A Byrne Seminar is:
A Byrne Seminar is a one-credit course designed to introduce first-year students at Rutgers-New Brunswick to academic life. Learn more about the program and how to choose the right seminar for you here.
Byrne Seminars are open to all first-year students at Rutgers-New Brunswick.
We have a few suggestions for choosing a seminar here.
You will learn about your professor’s research interests and consider many of the same questions and issues they deal with in their work. Each seminar is unique; some include work in a laboratory on campus, and others might require you to complete a creative group project. Most seminars involve an out-of-class excursion, to see a play in New York or visit a museum in Philadelphia, for example.
Byrne Seminars are discussion-based courses. There are no final exams and no research papers. Be prepared to do some reading (a mix of articles and web content, or possibly a short book) and discuss the material in class. You may also complete short writing assignments or group projects.
For the fall semester, you can select a Byrne Seminar when you register for your other classes. This typically happens over the summer at an APA day or advising day in your school. You may also request a seminar through our online form. In the spring, you choose your classes through WebReg, the online course scheduling system at Rutgers. For more information, click here.
Unfortunately, no. You can only take one seminar per semester; however, you can take a seminar in both the fall and spring semester.
For the fall semester, you will select up to four Byrne Seminars. It is possible you will not get your first choice, so be thoughtful when choosing your alternates. If you decide you’d prefer a different course, you can work that out with your first-year advisor. You may also change your seminar during the add/drop period. For the spring semester, you will be able to register online and have control over your schedule.
Most Byrne Seminars start in the first week of classes and run for 10 weeks, so your seminar will end before you have to complete final papers and take final exams.
You can find all the details about your Byrne Seminar on the Online Schedule of Classes. Enter the subject code “090” and the course number “101” to get a list of Byrne Seminars for semester; find your seminar by the section number listed on your schedule. *Note that SEBS sections begin with “11” rather than “01” and will be found at the bottom of the page.