Byrne Seminars

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About Byrne First-Year Seminars

What are Byrne Seminars?

Byrne Seminars are small, one-credit courses, limited to 20 students. Offered through the Office of Undergraduate Education, these classes are taught by our world-renowned faculty who come from departments and professional schools across the university. Each unique seminar offers you the chance to experience the excitement of original research, as faculty members share their curiosity, their intellectual passion, and their new ideas and fields of knowledge. During remote instruction, you may meet nationally renowned authors, chefs, political leaders, or scientists as invited guests. Seminars typically meet for 10 weeks, starting in the first week of each semester. Seminars are graded Pass/No Credit, and have no formal exams. You may register for a one-credit seminar in addition to the 12-15 credit standard course-load. These seminars are meant to enhance your learning and not compete with your other courses.

Who Can Take a Byrne Seminar?

Byrne Seminars are available exclusively to first-year undergraduate students at Rutgers–New Brunswick. Students may take up to two Byrne Seminars—one in each semester of their first year. Taking a Byrne Seminar is a requirement for Honors College students. The program is an elective for all other students.

Why Should I Take a Byrne Seminar?

Byrne Seminars are offered in a wide array of subjects, giving you a unique opportunity to explore a potential major or try something entirely new. The faculty who teach in the Byrne Program are leading researchers in their discipline, recognized for their innovation, leadership, and scholarship. Students who take a Byrne Seminar often report that studying with a professor in a small seminar environment has a profound impact on their experience at Rutgers, connecting them to campus resources, opening the door to research opportunities, and providing direction as they chose a major.

How Do I Sign Up?

You can register for a Byrne Seminar through WebReg. The current course list on our website also includes section numbers for each seminar below the course description. You may find the Online Schedule of Classes useful in determining which courses are open and will best fit into your schedule. Enter subject code “090” and course number “101” to get a list of Byrne Seminars for the semester, including up-to-date information about time and remote learning platform. Browse the full list of upcoming Byrne Seminars.

How to Register

Fall Semester

You can choose to register for a Byrne Seminar when you select your other classes. Typically, this happens at an advising day over the summer. You will indicate your top four seminar preferences to your advisor and they will aim to fit one of those choices into your schedule. Final confirmation of your fall semester schedule will be sent to you in late August.

If you choose to wait until you arrive on campus in the fall, you may register directly, during the Add/Drop week only, through WebReg in any Byrne Seminar that still has openings.

Spring Semester

You can register for a Byrne Seminar through WebReg. You may find the Online Schedule of Classes useful in determining which courses are open and will fit best into your schedule. Enter the subject code “090” and the course number “101” to get a list of Byrne Seminars for the semester.

*Note that SEBS sections begin with “11” rather than “01” and will be found at the bottom of the page.

Featured Course

To further enhance learning opportunities for students, the Byrne First-Year Seminars program offers a series of featured courses in collaboration with other units across the university.

The Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship Academy logoIDEA Byrne Seminars

The Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship Academy (IDEA) integrates design and entrepreneurial thinking into the Rutgers student experience. IDEA empowers students to explore what issues they care about most and what problems they are most driven to solve. In partnership with IDEA, the Byrne First-Year Seminars program is pleased to offer seminars designed to expose students to how Rutgers faculty researchers and industry experts are addressing some of society’s most complex challenges. Each seminar will engage with a renowned research center or institute where faculty across disciplines are working to push the boundaries of knowledge on a wide range of topics including food and healthcare innovation, future cities, social justice, and climate change.


We are now accepting Byrne Seminar proposals for the 2021-2022 academic year. Learn how to create your Byrne Seminar.

Contact Us

Do you have questions about the Byrne Seminars program or a specific seminar?

Email or call 848-932-6971