Explorations

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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 the College.

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. This course credit cannot be combined with other fractional course credits to make a whole course credit. This course does not count toward the number of whole course credits required for graduation.

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 will be enrolled in a section of The Engaged Citizen and also in an Explorations section. Explorations may not be dropped. In each Explorations section, a second-year peer assistant will be available to provide student perspective and assistance. Transfer students who are exempt from The Engaged Citizen are also exempt from Explorations.

Explorations Syllabus

Explorations Learning Goals

Course Goals and Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

Most recent review and confirmation: Explorations Workshop of May 2014

In structure and intent, the Goals and ILOs listed below aim to express Explorations student learning goals and outcomes in such a way that:

  1. each can be clearly and easily assessed through both direct and indirect means,
  2. appropriate rubrics can be developed for each student assignment to be evaluated, and
  3. the broader (subjective) College goals of becoming a "whole person" are contained in them
    in a meaningful and measurable way.

Goal 1

Through its content and context, Explorations seeks to make each student aware of the importance of many of the academic, personal, and social contexts that are needed for a successful transition to Hendrix, and seeks to facilitate each student's transition.

Intended Learning Outcome 1-1

The student exhibits an understanding of the perspectives, processes, habits of mind, and personal choices conducive to a successful transition as well as a progressive understanding of their importance.

Course Topics

  • Course Introduction and Hendrix Statement of Purpose
  • Citizenship: Academic Integrity & Social Integrity
  • Liberal Arts Education

Intended Learning Outcome 1-2

The student exhibits an understanding of the traditional and experiential components of the academic program of the College as well as the available student resources, mentoring and support systems in place to facilitate a successful experience at Hendrix.

Course Topics

  • Course Introduction and Hendrix Statement of Purpose
  • Resources and Expectations
  • General Education Requirements
  • Citizenship: Academic Integrity & Social Integrity
  • Odyssey Learning Goals

Goal 2

Through its content and context, Explorations seeks to make each student aware of the importance of developing and refining intellectual and self-authorship skills that are needed for a successful transition to Hendrix and life beyond.

Intended Learning Outcome 2-1

The student exhibits an understanding of the importance of her or his ability to communicate as well as gather and process information and knowledge at a level of sophistication necessary for a successful Hendrix experience.

Course Topics

Reflection: Writing and Discussion

Liberal Arts Education

Intended Learning Outcome 2-2

The student exhibits an understanding of the importance of an active role in decision-making as she or he navigates college career and life beyond.

Course Topics

  • Self-Authorship: Vocational Discernment & Career Planning
  • Liberal Arts Education
  • General Education Requirements
  • Odyssey Learning Goals
  • Reflection: Writing and Discussion