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:

Synthesis Seminar:

  • Meeting Your BGS Peers
  • Preparing for the Semester

Resources:

Assignments Due:

  • Add your personal introduction to your BGS class flip grid by 8/30.

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
  • Meet the Dean of Students, Dr. Jeri Cabot
  • Check out this Honor System Overview from Peer Facilitator, Samantha Czwalina: Honor System
  • Read this AAUP statement regarding academic freedom-and-responsibility.
  • Peruse the College of Charleston Honor Code found here: student-handbook-2020-2021
    • Pay particular attention to pages 8-19 and 41-42.
    • 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

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.
  • 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.
  • Trouble with OAKS?

Assignments Due:

  • Complete the Clifton Strengths Assessment by 9/6
    • The assessment is found at this link: www.strengthsquest.com
      • Click “Purchase” and use your g.cofc.edu email to get the $11.99 price at checkout.
      • We consider this a required course text, which replaces a traditional textbook.
  • Enter your Top 5 Clifton Strengths in this survey by 9/6

Week 3 (Sept. 7 - 11): 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
  • Direct Service and Deliberative Democracy via Honors Engaged

Preparatory Work:

Synthesis Seminar:

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

Resources:

Assignments Due:

  • Complete the United Nations Sulitest – An Assessment Tool for Sustainable Literacy by 9/13
    • Instruction Sheet for UN Sustainability Test-1xslds3
    • Access Code provided in your PF’s weekly email
    • You must save your completion certificate/confirmation and email it to your PF, so be sure to screenshot, save an image, etc. as soon as you finish the test!

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

Keynote: Engaging Diverse Communities with the Office of Institutional Diversity

Preparatory Work:

  • View the Keynote.
  • 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!

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

  • Group discussions of The Line Becomes a River
  • Restorative Justice Practices for Serious Conversations

Resources:

  • Peruse the reading guide for The Line Becomes a River to prepare for discussion.
  • Visit the Office of Institutional Diversity’s website to explore their campus and community programs.
  • Continue your exploration of our Honors Engaged Deliberative Democracy and Direct Service tracks by interacting with this flipgrid from our project partners and liaisons!
    • You can also find more information about Reading Partners here and about Metanoia here:

Assignments Due:

  • Complete the Diversity EDU Modules accessed via their own “course” on your OAKS homepage.
    • Save your completion certificate at the end and submit to your Peer Facilitator via email by 9/20!

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

Keynote: Professional Communication – The Art of Effective Self-Presentation and Management of Personal Goals

Preparatory Work:

  • View the Keynote
  • Return to your Clifton Strengths Assessment and review your Top 5 Insight Report
  • Keep exploring the Honors Engaged Community Partners and Deliberative Democracy tracks via the FlipGrid and the Honors Engaged Blog. – Jot down any questions you still need answered to complete your application.

Synthesis Seminar: Critical Communication Skills 

  • Honors Engaged as a Professional Experience
  • Preparing your Honors Engaged Application
  • Using your Strengths in a Professional Setting
  • Using your Strengths in Civic Engagement

Resources:

  • Honors Engaged site
  • 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 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, Civic.

Assignments Due:

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, interests and personal transition to college; 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:

  • View the Keynote
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 10/4
  • Complete this evaluation survey from the Career Center by 10/4

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

Keynote:

  • Introduction to Research in the Disciplines
  • Undergraduate Research Roundtable

Preparatory Work:

  • View the Keynote, meet Honors students doing research, and watch the Undergraduate Research Panel
  • 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.  You can also use the Faculty FlipGrids linked below in Resources to get ideas.  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
  • Honors Engaged as Field Work for Academic Pursuits
  • How to Talk to Faculty

Resources:

Assignments Due:

  • Submit your resume to the OAKS dropbox by 10/11

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: 

  • View the Keynote
  • 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 2024” course home.
      • Click on the “Content” tab.
      • View the VoiceThread titled: “Priority Registration for Freshmen and Transfers – Fall 2020.”
      • View the PACE Navigator examples and the Curriculum Overview VoiceThreads linked under “Advising VoiceThreads” as well.
    • 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 major roadmap for your potential or current major.
    • Access Degree Works through the “Academic Services” tab on MyCharleston 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.
    • Learn more about the Virtual Majors & Minors Fair October 12-16. Everyday this week you will receive an e-mail in the morning with videos from different academic departments. These videos will provide an introduction to the department’s majors, minors, and fields of study. The schedule is:

Monday 10/12: School of Business

Tuesday 10/13: School of Math and Science

Wednesday 10/14: School of Arts & School of Education/Health/and Human Performance

Thursday 10/15: School of Humanities and Social Sciences & School of Language/Cultures/ and World Affairs

Friday 10/16: Minors without a linked major

At noon each day there will be a virtual meeting from the advising office, “How to Explore Majors and Minors.” In the afternoons between 3:00-5:00pm you’ll have a chance to participate in virtual meetings with specific departments and individual professors. Be sure to check your e-mail for information on how to attend these meetings. 

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.

 

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

Keynote: Study Abroad and Nationally Competitive Awards with Dr. Jesslyn Collins-Frohlich

  • Study Abroad
  • The Center for International Education
  • The Office of Nationally Competitive Awards

Preparatory Work:

Synthesis Seminar:

  • Follow Up Questions about the PACE Navigator
  • Tips for Honors Advising and Registration
  • Study Abroad Guest Speakers

Resources:

  • Explore the section of the Center for International Education website dedicated to study abroad.  Disappointed to see study abroad programs cancelled through Spring 2021?  Don’t fret!  Study Abroad through the College of Charleston will make a strong come back as soon as it’s safe.  This just gives you more time to plan!
    • Look through the many different study abroad options and think about which locations and programs may work best for you in the future. How will these experience help you to achieve your future goals?
    • Alternative Break
  • Also, take some time to delve into the site of the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards: check out the “Top Ten Awards for Honors Students from the First Year through Graduation, read about recent successes, and check out some of the specific awards available and think about which awards you may want to apply for in the future.

Assignments Due:

  • Submit your PACE Navigator with at least the first four semesters completed to the OAKS Advising dropbox by 10/25

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 2021 registration, which begins next week.
  • Continue working on your PACE Navigator

Assignments Due:

  • You must complete the Honors College Advising Form post-2018 Curriculum and email it to your Honors Advisor.  Check with your advisor about whether they prefer it emailed ahead of the meeting.
  • You should also be prepared to discuss your working draft of your PACE Navigator at your Advising Appointment.  Your advisor will be able to access it in the dropbox.
  • Upload a complete draft of your PACE Navigator (at least the first 4 semesters outlined), with any adaptations recommended by your advisor, to the OAKS dropbox.

Week 11 (Nov. 2 - 6): End of Semester Prep Work

Synthesis Seminar: No Meetings this Week

  • Instead you will be expected to complete your Honors Engaged Proposal.
  • We call this assignment a “proposal” because we think of this document as a starting point for the work you will do throughout this year in  Honors Engaged.  As members of an academic community, we all value philosophies, decisions, and actions based on credible information.  As such, this assignment is designed to catalyze your thinking about the central issues of your track/project with some investigative research to inform the ideas you already have.
  • Your Honors Engaged Liaison and your Peer Facilitator can offer support should you need it for the assignment, but all of the resources you need to complete this work have already been incorporated into BGS too.

Assignments Due:

Week 12 (Nov. 9 - 13): 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 Keynote
  • 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!

Resources:

Assignments Due:

  • Continue working on your Personal Narrative

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

Class Activities (Independent):

  • Evaluations: Please take your Synthesis Seminar time to complete official Course/Instructor evaluations as well as a survey created specifically for BGS.
    • CofC Course/Instructor Evaluations
      • Go to coursereview.cofc.edu and log in using your Cougars username and password. This information is NOT submitted as part of the feedback data. ALL COURSE SURVEYS ARE ANONYMOUS.You can also access your Course Survey Response Rates and Reports via your OAKSMyCharleston, or your mobile device.
    • BGS Course Survey
      • Please be sure to complete this survey so that your voice is heard as we make future improvements to the Honors First-Year Experience!

Assignments Due:

  • Most individual virtual consultations will take place by 12/4.  Be sure you have scheduled your final consultation with your PF in a timely manner.

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