Experiences in which students immerse themselves in cultures
or environments other than their own and engage in appropriate opportunities for
The aim of the Global Awareness (GA) component of the Odyssey experience is to
help students understand and appreciate cultures or environments other than their
own. Toward that end, students are encouraged to engage in learning outside the
classroom that broadens their intellectual horizons and deepens their understanding
of the political, social, cultural, environmental, spiritual and economic issues
affecting the world today. Global Awareness opportunities are also designed to promote
personal growth and self-reliance as well as to provide new perspectives about the
student’s own culture or environment.
Any Global Awareness activity for which Odyssey credit is awarded must contain
both an immersion component and a reflection component. Exposure to the target culture
or environment shall be direct and substantial: one to two weeks of continuous immersion
should be viewed as a minimum. The reflection component may include such things
as guided small- and large-group discussions, papers, journals, and oral presentations.
The Director of International Programs can assist in developing appropriate reflection
Examples of experiential learning activities which might fulfill this category:
Any course that incorporates substantial travel to other cultures or environments
as well as an appropriate reflection component could be a candidate for GA coding.
Individualized Academic Experiences
This category includes study abroad experiences as well as internships that are
completed in a foreign country. Foreign students enrolled at Hendrix as well as
American students studying abroad may apply for Odyssey credit under this rubric.
Optional individualized GA experiences (modules) may also be attached to courses
that by themselves do not merit coding in this category.
This category includes projects completed outside the context of any academic
course. Examples include participation in service-learning trips to other cultures,
projects which involve extensive student research on-site in a foreign environment,
and individual or group study trips to another culture or environment.
Special Considerations for Global Awareness (GA) Projects and Activities
A GA experience need not involve travel to a foreign country. An unfamiliar culture
or environment in the United States can qualify. In your proposal explain carefully
how such an experience meets the GA criteria.
Foreign students at Hendrix may apply for GA credit for their experiences in
the United States.
All GA experiences require a reflection activity.