To register for an FYE seminar please complete the FYE Seminar Registration Form.Some majors and 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 new academic expectations. 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.
- Media Experience - This
course is a first-year seminar designed to introduce students to career,
academic, and student media opportunities in Contemporary Media &
Journalism. Join other CMJ majors as you
help each other successfully navigate the first semester of college. Meet CMJ faculty and explore 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 media 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 Professions - This
course will give the student an introduction to the dental professions and
careers. Exploration of dental hygiene practice and an overview of the USD
Dental Hygiene curriculum and degree framework will be included.
- Serve, Learn and Lead: Service-Learning at
USD - Learn
how to become an engaged scholar on campus and get involved service
opportunities in the community while you are at USD. What is
service-learning? Why does it matter? How does it impact the community? 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 a bio-medical theme. 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
- 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.
Skills and Career Pathways to the Helping Professions -
course introduces the helping professions and the interpersonal skills required
within them. An eclectic group of professionals will provide insight into
the field, guide career exploration, and aid in the development of basics such
as relationship building, active listening, constructing feedback, problem
solving, and conflict resolution.