Save the Date: Honors College Field Day

It’s back! Honors College Field Day, an annual class competition event, returns this Reading Day (April 25). May the best class win!

When: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 25.

Where: Marion Square.

What to Expect: Come out, take a break, have some fun, and compete for your class before finals begin. With a revamped format that will challenge students through feats of strength, team-trials, brainteasers, and more!

  • Redemption tour? Last year’s Field Day was mired in controversy. Will this year’s event redeem itself? There’s only one way to find out!

Represent your Class: Sign up to participate and lead your class to glory.

English Department Scholarship Opportunity

Students who intend to complete an independent study or bachelors essay in English beginning next fall are eligible to submit their proposals for consideration for the Macy Ezell Cooke Scholarship and an award of $1,000!

Details: The Cooke Scholarship is awarded to the most promising, innovative, or academically substantial project, based on the proposal. In preparing their proposals, students should follow the guidelines provided below. The English department will consider all proposals submitted for the scholarship at their final faculty meeting on April 9th.

To Apply: Submit your proposal through the Cougar Scholarship Award System by April 5th. Please note that April 5th is only the deadline for the consideration for the scholarship. BE/IS proposal final deadlines come much later.

Students are expected to consult with their preferred faculty advisors well in advance of preparing their proposals and to complete their proposals on time and strictly according to the guidelines stated below. Acceptance of proposals is contingent upon the approval of a committee composed of the faculty advisor, the appropriate concentration director (Creative Writing; Literature and Film; Writing, Rhetoric, and Publication), and the Associate Chair of the Department.

To propose a Bachelor’s Essay or Independent Study in English, a student must:

  • have completed 60 hours of coursework, including ENGL 299
  • not have exceeded 9 hours of independent study (including Tutorials, Bachelor’s Essays, and Independent Studies)
  • identify a BE or IS faculty director in English
  • consult with the director while preparing the proposal according to the guidelines below

Submit the proposal, via your director, to the committee no later than one week before the first day of classes for the semester in which the work is to be done. It is preferable to submit the proposal much sooner, preferably in the prior semester.

Proposal Guidelines
Your proposal should be 400-500 words long—one single-spaced page—excluding the bibliography. Place your name at the top of the first page along with the name of your faculty advisor, and indicate whether you are proposing an Independent Study or a Bachelor’s Essay. Proposals should include the following:

  • An intriguing and informative title.
  • A brief, engaging introduction that identifies your primary sources and strategically frames your project. You can do this in any number of ways, but successful strategies include establishing broader contexts for your project (historical, theoretical, generic), modeling your proposed engagement with the text(s), and/or emphasizing why your topic is timely and important.
  • A tentative—but pointed and specific—project goal. For critical projects, this will be a research question or, if your project is more developed, a thesis. For creative projects, this will be a statement of intent. The goal here is to articulate what you hope to achieve in this independent project.
  • A focused account of the conversation your project participates in. This might include key critical arguments or creative practices you hope to address and extend. Try to cite at least two sources, though there probably won’t be room for substantial quotations. You might also describe in greater detail the theoretical, methodological, or creative foundations indicated in your introduction.
  • A project timeline, noting completion dates for specific stages of the project (annotated bibliography or creative review, section and chapter drafts, final copy, etc.). Please also note the anticipated size of the project and related outcomes. Independent studies typically require 25 pages of formal writing, though not necessarily in the form of one long essay. Bachelor’s Essays typically require 50 pages of formal writing and a defense.
  • A grading plan explaining how the course will be graded. Faculty advisors may choose to adapt one of the following sample grading plans:
    • Grading Plan for Independent Study – The faculty advisor will assign a grade based on two factors: participation (e.g., attendance at and preparedness for weekly meetings) and written work, which will consist of _________.
    • Grading Plan for Bachelor’s Essay – The faculty advisor will assign a grade based two factors: participation (e.g., attendance at and preparedness for weekly meetings) and the writing project. The writing project will be at least 50 pages long and show evidence of substantial primary and/or secondary research. The student will defend the writing project orally before a panel including the faculty advisor and two additional faculty members.
  • A statement of the Student Learning Outcome(s) for the project. Faculty advisors may choose to adapt the following SLO:
    • Student Learning Outcome for Bachelor’s Essay/Independent Study: Student will demonstrate the ability to plan and effectively carry out an extensive research and/or writing project independently.
  • A bibliography, including no fewer than ten primary and secondary sources.

Please note that the bullet points above merely list several important features of the proposal. They are not meant to serve as an outline of your proposal, which should unfold in a series of strategically organized paragraphs that combine these features as best suits your project. Nor are they exhaustive. You may, for example, also want to discuss the experiences and qualifications that have led you to and prepared you for your proposed project.

A few additional notes
Because decisions about Bachelor’s Essays and Independent Studies are likely to be made after registration has begun, students should register for classes as if they will not be doing independent work.

Bachelor’s Essays with an ENGL prefix can be applied to the Open Electives requirement of the English Core. Students can apply both semesters of their Bachelor’s Essay (499A & 499B) to this 6 credit hour requirement.

Independent Studies can be applied either to the Open Electives requirement or to the Focus Electives requirement of our three concentrations, provided that the content of the Independent Study project reflects the content of the concentration. If you would like to have your Independent Study applied as a Focus Elective within your concentration, please contact the Associate Chair.

Apply for the Reason One Mentorship & Scholarship Program and a $5000 Award!

Reason One is awarding three (3) scholarships valued at $5000 each to Black students with a passion for technology. These scholarships are specifically designed for individuals enrolled or recently accepted into digital-related programs, covering areas such as marketing, strategy, project management, web development, and design.

Details: What makes this program unique is that, in addition to the financial support, all three winners will receive invaluable mentoring and professional development assistance from our experienced team.

Eligibility: To be considered for this program, you must:

  • Identify as Black, African American, African Canadian or African-descent
  • Be between the ages of 17-35 years old
  • Live in Ontario, Canada or South Carolina, USA
  • Be enrolled or accepted to a full or part-time digital-related program at a college, university, or specialized program (such as a Bootcamp, etc.)
  • Have demonstrated financial need

To Apply: Go to this link to apply. Applications open March 26th and close on May 7th. The top ten applicants will be contacted for a virtual interview, with the chosen winners notified in Summer 2024.

For more information, click this link, or click here to go to their FAQs.

Listen to the Civility Initiative’s podcast, When We Disagree!

The Civility Initiative’s podcast, When We Disagree, is officially out!

The Podcast: Have you ever been in an argument that stuck with you? The Civility Initiative is proud to present When We Disagree, a new weekly podcast about the disputes, fights, spats, and debates that changed our lives, one story at a time. The disagreement could have been personal, professional, political, or philosophical; it could have been with a total stranger or a best friend. All that matters for the show is that the disagreement mattered to you. When We Disagree is hosted by Michael Lee, professor of Communication and director of the Civility Initiative at the College of Charleston.

To Listen: Listen to the show on Apple PodcastsSpotify, or anywhere else you listen to podcasts!

To Submit Stories: Tell your argument story on Instagram @whenwedisagree or via email at  New episodes will premiere every Wednesday.

They’re actively looking for guests, especially scholars and students studying arguments of all kinds, so submit your stories!

Join Tiny Tassel and Parfaire Consulting CEO Mimi Striplin for a Talk About Starting a Business

Join CEO and founder of Tiny Tassel and Parfaire Consulting Mini Striplin for a Women’s History Month talk about starting a business this Thursday!

Details: Topics covered will include web development, HR needs, legal challenges, artistic photography, and creative marketing.

When & Where: The talk will be…

  • On Thursday, March 28th, at 4:00 p.m.
  • In the Robert Scott Small Building, room 235

To Attend: No registration needed, just show up! Refreshments will be provided.

Chemonics Has Summer Internship Positions Available!

Chemonics is looking to hire summer interns for positions involving business conduct, new business, technology, and agriculture & food security!

Opportunities Available: There are currently four internships hiring. The positions offered are:

Great Fit For: Lots of areas! Each internship fits a different niche, although international studies, political science, public admin, and science-related majors may be especially interested.

  • Honors Connection: An Honors alums works here! If you’re interested in this internship, contact and we’ll put you in touch for an inside connection.

To Apply: Either go to the individual internships listed above or go to this link to find their open positions and then select “Intern” in the job level category. Each internship is being handled differently, but expect new opportunities to be posted and for current ones to close on a rolling basis throughout mid-April.

Click this link to learn about Chemonics, or go here for more information about their internship program.

Join the Green Heart Project Volunteer Team at the Cooper River Bridge Run

The Green Heart Project is looking for volunteers to join their team and help out at this year’s Bridge Run Race Expo, on Thursday, April 4th & Friday, April 5th at the North Charleston Coliseum.

Responsibilities: Race volunteers will:

  • Help with t-shirt distribution & runner packet distribution
  • Greet participants and provide race day information
  • Help Green Heart to fulfill their duties as a Bridge Run Charity Connection, a partnership that should raise ~$10,000 to support their work!

To RegisterTo volunteer, go to this link, register to volunteer for Expo Support, and add yourself to the Green Heart Project team. Food and a free volunteer t-shirt will be provided.

For more information, go to the volunteer registration link or contact Allie Astor at

Join the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program for a Film Screening and Q&A

Join the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, along with the Department of History, Film Studies, and the Honors College, for an exclusive film screening and Q&A with Seth Fein.

When & Where: The screening and Q&A will be…

  • On Wednesday, March 27th, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • In the Septima Clark Auditorium (Education Center room 118)

About the Film: Between Neighborhoods (85′, 2018, 2024) works between original and archival footage to contemplate in split-screen the present and past of imperialism and immigration –– the competition between corporate and social globalizations –– that have orbited Robert Moses’s Unisphere in Queens since the mammoth armillary sphere, the largest rendering of the world in the world, went up for the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair.

About the Filmmaker: Seth Fein is a historian and filmmaker who lives and works in Jackson Heights, Queens, NYC, where he founded and operates Seven Local Film, where you can sample Between Neighborhoods and his other work.

No registration necessary. For more information, see the provided flyer.