Fiat Lux Freshman Seminar Program



Application Submission
Deadlines for the 2017-18 Academic Year

Spring 2017: The deadline for Spring 2017 has been extended to Monday, March 13, 2017.
Fall 2017: Monday, May 22, 2017
Winter 2018: Monday, November 13, 2017

Application Process (CIMS)
Faculty who wish to teach a Fiat Lux seminar must submit a simple on-line application (Course Management System [CIMS]), which includes the course number "19", subject area heading, proposed title, a brief description of the seminar topic, a short list of 2-4 readings, a brief biographical statement, as well as a preference for the quarter (fall, winter, spring) in which the seminar will be offered. If you are not faculty housed in a department, please choose "Honors Collegium" as the Subject Area. Although Fiat Lux seminars are listed by departments, faculty must follow the application process outlined here, and no department may offer a Fiat Lux seminar that differs from the guidelines provided here, unless first approved by the Fiat Lux Faculty Advisory Committee

Proposal Review Process

Fiat Lux seminar proposals are reviewed by the Fiat Lux Faculty Advisory Committee within a short period of time, usually within 3 days after the on-line proposal is submitted. This committee includes members of the Undergraduate Council, as well as ad hoc faculty members who represent a wide variety of UCLA's academic fields. The program is administered by Director of Special Seminars, Beserat Hagos, who reports to the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. The coordinator works closely with the Fiat Lux Faculty Advisory Committee to facilitate the selection process. She also works closely with campus units to recruit faculty and advertise offerings. Departments must arrange scheduling for their faculty members and assist with text book orders. Beserat Hagos will assist in scheduling Honors Collegium 19 Fiat Lux seminars.

Guidelines

As indicated in the previous section, the appropriate seminar format may either be a one hour meeting per week or a two hour meeting every other week (at least ten hours over the duration of the quarter). If you choose to teach the two-hour every other week meeting option, the first meeting must be scheduled during the first week of classes. Each seminar should enroll a minimum of ten students and may not exceed an enrollment of 20 students with a waiting list cap of five. Seminars which do not have at least five students enrolled by the end of second week will be canceled.

Once a seminar is approved, the department is expected to schedule the seminar and order the requisite materials. The Registrar's Office will not generate PTE numbers for the seminar.

For those who are interested, scheduling space may also be available "on the hill" either in the Residence Halls or in public venues such as Covel Commons, De Neve Plaza or Bradley International Hall. Please email programservices@orl.ucla.edu to request a "no charge" room. It's best to provide them with the class dates and times to expedite the request.

A seminar may not be canceled or rescheduled once enrollment has begun.