Sunday, December 4, 2011

Take a Seminar!

Taking a seminar is a good way to round out your schedule - both in terms of your credit load, and also to balance out large lecture classes.  First-Year students have some great options available:

  • UNIV 125 - OASIS (1 credit, Pass/Fail) is a seminar designed to assist undeclared students learn about academic opportunities available at UMass Amherst, and also to methodically explore major options. Additional sections of OASIS are tailored for Veterans (UNIV 125V) and Transfers (UNIV 125T).  Comment from former student: "I now know what my options as a student are and I'm  much better prepared to do all that I want. I am more organized, and I have a plan to get the most out of my college education."
  • UNIV 190P -  Investigating Higher Education (3 credits) takes a critical eye to college and the higher educational system, while providing students an opportunity to delve into questions that relate to their personal experience and individual interests.  Comment from former student: "I learned a lot about Higher Ed, myself, and improved some writing/research skills.  I loved the small class setting and discussions."
  • UNIV 197xxx - Faculty First-Year Seminars (1 credit) span a wide variety of topics, and offer first-year students an opportunity to work closely with a tenure/tenure track faculty in their first year in college.  Spring offerings range from "Network Fever: Reach Out and Touch Someone" to ""The Science of Chocolate"" to "When People Get Together: The Good, The Bad, and the Funny" to "Genetically Modified Crops and Foods: Myths and Controversy" . . . and much more!

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