The ideals of
Hendrix College’s Statement of Purpose are fostered from the moment students
arrive on campus by the College’s Civic Engagement Projects.
The Engaged Citizen
opportunities for “engagement that links the classroom with the world” for the
promotion of “diversity, inclusion, justice, and sustainable living” begin with
the College’s distinctive first semester course The Engaged Citizen.
This seminar course seeks to illuminate the multiplicity
of possible interpretations of engaging as a citizen through interdisciplinary
team teaching, in which pairs of faculty from across the institution come
together to explore a sub-topic from different methodological "ways of
knowing." The varying disciplinary and individual approaches to this theme
are intended to provoke discussion and reflection on this topic both within the
dyads and throughout the Hendrix community.
The course includes an engaged learning component,
involving an introductory, hands‑on activity that engages academic material in
or outside the classroom and is tied to the content of the course.
for Civic Engagement
The Engaged Citizen course sets the stage for Hendrix
students to pursue their own pathways for civic engagement across their time at
Hendrix by linking together their coursework, Odyssey experiences, and other
co-curricular activities. Some examples of such thematic pathways can be found
Each year, students complete civic engagement-related
projects in each of the six Odyssey categories. From internships with elected
officials in Washington or Little Rock to the publication of undergraduate
research projects on public policies to examination of education systems in
other nations to periods of service to advocacy groups, Hendrix students dedicate
innumerable hours of their lives each year to civic engagement. Through this
work, our students come to better understand themselves and better their
The new Hendrix-in-Washington program is a partnership between Hendrix and the nonprofit
Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars. Students in the
program live and take classes in the Washington Center’s residential and
learning complex. Students earn three academic credits for completing a 32 hour
a week internship, a three hour a week evening course organized by the
Washington Center, and a weekly leadership seminar.
Civic engagement opportunities at Hendrix are supported
by the College’s engagement with several national consortia. These include Project
Pericles and the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on
is also one of 60 colleges and universities nationwide to offer the Peace Corps
Prep certificate program. The program helps undergraduate students determine
whether Peace Corps service is a correct path for them and also prepares them
for the Peace Corps application.
For more information on Civic Engagement at Hendrix,
contact Dr. Jay Barth (Director of Civic Engagement Projects) at