QU301 Rites of Passage

In this course at Quinnipiac University, Hamden CT, students will participate in “Global Education”, that is, “an educational perspective that opens people’s eyes and minds to living and interacting in an increasingly global society connected by complex relationships with common social, cultural, political, economic and ecological issues”(IMaGinE Strategic Plan, 2012)

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Students will actively participate in the Education Abroad Experience by processing this experience as a Rite of Passage into the Global Community.  Students will investigate traditional Rite of Passage theory and will develop goals targeting challenges that occur during each phase of the experience (i.e., separation – a time to leave what is safe, known, and routine; liminality — a time of self-discovery, growth, and learning; and reincorporation – a time to return home with a changed sense of self in which the student can explicitly identify and incorporate the skills/knowledge gained from this global experience upon their return home).

We strive for our students to see their ‘world’ in a new way.  However, YOU, the community, must also see the student in a new way.  It is imperative that the community recognize the growth that has occurred for a student during this experience! Otherwise, this new learning stops with the student…it does not affect the community…and this beautiful process of individual and communal transformation is stunted.

A study abroad experience should be community created and directed; to ensure a healthy and safe passage for the individual and the community.

We invite you to support these students by reading their Travel Logs.  Let them know that you care about them by posting thoughtful comments and questions! By meaningfully sharing in the students’ journey, their study abroad experience can realize its true potential!

“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” – Mark Jenkins


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