Year 1: Personal & Academic Exploration

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College is a fresh start. A new beginning. A chance to reinvent yourself. And with Trans4mations, each year of your college experience includes personalized programs and opportunities—designed to transform you into who you want to be.

In your first year, it’s all about immersing yourself in our unique and vibrant campus community. From wellness classes and intramurals to one-on-one major and career guidance, year one will connect you to your classmates and set you on a path to academic and personal success.

Maybe you already found your passion and you’re ready to dive in, or maybe you want to try out a few different paths first. Either way, we’ll help you figure out who you are, where you want to go, and exactly how to get there.


Coker College 101

Coker College 101 is designed to integrate first-year students academically and socially into the college environment. The students will develop an understanding of the liberal arts education, an appreciation of the values and traditions behind the Coker College experience, and a strong sense of belonging to the college community. The course will improve learning and thinking skills as well as self-management. Students will participate in a personal fitness assessment that will provide basic information on student wellness and will serve as a benchmark pre-test for comparison when the student is enrolled in the required LASP physical education course later in his or her academic career. Additionally, students will attend four wellness activities sanctioned by the Intramurals and Wellness program.

Course Mission and Objectives

As a part of a comprehensive first-year experience, the mission of Coker College 101 is to assist incoming students in their transitions toward successful development in academic and non-academic areas of college life. The course is designed to pair first-year students with faculty, staff, and peer mentors (Commissioners) to:

  • Introduce students to the college environment and assist them in navigating the institution
  • Equip students with basic academic success skills (effective study techniques, time management, academic integrity, etc.)
  • Assist students with personal success skills (goal-setting, career and major exploration, etc.)
  • Promote social interaction between students and with faculty and staff
  • Expose students to campus and regional cultural events and experiences
  • Engage in service projects that benefit the campus, Hartsville, regional, state or national community
  • Encourage individual growth by increasing awareness of human diversity, cultures, values and beliefs
  • Develop an understanding of personal health and well-being


Coker College 102

There are two options for completing the second course. For students who have not yet selected a major, Coker College 102 helps students engage in career and major exploration while emphasizing the value of Coker’s Liberal Arts approach. Students will explore all academic programs and/or departments to learn about courses of study and career opportunities in each major. The seminars will guide students through projects and assessments in which they will identify their interest, values, skills, and abilities to help them define and clarify their academic and career plans.

When available, students who have selected their major may substitute a departmental freshman seminar specific to their intended major for CC102. Each academic area will design experiences relevant to that area. Students transferring to Coker from another college may be eligible to exempt one or both of the FYE courses. Please contact a member of the Trans4mations staff for more information regarding possible exemptions.