the University’s twelve schools. University Seminar faculty engage students in discussion, hands-on experiential learning, research, trips around the Charlottesville area, and in critical self-reflection that helps students shape the direction of their studies at UVA.

University Seminars are two-credit courses that are offered during both the fall and spring semesters. Student participation in a USEM should foster a love of learning with the goal of igniting a spark of enthusiasm for a particular subject. It is expected that these courses will help students develop critical thinking skills and explore new ideas in an environment that encourages interactive learning and intensive discussion. Enrollment in a University Seminar should provide first-year students the opportunity to work closely with faculty and to develop an intellectual community with other students around a shared area of interest.