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The First-Year Experience

Opportunities for your first year – make it memorable


Micro-Seminars are just that – mini-workshops and small-group sessions that highlight a special topic in a short time. Limited to two 90-minute sessions during Welcome Week, these seminars are designed to introduce you to faculty and engage you as new students in USC’s academic environment before classes begin.

Freshman Seminars

The Freshman Seminar Program allows you to work closely with distinguished faculty members in a seminar environment.  An engaging topic, an enthusiastic instructor, and a small discussion group — all in a once-a-week, 2-unit course.  Learn more about the course offerings for Fall and Spring.

Thematic Option

Thematic Option is the university’s General Education honors program. Each year, fewer than 200 first-year students participate in interdisciplinary classes with some of the university’s best undergraduate instructors.

The Dornsife Toolkit

A set of intellectual skills valued by employers and graduate programs, helpful in life after graduation. Explore your options here.

First-Year Programs by School