What is an Introductory Seminar?

Introductory Seminars, sponsored by VPUE Stanford Introductory Studies, offer small-group courses taught by esteemed faculty to frosh and sophomores. They are offered in a wide range of disciplines, in more than sixty departments and programs and all seven schools of the university. Many fulfill general education, Ways, or university writing requirements (Write 2). First-year students, sophomores and first-year transfer students sign up for Introductory Seminars, submitting a statement of interest for their first-ranked seminar, beginning in August. Faculty select their class list from the students who sign up.

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Find out how IntroSems can help you find your place at Stanford.

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With seminar offerings in sixty departments, it's hard to decide which one to take. We can help.

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The Introductory Seminars course catalog is released each August for the upcoming year. Stanford undergraduates are invited to sign up by submitting a statement of interest for consideration.

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Log into the custom IntroSems sign-up system to finalize your seminar selections and submit a statement of interest.

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