UMD Seminar

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UMD Seminar is a course designed to assist students in making a successful transition to UMD. It is an introduction to the academic, social, cultural, and personal opportunities offered at UMD. Students will examine who they are, explore who they are becoming at UMD, and begin thinking about how their UMD experiences will affect their lives and the world around them after they graduate. UMD Seminar requires both practical and reflective learning, where students are encouraged to focus on how the course material applies to their unique experience as a new UMD student. The course will help students achieve success in their educational and life goals by making personal connections, laying the foundation for lifelong learning, and participating in diverse communities. It is an invitation to possibilities.

UMD Seminar Goals

  1. Explore the differing expectations and demands between secondary and higher education
  2. Introduce tools, skills, and resources necessary for UMD success 
  3. Help new students feel welcome at UMD by making it easy to meet people and form connections 
  4. Engage students in respectful conversations with individuals who have different perspectives 
  5. Guide students on the journey of self-exploration as they begin to discover what is important to them 
  6. Help students evaluate options to make responsible decisions

UMD Seminar Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will apply academic skills to coursework (SLO 5)
  2. Students will apply life skills (SLO 9)
  3. Students will utilize campus resources to plan for success (SLO 2, 9)
  4. Students will apply skills to meet people (SLO 8, 9)
  5. Students will appropriately and effectively communication with people holding different perspectives (SLO 6)
  6. Students will reflectively consider who they are now and who they want to become (SLO 5)
  7. Students will demonstrate decision-making that includes benefits and consequences (SLO 4)

Who takes UMD Seminar? 

The short answer: most new students! UMD Seminar is required of students in the following UMD colleges:

  • Labovitz School of Business and Economics
  • College of Education and Human Service Professionals
  • School of Fine Arts
  • College of Liberal Arts

At your Advisement & Registration session you'll receive more information about the UMD Seminar course. Your faculty advisor and student advisor will both talk with you about options for taking the UMD Seminar course and will help you register.

What are the options for taking UMD Seminar?

Students admitted for the spring term will sign up for a general one-credit UMD Seminar section during their first (spring) semester. Students admitted for the fall term have a number of options for UMD Seminar. Talk with your advisors at Advisement & Registration to find out more. Possibilities include one- and two-credit sections tailored to specific topics or special populations of students, such as students in certain undergraduate colleges or majors or students participating in learning communities through the residence halls. While the content of the course is the same as other sections, the examples and information is tailored to the unique topic or needs of the population of students enrolled in the course.

How would I become a Teaching Assistant? 

Are you interested in becoming an UMD Seminar Teaching Assistant? The hiring process for UMD Seminar teaching assistants occurs in February or March of all academic years after students complete the TA training course during early spring semester. If you are interested in being an UMD Seminar TA, contact the Office for Students in Transition front desk (, 42 Solon Campus Center, 218-726-6393

UMD Seminar Advisory Group Report

In February 2015, the Advisory Group provided a full report, complete with recommendations for moving forward with UMD Seminar, to the Campus Curriculum Subcommittee (CCS). After reviewing the report, the CCS put forward recommendations to the UMD Faculty Council.