University Seminars (USEM)

Upcoming Fall 2018 Seminars



For more than a decade, the University Seminars (USEM’s) program provides faculty the opportunity to create and offer two-credit seminar courses, designed predominately for first- year students. 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. Any topic that would be of interest can be proposed. Priority will be given to courses that:

  • Connect to emerging issues at the university and our greater communities, such as topics related to diversity, including, but not limited to, national or ethnic origin and gender identity, disability, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, and family and genetic information;
  • Include a community engagement/hands on learning component;
  • Are interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary, including team-taught classes1; and/or
  • Have not been offered as part of the USEM program in the last three semesters.

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 NON-COLLEGE credit and USEM1580s 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. Click on the desired semester for detailed course information.

Past Seminars