Welcome Week Micro-Seminars

Imagine spending time learning about the science of stem cell biology. Or you could learn about nanotechnology. Maybe you like movies and would like to learn more about the film business. You could also attend a session about how to build your own startup. Or if you have a passion for theatre, you can get an overview of the arts in Los Angeles and the many cultural opportunities that await you while at USC.

These are just a sample of the micro-seminars available to you during Welcome Week. Micro-seminars are just that – mini-workshops or small-group sessions that highlight a special topic in a short time. Limited to just two 90-minute blocks, these seminars are designed to introduce you to faculty and engage you in the academic environment of USC as a new freshman. Micro-Seminars give you a chance to meet one faculty member in an informal setting before regular classes even begin. And, to ensure the chance for discussion, the attendance in most seminars is limited to twenty students.

Faculty from across the schools and disciplines at USC are leading a micro-seminar. While you may want to attend a seminar that jump-starts your major studies, you are not required to sign-up for a micro-seminar based on your major. You can choose from any of the topics available.


All micro-seminars are scheduled for two parts during Welcome Week 2018:

  • Thursday, August 16, 2:30 – 4:00 pm
  • Friday, August 17, 10:00 – 11:30 am

There is, of course, no required homework and no grading, but some faculty may suggest short advance readings that will add to your understanding of their topics.


Registration for 2017 Welcome Week Micro-Seminars will begin on August 1 through the Micro-Seminar Registration website.  You can also visit the Welcome Week website, where you can plan your complete Welcome Week schedule.

To get an idea of the seminars, see the 60 topics that were offered in 2017 here!