***To register for an FYE seminar please complete the FYE Seminar Registration Form.***
Some majors & programs at USD offer credit for a seminar course designed especially for their freshmen. Meet weekly and enjoy the benefits of a small class connecting you to a professor who will mentor you through your first semester at USD and other students who share this interest with you.
- "Are You Smarter Than a Fourth Grader?" - A popular TV game show with a similar title challenges the contestants and the audience to examine what they remember from elementary school (or what they forgot). The text will challenge you to examine what factors influence individual intelligence, and what it takes for brains to work at their best.
- Connecting Cultures - Designed for Native American freshmen. College is a new environment with exciting opportunities for meeting new people, exploring new ways of interactions, and adjusting to academic expectations which may seem overwhelming. Connecting Cultures provides students with opportunities to make positive and supportive transitions, meet Native faculty at USD, and explore issues in a cohort-based classroom setting.
- Experience Media - Join other Contemporary Media & Journalism majors as you help each other successfully navigate the first semester of college. Meet CMJ faculty and learn more about the fields of Strategic Communication and Journalism including Advertising, Digital Media, Journalism and Public Relations. You'll also learn how to get involved in student organizations as a freshman.
- Head of the Class: Making a Difference as a Teacher and a Leader - Whether you're a teacher, coach or CEO - you're a leader and you inspire others. Explore the opportunities to be a change agent in your profession while discussing and examining the skills and techniques needed to teach and motivate others. You'll get a first-hand look at a highly-diverse school and discover the daily opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others.
- Intro to Dental Hygiene Profession - This course will give the student an introduction to Dental Hygiene as a profession and career. Exploration of dental hygiene practice and an overview of the USD Dental Hygiene curriculum and degree framework will be included.
- Service-Learning - Lead, Learn, & Serve: You Are More Than a One-Man Wolf Pack - Join USD student leaders in the areas of volunteerism and service-learning to learn how to get involved on campus and in the community while you are at USD. What is service? Why does it matter? And how does it make you more successful in the future?
- So You Want to be a Doctor? - Your Medical School professor guides you through human physiology experiments and discussions of bio-medical ethics. Students in this Network will enroll in both General Biology (BIOL 151) and General Chemistry (CHEM 112). Due to the rigorous courses attached to this Network, you must have scored a 25 or higher on the math section of your ACT and have ranked in the top 25% of your high school graduating class to be eligible for acceptance into the Pre-Medicine Network.
- Study Abroad: Global Learning - Have you thought of studying in another city in the US, Europe, Australia, or Asia? This course will introduce you to studying abroad and away during college and how to make the most of your time while you're away from campus. We will also discuss topics related to cross-cultural experiences and the importance of international knowledge and understanding. Go global!
- Teaching to Make a Difference - Did you ever have a teacher that changed the way you thought about the world or yourself as a learner? Through books and classroom visits you will explore how you can be an exceptional educator who can make a real difference for future generations.
- World of Art - Art majors are introduced to the art world through lectures from art professionals, demonstrations and visiting artists. Must be an Art major to enroll.