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University Seminar (USEM 101, 102 and 103) is a three-term, 12-credit course sequence that anchors the University Studies curriculum. USEM’s mission is to engage learners, help them to build a strong connection with peers, and develop the essential skills that will meet the expectations of university study and learners’ future careers.
The Honors Seminar sequence (HON 101, 102, 103) anchors Honors students’ first-year curriculum. In the Honors College, these seminars are part of the 50 credits of Honors coursework designed to satisfy all of SOU’s University Studies learning goals. Students must be admitted to the Honors College to enroll in Honors Seminar.
How do I select a seminar that is a good fit for me?
Be curious! Choose the road less traveled. Often students feel that they must select a seminar that seems to align with a prospective major. While this approach may work in some cases, it isn’t always the best selection strategy. Many students will change their major choice several times. Other students are undeclared. Seminars are designed to accommodate many majors and to offer the space for all kinds of perspectives. For example, a seminar dialogue around food choices might be addressed from the vantage points of nutrition, environment, history, animal welfare, or social justice. For another example, a dialogue on voting might be addressed via political policy, democratic practice, education, media influence or technology. In this way, selecting a seminar is not so much about “fitting everything I do with the major I am considering” as it is discovering ideas that are interesting, provocative, and mind-expanding. While some seminars fit well with certain majors (especially those related to sciences because of their heavy course loads), others aim to be good fits for all majors at SOU.
Why does a seminar sequence run for three terms?
There are many answers to this question, but here are a few:
Am I eligible to enroll in the Honors Seminar?
Students are eligible to enroll in Honors Seminar only if they have been admitted to the Honors College.