New Student Orientation

Welcome, Class of 2025! We can’t wait to meet you when you arrive on campus in August. For now, we’ve shared a few helpful tips and resources that may help during summer orientation.

An Introduction to the Honors College

The Value of Honors
A Smaller Community Within a Larger Campus Community
  • Trains students to engage critically with the world for decades to come
  • Students learn multiple analytical methods and have opportunities to integrate knowledge across disciplines
  • Students are deeply engaged in a broader scholarly community
  • Access to a team of devoted mentors and endless opportunities
Advising and Mentoring Support
  • Four-year advising model
  • We will pair you with an Honors Advisor who will develop a long-term mentoring relationship with you.
  • Each student will be paired with a Career Success Coach from the Career Center.
Honors Curriculum
Honors Core (25 credit hours)
  • HONS 100: Introduction to Beyond George Street
  • HONS 110: Academic Writing
  • At least one Honors foundation course
  • A quantitative literacy course
  • At least two courses from the Exploring Complexity and Diversity Colloquium series
  • At least one advanced studies HONS course at the 200-level or above
Honors Directed* (9 credit hours)
  • Honors Immersed
  • Bachelor’s Essay
    *These requirements do not need to be HONS and can be completed within your major.
Honors Engaged
  • Civic engagement project introduced in Beyond George Street and completed with regular work through the end of the first year
  • Two tracks: Direct Service and Deliberative Democracy
  • Projects focused on critical needs and populations in the Charleston community
  • You will be introduced to the projects, will complete an application in which you indicate your preferences, and then will be matched with a project
  • You will prepare a proposal that incorporates academic research related to your project and that outlines your engagement through second semester
  • You will submit a reflective narrative and final project report at the end of the second semester
Some of Our Honors Engaged Direct Service Partners 
Our Honors Engaged Deliberative Democracy Themes 
  • Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Food Security
  • Affordable Housing
  • Health and Wellness
  • Liberty, Justice and Democracy
  • Education
  • Environmental Sustainability

Honors College Advising Session

  • All incoming students have an assigned advising time on the day of their new student orientation (1:30, 2:15, 3:00, 3:45, 4:30).
  • A “Zoom” link will be provided to you via email prior to your session (this is the same Zoom link you’ll use for your morning info session with Dr. Ganaway).
  • Log into your Zoom advising meeting about 5 minutes before the start time.
  • Ms. Moser will welcome you to the main room and make sure you are ready to go. She will then move you to a break-out room where you will work with an advisor.

First, you will log-in to MyCharleston (

Once you are in MyCharleston, click on the “Academic Services” Tab:

On the “Academic Services” tab, click on the channel for “Degree Works.”  This will open your transcript:

Go back to “Academic Services.”  In the middle of the page you should see a channel for Registration Tools.  Click on Add/Drop classes:

This will take you to a screen where you must select a term, “Fall 2021”:

Now you will be at a screen where you can look up classes.  I prefer the “Advanced Search” option, but you can use either one.  We will not sign up for a course now, but you see how the process works:


This will bring you to a list of available course sections.  To register for a certain class, check the corresponding box on the far left, scroll down and click “Register.” Note that a “C”means the course is closed.


Degreeworks lets you build a plan to lay out courses for all eight semesters.

You can then create a degree plan:

For Term, select “Fall 2021” and hit submit. Add a name for your plan and hit save:


This will bring you the Program of Study Management (POSM) system where you can declare, change, and undeclared majors/minors. For this summer, we will focus on declaring a major:


Hardware Details

  • Zoom and registration must be done on a desktop or a laptop (it is difficult to conduct the advising session on a smart phone or an I-Pad)
  • You’ll have 45 minutes to meet with your advisor (which is more than enough) but it is still important to be prepared
  • Try experimenting with the system before your session, but don’t worry if you run into some problems

The Classes You’ll Sign Up For

  • All of you will sign up for HONS 100 (Beyond George Street)
  • You will then sign up for one additional Honors class:
    • HONS 110: Honors Academic Writing
    • An Honors natural science Foundations course
    • An Honors humanities or social science Foundations course
  • You’ll round out your schedule with:
    • General Education classes
    • Courses in your declared major, if appropriate

Waiving AP/IB/Transfer Credit

  • BIOL and MBIO who qualify for HONS 151+L should strongly consider waiving their AP/IB BIOL credits
  • Pre-med students with AP Chem credits should strongly consider waiving them as well
  • PHYS, CSCI, ASTR, MATH students with AP Calc AB/BC should strongly consider waiving them as well
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