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Students, YOU can design your own class!

Undergraduate Student Initiated Education (USIE) is an innovative program designed to provide a select group of juniors and seniors in the College with the opportunity to develop and facilitate, under close faculty supervision, a lower division seminar for their peers.

The application and selection period is during Fall quarter. In Winter quarter, facilitators work closely with their faculty sponsors in a two-unit independent study focused on the content-area of their proposed course, and participate in a two-unit pedagogy seminar with other student facilitators. Through the independent study and pedagogy seminar, student facilitators develop for review and approval a formal syllabus for their spring seminars. Faculty mentors continue to work with student facilitators during Spring quarter as they facilitate their seminars.


Emily vanSonnenberg, USIE Facilitator, gave an exclusive interview to the Daily Bruin. See what she has to say about her experience. Click here» USIE was featured in the UCLA College Report as one of the university's innovative programs for undergraduates.
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