The required, pre-tabbed Honor College binder for the course is available in the College of Charleston Barnes & Noble bookstore.   Your binder, along with a required $12 Clifton Strengths Assessment, act as non-traditional textbooks for our course.  You will also be asked to use freely available online resources related to professional development, such as Linkedin.


Attendance (15%): Attendance is required. Many activities and assignments will be completed during scheduled class periods; your successful completion of these activities will be dependent on your attendance as the resources made available during class will not necessarily be available outside of class. You are allowed one absence, whether excused or unexcused. Use it only when you need it. Any absences beyond the first will result in your attendance grade being lowered incrementally: from an A to an A-, for example, or from a B- to a C+. While this attendance policy remains firm, we will be flexible in cases where excessive absence is due to unavoidable issues involving personal health or family crises.

Class Engagement (10%): Participation in all aspects of class is essential. You are expected to actively engage in class activities, to contribute meaningfully to discussions, and to display dedication and earnest effort in exploring the class topics and tasks. This is simply what honors students do. Your PF will address any shortcoming in this area with you personally either over e-mail or during one of your consultation meetings. If you fail to address concerns regarding engagement that your PF or one of the faculty members brings up with you, your grade will be lowered incrementally: from an A to an A-, for example, or from a B- to a C+.

Individual Consultations: (10%) In addition to regular class sessions, you will be required to attend four additional meetings outside of regular class sessions with your peer facilitator throughout the semester. While each session will have a particular purpose, there will be ample time to address broader concerns and just to connect with your peer facilitator one-on-one.

Portfolio (40%): Throughout the semester you will create a portfolio that will represent your accomplishments across your college career. Because the portfolio is a semester-long project, it will go through several revisions in response to peer edits, in-class workshops, outside input from Academic Writing instructors and Writing Lab staff, and feedback from PFs and class leaders. Your portfolio will include the following documents:

  • PACE Navigator:  This document, a comprehensive planning tool that you will use throughout your time in the Honors College, allows you to chart out your individual academic plan in addition to noting professional and community engagement plans. We will spend time in class discussing the best methods for long- and short-term planning on the navigator, and this is a document that you should always bring with you to your advising appointments.
  • Honors Engaged
    • Honors Engaged Proposal
    • Honors Engaged Semester Reflection
  • Professional Documents:
    • Resume: This is a standard professional document that captures your academic, professional, and community achievements to date.
    • Personal Narrative
  • Reflections: Completed in class.

Honors Engaged  (25%): Honors Engaged is the umbrella first-year community engagement program in which all first-year students participate. Through Honors Engaged, you will learn about best practices in community engagement and receive site-specific training to gain  the skills necessary to carry out your service role. Informal discussion of your Honors Engaged experience and related community engagement concepts will unfold across the semester. Your Honors Engaged grade will be based on your consistent and earnest participation with your community partner, the quality of your formal proposal, and the completion of your midterm self-assessment. See the Honors Engaged website for more details.


Since we will provide very few hard copies of handouts, we encourage you to bring your laptops or tablets to class. This is not an invitation to access any other websites, read email, check Facebook, or to do any work that is not related to work we’re doing in class on any given day. Any student who abuses the privilege to bring laptops to class will lose that privilege, as well as engagement points. It’s unprofessional to conduct business on your phone during class, so start training yourself to turn phones off and put them away before each class.


The Honor Code of the College of Charleston specifically forbids:

  1. Lying: knowingly furnishing false information, orally or in writing, including but not limited to deceit or efforts to deceive relating to academic work, to information legitimately sought by an official or employee of the College, and to testimony before individuals authorized to inquire or investigate conduct; lying also includes the fraudulent use of identification cards and fabrication of data, endnotes, footnotes and other information related to academic work.
  2. Cheating: the actual giving or receiving of unauthorized, dishonest assistance that might give one student an unfair advantage over another in the performance of any assigned, graded academic work, inside or outside of the classroom, and by any means whatsoever, including but not limited to fraud, duress, deception, theft, talking, making signs, gestures, copying, electronic messaging, photography, unauthorized reuse of previously graded work, unauthorized dual submission, unauthorized collaboration and unauthorized use or possession of study aids, memoranda, books, data, or other information. The term cheating includes engaging in any behavior related to graded academic work specifically prohibited by an instructor in the course syllabus or class discussion.
  3. Attempted cheating: a willful act designed to accomplish cheating, but falling short of that goal.
  4. Stealing: the unauthorized taking or appropriating of property from the College or from another member of the college community. Note also that stealing includes unauthorized copying of and unauthorized access to computer software.
  5. Attempted stealing: a willful act designed to accomplish stealing, but falling short of that goal.
  6. Plagiarism:
    1. The verbatim repetition, without acknowledgement, of the writings of another author. All significant phrases, clauses, or passages, taken directly from source material must be enclosed in quotation marks and acknowledged in the text itself and/or in footnotes/endnotes.
    2. Borrowing without acknowledging the source.
    3. Paraphrasing the thoughts of another writer without acknowledgement.
    4. Allowing any other person or organization to prepare work which one then submits as his/her own.

Attempted cheating, attempted stealing, and the knowing possession of stolen property shall be subject to the same punishment as the other offenses. Because the potential penalties for an Honor Code violation are extremely serious, all students should be thoroughly familiar with the above definitions and their consequences.  Students can find the complete Honor Code and all related processes in the Student Handbook at

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