About Stanford Introductory Studies
Stanford Introductory Studies (SIS) is a unit in the office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education that manages required and elective academic programs for first- and second-year students: Thinking Matters, Introductory Seminars, Education as Self-Fashioning, Sophomore College and Arts Intensive. SIS administrative offices are located on the second floor of Sweet Hall.
More than 300 tenure-track faculty from all seven schools of the University teach in one or more of these SIS programs, sharing their enthusiasm for learning while encouraging students to discover their intellectual interests. SIS classes promote active learning in an inclusive and supportive classroom environment where individual students receive individual attention and support for their exploration of the full range of expansive and diverse academic opportunities offered at Stanford.
The Thinking Matters program oversees a curriculum of team-taught required courses and provides entering students with a gateway to liberal education and a guided transition to the intellectual life of the University. Contact Thinking Matters.
The Introductory Seminars program connects frosh and sophomores with the research faculty of the University through more than 230 small, departmentally based classes drawn from the full range of scholarship and discovery at Stanford. Contact Introductory Seminars.
Education as Self-Fashioning