University Seminar classes are unnecessary, redundant and should no longer be required for incoming freshman students.
University Seminar is a required class for incoming freshman and transfer students with less than 15 college credit hours. The class is worth one credit hour and works with the PACE program to help ease the transition from high school to college. Although the goals are commendable, the class itself is excessive and a waste of time.
The University Seminar class helps Bobcats become familiar with resources available on campus, but this is something students can and should learn to do themselves on their own time. For those students who are completely new to college, I can see how this class could be viewed positively. However, students coming to college are adults and as such, should take responsibility for learning to do things on their own. For students who have already taken college courses while in high school, this class becomes tiresome and worthless.
An entire class dedicated to being successful in college is unnecessary. The transition from a high school to college atmosphere can be disorienting and hard for some students. However, programs such as Paws Preview and New Student Orientation are more than enough to ease these issues. These sessions are required in addition to university seminar for freshman and transfer students, and, like the one-credit class, help new students navigate Texas State.
University Seminar is basically Paws Preview and New Student Orientation combined and spread over the course of a semester. I found Paws Preview and New Student Orientation necessary and helpful, but learning repeatedly of how to register for classes or about campus resources in University Seminar is overkill.
Aside from learning to be a college student, University Seminar incorporates information about that year’s common experience theme. The common experience is a topic that is explored throughout the year. While I believe this year’s common experience of mental health is important, it should be explored in voluntary workshops and lectures instead of examined intently in a mandatory class.
Although University Seminar is only one hour, students need to focus on classes that are actually a part of either their core curriculum or major. Students should not have to worry about a class as trivial as this one.
University Seminar classes force students to attend lectures and social events—yet another thing students should do of their own free will. This may be beneficial in that it helps students become aware of what is going on around campus and interact with their peers. However, forcing students to attend such events is a step too far.
Furthermore, students are required to pay for University Seminar classes out of pocket. Paying for a class that teaches you to be a college student is a colossal waste of money. The majority of the class curriculum should have either been taught to students in high school or picked up on their own.
University Seminar is a waste of student time, money and energy. The class should be eliminated altogether or at least only offered as an option to students who choose to take it.