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First-Year Seminars

"Begin your intellectual life at UMBC with a First-Year Seminar. These seminar-style classes are taught by experienced scholars on diverse, thought-provoking topics. Experience a learning environment rich in discussion and analysis. This wonderful opportunity is designed for students new to UMBC as freshmen or transfer students."

Diane M. Lee
Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education



Learn Together
First-Year Seminars are limited to 20 students per class. The seminars are designed to create an active-learning environment enriched by field work, original research, and group projects or performance as well as more traditional reading, writing, and lecture formats. Each seminar fulfills a General Education Requirement.



A first-year seminar class offered this semester is giving students the chance to explore environmental issues from a humanities perspective. The class, Sustainability in American Culture, focuses on eco-literacy; that is, an awareness of how cultural influences can affect our relationship with the environment. This seminar demonstrates that there is more to environmental awareness than science.



Digital Stories

Digital StoriesThis first-year seminar class explores common themes in both adolescence and  aging, stages in life that can transform a person’s sense of identity. In intergenerational teams, students will explore changes in their identities by producing video stories together that will focus on common threads, shared insights and lessons about growth. The narrative collaboration will offer opportunities for empathy and broadening of perspective, and participants will gain wisdom about creating identity in times of change.

Read about our program in the Catonsville Times!


For More Information:

Jill Randles
Assistant Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education | (410) 455-3715