Academics

First-Year and Intermediate Seminars

In these seminars, you will deepen your ability to think and write critically.  These courses are part of the General Education curriculum and emphasize inquiry from a disciplinary perspective. They will teach you how to:

  • develop appropriate questions
  • evaluate evidence
  • form a reasoned conclusion or judgment

These seminars are taught at two levels:
 

First-Year Seminars

You must take a First-Year Seminar if you enter the university with fewer than 30 credits.  All First-Year Seminars are at the 100-level.  
Take a First-Year Seminar with the suffix “G” after the course number if you are in the:

  • College of Liberal Arts (CLA)*
  • College of Education and Human Development (CEHD)
  • College of Public and Community Service (CPCS)
     

These courses carry four credits and meet for four hours per week.


College of Science and Mathematics:  we encourage you to take a CSM Gateway Seminar as your First-Year Seminar.  These course numbers are identified by the suffix “S” after the course number (for example, BIOL 187S and BIOL 188S).   Each course carries two credits per semester and you are expected to take the two-course sequence over two semesters.   As an alternative, you may take a “G” course.
 

*CLA First! Program:  consult your advisor for information about how to meet this requirement. 
 

You may not take more than one First-Year Seminar or more than one Intermediate Seminar course.
 

Intermediate Seminars

You must take an Intermediate Seminar if you enter UMass Boston with fewer than 90 credits either as a new freshman or as a transfer student.
Take a course at the 200-level which has the suffix “G” after the course number, clearly labeled as an Intermediate Seminar, if you are in:

  • College of Liberal Arts (CLA)
  • College of Science and Mathematics (CSM)
  • College of Education and Human Development (CEHD)
  • College of Public and Community Service (CPCS)
     

Other ways to complete this Intermediate Seminar requirement: 

  • College of Management:  complete MGT330
  • College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS):  take NU212 
  • Online CNHS:  take NU360