Freshman Seminars

A freshman seminar is a small, discussion-oriented class that is designed just for first-year students across the University. The seminars cover a variety of fascinating topics in the arts, behavioral sciences, global issues, politics and culture, and more. Seminars are offered both fall and spring semesters.

What to Expect in a Freshman Seminar

  • A small class (15-20 students) of first-year students where it is easy to talk, participate, and engage in class discussions
  • A professor who is an expert in the subject matter who has created the course specifically for first-year students
  • An opportunity to work with faculty who will introduce you to a variety of new research and creative topics

CLA Freshman Seminars

Course offerings vary from year to year.
 

African American & African Studies

Social and Cultural History of Blacks in Sports

Asian Languages and Literature

Bollywood Blockbusters and Beyond: An Intro to Indian Cinema

American Studies, Center for

The Latino Population Boom and the Transformation of America

Anthropology

Time, Now and Then
From "O Brother Where Art Thou:" to "12 Years a Slave:" Southern Roots Music in Film and Media

Art

Say Something, Make Something: Transforming Language in Visual Art
Visual Wonder from an Artist's Perspective
Place Matters: Seeing the Mississippi

Chicano & Latino Studies

Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies: History, Culture & Identity

Classical & Near Eastern Studies

Homer's Odyssey and the Politics of Early Greek Society

Communication Studies

Media Emotions
Selfies: Media and the Culture of Me

Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature

Dangerous Women

English

Missy Elliot, Eminem, Iggy Azalea: Hip Hop as Scholarly Inquiry
"I Don't Want to Grow Up:" Coming of Age in Fiction

French and Italian

Confessions: True or Otherwise

Geography

Cities of the Future: Urbanization in the Developing World
#Ferguson

German, Scandinavian & Dutch

Remediating the Holocaust

Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

Cyborgs, Monsters, and Aliens

History

A History of the Drug Wars in the Americas
Autobiography through History/History through Autobiography
Civil Disobedience: From Gandhi to Ferguson
Crusade vs. Jihad: Muslim-Christian Relations in Historical Perspective
Politics of Hunger: Food, Development, and Cold-War Politics

Linguistics

Linguistics & Biology
Invented Languages

Journalism & Mass Communication

The Symbolic Meanings of Money and Property
The Art and Science of Persuasion

Music

Music and Gender
Music in Nazi Germany
Guitar Heros
Violence against Women in Opera

Philosophy

Amadeus: In Search of Mozart
Comics as Art
Is Truth Relative?

Political Science

E Pluribus Unum? The States, the Feds, and the Contested Meaning of American Federalism
Whose Community? - The Politics of Violence against Women
The Perils and Promises of Community

Psychology

Field Guides and Food Systems
Fresh Off the Boat: Growing Up Asian American
Psycology of Eating
What is the Human Mind
The Psycology of Design: Smart Products, Graphics, & Logos

Sociology

American Drug Cultures: Pleasures, Panics & Punishment

Spanish & Portueguese Studies

From Rio to the Rainforest: Brazil's phenomenal fiction
Fantastic Female Fictions

Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

Social Communication: Beyond Sounds and Words

Statistics

Gambling Problems, Insurance, and Big Data: History and Philosophy of Statistics

Theatre Arts & Dance

The Great Actresses and Divas of Theatre, Films, Opera and Musicals
Live Theatre: Creating and Expressing Community
Art Laboratory: A Place to Play

Writing Studies

From Fashion to Fashioning a World: Magazines
Questioning Authority: The Past, Present, and Future of Higher Education