Welcome Week Micro-Seminars

Since 2006, the Micro-Seminars Program has provided a forum to enhance interactions between USC faculty and new undergraduates.  Occurring over two sessions during Fall Welcome Week, the micro-seminars give incoming freshmen an opportunity to become familiar with college-level discussions in a relatively low-stakes environment (without grading) before starting their first semester. Faculty introduce students to college life or a field of study, explore specialized topics, or discuss recent developments in research or society.

All full-time and part-time faculty are invited to participate, including those who teach undergraduate, graduate or professional programs across all schools on the University Park and Health Sciences campuses. Each micro-seminar takes place in two 90-minute sessions over two days on the University Park Campus with about 20 students. 

Schedule

Before submitting your proposal, be sure that your schedule can accommodate the following dates and times:

  • Part 1: Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 2:30-4:00 pm
  • Part 2: Friday, August 23, 2019 from 10:00-11:30 am
    • Note: Part 2 is a continuation of Part 1 focused on the same topic with the same student cohort.

Micro-Seminar Topics

Seminar topics vary widely but generally fall into a few major categories:

  • Overview of advanced or cutting-edge research (e.g. “Stem Cell Therapy – Hope or Hype?”or “21st Century Media: An Evolving Global Digital Landscape”)
  • Advanced and specific topics of interest in a given field of study (e.g.“Female Directors in Early Hollywood”, “Concussion in Sports”, or “Cyber-security and Privacy”)
  • Current affairs discussion from the perspective of a given discipline (e.g. “Irreverence: American Political Humor and the 2016 Presidential Election”, or “Gender Roles and Global Violence Against Women”)
  • Overview of what it means to study in a particular field (e.g. “Accounting – the Real Deal”, “Studying Engineering”, or “Is Entrepreneurship for You?”)
  • Introduction to aspects of USC, Los Angeles, or college life (e.g. “The Culture of Food in Los Angeles” or “Losing the Stress Habit: Managing Stress in Daily Life”)

View examples of past micro-seminar topics. Proposals intended solely for promotion of an individual course or major/minor program are not typically accepted.

Teach a Micro-Seminar

Use the link below to submit a micro-seminar proposal. Applications must be received by Friday, May 31. 2019.

2019 MICRO-SEMINAR PROPOSAL APPLICATION

 For more information, visit the main Micro-Seminars page.