What is an Odyssey?
Main Entry: od·ys·sey
Etymology: the Odyssey, epic poem attributed to Homer recounting the long
wanderings of Odysseus
1 : a long wandering or voyage usually marked
by many changes of fortune
2 : an intellectual or spiritual wandering
After meetings with faculty, staff, students, focus groups and consultants, Hendrix
chose a name for its new curricular component — The Odyssey Program.
The word "Odyssey" comes from Homer's epic poem about the 20-year journey Odysseus
undertakes. He is changed by his many adventures; he learns and grows as a person;
and he takes an active role as a leader.
Hendrix hopes that The Odyssey Program inspires similar life-changing experiences
for students. Besides the active portion of participating in the Odyssey categories,
many require a reflection component that prompts each student to assess the experience.
"Doing" is only part of the story--thinking, growing and sharing are equally important.
The six Odyssey Program categories were specifically selected to encourage a
wide range of activities, based upon areas in which Hendrix students and faculty
have excelled for years. This new curricular component gives a structure to the
experiential learning opportunities, and it offers official transcript recognition
for their successful completion.
Students can choose three ways to complete the Odyssey requirements: by taking
specialized courses, participating in pre-approved activities, or proposing their
The Odyssey Program is unique in the nation. It's a customized learning adventure
that can be mental, physical and spiritual--and you determine where it will take