First-Year Seminars FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How many credits are classes worth and how will I be graded?
  • Seminars are worth one or two units, and meet one or two hours per week. Grading is either traditional letter or pass/no pass, depending on the course.
  • How many seminars can I take? 
  • There's no limit; however, credit is only given for one seminar per quarter.
  • How do I choose? How do I register?
  • Explore the Seminar Schedule to find the seminar(s) you are interested in. Copy the 5-digit CRN then register for the seminar as you would any other course via SISWEB.
  • I'm at Orientation, and all the Seminars I want are full.  What's going on?
  • Don't despair! We open up a few seats during each Orientation session to give students an equal opportunity to register.  And we roll out new seminars throughout the summer. So check back during Pass 2 - there may be spots in the class you want, or there may be another class you're just as excited about!
  • I'm not a first-year student.  Can I still take a seminar?
  • Yes. After second pass appointments, students with more than 45 units may be added at the discretion of the instructor if any of the 19 seats available in the seminar remain unfilled.
  • Do First-Year Seminars count toward GE or major requirements?
  • No. 
  • I really want to take a seminar but it is listed as full. Can I get added?
  • No. Classes are limited to 19 students. There are no exceptions to the rule.
  • I am trying to add the course. I'm getting an error that it is a "Duplicate". Am I doing something wrong? Do I need to wait to use the PTA number?
  • If you are on the wait list you must drop the class before using the PTA number. If the drop deadline has already passed, you will need to wait a few days until the add deadline has passed and the waitlists are gone.
  • Are there first-year seminars during the summer?
  • It varies from year to year. We do not currently have any scheduled for Summer 2019.