Freshman seminars are small discussion-based classes taught by members of Harvard’s faculty. (Seminar instructors come from every corner of the university.) Seminars afford students a rare opportunity (especially in the first year) to do hands-on learning with a faculty member and a small group of highly motivated peers. Many seminars also feature guest speakers, concerts, exhibitions, studio or lab work, or field trips that enhance the learning experience they provide. Freshman seminars are an ideal means of exploring potential concentrations or pursuing new interests.
This year’s Freshman Seminar program features 142 seminars on a dizzying array of topics in a wide range of fields.
Seminars are specifically designed with a first-year audience in mind. To lessen any anxieties you may have about exploring new subjects, seminars are only offered on a SAT/UNS basis and cannot be taken for a letter grade.
Students can enroll in one seminar per term. The Freshman Seminar program is very popular. To maximize the likelihood of being admitted to a seminar, you are strongly encouraged to apply to as many seminars – each term – as interest you. Click here for information about applying to freshman seminars.