Imagine spending time learning about the science of stem cell biology. Or you could learn about the world's energy problems and their potential solutions. Maybe you like movies and would like to learn more about the film business. You could also attend a session that will discuss the impact of the internet on political change. 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. They 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. Do not feel as though you have 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 2012:
- Thursday, August 23, 2:30 - 4:00 pm
- Friday, August 24, 10:00 - 11:30 am
There is, of course, no required homework and no grading, but many faculty suggest short advance readings that will add to your understanding of their topics.
Registration for 2012 Welcome Week Micro-Seminars will begin on August 1 through the Office of Campus Activities.
You can preview the more than 50 topics being offered here.