2022 Schedule

Our weekly schedule for the semester is outlined in detail bellow.  Making note of a few important things now will ensure you have the most enjoyable and rewarding BGS experience possible.

  • This is not a traditional class!  That means we will do lots of different things and approach content from lots of different angles.  In the end, our goal is to better know ourselves and to be better able to share ourselves with the world.
  • Always be sure to view the Keynote materials and complete prep work before arriving at your Synthesis Seminar on Tuesday or Thursday.
  • Bring your laptop or tablet to your Synthesis Seminar so that during workshops, you can… work!
  • Look ahead in the schedule for upcoming deadlines, and look for email, OAKS, and website updates about your Synthesis Seminar meetings, Honors Engaged developments, and community happenings.

 

 

Important Update: Live Keynotes will only run if there is enough interest.  Please use this link to register and attend the live Keynote each week.  You must sign up by 5 PM on the Sunday before each weekly Keynote.

(Robert Scott Small, 235, 4 PM)

 

EVENT OF THE WEEK!

 

 

 

Week 1 (Aug. 29 - Sep. 4): Welcome and Introductions

Keynote: What is HONS 100?

Join us for an HONS 100 Meet and Greet on Monday, 8/29 at 4 PM in Robert Scott Small, Room 235.

  • What is BGS?
  • What is a Scholar-Citizen?
  • Introductions: The Honors FYE Team
  • Syllabus and Assignment Review
  • How we assess our Learning Outcomes

Preparatory Work:

  • View the Week 1 Keynote linked under “Content” in your HONS 100 OAKS course.  If you’ve already attended your seminar meeting this week, it’s okay to go back to this now!

Synthesis Seminar:

  • Meeting Your BGS Peers
  • Preparing for the Semester

Resources:

Assignments Due:

  • Attend SustainFest in the Cistern from 4:30-6:30 PM on Thursday, September 1st, unless you have a class conflict.  This is where you can meet with representatives from many of our Honors Engaged partner organizations and begin thinking about what type of civic engagement you are most interested in for your work in Honors Engaged this year.
  • Sign up on OAKS for your first consultation with your PF by 9/4.
  • Add your personal introduction to your BGS class flip grid on OAKS by 9/4.
  • Complete the Syllabus, Blog, and OAKS Quiz on OAKS by 9/4.

Individual Consultation 1: 

  • During weeks 1-2, you will meet individually with your PF; the goal of this informal meeting is simply for you to get to know your PF better and vice versa. Come prepared with any questions or concerns you might have about the class, or about your transition into college more generally.

Week 2 (Sep. 5-11): Living and Working with Integrity

Keynote: Academic, Professional, and Civic Integrity

  • Meeting the Dean of Students
  • College of Charleston’s Honor Code
  • Academic Honesty and Why It Matters
  • Self- and Community-Monitoring and the Social Contract

Preparatory Work:

  • View the Week 2 Keynote linked under “Content” in your HONS 100 OAKS course.
  • Read this AAUP statement regarding academic freedom-and-responsibility.
  • Peruse the College of Charleston Honor Code found here.
    • Pay particular attention to pages 8-18 and 42-45.
    • Remember: “At the core of the College of Charleston community are individuals from diverse backgrounds whose
      lives are intertwined in support of the uplifting of the human condition through comprehensive studies.
      As with all communities, there is a moral code of ethical behavior that binds participants together, and
      a body of official rules and regulations that defines personal freedoms and responsibilities. The latter is
      codified in the College of Charleston Honor Code and Code of Conduct – our Honor System.”

Synthesis Seminar: Campus Resources

  • Getting to Know What Resources are Available to You
  • Learning how to Access Your Resources

Resources:

  • Follow this link to a comprehensive list of resources available to College of Charleston students.
  • Center for Student Learning:
  • The Counseling Center:
  • Mindfulness
    • WATCH this video on the benefits of mindfulness and meditation.
    • Check out CofC’ resource, TAO, for more on mindfulness and well-being.
  • Sexual Misconduct and Consent:
  • Civic Engagement at CofC
  • Trouble with OAKS in your classes?

Week 3 (Sep. 12 - 18): Justice and Democracy

Keynote: An Introduction to Social Justice, Service, and the Honors Engaged Project 

  • Defining Justice and Applying Democracy
  • Sustainable Development Goals for the United Nations
  • Spectrum of Civic Engagement
  • Sustainability Literacy
  • Civic Engagement via Honors Engaged

Preparatory Work:

Synthesis Seminar:

  • Social Justice in an Open World
  • Honors Engaged Exploration
  • Civic Engagement

Resources:

Assignments Due:

  • Continue your exploration of our Honors Engaged Critical Issues and Community Partners by exploring the Honors Engaged tab of this blog and watching these videos from some of our project partners and mentors!
  • Complete your Honors Engaged Application by 9/18 at 11:59 PM.

Week 4 (Sep. 19 - 25): Diverse Communities in Shared Environments

Keynote: Engaging Diverse Communities with the Office of Institutional Diversity

Preparatory Work:

  • View the Week 4 Keynote linked under “Content” in your HONS 100 OAKS course.
  • Review How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America before your Synthesis Seminar meets.
  • Read this article on intersectionality: Crenshaw, Why Intersectionality Can’t Wait
    • Be sure to follow the links – especially “Intersectionality: A Primer”

Synthesis Seminar: How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America with The College Reads!

  • Group discussions of How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America
  • Understanding Intersectional Identity and Human Experience
  • Restorative Justice Practices for Serious Conversations

Resources:

  • Peruse the College’s reading guide for How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America
  • Visit the Office of Institutional Diversity’s website to explore their campus and community programs.

Assignments Due:

  • Complete the Diversity EDU Module on OAKS and upload your completion certificate to the dropbox on your HONS 100 OAKS site by 9/25.

Week 5 (Sep. 26 - Oct. 2): History. Made. Here. Whose History? Told by Whom?

 

Keynote: History. Made. Here. – Whose History?  Told by Whom?

  • Sign Up for the Live Keynote using this form.
  • Our #CharlestonSyllabus

Preparatory Work:

Synthesis Seminar:  

  • Exploring Historic Charleston
  • Reflecting on Place and Narrative

Resources:

Assignments Due:

  • Begin work on your Know Thy City, Know Thyself Assignment, linked in the Assignments section of your HONS 100 OAKS Course.
    • If you selected the Avery assignment, you will need to attend a virtual instruction meeting via Zoom on Monday, October 3rd at 2 PM.  Check your email for the link if you signed up for this option!
  • Connect with your Honors Engaged Project Mentor.
  • Submit your completed Honors Engaged Waiver to the “Honors Engaged Waivers” Dropbox in your HONS 100 OAKS course by 10/2 at 11:59 PM.

Week 6 (Oct. 3 - 9): Know Thy City, Know Thyself

Keynote: Know Thy City, Know Thyself

  • Voices of Charleston
  • Institutions for Preserving the Broader History of Charleston
  • Know Thy City, Know Thyself Assignment Options
  • Please know we are aware that at times our course material covers sensitive topics and refers to events that may trigger past traumatic experiences. Some people are also sensitive to specific imagery, or may be experiencing ongoing grief from these course topics. If you think this might affect you please get in touch with your PF or Drs. Permenter or Cavalli right away.

Preparatory Work:

  • View the Week 6 Keynote linked under “Content” in your HONS 100 OAKS course.
  • Read these Charleston Syllabus selections: Know Thy City, Know Thyself

Synthesis Seminar: 

  • Connecting Primary Sources to On-Site Experiences

Resources:

  • Charleston Syllabus readings
  • Discovering Our Past App
  • Google Maps
  • Courageous Conversations and Brave Space Guidelines in OAKS Content: Resources
  • International African American Museum

Assignments Due:

  • Continue working on your Know Thy City, Know Thyself Assignment – due 10/16.
    • Reminder that if you selected the Avery assignment, you will need to attend a virtual instruction meeting via Zoom on Monday, October 3rd at 2 PM.  Check your email for the link if you signed up for this option!
    • Please email bgs@cofc.edu to request the recording of the virtual instruction meeting.
  • Sign up on OAKS for your second Consultation with your PF by 10/9.

Week 7 (Oct. 10 - 16): Academic and Extracurricular Planning

Keynote: 4-Year Planning in Honors

  • Review of General Education Curriculum and Requirements
  • Review of Honors Curriculum and Requirements
  • Introduction to the PACE Navigator

Preparatory Work: 

  • View the Week 7 Keynote linked under “Content” in your HONS 100 OAKS course.
  • Watch and Listen to Dr. Ganaway’s Advising Presentations:
    • One of these, the “Curriculum Overview” is already embedded in our main Week 7 VoiceThread.
    • To access all advising presentations, log into OAKS.
      • Once you are in OAKS, go to the “Honors Advising Class of 2026” course home.
      • Click on the “Content” tab and then the “Advising Presentations and Voice Threads” Module.
      • View the one or both of the PACE Navigator examples for Humanities or STEM majors.
  • Resource Exploration:
    • Check out the progam of study for your potential or current major.
    • Access Degree Works through My Portal and explore the interface and tools available (e.g. the “what-if” audit and the planning tool).
    • Explore the Honors Curricular Requirements and Courses Offered on the Honors HUB.

Synthesis Seminar: PACE Navigating

  • PACE Navigator – Workshop
  • Bring a charged laptop to the workshop so that you may begin future planning and working on your PACE Navigator.

Resources:

Assignments Due:

  • Begin Working on the PACE Navigator
    • Before class, you should look over and begin your PACE Navigator.
    • Write down any questions that arise while completing your PACE Navigator. You will have time in class to direct these questions to your PF and/or an Honors advisor.
    • The PACE Navigator is a working document. It doesn’t have to be completed entirely this week. Don’t let it intimidate you! It is simply a tool to assist you in your planning for the future. There will be plenty of opportunities in class and in your upcoming consultations to address any anxieties or confusion you encounter.
      • By the end of this week, your PACE should include your majors/minors, transfer credits, current courses, and a scaffold of the main Honors and general Education requirements – basically what you already have with some forethought for moving forward!
        • Please note: if you are meeting with your Honors Advisor this week, they may be looking for more development of the PACE (i.e. major requirements) than what we require in this week of BGS.  Please be in touch with them to ensure you know and can meet their expectations before your advising meeting.
  • Attend the Faculty Fair on 10/13 in RITA 101 from 3-4:30 PM.
    • This is required unless you have an academic or official athletic conflict.
    • Please email your PF if you do have one of these types of conflicts.
  • Complete your Know Thy City, Know Thyself Assignment and submit it to your HONS 100 OAKS dropbox by 10/16.

Individual Consultation 2:

During Weeks 7-8, you will meet individually with your PF to discuss how your first semester is going; learn about resources specific to your needs, interests and personal transition to college; and begin mapping out some academic and professional goals for your time at the College.

Week 8 (Oct. 17 - 23): Reading the Room

Keynote: Reading the Room – Effective Self-Presentation in Any Situation 

  • Professional Communication
  • Audience and Tone
  • Modes of Communication
  • Opportunities and Leadership

Preparatory Work:

  • View the Week 8 Keynote linked under “Content” in your HONS 100 OAKS course.

Synthesis Seminar: Critical Communication Skills 

  • Professional Communication with Faculty
  • Professional Communication with Employers
  • Professional Communication in Civic Settings

Resources:

Assignments Due:

  • Continue Working on the PACE Navigator
    • Remember, the PACE Navigator is a working document. It doesn’t have to be completed entirely this week. Don’t let it intimidate you! It is simply a tool to assist you in your planning for the future. You can always reach out to your Honors and/or major advisor(s) for additional advice after you’ve workshopped the document.
      • By the end of this week, your PACE should include your majors/minors, transfer credits, current courses, a scaffold of the main Honors requirements, and a scaffold of general education and major/minor requirements – basically what you have and what you need!

Week 9 (Oct. 24 - 30): BGS Advising Week

Synthesis Seminar: No Meetings this Week

  • Instead you will be expected to attend an advising appointment with your assigned Honors advisor in preparation for Spring 2023 registration, which begins next week.
  • Continue working on your PACE Navigator
  • Attend a Special Presentation from the Center for International Education
    • 10/27 at 4 PM in Arnold Hall
      • You know you’ve been trying to figure out where Study Abroad fits on your PACE!
      • Let our student experts show you!
      • Attendance will be rewarded!

Resources:

Take some time this week to explore the following resources that may be of interest to you as you develop your PACE Navigator/4-year plan.  Although you may not be ready to apply for these opportunities this semester, it is helpful to start thinking about them now and even inserting some basics about them into your PACE early.  Over the next few weeks, there will be additional events and opportunities to learn more about these excellent academic resources.

Assignments Due:

  • You must complete the 2022-23-Honors-College-Advising-Form and email it to your Honors Advisor.  Check with your advisor about whether they prefer it emailed ahead of the meeting and any other specific procedures they use for advising.
  • Upload a complete draft of your PACE Navigator (at least the first 4 semesters outlined) to the OAKS Advising Class of 2026 “PACE Navigator” dropbox by 10/30.
    • Use your meeting with your Honors advisor to ask more questions about your PACE Navigator/4-year plan.  They will be able to access your PACE from the OAKS dropbox, and you should make adjustments and resubmit based on their recommendations.
      • By the end of this week, your PACE should include your majors/minors, transfer credits, current courses, a scaffold of the main Honors requirements, a scaffold of general education and major/minor requirements, and the specific classes you want to take in Spring 2023 – basically what you have and need + what you want!

Two more things:

Did you love How the Word is Passed?  Attend Clint Smith’s public talk in Sottile Theatre on Monday, October 24th, at 7 P.M.

  • A live, public talk at the Sottile Theater on Monday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A.  Free and open to the public.

 

Wondering where study abroad fits into your PACE Navigator?  Get some answers in the Jewish Studies Center’s Arnold Hall on Thursday, October 27th, at 4 PM.

Week 10 (Oct. 31 - Nov. 6): Professional Development and the Living Resume

Keynote: Presenting Your Professional Self with the College of Charleston Career Center

  • From academic major to professional career
  • Facts about the job market
  • Resumes
  • Cover Letters

Preparatory Work:

  • View the Week 10 Keynote linked under “Content” in your HONS 100 OAKS course.
  • Prepare a draft resume as a shareable Google doc to workshop during Synthesis Seminar
  • Spend at least 10 minutes exploring the Career Center Website. Explore some of the available resources.

Synthesis Seminar: Being “Desktop Ready”

  • Resume building
  • LinkedIn profiles
  • Bring your charged laptop to the workshop so that you can access Google docs to participate in a peer review of resumes from your seminar as well as create/update your LinkedIn profile.

Resources:

Assignments Due:

  • Continue working on your resume
  • Connect with your PF on LinkedIn by 11/6
  • Complete this evaluation survey from the Career Center by 11/6

Week 11 (Nov. 7 - 13): Fall Break - No BGS Classes

Synthesis Seminar: No Meetings this Week

  • Continue working on your Resume

Assignments Due:

  • Upload a final draft of your Resume to the OAKS Advising Class of 2026 “PACE Navigator” dropbox by 11/13.

Week 12 (Nov. 14 - 20): Creating a Personal Narrative

Keynote: Creating Your Personal Narrative

  • What is a Personal Narrative?
  • Best Practices for Creating Your Personal Narrative

Preparatory Work:

  • View the Week 12 Keynote linked under “Content” in your HONS 100 OAKS course.

Synthesis Seminar: Narrative Writing Workshop

  • Pre-writing/recording/crafting
    • Take some time to reflect on your life experiences. What makes your story unique? This can be personal, professional, or academic. Consider how these experiences shape your values and goals, and think about which of these you may want to emphasize in your personal statement.
  • Outlining assignment for self-reflection
    • Be sure to bring your charged laptop to class!

Resources:

Assignments Due:

  • Continue working on your Personal Narrative.  It is not due this week, but the best Personal Narratives are those which develop over time, so don’t wait until the last minute to start writing your story!
  • Sign up on OAKS for your third Consultation with your Peer Facilitator by 11/20.

Week 13 (Nov. 21 - 27): No BGS Classes - Thanksgiving Week

Synthesis Seminar: No Meetings this Week

  • Continue working on your Personal Narrative.

Assignments Due:

  • Submit your Personal Narrative as a word doc or pdf to the appropriate OAKS Advising Class of 2026 Dropbox by 11/27.

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