Fall 2015 Thematic Freshman Seminar Offerings

What is a thematic Freshman Seminar?  A thematic Freshman Seminar is a Freshman Seminar course (COL 105) that engages you by emphasizing a specific topic or theme embedded in the course.  The theme or specific topic of the course is emphasized while you learn about and practice the behaviors of successful college students.  The thematic Freshman Seminars being offered in Fall 2015 are listed below. 

Improving America
COL 105-014 (CRN: 11025), TR 8:00-9:25 a.m., PENDLETON CAMPUS

Do you feel like a little fish in a big sea?  Do you believe you have little or no influence for making a difference?  The COL 105 Improving America course will empower you to create change not only within yourself but in the communities you belong to.  We will examine the world around us with perspectives ranging from the campus community to a global one.  You will leave this course understanding the importance of community involvement in any context and at any level. So if you are interested in becoming a model citizen, making a positive change in your community, and impacting the lives of others, then this course is for you.

Cross-Cultural Awareness and Comparisons
COL 105-018 (CRN: 11199), TR 11:10 a.m.-12:35 p.m., ANDERSON CAMPUS

Have you ever wondered why you do what you do?  The answer: Culture. In this COL 105 themed community, Cross-Cultural Awareness and Comparisons, you will learn about other cultures through looking at your own world.  Students who are open to broadening their perception about the norms of other people, their cultures, and communities, have a respect for difference, and maintain a tolerance for stepping away from their everyday comfort zone will most benefit from this type of study.

Financial Fitness--Getting Your Personal Finances in Shape
COL 105-008 (CRN: 10554), TR 11:10 a.m.-12:35 p.m., PENDLETON CAMPUS

We often make resolutions or create goals to get in better physical and/or mental shape, but what about our personal finances?  This learning community is designed for students with all knowledge levels and who want to learn about the major topics dealing with personal finances, such as paying for college, budgeting, credit cards, credit history, contracts, and identity theft.  After completing this themed COL 105 course, you will have the skills and knowledge to create a personal budget, understand the complexities of credit, and protect your personal information, among many other things.  This interactive course will teach you how to truly "get your personal finances in shape."

COL 105-005 (CRN: 11985), TR 2:30-3:55 p.m., PENDLETON CAMPUS

This course represents the duality of caring for yourself as you learn to care for the needs of others.  You will be provided with skills you need to successfully complete your degree in nursing, or other healthcare-related degrees, as well as the skills you will need to enhance and develop your future career.  The activities of this class will introduce you to many tools you will use in the healthcare field.  You will also participate in fun and innovative activities to stimulate critical thinking skills.  Get started now because your career as a medical professional is waiting!

Train Your Brain
COL 105-010 (CRN: 11208), MWF 12:20-1:15 p.m., PENDLETON CAMPUS

Do you feel your brain is a 98 gram weakling? Would you like to have the brain power to help you succeed in college and life? Then the COL 105 Train Your Brain course is for you! Through knowledge and training, your brain will become, literally, more massive as you develop abilities and a new perspective that allow you to succeed. We will discuss the biology of memory formation and how to improve your ability to memorize and understand concepts.  Wait there's more!  Some of the most effective learning techniques will be practiced, and these will help you tackle any kind of course material.

TransferMation: Clemson Bridge
COL 105-001 (CRN: 10552), MW 4:05-5:30 p.m., OFF-CAMPUS
COL 105-011 (CRN: 10555), TR 8:30-9:55 a.m., OFF-CAMPUS

This course is designed to help new students learn about being successful during their first year in college.  Through class activities and outside assignments, students will be provided opportunities that will facilitate the process of clarifying their educational goals and plans.  Students will be exposed to the skills, behaviors, and attitudes required for academic success at the college level.  During the semester-long course, students will practice concrete learning strategies designed to enhance their learning and academic outcomes.  For students to successfully transfer to Clemson, they will need to be able to discern the expectations and requirements for the transition process.  Learning about the transfer process will be an important element of the course, and students will become familiar with the Clemson and Tri-County campus resources that can assist them with their academic development and engagement in campus activities.  This community is currently limited to Clemson Bridge students.

Reel Success
COL 105-013 (CRN: 11645), TR 9:35-11 a.m., PENDLETON CAMPUS

Do you like movies?  Of course, you do!  Who doesn't?  Frank Capra called film "one of the three universal languages," and he's right: movies speak to us.  They have a lot to teach us, and in this learning community, we'll analyze the valuable life lessons shared with us through films from a variety of time periods and genres.  Whether you like old movies or new, action flicks or romances, you'll love this class where we explore how we can move those lessons from reel to real to improve success in college and life.