The CULTURE component of The Trek Experience provides opportunities for students to gain insights about themselves through direct interaction with people of a different culture. These experiences enable students to more fully understand how their own culture’s values, beliefs, heritage and history shape their view of the people they encounter whether here in the United States or abroad. Ultimately, participation in intercultural programs strengthens students’ ability to communicate, work and live with others.
Students may currently earn CULTURE credit though any of the following paths:
Centenary students are given the opportunity to study abroad through one of our 9 exchange partnerships around the globe. Students participating in a Centenary exchange program are enrolled both at Centenary and at the partner institution abroad, simplifying the admission, scholarship and credit transfer process.
Independent CULTURE Projects allow students to study any culture that peeks their interest. Students will select a culture to study and then work with a faculty adviser to create their own personal itinerary to interact with that culture for an appropriate period of time. An Independent CULTURE Project may stand on its own or be combined with an Independent Module.
Students taking foreign language courses can receive their CULTURE credit by successfully completing two or more of these courses at the 300 level or above.
In order to enrich Centenary’s curriculum, we offer a variety of short, intensive courses each May. These courses explore topics of general or specialized interest not normally offered in Centenary’s semester and Summer courses. In order to graduate from Centenary, all students must complete one (1) Module for graduation, but an additional Module may be applied towards the hours required for graduation.
Module courses are two to four week courses that are offered both on and off campus. These courses may serve the additional purpose of fulfilling the CULTURE requirement of the Trek Experience. While modules are not required to contain a CULTURE component, due to the flexibility of location and content, most module courses offer CULTURE credit.