Stanford Introductory Studies (SIS)

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 MattersIntroductory SeminarsEducation as Self-FashioningSophomore 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. 

SIS Programs

Thinking Matters

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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.

Introductory Seminars

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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

School of Athens painting

Education as Self-Fashioning classes focus on the meaning and purpose of a liberal education in seminars that integrate writing instruction with discussion. Contact Education as Self-Fashioning.

Sophomore College

SoCo

The Sophomore College hosts a residential living and learning community in which rising sophomores focus on a single class in September. Contact Sophomore College.

Arts Intensive

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Arts Intensive courses engage students of all class years in the theory and practice of a particular artistic discipline for three weeks in September. Contact Arts Intensive.