Are Micro-Seminars mandatory?

No. This is a fun opportunity to engage with a faculty member and other first-year students in an academic environment before the start of the school year.

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.

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

No. Micro-seminars are free!

Can I attend more than one Micro-Seminar?

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

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!

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!

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.

Who can I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact Academic Honors and Fellowships at ahf@usc.edu