About Us

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About First-Year Seminars

First-Year Seminars tap into the shared curiosity of UC Davis students and their instructors to create communities of people excited to learn. With approximately 300 seminars offered each year, there’s plenty to discover. Our seminar classes are designed to bring UC Davis's newest students face-to-face with instructors and fellow students in small classes where conversation is key. At one to two units each and limited to a maximum of 19 students, they are also intended to fit into your busy schedule. 

You don’t have to be a freshman or first-year transfer student to take first-year seminars. Although certain courses are only offered to freshmen, for most classes enrollment is only limited during Pass I and Pass II, but anyone can register during open registration. You can also take more than one seminar while you’re here at UC Davis — but only one per quarter.

Our Mission:

The First-Year Seminars program provides students in their first year, including transfer students, an opportunity to engage faculty and their peers on topics of intellectual and social significance in a small class environment. 

Our Vision

Every incoming student to UC Davis will have the opportunity to take a transformative small enrollment course that fosters intellectual curiosity, active discussion, critical thinking, a sense of community and engagement with faculty and peers.


Check out our Schedule of Classes or read our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.