Seminars at a Glance--for Faculty

Freshman Seminars Freshman & Sophomore Seminars Sophomore Seminars
Course number 24 39A-Z 84
Unit value 1 1.5, 2, 3, or 4 1 or 2
Suggested enrollment limit 15-18 18-30 (depending on contact hours per week) 15-18
Expected student workload 3 hours (one contact hour plus two homework hours) a week 3 hours (one contact hour plus two homework hours) per week per unit 3 hours (one contact hour plus two homework hours) per week per unit
L&S Breadth? None Most 3 and 4 unit F&S seminars do count for breadth. See this page for details. None
$3,000 grant for Senate faculty? Yes, if overload Yes, if overload (usually only 1.5- and 2-unit seminars) Yes, if overload
Prerequisites allowed? No (except high-school courses) Yes Yes
Intended Audience? First-year students in the intellectual exploration mode Usually seat 1/2 freshmen and 1/2 sophomores Sophomores only
Who teaches? Regular faculty, emeriti, others by rare exception Regular faculty, emeriti, others by rare exception Regular faculty, emeriti, others by rare exception
Characteristic atmosphere Interactive, low pressure, excitement of learning for its own sake Interactive, excitement of exploring a topic of mutual interest with a faculty member Interactive, excitement of exploring a topic of mutual interest with a faculty member
Grading options Instructor may choose letter grade (individual students may choose P/NP) or P/NP Instructor may choose letter grade (individual students may choose P/NP) or P/NP Instructor may choose letter grade (individual students may choose P/NP) or P/NP
Schedule Usually one hour a week; can meet 2 hours a week for 7 weeks or 3 hours a week for 5 weeks (etc.) if departmentally controlled classroom is available. One hour a week per unit. Partial semesters also possible if total hours for semester come out right and departmentally controlled classroom is available. One hour a week per unit. Partial semesters also possible if total hours for semester come out right and departmentally controlled classroom is available.
Program contact Alix Schwartz alix@berkeley.edu
Jeannie Adams fssp@berkeley.edu
Alix Schwartz alix@berkeley.edu
Jeannie Adams fssp@berkeley.edu
Alix Schwartz alix@berkeley.edu
Jeannie Adams fssp@berkeley.edu
Departmental contact Departmental scheduler Departmental scheduler Departmental scheduler
Revised 3/13/2017