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 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.
- 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
- Reading Partners
- Trident Literacy Association
- The Green Heart Project
- Charleston Promise Neighborhood
Our Honors Engaged Deliberative Democracy Themes
- Transportation and Infrastructure
- Food Security
- Affordable Housing
- Health and Wellness
- Liberty, Justice and Democracy
- 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.
THE REGISTRATION PROCESS
First, you will log-in to MyCharleston (my.cofc.edu):
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:
DECLARING A MAJOR
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:
TIPS FOR A SMOOTH REGISTRATION PROCESS
- 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