UB Seminar

The entryway to your UB education.

The UB Seminar is the entryway to your UB education. Small in size and centered around critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and reflective discussion, you learn from distinguished faculty how to meet and manage the rigorous academic demands of our world-class university.

How will a UB Seminar benefit me?

  • You will develop a personal relationship with a faculty member in your first semester through the small setting of the UB Seminar.
  • You will be immersed in big ideas and grand challenges, learning how to think critically about them.
  • You will develop the skills to help you to meet the demands of future coursework.

When do I enroll in a UB Seminar?

All matriculating students are required to complete their UB Seminar during their first semester of enrollment regardless of full or part-time status. All first-year and transfer students with fewer than 45 domestic credits enroll in a "199" or a 3-credit seminar.  Advanced transfer students with 45 or more domestic transfer credits enroll in a "198" or a 1-credit seminar.

Any student who cannot take a UB Seminar for any reason, will lose matriculation status and become a non-degree seeking student with an enrollment limit of 9 credits per semester. A non-degree seeking student is someone who is enrolled on a semester-by-semester or course-by-course basis and has not been accepted as a regular student pursuing a degree. For more information on non-degree status visit the Undergraduate Catalog

Selecting a UB Seminar

UB Seminar: 199

The 3-credit UB Seminars are for all first-years as well as transfer students with fewer than 45 domestic credits. These courses are designed around "big ideas" and faculty passions. UB's distinguished faculty present their topic in an engaging format allowing you the opportunity to explore interesting topics outside of your academic major.

UB Seminar: 198

The 1-credit seminars are for advanced transfer students with 45 or more domestic transfer credits. These seminars are designed to quickly connect you with your academic department, assist with your transition to the UB community and help map your prior coursework to UB Curriculum requirements. Select a UB Seminar that best aligns with your intended field of study. For example, if you are pursuing a major in the College of Arts and Sciences, think along broad disciplinary lines such as "natural sciences," "social sciences," "arts" or "humanities" when reviewing your options.