Experiences in which students apply their intellectual interests through internships, other opportunities for working alongside professionals on site, or leadership in community life or professional settings.
Odyssey experiences that fall in this category may be
distinctly professional or leadership-focused; some experiences may well fall
into both categories simultaneously. Such experiences may be a stand-alone
course (coded PL), may be integrated into a standing course, or may be entirely
independent of academic coursework. Experiences that fulfill this category may
be either financially compensated or not.
• Professional Development
experiences focus on the development or refinement of the student’s skills
related to a professional field as well as an evaluation of the student’s
values, interests, strengths, and abilities as they relate to that field. To
achieve an Odyssey credit for one of these experiences, a minimum of 100 hours
of engagement or a contractual commitment over a two-year period to a
Professional Development endeavor must occur.
• Leadership Development
experiences focus on the development of a student’s unique leadership style as
well as enhancing the student’s awareness of group dynamics and the fulfillment
of goals through engaging with a group. Odyssey credits for such experiences
require a minimum of 100 hours of engagement in up to four Leadership
Development commitments during the student’s time at the College.
In addition, Odyssey credit in this category requires the incorporation of a
reflective, analytical component, including written analyses. When the
Professional and Leadership Development experience stands apart from a class,
this reflection should be submitted to the Hendrix faculty or administrative
staff member advising the student during his or her Odyssey experience.
Examples of experiential learning activities that might fulfill this category:
COURSES. Those courses that include a
major hands-on component in professional or leadership development could be
candidates for fulfilling this Odyssey category. Specific examples include practicum courses
focused on the application of theoretical principles examined within a
INDIVIDUALIZED ACADEMIC EXPERIENCES. In addition to standing courses, a
professor may wish to add to an existing course a major experiential project
(module) which would qualify for Odyssey credit under this category. Also, if
the professor so chose, it might be feasible for a smaller number of hours of
professional or leadership development that are a component of a course to be
supplemented by non-course hours to complete the 100 hours necessary for the
Odyssey credit in this category.
Similarly, completion of leadership experiences in the ROTC program can
fulfill this requirement as long as a Hendrix faculty or administrative staff
member is involved in overseeing the reflective component that completes it as
an Odyssey experience.
CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES. This category
includes any activities not directly tied to the curriculum. These include the extracurricular works of
the formalized Leadership Scholars program, the informal work of other leaders
with significant responsibilities in student organizations, serving as a key
player in a political or community advocacy event on- or off-campus, or
engagement in varsity athletics. Up to
four such leadership experiences may be combined to fulfill this requirement.
In the Professional Development category, on-campus work experiences that are
tied to engagement in academic professional development (e.g. serving as a
tutor in academic departments on the campus) may also be Odyssey-worthy.
SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR PL PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES
• Note that for Professional
Development projects, the required 100 hours of participation (120 for Career
Services internships) must take place in a single activity. For Leadership Development they may be
divided between up to four separate activities.
• Professional Development experiences
should contribute to the development or refinement of your skills related to a
particular professional field. Your
proposal should incorporate an evaluation of your values, interests, strengths,
and abilities as they relate to that field.
• Leadership Development experiences
should contribute to your understanding of group dynamics and promote the
development of your own unique leadership style.
• For information on internships and
professional field experiences, please see the appropriate section in