What is an Introductory Seminar?
Introductory Seminars, sponsored by VPUE Stanford Introductory Studies, offer small-group courses taught by esteemed faculty to freshmen 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 writing requirements (Write 2). Freshmen, sophomores and first-year transfer students are invited to apply to any of the introductory seminars, beginning August 1. Faculty select their class list from the students who apply.
Explore IntroSems
A list of our 2015-16 Introductory Seminars. Stanford Undergraduates are invited to submit an essay for consideration.
Five key benefits to taking an IntroSem.
Esteemed faculty from across the campus teach these small class size seminars.
With seminar offerings in sixty departments, it's hard to decide which one to take. We can help.
Learn more about seminar preference by class.
Many IntroSems feature hands-on field trips that provide real-world experience.
Find out how IntroSems can help fulfill Ways breadth requirement