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First Year Seminar

Note: The information below is for Orientation 2018; information for Orientation 2019 will start becoming available in April.

The Being a Bronco: First Year Seminar is an extension of the Being a Bronco Series which is required of all first year students. The Being a Bronco Series is intended to integrate our newest Broncos into the SCU community and deepen our collective understanding of the term cura personalis (care for the whole person).


Through the First Year Seminar, students are provided information and experiences that inform understanding of key issues such as personal development, welfare, safety, diversity and inclusion, bystander intervention techniques, and violence prevention. In addition to Orientation and Welcome Weekend, the Being a Bronco Series serves as a foundation to a successful and positive start to the Bronco experience.

In this course you will have opportunities to reflect on your experiences, learn about the experiences of your peers, challenge your attitudes, apply your knowledge and skills, grow as a person, and start evolving your identity that includes being a Santa Clara Bronco. This course integrates group discussion, experiential learning, and reflective engagement experiences. Topics will include—but are not limited to:

  • Community values
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Community building
  • Violence prevention
  • Mental health
  • Bystander intervention
  • Academic integrity

Students enrolled in the seminar will be given more detailed information by their instructors about how they will fulfill the Being a Bronco Series requirements.

Eligibility to Participate

First year students.

Learning Outcomes

By participating in this course, you will:

  • Define foundational social justice concepts of social identity, privilege, oppression, and microaggressions
  • Articulate how one’s social identities influence one’s daily life
  • Understand the scope of relationship violence in the U.S. and identify warning signs of relationship violence
  • Practice skills for bystander intervention in risky scenarios involving alcohol or violence
  • Explore what constitutes sexual violence and ways to prevent its occurrence
  • Understand personal responsibility and how to engage respectfully in the SCU community
  • Demonstrate time management and career building skills

Course Registration

To register during course registration, search for "First Year Seminar" under course listing UGST 10.

Fall 2018 Schedule

Section 1, Tuesdays, 3:50-5:30pm
@ Sobrato Hall (Loyola RLC), Commons B
Instructor: Kim Gilkey, Assistant Dean, Office of Student Life

Section 2, Tuesdays, 3:50-5:30pm
@ Sobrato Hall (Loyola RLC), Commons C
Instructor: Cameron Barrilleaux, Assistant Director, Center for Student Involvement

For More Information

Contact: Tedd Vanadilok