Freshman and Sophomore Seminars: Make a Difference

August 27, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

You can help new students become active members of Berkeley's intellectual community by teaching one of UC Berkeley’s Freshman and Sophomore Seminars.

Freshman and Sophomore Seminars provide an unparalleled opportunity for faculty from across campus to explore a scholarly topic with small groups of lower-division students. Through teaching a seminar, you can give students an early introduction to research and scholarship while inspiring student inquiry, creativity, and discovery.

Seminars are offered in a variety of formats and can be about any topic you wish to explore, including emerging research topics and even interests outside of your traditional focus.

If you are interested in teaching a seminar, let your department chair and scheduler know and then submit a Faculty Participation Form by September 21, 2018. Senate faculty members who teach a Freshman and Sophomore Seminar as an overload will receive a $3,000 grant that can be used for anything related to their teaching or research.

For more information about Freshman and Sophomore Seminars or just to brainstorm topic ideas, contact Alix Schwartz at or 642-8378. 


Catherine P. Koshland
Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education