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UMD Seminar description

UMD Seminar is designed to assist students in making a successful transition to UMD. It introduces students to the academic, social, and personal opportunities that UMD has to offer. UMD Seminar requires both practical and reflective learning, where students are encouraged to both participate actively in diverse communities while also delving deeper into their own experience through self-reflection.

What are the goals and learning outcomes for UMD Seminar?

UMD students will find that every course they take includes established goals for them to reach as well as learning outcomes that determine whether those goals were met. The Seminar course is no different.

UMD Seminar Goals

  1. Build our students' competence and confidence in the use of self-reflection as a tool for growth in their personal and educational lives.
  2. Teach students specific techniques for voicing their own ideas in diverse contexts, and teach them how to identify and navigate their way through environments that feature a variety of different forms of diversity.
  3. Help students to develop a productive sense of belonging at UMD which serves to support their academic goals.
  4. Prepare students to be successful in their classes by familiarizing them with the structure, culture, and resources of UMD.

UMD Seminar Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to use self-reflection techniques to develop positions that are informed and insightful. 
  2. Students will be able to participate responsibly in small-group and/or seminar-style classroom discussions with people holding different perspectives. 
  3. Students will be able to identify students, staff, and faculty members that they feel comfortable approaching for help with problems or issues.

What are the options for taking UMD Seminar?

Students starting at UMD in the fall semester have a number of options for UMD Seminar that they discuss with an adviser when they come to campus to register for classes. Possibilities include 1- or 2-credit classes designed around specific topics of interest or reserved for particular groups of students, such as students in certain majors or programs. No matter which class a student takes, the material covered is generally the same; the special topics or reserved sections simply include examples and information tailored to the unique focus of the class. 

Students starting at UMD in the spring semester register for the 1-credit UMD Seminar class. No special or reserved sections are offered during spring semester.