Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Collegium Seminars

Logo: Step into a world of ideas with Freshman Collegium Seminars

UW Collegium Seminars are discussion-based seminars designed to introduce first year students to the excitement of ideas and the richness of academic discovery.

Students in these seminars learn “shoulder-to-shoulder” with the UW’s best faculty, exploring big ideas, engaging in deep inquiry, and developing a sense of community with a small group of students around a shared area of interest. These seminars are an excellent introduction to the intellectual world of the university, and a welcoming environment for students still new to the campus. Grading is credit/no credit.

Course Descriptions

Faculty Advice for Freshmen

Shawn Wong

English professor Shawn Wong gives advice on how new students can make the most of their studies at the University of Washington. He believes the key to a successful education lies in building relationships with professors and engaging in intellectual conversations beyond the classroom setting.

Ann Baker

Ann Baker, principal lecturer in philosophy, gives advice on how new students can make the most of their studies at the University of Washington. She encourages students to use as many UW resources as possible while here. She also reminds us that every book and lecture is built upon years of someone’s research and passion, allowing us to learn things available only in our university setting.

Scott Freeman

Scott Freeman, lecturer in biology, encourages new students to “be a Dawg,” to overcome obstacles, dig in, understand what you have to do and just do it.