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Spartans roll up their sleeves and delve into learning with a passion. Freshman seminars provoke your thinking and stimulate big ideas for your experience as a Spartan.

Get going! Choose a freshman seminar that is right for you!

  • "Big Ideas Seminar" Series (UGS 101) - Participate in small seminars led by amazing faculty and experts on topics that are designed to intrigue you.  UGS 101 seminars are offered both fall and spring semesters for first- and second-year students only.
  • Freshman Seminars Abroad (UGS 102) - Begin your academic experience in a variety of exciting locations around the world.  UGS 102 seminars are led by faculty the summer before you begin at MSU to explore global issues and topics hands on.
  • Freshman Seminars Away (UGS 103) - Explore cool topics around the United States as you travel with faculty and experts to experience learning first-hand.  UGS 103 seminars are held in the summer before you begin your fall classes.
  • College, Department, or Program-Based Freshman Seminars
    • College of Arts & Letters (AL 101)
    • College of Agriculture & Natural Resources (ANR 150)
    • College of Natural Sciences (CNS 101)
    • Eli Broad College of Business (BUS 101)
    • College of Communication Arts & Sciences (CAS 101)
    • College of Engineering (EGR 100, 106, and 160)
    • Residential College in Arts & Humanities (RCAH 192)
    • Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment (NSC 192)
    • Pre-professional Freshman Seminar (NSC 102)
    • TRIO Scholars (UGS 101 special sections)

Are you interested in teaching a freshman seminar? Check out the Faculty FAQ on this website for more information about the program.

For more information about the Freshman Seminars, contact James Lucas, Assistant Dean, Global Education & Curriculum, at

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