Faculty & Staff Information

In fall 2004, we combined the long-standing Freshman Seminar Program with the newer Sophomore Seminar Program to form a comprehensive program of offerings called the Freshman and Sophomore Seminars. These seminars come in all shapes and sizes: there are enough models, and enough flexibility, to make it possible for any faculty member who would like to participate to do so. What all the seminars have in common is the sense of intellectual excitement that is generated when faculty and students come together to explore a mutual interest together. All of these classes are also small enough to allow for the interactions that characterize a good seminar.

Berkeley faculty members who are thinking about offering a seminar are welcome to contact the program coordinator, Aileen Liu, aileen.liu@berkeley.edu.


Interested Faculty should contact us for more information or complete our online application form .
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Grant Guidelines

Senate faculty members, including emeriti, teaching seminars as an overload are eligible for a research/teaching/professional development grant. The grant guidelines will answer your specific questions about eligibility, legitimate uses of the funds, etc.

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Seminars at a Glance

To help you understand the similarities and differences among the seminar types, we have created three charts for Faculty, Schedulers and Students

Food for Thought

Faculty members interested in continuing their seminar discussions in a more informal setting, over lunch or dinner, are invited to consider the Food for Thought series. This option is a collaborative effort on the part of the Freshman and Sophomore Seminars office and Residential and Family Living.

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