Micro-Seminars FAQ

It was a great opportunity to interact with faculty and get a good sense of what classes would be like.

What is a Micro-Seminar?

Micro-seminars are a Welcome Week activity where new freshmen can participate in an informal discussion on an exciting topic. Each micro-seminar meets for just two days on the Thursday (2:30-4:00pm) and Friday (10-11:30am) right after move-in day.

What is the difference between Freshman Seminars and Micro-Seminars?

A Freshman Seminar is a two-unit class that is part of your regular schedule and meets once a week throughout the semester. Micro-Seminars are not an actual class and meet for just two days before the start of the semester.

What are the advantages of taking a Micro-seminar?

There are lots of great reasons to sign up for a micro-seminar, such as:

  • Interacting directly with faculty
  • Meeting other students with similar interests
  • Participating in a college-level discussion on an interesting topic
  • Getting acclimated to the environment of a college classroom before your real classes begin

Are there any homework assignments for the Micro-Seminars?

Some micro-seminar instructors may ask that you read articles or other material for background information on the topic prior to attending. However, there is no real “homework” required for the micro-seminars.

Will I get a credit/units or a grade for the Micro-Seminars?

No. Micro-seminars are not for credits and do not involve any grading. It’s just for fun!

How many Micro-Seminar topics are being offered?

You can choose from 60+ micro-seminar topics from a variety of schools and subject areas across the University.

Do I have to choose a micro-seminar in my major?

No. You can sign up for any micro-seminar! You are not required to sign up for a micro-seminar related to your major. Feel free to choose any topic that interests you.  The only challenge is picking just one!

Can I attend more than one Micro-Seminar?

Unfortunately, no. All of the micro-seminars meet at the same time on Thursday and Friday after move-in day, so you can only choose one to attend.

Are there any other Welcome Week activities scheduled during the same time as the Micro-Seminars?

For the most part, no. There are no other large events scheduled during the Micro-Seminar times on Thursday and Friday of Welcome Week.

Can I do both a Micro-Seminar and a Freshman Seminar?

Sure! There are no conflicts between registering for Micro-Seminars and Freshman Seminars. Take advantage of learning about two different topics that interest you!

Do I have to register for a Micro-Seminar or can I just show up?

Space is limited to about 20-25 seats for each micro-seminar, so registration is required. Registration is first-come, first-serve and some popular topics can fill up quickly, so be sure to sign up early.

How do I sign up for a Micro-Seminar?

Registration for micro-seminars begins on August 1. Visit the Welcome Week website to create your complete welcome week schedule, including a micro-seminar. You will be able to browse through the micro-seminar topics that still have seats available and read information about the instructors too before making your selection.

Is there a fee or charge for the Micro-Seminars?

No. Micro-seminars are free!

Who can I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Programs at ugp@usc.edu or 213-740-1741.