The First-Year Experience

A Gateway to Success

The first year is the most important of your college career: it's when you set the foundation for personal and professional growth, for your academic success, and for your engagements on campus and in the broader Charleston community. Here's what your first year in the Honors College will look like:

Beyond George Street (BGS)

As an entering Honors College student, you’ll enroll in this one-credit course during your first fall on campus. We like to think of BGS as “intro to college” for Honors students: group discussions will showcase the many personal, professional, academic, and extracurricular opportunities that await you in the Honors College, while reflective exercises will connect you with resources and tools to help you flourish at CofC. Learn more about BGS.

Honors Engaged

A year-long service project structured around meaningful engagement in the community you’ll call home for the next four years. Through your service project, you’ll become an active member of the Charleston community as you seek out creative ways to address critical issues impacting the city like literacy, poverty, homelessness, and poor nutrition. Learn more about Honors Engaged.

Honors Academic Writing

The Honors version of the campus wide First Year Writing requirement, designed to prepare you for the writing expectations of a liberal arts curriculum and the communication demands of an evolving world. Each class focuses on a different theme, with past themes ranging from sustainability to personal happiness.

Honors Foundation Course

To round out your First-Year Experience, you’ll take an Honors foundational course of your choosing. The class can be related to your major, or it can be an elective you find particularly intriguing. Examples of these courses include Honors Biology I, Honors Intro to Women’s and Gender Studies, and Honors Psychology.