Seminar Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. How much work are the seminars?
    The First Year Seminars are real courses, so you’ll be expected to do reading, some writing, and possibly even research. But professors know these classes are only one credit and they lessen the work accordingly. In general, each week you should expect no more than two hours of work outside of class for every hour spent in class.

  2. How are the seminars graded?
    Each professor determines how the grades of their course will be determined. Seminars listed under ASC 1137 have letter grades; those listed under ASC 1138 are graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory.

  3. Can I take more than one First Year Seminar?
    Yes – but not more than one per semester.

  4. Do I have to take a First Year Seminar?
    No – the First Year Seminars are not required courses.

  5. Can I take a First Year Seminar if I’m not a first-year student?
    After a certain period, we allow higher rank students to register for those spots not filled. Interested students can contact their advisor or e-mail freshmanseminars@osu.edu to get an override. However, these seminars are designed for first-year students and we prefer their voices not get drowned out by too many of their more-experienced colleagues.

  6. How often do the seminars meet?
    Full semester seminars typically meet once per week for 55 minutes. 7-week session courses meet for 110-minutes per week, in two 55-minute sessions or one 110-minute session. 

  7. Do I get credit towards graduation for First Year Seminars?
    Yes – but not GE, major, or minor credit.

  8. How do I register for a First Year Seminar?
    You register for the seminars just like your other courses, through buckeyelink.

  9. Why should I take a First Year Seminar?

    • First, because they’re fun. In evaluations, 90% of students in seminars agree they’d recommend them to others. Many students say they are the best classes they’ve had at Ohio State. The small setting and discussion-based nature of the courses encourages participation and critical thinking.

    • Second, the seminars give you a chance to explore a new area of research and to introduce yourself to a significant researcher. Visit the professor during office hours – make yourself known. You may end up doing research work for that professor someday!

    • Third, the faculty who teach the seminars are passionate about their subjects. They experiment frequently, using field trips, hands-on experiments, and other innovative techniques to provide an educational experience unlike most first-year classes. Students frequently comment on their instructor’s enthusiasm and how it made the class more enjoyable.