What is a Freshman Seminar?

About UC Davis First-Year Seminars
About UC Davis First-Year Seminars

By Graschelle Farinas Hipolito

First-year students are often too intimidated to approach faculty, but these small classes that are capped at 19 students help break down barriers. With over 300 seminars offered each year, these unique classes offer first-year UC Davis students the opportunity to connect with faculty over unique interests and a shared sense of curiosity.

Instructors choose their own topics, and often combine disciplines: ‘Experimental Magic’ brings together neurology with slight-of-hand; ‘Why Do People Relinquish their Dogs’ brings a statistical approach to dog abandonment; and ‘Psychology of Drumming’ asks what makes certain people choose drums over melodic instruments.”

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