In its Statement of Purpose the College pledges to offer curricular programs "to investigate and appreciate the richly diverse cultural, intellectual, and linguistic traditions shaping the contemporary world" and "to examine critically and understand the intellectual traditions woven into the history of Western thought." The College commits its intention to the cultivation of "discernment of social, spiritual, and ecological needs of our time" and "a sense of responsibility for leadership and service in response to those needs." The academic program of Hendrix College comprises diverse elements in a coherent whole, combining design with flexibility.
The Collegiate Center is the general education curriculum at Hendrix. It consists of four components:
- The First-Year Experience consists of The Engaged Citizen, a first-year required course, and Explorations, a one-quarter credit weekly seminar.
- Capacities recognize that all students must exhibit basic proficiencies in fundamental skills used across multiple disciplines.
- Learning Domains afford multiple options for acquiring a basic understanding of the content, disciplinary styles, and modes of inquiries of the humanities, the natural sciences, and the social sciences in ways that may cross traditional disciplinary boundaries.
- Your Hendrix Odyssey: Engaging in Active Learning is Hendrix's distinctive program of engaged learning. This program expands and formalizes currently available options for undergraduate research, study abroad, artistic development, internships, service experiences, and other hands-on activities. All students are required to complete three Odyssey experiences selected from the six categories of Artistic Creativity, Global Awareness, Professional & Leadership Development, Service to the World, Undergraduate Research, and Special Projects.
Learning goals for each component of the Collegiate Center appear on the individual program webpages.
Majors are offered in more than thirty disciplinary fields and include opportunities for interdisciplinary studies. All majors also include a senior capstone experience.
Minors in more than thirty areas complement the majors and allow students opportunities to pursue additional academic interests. The College’s curricular structures are intended to guide students in a coherent process of learning while encouraging all students to exercise responsibility in constructing individual programs of study.