Academics

Live the Life of a Scholar-Citizen

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Everything about the Honors College prepares you to really dig into a subject that you care about in a substantive way, and those kind of substantive opportunities are what really matter when you're deciding what your career is going to be.


CofC Honors alumnus, Yusuf Saei '10

The Honors College curriculum ensures students develop and hone critical skills. Students learn through formative experiences that will prepare them to make an impact on the world.

First-Year Experience

In the Honors College, you’ll be immersed in high-impact learning environments from day one. The Honors College first year curriculum blends foundational learning experiences together and sets you up to thrive in your time on campus.

  • Beyond George Street (BGS). Taken fall of your freshmen year, this course will help you transition to college life and connects you with valuable campus and community resources.
  • Honors Engaged. A year-long group service project that introduces you to the community you’ll call home for the next few years.
  • First year foundational Honors College courses. These courses combine universal skills with discipline-specific tools that will serve as a springboard to academic success moving forward.
Upper-Level Courses

Upper-level Honors courses are intimate and innovative. They're discussion-based and average fewer than 18 students. They explore creative solutions to real-world problems. They allow you to truly collaborate with your peers and with faculty.

“The curriculum was up to us,” says Zach Kronsberg ’22 of his Honors College Advanced Studies seminar. “Our instructor picked the topic, but we led the discussion." 

Experiential Learning

Beyond the Honors classroom, experiential learning abounds. As part of Honors Immersed, all students participate in at least one high-impact undertaking (for credit, no less!). These include:

  • Internships
  • Research projects
  • Creative endeavors
  • Study abroad

Then there’s the Bachelor’s Essay, the capstone of the Honors academic experience. You’ll work one-on-one with a faculty advisor who guides you through a high-level research project. Previous BE projects have laid the groundwork for academic publications, business plans, future careers, grad school application material, and world-changing ideas.

Throughout it all, the Honors College community is here to support you. The Honors College team will provide logistical guidance and motivation. And your Honors faculty advisor will serve as a mentor and work closely with you to develop a fulfilling academic journey.