L&S Curricular Connections

Freshman & Sophomore Seminars

Course Archive

UC Berkeley’s freshman and sophomore seminars were originally launched in 1992. Approximately one hundred seminars are offered each year. In fall 1992, Berkeley began offering one-unit freshman seminars in every department on campus. At the same time, the existing freshman and sophomore seminars (earning 2–4 units) were expanded considerably. In spring 2002, the College of Letters & Science piloted a new Sophomore Seminar Program, which was expanded to become a campus-wide program, and in 2003–04 consolidated with the other seminars to create the Freshman and Sophomore Seminar Program.

"I really enjoyed this seminar because I met people who love literature as much as I do. It made me feel not alone at Cal.”
— Class of 2025 Freshman Seminar Student
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Tom Laqueur (History), Executive Dean Jennifer Johnson-Hanks, and Chancellor Carol Christ at the Freshman and Sophomore Seminar Program's 30th Anniversary Reception (Credit: Brittany Hosea-Small, 2022)