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How much work are the seminars?
The Freshman Seminars are real courses, so you’ll be expected to do reading, some writing, and possibly even research. But professors know these classes are only one credit and they lessen the work accordingly. In general, each week you should expect no more than two hours of work outside of class for every hour spent in class.

How are the seminars graded?
Each professor determines how the grades of their course will be determined. Seminars listed under ASC 1137 have letter grades; those listed under ASC 1138 are graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory.

Can I take more than one Freshman Seminar?
Yes – but not more than one per semester.

Do I have to take a Freshman Seminar?
No – the Freshman Seminars are not required courses.

Can I take a Freshman Seminar if I’m not a first-year student?
After a certain period, we allow higher rank students to register for those spots not filled. Interested students can contact their advisor or e-mail to get an override. However, these seminars are designed for first-year students and we prefer their voices not get drowned out by too many of their more-experienced colleagues.

How often do the seminars meet?
Seminars meet once per week for 55 minutes. Check the Seminar Listings for details on the course you’re interested in.

Do I get credit towards graduation for Freshman Seminars?
Yes – but not GEC credit.

How do I register for a Freshman Seminar?
You register for the seminars just like your other courses. For call numbers and descriptions for upcoming courses.

Why should I take a Freshman Seminar?

  • First, because they’re fun. In evaluations, 90% of students in seminars agree they’d recommend them to others. Many students say they are the best classes they’ve had at OSU. The small setting and discussion-based nature of the courses encourages participation and critical-thinking.
  • Second, many of the professors who teach the seminars work primarily with graduate students. Other than a large lecture class, this may be your only chance as an undergrad to interact with such a prominent scholar in their field. The seminars give you a chance to explore a new area of research and to introduce yourself to a significant researcher. Visit the professor during office hours – make yourself known. You may end up doing research work for that professor someday!
  • Third, the faculty who teach the seminars are passionate about their subjects. They frequently experiment, using field trips, hands-on experiments, and other innovative techniques to provide an educational experience unlike most first-year classes. Students frequently comment on their instructor’s enthusiasm and how it made the class more enjoyable.