College of Charleston Honors College

College of Charleston Honors College


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We would like to thank all of our Honors Engaged volunteers that have been working with us this semester! Good luck on all your exams and we can't wait to finish up the boats with you all next semester!!
Come for the crafts, food, cider, singing, latkes and Santa. Shop locally until 6pm for your families, friends and roomies.
Are you great at math and passionate about working with kids? Join our team! We are hiring math tutors to work with kids in a fun environment! Great position for a math or science major! Email resume to: [email protected] or call 843-352-7125

The Honors College at the College of Charleston: A Tradition of Academic Excellence, a Culture of Collaboration, a Vision of Global Impact

Mission: The Honors College at the College of Charleston provides bright, motivated students with the opportunity to take responsibility for their learning through class discussions, interaction between students and professors, and through independent scholarly pursuits. Honors College students, faculty, and staff create a living-learning community that provides students with the academic challenge and personal attention that enables them to flourish and evolve into leaders in their communities and the world.

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College of Charleston faculty, staff, and students are always actively engaged in the issues that matter to them. The upcoming SC Democratic Primary has highlighted many members of our campus community, including CofC Honors senior and Political Science major Zainab Dossaji

Young organizers in South Carolina are backing every candidate in the state. Meet Zainab Dossaji, a college senior who spoke with Gayle King about her support for Senator Elizabeth Warren.

More Monday on CBS This Morning.

Last week our Honors Introduction to Southern Studies class enjoyed a visit and performance by The Pluff Mud String Band. Learn more about the course and band by reading the lates article on our 10 Green Way blog:

College of Charleston Named a Top Producer of Fulbright Students

Good luck to our students who are currently interviewing for a Fulbright! We hope you'll grow our network of CofC alums who received Fulbright awards during their time here. Read more about our success with the Fulbright Program on The College Today: The College of Charleston has been named the sixth best producer of Fulbright students among master’s-level colleges and universities in the United States.

We are overwhelmed by the generous contributions from so many members of the #CofCHonors family. Thanks to support from alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends, the Honors College raised $514,486 on #CofCDay! As a whole, College of Charleston raised over $5M!

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The Honors College has moved to third place on the leaderboard, but this is a competition where everyone wins! An astounding $2.4M has already been raised and there’s still nearly two hours left to give. #CofCDay College of Charleston Giving Join me and give back!

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The Honors College currently sits atop the #CofCDay leaderboard, but that doesn’t mean the other schools and areas have given up. Let’s make a strong push to the finish in the final 5+ hours! Join me and give back!

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Live from the Cistern Yard. Happy CofC Day! #CofC250

If we didn’t reach you on the phone in the call center, you can still make a gift online!

Donate to our third CofC Day priority today! The TFB Leadership Program was created to encourage and enable the professional and personal growth of students receiving merit scholarships from the Honors College. The program is named after Dean Trisha Folds-Bennett, known by many students as "TFB", who helped establish the Honors College's top scholar program in 2008. The fund associated with this program supports leadership and professional development workshops, seminars, and other activities that contribute to each student's preparation for a productive and impactful life. Help us support the next generation of leaders by giving here:…/honors-college-academic-support

As CofC Day continues, we hope you'll consider donating to the R.I.S.E. Endowed Scholarship. Established by Ben '02 and Sara Givler DeWolf '02 in 2014, the Scholarship is awarded on the basis of merit to Honors College students who demonstrate financial need. R.I.S.E. stands for Recognizing Intelligence, Strength, and Engagement, and scholarship recipients are expected to exhibit these qualities. Give here:

CofC Day is finally here! A gift to the Dean’s Excellence Fund makes an immediate impact on the Honors College. This unrestricted giving fund provides support where it is needed most. The Dean’s Excellence Fund allows investment in faculty support, summer enrichment grants, innovative coursework and classroom activities, and impactful mentoring. We'd appreciate your support today:

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The wait is over. It’s #CofCDay! We’re looking forward to a full day of celebrating 250 years.

Wake up, it's #CofCDAY! Clyde is geared up and ready for a full day of celebration and giving back. Visit to make your gift today and impact all Cougars!

Our last CofC Day priority supports a new Honors College fund: The TFB Leadership Program. Dean Trisha Folds-Bennett has contributed $30K toward our $50K goal. Help us reach that goal on CofC Day TOMORROW! goes live at midnight. Direct any questions about our priorities to Laura Landry at [email protected] or 834-607-9693.

Reminder, CofC Day is tomorrow! Honors faculty, staff, and students are taking over the Cougar Call Center from 11:00am-noon to seek support for our top three CofC Day priorities. If you want us to give you a call tomorrow, please email us at [email protected] with your contact info.

Thanks to several leadership gifts from alumni, we've surpassed the halfway point to our goal of raising $1M for the R.I.S.E. Endowment - we invite YOU to help us meet our goal! will go live this Thursday, the 30th. Contact Laura Landry with any questions about our CofC Day priorities at [email protected] or 834-607-9693.

Create immediate and meaningful impact on the Honors College by donating to the Dean's Excellence Fund; will go live this Thursday, the 30th. Questions about our CofC Day priorities? Contact Laura Landry at [email protected] or 834-607-9693.

CofC Day is one week away! Visit to see all that's in store as we celebrate the College's 250th birthday.

College of Charleston Student Focuses on Selfie-Reflection

Honors College senior Casey Roche's research has led her to some surprising discoveries regarding the relationship between narcissism and the all-consuming world of social media. Read more about her findings on The College Today! Has the obsession with social media and selfies made young adults more narcissistic? One student was determined to find out.

Honors College Student's Website Helps Children of Immigrant Parents

An Honors College freshman has created a website to help children of immigrant parents living under the threat of deportation. Read more about Jody Bell on The College Today, and be inspired to enact change. After seeing how her high school classmates with immigrant parents were being impacted by the threat of deportation, College of Charleston student Jody Bell took action by creating the website I.C.O.D.: In Case of Deportation.

Professor Marjory Wentworth and Dr. Trisha Folds-Bennett’s Honors Advanced Studies course HONS 390 Voice and Memory: Exploring the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement is hosting a guest speaker next week. Hear David Michael Crane, the Chief Prosecutor of International War Crimes Tribunal, discuss his work and new book, Every Living Thing: Facing Down Terrorists, Warlords, and Thugs in West Africa – A Story of Justice.


At Fall Alumni Weekend, College of Charleston officially launched its 250th Celebration! CofC 250 runs all the way through Founders’ Day, January 2021 and is bringing together students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community for a yearlong celebration. See more details on events and other ways to participate and celebrate at

It’s been 250 years since the founding of the College of Charleston. Everyone is invited to join in the celebration!

Honors Student Joins Knowledge Capital Group as Intern |

“I read about KCG my freshman year and I knew I wanted to keep them in mind for a future internship. Seeing their post on the Hub prompted me to apply. Since they only hire CofC Honors seniors, I wouldn’t have known they were hiring an intern this year without it.” - Rachel Bradley '20

⬇️Read more about Rachel and her internship with Knowledge Capital Group​ at the article linked below!⬇️ Honors Student Joins Knowledge Capital Group as Intern Rachel Bradley ’20 has joined KCG as an Undergraduate Intern. CofC Honors senior Rachel Bradley has joined Knowledge Capital Group (KCG), a healthcare-oriented management consulting firm, as an undergraduate intern. An Economics and Internatio...

Dr. Folds-Bennett will be traveling to New York City and will be in the area from 12/17 to 12/19. If you are in the area and would like to connect, please contact us at [email protected] for more information!

‼️Attention all Honors applicants‼️ To remain consistent with the Office of Admissions' extension of the Early Action Deadline, we are also extending the Honors College Priority Deadline to December 2 at 11:59 PM.

We hope everybody has a safe, relaxing, and productive Thanksgiving Holiday! If you have any questions about your Honors application, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected].

Based on the occurrence of the Thanksgiving holiday and the December 1 Early Action deadline falling on a Sunday, we are extending our Early Action Deadline until 11:59 PM December 2. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns regarding this deadline change.
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This week's senior spotlight is Patrick Crotty. Patrick is both a political science and economics major, and he plans to work in foreign policy research after graduation. Check out the photo to read Patrick's great advice for underclassmen! Want to learn more about being a political science major? Go to

This past weekend, five members of our Honors Entrepreneurship Living-Learning Community attended Charleston Startup Weekend and were afforded the opportunity to network and collaborate with other community members in Charleston Silicon Harbor.

Three of our students worked with the top three teams at this event:
1st Place Team: Lunch Club (Troy Brennan)

2nd Place Team: SimplifAI (Rex Bingham)

3rd Place Team: Menteor (Caty Greer)

Pictured (from left): Caty Greer, Troy Brennan, Isaiah Kahn, Professor Lancie Affonso, Rex Bingham, and Jody Bell

Congratulations to our amazing E-LLC students!

CofC Honors Dean Trisha Folds-Bennett appointed Provost at UVa-Wise |

Trisha Folds-Bennett, dean of the College of Charleston Honors College, has been named provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. CofC Honors Dean Trisha Folds-Bennett appointed Provost at UVa-Wise Dean Trisha Folds-Bennett After a successful career at the College of Charleston that began in 1990, Honors College Dean Trisha Folds-Bennett has accepted the position of Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the Unive...

Freshman’s Goal: Meet Someone New Every Hour |

Making friends in a new environment can be intimidating under any circumstances, let alone on a campus with more than 10,000 students. But what some may see as an intimidating challenge, CofC Honors freshman Rex Bingham sees as an opportunity to push himself outside his comfort zone and to develop interpersonal skills.

For more on Rex and his approach to getting to know his fellow students, check out the article below, written by Honors freshman Jack Bartlett! Freshman’s Goal: Meet Someone New Every Hour Making friends in a new environment can be intimidating under any circumstances, let alone on a campus with more than 10,000 students. But what some may see as an intimidating challenge, College of Charleston freshman Rex Bingham sees as an opportunity ...

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Congratulations to Honors freshman Keith Williams for his designation as a 2019 Coastal Community Foundation Pinckney Scholar!

The Reverend Pinckney Scholars Program was established by the Coastal Community Foundation in memory of the late Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney and in response to the June 17, 2015 massacre at Charleston’s Emanuel A.M.E. Church. Recipients are selected based on academic performance and leadership potential.

While Dean Folds-Bennett is on the road to meet with prospective students and alumni, she had the opportunity to sit in on a class with a familiar face: Dr. James Hodge '89.

In 2014, Hodge was named the recipient of the Honors College Distinguished Alumni Award. James is a Professor of Public Health Law and Ethics in the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law and Director of the Center for Public Health Law and Policy at Arizona State University. He has continued to give back to the CofC community, coming back to the College to teach summer courses and give lectures on a variety of public health-related topics.

We are always so proud to see what our alumni are doing to change the world!

We love class field trips! Professor Béres Rogers is teaching Honors Academic Writing, a college writing course for first-year CofC Honors students. The class has read and discussed business opportunities for neurodivergent people, so they visited a prime example, Bitty & Beau’s Coffee!

Black Religion and Black Nationalism from Slave Rebellions to Black Lives Matter

Join CofC Honors and the Friends of the Library this afternoon in Addlestone 227 from 3:30-4:30pm for the second installment of the Fall Faculty Lecture series.

This lecture introduces attendees to the religious ideas and practices from across the African diaspora that gave rise to the political tradition now known as “Black nationalism.” While the tradition is often imagined to be secular (even anti-religious), this lecture explores the deep religious roots of Black struggles to create a new nation—from slave rebellions to the Black Power revolution to our contemporary Black Lives Matter movement.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

⬇️Register for the lecture on the Eventbrite page linked below ⬇️ This installment of the Faculty Lecture Series offers a preview of Dr. Matthew Cressler's Spring 2020 course, "Black Religion and Black Nationalism from Slave Rebellions to Black Lives Matter." This lecture introduces attendees to the religious ideas and practices from across the African diaspora th...

7 Tips to Make Sure You Submit an Awesome College Application

Great tips from the College of Charleston - Office of Admissions. We'd like to add an 8th tip: Apply to the Honors College! Our priority deadline is December 1st. Questions? Email us at [email protected] In honor of College Application Month, two College of Charleston admissions counselors offer up seven ways prospective students can make sure they submit a strong application.

Burke Gains Insight Into Superbugs and Medical Rarities Through Summer Internship - College of Charleston Athletics

Most people go to great lengths to avoid microorganisms that can cause great harm and even death. CofC Honors junior Kylie Burke plans to make a career out of them. Most people go to great lengths to avoid microorganisms that can cause great harm and even death. Junior Kylie Burke plans to make a career out of them.

Spring 2020 Course Preview: Elections Have Consequences (HONS 390) |

John Culhane, Scholar in Residence for the Honors College, has taught special topics Honors courses over several years, bringing rich and broad experiences from his career in law and the corporate world. Check out the 10 Green Way article linked below to read more about his Spring 2020 course HONS 390: Elections Have Consequences! ⬇️⬇️⬇️ Spring 2020 Course Preview: Elections Have Consequences (HONS 390) The interdisciplinary Honors College curriculum allows students to enroll in intriguing coursework taught by faculty members from a wide range of disciplines. One benefit of the flexibility of the curriculum and course proposal proce...

From ‘Orderly’ to ER Doctor – A Physician’s Journey |

“Try to treat everybody the same and help them out on what might be the worst day of their life ever.” - Aaron Blackshaw '12

Check out the article linked below to read about Honors Alum Aaron Blackshaw '12 and his journey from summers as a hospital orderly to a career as an ER doctor at Novant Health in Western North Carolina! ⬇️⬇️⬇️ From ‘Orderly’ to ER Doctor – A Physician’s Journey Blackshaw ’12 consults with colleagues on cases between patient visits. Aaron Blackshaw’s (’12) path to becoming an emergency room physician started at a crossroads that rarely leads to medical school. It was the summer of 2009 and he...

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