Liberal Arts for Life — one course.
Explorations: Liberal Arts for Life is a one-semester common course required
of all students enrolled in The Engaged Citizen in their first semester at
Explorations is designed to foster an ongoing engagement with the liberal
arts experience, to facilitate the transition of new students to the Hendrix community,
and to enhance students’ potential for success in their collegiate studies. The
course meets once a week and carries one quarter (.25) course credit.
Areas of study in Explorations include higher education and the liberal
arts, the aims and expectations of the College, engaged learning, academic and career
explorations, and self-inquiry and personal development. Engaged learning experiences
parallel the areas in the Odyssey Program. Additionally, the seminar focuses on
refining student knowledge, perspectives and skills requisite to successful academic
work and integration into the Hendrix community.
Each new student is enrolled in a section of Explorations. Explorations may not be dropped.
In each Explorations section, a second-year peer assistant is available
to provide student perspective and assistance. Transfer students who are exempt
from The Engaged Citizen are also exempt from Explorations.
Explorations Learning Goals
Explorations goals are
- To assist first-year students in making a successful transition to academic and student life at Hendrix.
- To assist first-year students in developing their capacity to reflect critically on their values, interests, and abilities as related to academic and student life at Hendrix.