Rodman Seminars


The Rodman Seminars Program allows Rodman Scholars to take part in learning experiences without the formality of a traditional class. Its purpose is to allow scholars explore interesting and useful topics to develop relevant skills to complement their academic education, or just for the joy of learning.

Student-Led Seminars

Recently, student-led seminars were introduced to allow scholars to learn from each other and share their knowledge about topics they are passionate about. Students may apply to be an instructor here. The students' relevant experience in the topic, commitment and interest in leading the seminar, and the development of the syllabus will be taken into consideration in this application.

Current Seminars

Introduction to Knitting
Mondays 10:00-10:50AM and Mondays 11:00-11:50AM

Knitting has been shown to reduce stress, boost self-esteem, and make Netflix watching productive. Come learn how to make anything you can imagine out of yarn! The class will be geared toward beginners, with a new skill taught each week and several mini-projects provided.

Rock Climbing
Tuesdays 6:00-8:00PM

A brief introduction to travelling over highly sloped surfaces. We will occasionally have class outside. Most sessions will be at Rocky Top climbing gym, so a carpool will be organized. #goingUpOnATuesday

Introduction to Dance and Zumba
Wednesdays 5:00-5:50PM

A high energy dance class. No prior dance experience necessary. All are welcome! Students will have the opportunity to learn about various dance styles such as salsa, ballet, Zumba etc while packing in a great workout and having a good time.

Music Theory for Engineers
Mondays 6:00-6:50 pm

A beginner's guide to the physics, engineering, and scientific analysis of music and music theory. Exact topics will be chosen at the first class, but examples include examining acoustic and electric sound generation, production basics, and Western music scales both musically and physically. No prior knowledge of music theory is necessary.

Wednesdays 5:00-7:00PM

Come learn basic cooking skills and a variety of recipes! Friends and free homemade food, what more could you ask for?

Film Studies
Fridays 3:00-6:00 pm

This seminar will feature 16 films all within the sci/fi and action genre with a few movies being in the fantasy realm. There may be short discussions before or after the films and a short survey will be sent out after to collect people's thoughts and favorite scenes. Some snacks will be provided.

Seminar Archive

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Rodman Seminars?
Rodman Seminars (RodSems) are one-credit, credit/no credit courses offered each semester, open only to Rodman Scholars. The Rodman Scholars Program provides funding for inviting guest professors, lecturers, or community members to lead the seminars, as well as for supplies and materials necessary for experiential learning seminars. We have also began an initiative for peer-led seminars, to allow scholars to learn from the skills and talents of each other.
What is the graduation requirement for Rodman Seminars?
Four RodSem credits are required for graduation (three for mid-year transfer students). A diverse array of seminars are offered each semester, so there is definitely room for scholars to choose topics that interest them! However, RodSems are designed to be fun and unique opportunities for learning, and scholars don't think of them as burdensome requirements!
How do I enroll for RodSems?
RodSems are listed on the Student Information System (SIS) in the beginning of each semester. To search for Rodman Seminars, use the mnemonic ENGR 3580. A list of previous Rodman Seminars can be found here.
What if I have an idea for a RodSem topic?
We would love to hear them! Contact your current Rodman Seminar Program Director(s) and let them know!