About IntroSems

Since 1997, the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE) has sponsored small seminar-style courses taught by faculty from all seven schools. Focused on the research interests of the faculty, IntroSems serve as first- and second-year students’ introduction to the concepts and methods of a discipline and also foster faculty/student relationships centered on intellectual growth.
Prof. Elizabeth Hadly teaching Bio30N at Stanford University.

Teaching an IntroSem is a rewarding experience. Learn more about the personal and professional benefits.

A group of invited guests at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, Stanford University.

Whether you have a fully developed syllabus or simply a preliminary topic, the process for creating or renewing an IntroSem is easy. Learn how to submit a new seminar or renew an existing seminar for the upcoming academic year.

Prof. Karen Wigen teaches her class Mapping the World: Cartography and the Modern Imagination at Stanford University.

Whether you’ve taught in IntroSems for 20 years or whether this quarter will be your first, IntroSems offers a wealth of resources to support your course. Find out more about the resources the IntroSem Program provides, including supplemental funding, pedagogical support, and academic technology support.

Students in Prof. Mark R. Cutkosky's Renaissance Machine Design Introductory Seminar at Stanford University.

The Introductory Seminars Excellence Award recognizes a student or project group who demonstrates exceptional engagement, skill, and achievement. View past annual recipients and learn how to nominate an IntroSems project for an Excellence Award.

The SIS IntroSems Program collaborates with department course administrators to manage the Axess course records for the seminars. Learn more about the course management, scheduling, enrollment process, and curriculum development for IntroSems.