For Department Course Administrators

Stanford Introductory Studies (SIS) in VPUE coordinates the Introductory Seminars offered by departments and programs from all seven schools. Department and program faculty are invited to submit courses, primarily between January 1 and March 15. Submitted seminars will be part of the curriculum contingent on department chair and decanal approvals.  

The SIS IntroSems Program handles outreach and enrollment in the seminars. Course creation and class record maintenance, scheduling, and classroom reservation are the responsibility of the primary offering department or program.

  • Click here to learn about the unique component types and suffixes for IntroSems in Axess.
  • Click here to review seminar scheduling guidelines and CPS updates made by IntroSems administrators.
  • Click here to learn about the enrollment process specific to IntroSems.
  • Click here for information related to IntroSem curriculum development.

Adding an IntroSem during the Current Academic Year

If your department wants to add an IntroSem during the current academic year (after the roster process Jan 1 - Mar 15), please send your request to Ellen Woods, SIS Director and Associate Vice Provost, and copy Also complete the 2019-2020 new seminar webform.