2020 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 and website updates about your Synthesis Seminar meetings, Honors Engaged developments, and community happenings.

Week 1 (Aug. 24 - 28): Welcome and Introductions

Keynote: What is HONS 100?

  • What is BGS?
  • What is a Scholar-Citizen?
  • Introductions: The faculty team and PFs
  • Syllabus and Assignment Review
  • How we assess our Learning Outcomes

Preparatory Work:

  • View the Keynote

Synthesis Seminar:

  • Meeting Your BGS Peers
  • Preparing for the Semester


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 (Aug. 31 - Sept. 4): 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 Keynote
  • Read this AAUP statement regarding academic freedom-and-responsibility.
  • Peruse the College of Charleston Honor Code found here: student-handbook-2019-2020
    • Pay particular attention to pages 8-19.
    • 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 our Honor Code and Code of Conduct.  They apply to all members of the college community and are intended to promote an atmosphere of trust and fairness in the classroom and in the conduct of daily campus life.”

Synthesis Seminar: Campus Resources

  • Getting to Know What Resources are Available to You
  • Learning how to Access Your Resources
  • Finding Our Sustainability Baseline


  • 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.
  • Sexual Misconduct and Consent:
    • Check out this presentation on sexual misconduct and consent.
  • Sustainable Literacy
    • Check out this great introduction to the Center for Sustainable Development
    • You can read more here or follow the office on instagram.

Week 3 (Sept. 7 - 11): Justice and Democracy

Keynote: Engaged Community Advocacy Workshop – An Introduction to Service, Social Justice, and the Honors Engaged Project 

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

Preparatory Work:

Synthesis Seminar:

  • Information on Honors Engaged applications and placements
  • Social Justice in an Open World


Assignments Due:

  • Attend the Honors Engaged Partner Fair on Thursday, 9/12 in the TD Arena McAlister Suite from 4-6 PM
    • You are required to attend unless you have a course conflict.  Think of this as a job fair, and ask questions accordingly.
    • Questions you might ask:
      • What issues are most important to your organization?
      • What population(s) does your organization serve?
      • What kind of experience(s) do I need to have to work with your organization?
      • What does a typical day with your organization look like for your partners?
      • What kind of time commitment do you expect from your partners?
      • What times do you have available for Honors College students?
    • Information you might share:
      • Issues about which you are passionate
      • Populations with which you enjoy working
      • Your experiences with civic engagement
  • Honors Engaged Application due Sunday, Sept. 15 at noon.

Week 4 (Sept. 14 - 18): Engaging Diverse Communities

Keynote: Engaging Diverse Communities with the Office of Institutional Diversity

Synthesis Seminar: The Line Becomes a River with The College Reads!

  • Group discussions of The Line Becomes a River
  • Restorative Justice

Preparatory Work:

  • Complete the Diversity EDU Modules accessed via OAKS
    • Save your completion certificate at the end!
  • Review The Line Becomes a River before your Synthesis Seminar meets
  • Read this article on intersectionality: What is intersectionality-2odrvap
    • Make sure to watch the video embedded in the article!


  • Peruse the reading guide for The Line Becomes a River to prepare for discussion

Assignments Due:

  • Submit your Diversity EDU Completion Certificate to your Peer Facilitator via email

Week 5 (Sept. 21 - 25): Professional Communication

Keynote: Presenting Yourself as a Professional

  • Effective Communication
  • Electronic vs. In-Person Communication
  • Developing Professional Communication Skills through Practical Experience
  • Work your way through this powerpoint, which has the content for the week of class we missed due to Hurricane Dorian: Professional Communication

Preparatory Work:

  • Complete the Clifton Strengths Assessment found at this link: www.strengthsquest.com
    • Click “Purchase” and use you g.cofc.edu email to get the $11.99 price at checkout.
  • Print your Top 5 Insight Report
  • Email your Top 5 in order to your Peer Facilitator
    • There is a cost of $12 associated with completing this task.  We consider this a required course text, which complements your binder and replaces a traditional textbook.

Synthesis Seminar: Critical Communication Skills – No Seminar Meetings in Berry 104


  • Talent Themes You Might Have
  • Clifton Strengths as a Tool for Self-Reflection
    • Please keep in mind, the Talent Themes revealed to you in your Clifton Strengths Assessment listed below in “Preparatory Work” should not be interpreted as labels, which determine every aspect of your personality and potential.  Instead, you should consider them like a sneak peak, which invites you to further reflect on the ways you approach your goals and everyday interactions.  This is an important practice to begin now and applies to each of our three prongs in this class: Academic, Professional, Humanitarian/Socio-Political.

Individual Consultation 2:

During Weeks 5-6, you will meet individually with your PF to discuss how your first semester is going, learn about resources specific to your needs and interests, and begin mapping out some academic and professional goals for your time at the College.

Week 6 (Sept. 28 - Oct. 2): 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:

  • Spend at least 10 minutes exploring the Career Center Website. Explore some of the available resources. Be ready to discuss these in class!
  • Explore the What Can I Do With This Major? resource. Think about what majors you may be interested and what career fields this major might lead you toward.
  • Go to the Career Planning and Exploration section of the CofC Career Center website and complete the FOCUS career and educational planning system. Instructions for creating a FOCUS account are also available here.

Synthesis Seminar: Being “Desktop Ready”

  • Resume building
  • LinkedIn profiles
    • Bring your charged laptop and a hard-copy of your most recently drafted resume to the workshop


Assignments Due:

  • Resume draft
    • The final draft should be submitted to the Honors Advising Dropbox by 11/22.
      • You should also print a copy and include it in your binder.

Week 7 (Oct. 5 - 9): Undergraduate Research and Creative Affairs (URCA) Forum: An Introduction to Undergraduate Research with Dr. Beth Meyer-Bernstein


  • Introduction to Research in the Disciplines
  • Undergraduate Research Roundtable

Preparatory Work:

  • Use the College’s website to explore potential majors and research opportunities, as well as potential faculty mentors.
  • Come to class with at least one example of an interesting research opportunity aligned with your (potential) major.
  • Remember, research looks different in various disciplines and with various end goals in mind.  Don’t fall into the trap of thinking there is only one way to get engaged in undergraduate research.  The possibilities are endless!

Synthesis Seminar:

  • Library Resources
  • How to Talk to Faculty
  • Honors Engaged as Field Work for Academic Pursuits



  • You should arrive at Keynote with the name and research interest(s) of a potential faculty mentor you would like to meet.
  • After your synthesis seminar this week, begin working on your Honors Engaged Proposal.
  • Please select the proposal assignment appropriate to your Honors Engaged commitment:
  • Completed Honors Engaged Proposals are due in the “Class of 2023” OAKS drobox and in your binder by Sunday, October 20th.

Week 8 (Oct. 12 - 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: 

  • Watch and Listen to Dr. Ganaway’s Advising Presentations:
    • To access these presentations, log into OAKS.
      • Once you are in OAKS, go to the “Honors Advising Class of 2023” course home.
      • On the right side of the page, under the “Multimedia Resources” resources channel, follow the “Access VoiceThread for this Course” link.
      • You should now have access to Dr. Ganaway’s presentations.
    • Watch and listen to all three of these presentations. Your PF and members of the Honors Team will be available to answer any questions you may have as you approach advising sessions.
  • Resource Exploration:
    • Check out the
    • Check out the major roadmap for your potential or current major.
    • Access Degree Works through MyCofC and explore the interface and tools available (e.g. the “what-if” audit).
    • Explore the website for your major or potential major. Come to class with one thing that you learned or found interesting. This could be a faculty member’s research, a piece of student news, an item from the Department newsletter, or the way the Department tries to “sell” its major.

Synthesis Seminar: PACE Navigating

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


Assignments Due:

  • Begin Working on the PACE Navigator
    • Before class, you should look over and begin completing 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 before class. 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.


Week 9 (Oct. 19 - 23): Study Abroad and Nationally Competitive Awards Forum with Dr. Jesslyn Collins-Frohlich

Keynote: An Introduction to Travel and Funding for Undergraduates

  • Study Abroad
  • Internship Opportunities
  • National Awards Student Panel


Week 10 (Oct. 26 - 30): Freshman 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 2019 registration, which begins next week.
  • Continue working on your PACE Navigator

Assignments Due:

  • You must complete the Honors-College-Advising-Form-post-2018-Curriculum (in pencil) and bring it to your advising appointment.
  • You should go to your Advising Appointment with a complete working draft of your PACE Navigator for your advisor to review.
  • Upload a complete draft of your PACE Navigator, with any adaptations recommended by your advisor, to the OAKS dropbox.
  • You must print the completed PACE Navigator and include it in your binder.

Week 12 (Nov. 9 - 13): Creating a Personal Narrative with Mr. Robby Maynor

Keynote: Self-reflection as a Creative (and Ongoing!) Process

Preparatory Work:

  • Return to your Clifton Strengths Insight Report and review the descriptions of your Top 5 Talent Themes.  Remember, each person’s report is unique, even if they share some or all of the same top 5.
    • How does your report measure up to the way you view yourself?
    • How can you use what you know about your talents/strengths to self-reflect and to meaningfully communicate with others about yourself?
    • Review your individual report, but you may also find this document handy: Clifton Strengths Quick Reference Card
  • 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.

Synthesis Seminar: Narrative Writing Workshop

  • Pre-writing
  • Outlining assignment for self-reflection
    • Be sure to bring your charged laptop to class!


Assignments Due:

  • The final draft of your Personal Statement should be submitted to the Honors Advising Dropbox by 11/22.
    • You should also print a copy and add it to your binder.

Week 15 (Nov. 30 - Dec. 4): Final Consultations and Course Reflections

Class Activities (Virtual):

  • Evaluations: Time will be given to complete official Course/Instructor evaluations as well as a survey created specifically for BGS.
  • Individual virtual consultations

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