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.
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.
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.
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.