First-Year Seminars serve as an introduction to the intellectual life at the university and provide a mechanism for students to connect with other first year students in a smaller classroom setting.
First-Year Seminar instructors are highly engaged in student development and have an active, important role in their students' transition to college. As a result, First-Year Seminars introduce new, first year students to important principles and academic expectations that will help them be successful at The University of Iowa. In addition, First-Year Seminars provide students with an opportunity to work closely with UI faculty, instructional staff, or a senior-level administrator.
First-Year Seminars are designed around the four pillars of a First-Year Seminar:
- Academic Inquiry
- Active Learning
- Community and Connectedness
- Exploration of Identity.
While instructors select the specific topic of the seminar they are teaching, courses are categorized under the following topic(s):
- Arts & Humanities
- Business & Financial
- Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
- Engineering & Applied Sciences
- Health Sciences, Public Health & Medicine
- Natural Sciences
- Social Sciences
Honors and Research-Focused First-Year Seminars
Some First-Year Seminars are offered exclusively to students in the UI Honors Program, and some are offered as research-focused courses (and some are both!).
Are you a student?
Click here to learn more about what to expect when enrolling in an Honors and/or Research-Focused First-Year Seminar.
Are you an instructor or prospective instructor?
Click here to learn more about expectations associated with these courses.
First-Year Seminars are funded by and coordinated through University College by Academic Support and Retention. Questions about First-Year Seminars can be directed to Angie Lamb, Assistant Director in Academic Support and Retention.