First-Year Seminars are small courses exclusively for first-year students in the College of Arts & Sciences. Courses are created and taught by distinguished University of Miami faculty and are designed to introduce first-year students to the breadth, depth and interconnectivity of the liberal arts. Examples of recent seminars include:

  • Becoming a Patron of the Arts
  • From Minerva to Mithras: The Religions of Ancient Rome
  • Greatest Discoveries and Experiments in Astronomy and Physics
  • Biodiversity and Conservation of South Florida

Mission of First-Year Seminars

A liberal arts education teaches you how to think critically, make connections across multiple disciplines, and communicate clearly and effectively. First-Year Seminars are a microcosm of the larger liberal arts experience at University of Miami. Topics are engaging and eclectic, showing the diversity and interdisciplinary of liberal arts research and scholarship.  Classes are small (capped at about 24 students) to create an environment conducive to discussion and debate. They offer a remarkable opportunity to engage with new ideas, new people and new academic possibilities. 

All seminars can be counted as one of three courses in a cognate.