Freshman and Sophomore Seminars emphasize interaction and discussion, providing a counterpoint to the learning experience in Berkeley’s large lecture classes. In the seminars, a small group of students and a professor explore a scholarly topic of mutual interest together through dialogue, in the spirit of learning for its own sake.
These seminars offer students an unprecedented opportunity to explore a wide range of majors and even fields of study usually reserved for graduate students. Professors from nearly every campus department join together each semester to offer an impressive array of seminars. You will find lower-division seminars sponsored by L&S departments, as well as by the professional schools and colleges. Seminars numbered 24 (and in some cases 90) bear one unit of credit and are limited to 15 freshmen. Seminars numbered 39A-Z are limited to 30 freshmen and sophomores. Seminars numbered 84 bear one or two units of credit and are limited to 15 sophomores.
If you have questions about the Freshman and Sophomore Seminars, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty interested in teaching freshman and sophomore seminars should consult our For Faculty page for more information.
Looking for course descriptions of the spring 2023 seminars? That information will be shared here in mid-October, so check back.
Looking for course descriptions of the fall 2022 seminars? Click here: Fall 2022 Freshman and Sophomore Seminars
The Freshman and Sophomore Seminar Program is administered by the College of Letters & Science’s Division of Undergraduate Studies and co-sponsored by the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. The program serves students in all colleges and schools across the UC Berkeley campus. The program is generously supported by the Chancellor and the Heising-Simons Foundation.