Greensboro College Seminar

Greensboro College Seminar (GCS) is an academic program designed to assist all incoming students with their transition to Greensboro College. The program includes three distinct courses:

  • GCS 1100: First-Year Transitions
  • GCS 1200: Transfer Transitions
  • GCS 3100: Leadership through Peer Mentorship

GCS 1100: First-Year Transitions

Greensboro College Seminar 1100 is a two-credit course designed to assist first-year students in their adjustment to the college community. Taught by a specially trained First Year Advisor, each seminar is built upon an academic theme. Within that academic theme, instructors support students as they work to build the academic and social/emotional skills necessary to be successful in the college environment. Traditional students pursuing the B.A., B.M.E., and B.S. degrees are required to successfully complete Greensboro College Seminar 1100. Students who transfer in at least 28 credit hours upon initial enrollment, students who have transfer credit for GCS 1100, and adult students are exempt from this requirement.

GCS 1100 Themes

Each GCS 1100 section is taught through the lens of a theme chosen by the instructor.  Many themes change from year to year, while some themes stay consistent.  Below are some of the themes offered in recent semesters.

CSI: Forensic Anthropology – Georgie Bogdan

Forensic anthropology is one of the fields associated with (Crime Scene Investigation) CSI work. This kind of forensics involves the identification of bodies at or from a crime scene. In this course you will be introduced to some of the procedures & practices used by forensic anthropologists to make a positive biological profile. These include identifying a victim’s biological age, biological sex, cultural affiliation, stature, mode & manner of death & patterns of trauma. These lessons will coincide with lessons on academic skills, time management, goal setting & study skills, to name a few. Discover the world of a Forensic Crime Scene Investigator.

Juggling in College – Rev. Dr. Robert Brewer

Juggling has been shown to improve study skills, self-esteem, the ability to focus, and relieve stress. This course will explore ways that juggling assists with the responsibilities and demands of college life. Students will learn to juggle at least 3 balls alone and with a partner. We will also explore issues of vocation, self-awareness, study skills, and practices of mindfulness and meditation as tools to juggle college life.  No previous juggling experience is necessary or expected.

Zines: Voices from the Underground – Lauren Brewer

What is a zine? They can be hard to define; short for magazine or fanzine, zines are independent, do-it-yourself publications. Even with the rise of the Internet, zines have flourished in communities of artists, activists, and anyone with a desire to express what they have to say. This class is focused on centering and empowering students to be experts in their own education. Through in-class activities, discussions, and reading strange and unique things you generally won’t find in a library, we’ll discover the voice of the creator inside all of us.

Finding Your Passion – Do What You Love – Shana Plasters

What do you want to be when you “grow-up”? Whether you’ve picked a major or are still undecided, this class will focus on discovering your passions and developing strategies to live those passions in your career and personal life. We will look at a number of career and personality assessments as well as explore ways to incorporate your passions into your life’s work. Along the way we’ll also learn strategies of “A” students to help you be successful in college. Life’s too short not to do what you love.


GCS 1200: Transfer Transitions

Greensboro College Seminar 1200 is designed to assist transfer and adult students in their adjustment to the Greensboro College community. Students in this course will receive an introduction to Greensboro College’s curriculum and support services. With a focus on information literacy and ethics, instructors support students as they work to build the academic and social/emotional skills necessary to be successful in the college environment.


GCS 3100: Leadership through Peer Mentorship

Greensboro College Seminar 3100 is designed introduce students to experiential leadership. It is restricted to upper class students who wish to serve as peer mentors for first-year students. Each student registered for this course will serve as a peer mentor within one GCS 1100 section where they will assist instructors and serve as a resource for first-year students. Mentors will meet with GCS 1100 section on Monday and Wednesday and together as a group on Friday. Friday meetings focus on leadership and personal development and reflection.


Questions can be directed to:

Jenna Avent, M.Ed.
Director of First Year Experience

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