QU301 Rites of Passage

In this section of QU 301, 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).

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).  Throughout this Rite of Passage experience, students will be prompted to investigate the Common Course Questions through a series of readings, visual media, experiential learning projects, mentorship, reflective thinking, and discussion.

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.

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!

“I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.” – Lillian Smith