Note to students on Spring offerings: During this time of uncertainty, Fiat Lux remains committed to its core mission of fostering community and engagement. Our instructors are working to configure ways to create meaningful spaces for dialogue in the virtual realm.

However, owing to these constraints on instruction, please note that some classes may be cancelled. If a course you’re enrolled in is cancelled, you will be notified via email by the instructor or the department. We encourage you to enroll in another Fiat Lux Seminar that is still scheduled and open for enrollment.

We remain committed to the spirit of Fiat Lux and appreciate your resilience, understanding and flexibility.


As a cornerstone of our innovative undergraduate curriculum, UCLA offers up to 200 seminars annually through the Fiat Lux Freshman Seminar Program. These seminars provide students and faculty with small group settings to engage in meaningful discussions on a range of topics. Students receive one-unit of academic credit (Pass/No Pass) and faculty members from across campus have the opportunity to share with undergraduates their areas of intellectual passion and expertise. True to the University of California’s motto, “Fiat Lux – Let There Be Light,” these seminars illuminate the many pathways of discovery!


UCLA students learn history from Holocaust Survivors
German 19: Bearing Witness: Interviewing Holocaust Survivors

UCLA’s freshman seminar, Fiat Lux, partners with student-run Bearing Witness program to bring holocaust survivors to UCLA. Read more at UCLA College News .