The College Success Seminar curriculum for first-time freshmen consists of one class per week for your first seven weeks (see your schedule for details), and a student success advisor or campus partner will be the instructor.
Each course section also has a sophomore, junior, or senior-level student who serves as a peer coach. Peer coaches are embedded as a resource for new students, assisting and supporting them in their academic and social transition to Carthage, leading activities and discussions in class, and planning group outings for students to engage in the wide range of events across campus.
College Success Seminar (CSS) is a course designed to help new students adjust to and succeed at Carthage. Through in-class activities, small group discussions, course assignments, and personal reflection, students will explore and discuss various topics related to student success at Carthage. Students will also have opportunities to build connections with campus resources and develop new skills that will assist them in reaching their academic and personal goals.
- Develop learning strategies to enhance academic performance
- Utilize technological tools effectively on campus (i.e. Schoology, Google Suite, my.Carthage.edu)
- Increase awareness of support services available on campus (i.e. Center for Student Success, Writing Center, Tutoring Services, Aspire Center)
- Integrate socially and academically as a part of the Carthage community
- Grow decision-making and life skills through the practice of reflection
You will receive a satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U) grade on your Carthage transcript based upon your performance in the two key areas:
- Class attendance and overall participation
- Completion of a small number of course assignments