Thematic Freshman Seminars Developed

The listing below represents the thematic Freshman Seminar courses (COL 105) that have already been developed.  The descriptions for each thematic Freshman Seminar are those used to promote the particular community.  If you are interested in teaching one of these Freshman Seminars, please contact Amoena Norcross (864.646.1365 or  If you are interested in developing a new thematic Freshman Seminar, please complete a Thematic Freshman Seminar Proposal.

OE2 Outdoor Experiential Education
Do you have an appreciation for the natural world around us?  The COL 105 OE2 themed community will engage students in individual and small group hands on learning experiences outside of the classroom, around campus, and in the outdoors.  Students interested in nature, the outdoors, and learning outside of the classroom would enjoy this course.

Improving America 
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.

Math CPR: Can Produce Results
Tired of working the same math problem and getting a different result every time?  Math CPR can produce the results you are looking for!  In Math CPR, students will improve their study skills to develop ways in which to be successful in a college math class.  Incorporating past experiences with new-found knowledge, students will find a technique (or line of attack method) that best fits their learning style.  Students that suffer from math anxiety and need some study skills and habits to help them deal with the anxiety would benefit greatly from this course.

B.L.A.S.T. (Begin Learning About Something Today)
Are you on "Information Overload"?  Do you wish you had "Google Goggles" to help you find the BEST information in the millions of search results you look at every day?  Take the COL 105 class section titled B.L.A.S.T. and Begin Learning About Something Today using new techniques to evaluate the information that bombards you.  Students taking courses that involve research and writing (English, Sociology, History, etc.) could benefit from this course, which will help them learn how to find the best information in the millions of search results that they look at each day.

Extreme Education Makeover
What is education and how do you become successful at it?  In this course, you will reflect on your educational background, identify why education is or isn't important to you, and create an educational fitness plan for your future. We will use field trips, movies, music, books, articles, interviews, role plays, case studies, projects, and conversations to transform how we think about, approach, and participate in the education process. Take the 14 week challenge and gain a new or renewed perspective about education and how you can use it to create the life you want for yourself and your family.

Calling All Military and Veterans: WE WANT YOU!
Do you feel out of touch and maybe even a little out of place?  College after the military is not an easy feat.  Returning to civilian life is often challenging and throwing college in the mix can be especially hard.  You need instructors that understand the personal challenges that are individual to you and your experience. This thematic freshman seminar is designed to help you step off of the battlefield and into the classroom successfully!  This community is currently limited to active military and veterans.

Cross-Cultural Awareness and Comparisons
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.

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
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. 

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!

Vocabulary: There's a Word for That!
In this themed learning community, we will look at the vocabulary of the college world, including words to help you successfully navigate your college career, as well as discipline-focused vocabulary to help you in your various studies. This class will also explore the ways our vocabulary changes and expands to reflect our cultures, historical events, and even pop culture, including the ever-changing world of slang.  If you love language and you expect to write a plethora of papers this semester, come join us!

Get Sporty: Social Issues in Sport
Americans are a sporting people. While sports are fun to play and watch, they are also important to study for what they communicate about society. In this course, we will use sport as a vehicle for understanding some of the most human aspects and dilemmas in our society and in other societies.  You will be exposed to many different instructional techniques, and these activities will increase your self-motivation, interdependence, personal responsibility, and ultimately your success as a college student.  If you are a sports fan, then this course is for you.

Financial Fitness-Getting Your Personal Finances in Shape
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."

Train Your Brain
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.