First Year Seminar List

A complete list of First Year Seminars are shown below. Please follow these four tips when selecting seminars of interest:
  1. The title doesn’t tell the whole story. Click on the seminar title for a full seminar description.
  2. Keep an open mind. None of these seminars require prior knowledge of the subject, and they are not gateway courses to particular majors or minors. This is a great opportunity to try something new!
  3. Pay close attention to unique course requirements, such as unusual meeting times and special requirements.
  4. Choose 10 seminars. Please note that we are not asking you to rank your choices; simply choose the ten seminars that intrigue you the most. When you are ready to make your selections, go here.

Johnston Center First Year Seminar

If you have been accepted into the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies, please indicate this designated Johnston seminar as your only choice.

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20
  • Fee:
  • N/A
  • Special Required Features:
  • N/A
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Julie Townsend

Section Seminar Title Meeting Time Fee
FS01 JOHNSTON First-Year Seminar - (CLOSED) Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20 N/A

Music Majors & Minors First Year Seminar

If you have been accepted into the School of Music, please indicate this designated Music seminar as your only choice.

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 9:30-10:50
  • Fee:
  • $200
  • Special Required Features:
  • Two required off-campus field trips to performances at the L.A. Opera and the L.A. Philharmonic.
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Anthony Suter & Dr. Nicholle Andrews

Section Seminar Title Meeting Time Fee
FS02 MUSIC MAJORS First-Year Seminar Tues/Thurs 9:30-10:50 $200

Fall 2019 First Year Seminars

The following seminars are open to all incoming students in the College of Arts & Sciences.

  • Meeting Time:
  • Weds1:00-2:20 & Fri 1:00-3:50
  • Fee:
  • $250
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Professor Andrew Hollis

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Professor Bill Maury-Holmes

  • Meeting Time:
  • Mon/Weds 2:30-3:50
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Pani Chakrapani

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Tamara Veenstra

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Lawrence Gross

  • Meeting Time:
  • Weds/Fri 2:30-3:50
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Melissa Tosh

  • Meeting Time:
  • Mon/Weds 2:30-3:50
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Kelly Dries

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 2:30-3:50
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • Approximately two required film screenings.
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Sharon Oster

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • This course requires physical activity, which can be modified according to ability level.
  • Instructors:
  • Professor Christine Glissmann

  • Meeting Time:
  • Mon/Weds 2:30-3:50
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Nicholas Shunda

  • Meeting Time:
  • Weds 1:00-2:20 pm, Fri, 1:00-3:50 pm
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • Students will engage in relaxed hiking and have appropriate outdoor clothing. There will be 3 field trips, as well as on-campus plant walks.
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Rebecca Lyons

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Jessie Hewitt

  • Meeting Time:
  • Mon/Weds 6:30-7:50 pm
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Professor Walter Hutchens

  • Meeting Time:
  • Mon/Weds 1:00-2:20
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Professor Jack Osborn

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • Students are given priority to participate in a May Term travel course and earning community service credit by working with elephants and children.
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Lawry Finsen

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Sana Tayyen

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:30-12:50
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • *Required physical activity *Required participation in one weekend trip and/or two off-campus trips
  • Instructors:
  • Professor Nicole Kanahele-Stutz

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Brian Charest

  • Meeting Time:
  • Mon/Weds 2:30-3:50
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Youna Kwak

  • Meeting Time:
  • Mon/Weds 2:30-3:50
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Professor Shana Higgins

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 9:30-10:50
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Professor Alisa Slaughter

  • Meeting Time:
  • Mon/Weds 11:00am – 12:20pm
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • Requires participation in 3 outside of class projects within or for the campus community.
  • Instructors:
  • Professor Alesha Knox

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 9:30-10:50; Tues 1:00-3:50 (lab)
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Bryce Ryan

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Professor John Walsh

  • Meeting Time:
  • Mon/Weds 1:00-2:20
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Rick Cornez

  • Meeting Time:
  • Mon/Weds 9:30-10:50 am
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Arthur Svenson

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • $150 fee for FAA exam (optional)
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Steven Moore

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Wesley Bernardini

  • Meeting Time:
  • Weds 1:00-2:20 pm, Fri, 1:00-3:50 pm
  • Fee:
  • $250
  • Special Required Features:
  • Several required weekend field trips. Please choose this course only if you feel confident you don’t have conflicting plans on most weekends.
  • Instructors:
  • Professor Theresa Ellis

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Professor Bill Southworth

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Brian Dick

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 1:00-2:20
  • Fee:
  • $100
  • Special Required Features:
  • Students should own or have access to a digital camera for the duration of the semester.
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Barbara Pflanz

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 1:00-2:20
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Kimberly Welch

  • Meeting Time:
  • Mon/Weds 2:30-3:50
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Matthew Raffety

  • Meeting Time:
  • Mon/Weds 2:30-3:50
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Kathleen Silva

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:30-12:50
  • Fee:
  • $35
  • Special Required Features:
  • Required participation in a field trip to the Huntington Chinese and Japanese Gardens.
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Hongwei Lu

  • Meeting Time:
  • Mon/Weds 2:30-3:50
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Professors Janelle Julagay & Scott Randolph

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20
  • Fee:
  • $50
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Professor Munro Galloway

  • Meeting Time:
  • Tues/Thurs 1:00-2:20
  • Fee:
  • n/a
  • Special Required Features:
  • n/a
  • Instructors:
  • Dr. Victoria Lewis

Section Seminar Title Meeting Time Fee
FS25 Connecting with the Outdoors - (CLOSED) Weds1:00-2:20 & Fri 1:00-3:50 $250
FS37 Punk Rock: Personal and Social Change - (CLOSED) Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20 n/a
FS06 Incredible India: Land of Many Cultures Mon/Weds 2:30-3:50 n/a
FS23 A History of Secret Messages - (CLOSED) Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20 n/a
FS09 Native American Health - (CLOSED) Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20 n/a
FS31 “Wayfarin’ Stranger”: Folk Songs & Spirituals Weds/Fri 2:30-3:50 n/a
FS33 The “F” Word: Contemporary Feminisms - (CLOSED) Mon/Weds 2:30-3:50 n/a
FS16 “Love Stinks. (Yeah, yeah.)" - (CLOSED) Tues/Thurs 2:30-3:50 n/a
FS35 Thriving through Life: College Wellness Strategies - (CLOSED) Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20 n/a
FS19 The Games People Play - (CLOSED) Mon/Weds 2:30-3:50 n/a
FS13 Plant Medicine - (CLOSED) Weds 1:00-2:20 pm, Fri, 1:00-3:50 pm n/a
FS08 Everyday Life in Nazi Germany - (CLOSED) Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20 n/a
FS21 Pinstriped Communists: Business, China, & College 101 Mon/Weds 6:30-7:50 pm n/a
FS15 Global Issues for American Business - (CLOSED) Mon/Weds 1:00-2:20 n/a
FS04 Beyond the Killing Fields: Encountering Cambodia - (CLOSED) Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20 n/a
FS30 Islam in the Media Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20 n/a
FS32 Hawai’i’ana: Native Hawaiian Culture - (CLOSED) Tues/Thurs 11:30-12:50 n/a
FS07 Getting Graphic: Teaching with Graphic Novels Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20 n/a
FS36 Revolt! Student Protests, 1968 to 2019 - (CLOSED) Mon/Weds 2:30-3:50 n/a
FS10 Nuestra America: Latinidades in the Americas - (CLOSED) Mon/Weds 2:30-3:50 n/a
FS29 Journalism Around the World Tues/Thurs 9:30-10:50 n/a
FS39 Finding Your Voice in America Mon/Weds 11:00am – 12:20pm n/a
FS18 Fantastic Beasts and How to Study Them - (CLOSED) Tues/Thurs 9:30-10:50; Tues 1:00-3:50 (lab) n/a
FS26 Moral Imagination: Speaking Truth to Power - (CLOSED) Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20 n/a
FS40 The Mathematics of Juggling Mon/Weds 1:00-2:20 n/a
FS22 Taking the Constitution Seriously Mon/Weds 9:30-10:50 am n/a
FS14 Drones! Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20 n/a
FS03 Archaeological Myths and Mysteries - (CLOSED) Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20 n/a
FS38 Ecopsychology: Hugging Trees and Kissing Fish Weds 1:00-2:20 pm, Fri, 1:00-3:50 pm $250
FS41 Business Communication Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20 n/a
FS34 Psychics, Quacks and Conspiracy Theorists Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20 n/a
FS24 Harnessing the Power of Digital Imaging Tues/Thurs 1:00-2:20 $100
FS28 Challenging Fronteras: Latino/a Immigration to America Tues/Thurs 1:00-2:20 n/a
FS17 Pirates! - (CLOSED) Mon/Weds 2:30-3:50 n/a
FS20 Behavior of Cats and Dogs Mon/Weds 2:30-3:50 n/a
FS12 Contemplation of Nature in East Asian Traditions Tues/Thurs 11:30-12:50 $35
FS27 An Appealing Notion: Oranges in History Mon/Weds 2:30-3:50 n/a
FS05 Sunshine and Noir: Art and Architecture in Southern California - (CLOSED) Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:20 $50
FS11 Playing for Change: Whose Stories Count? - (CLOSED) Tues/Thurs 1:00-2:20 n/a

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