SEM 100

SEM 100 is a six week course that engages all first-year and transfer students in guided conversations and activities about transitioning to Syracuse University campus life while exploring identity. Students will gain an understanding of how their identity relates to and interacts with other students, faculty and staff, as they progress through the college experience.

To facilitate meaningful small group discussions, each class hosts up to 25 students from multiple schools and colleges. Each section will be led by a pair of facilitators selected from experienced staff, faculty, graduate and undergraduate students. Participation in SEM 100 accounts for a portion of students’ grades in “anchor courses” in each school and college.

Anchor courses include:

  • Arts & Sciences/ Maxwell: CAS 101, CAS 201, HNR 100
  • School of Education: EDU 101
  • Engineering and Computer Science: ECS 101
  • Falk: HSH 101
  • i-School: IST 101
  • Newhouse: COM 107
  • Whitman: SOM 122
  • School of Architecture: ARC 107
  • Visual and Performing Arts: DES 100, ARI 101, CRS 100, TRM 151, DRA 090, AMC 100 (Section 010)


Designed by Associate Professor Jeffery Mangram Ph.D., School of Education, the curriculum seeks to push students outside of their comfort zone to discuss topics such as identity, power, privilege and history, in support of building a meaningful Syracuse University community. Together participating students, faculty and staff will Name It. Engage It. Change It.