Trek, a central component of Centenary's curriculum, combines the best traditions of the liberal arts with five components of real world knowledge and skills required of leaders in the 21st century. Trek begins with the first-year courses Credo (first semester) and Challenge (second semester), designed to prepare students to succeed both academically and professionally.

Trek further encourages exploration of Community, Career, and Culture in courses that incorporate distinctive, experience-based programs for students to enhance their self-knowledge and social awareness through career and graduate school preparation, intercultural engagement, and civic involvement.


See what our first-year Trek students are presenting at the Centenary Research Conference.


Trek: First-Year Courses

Centenary students begin their Trek in their first year with two courses designed to cultivate the habits of mind characteristic of a person educated in the liberal arts, including intellectual curiosity, critical inquiry, thoughtful communication, problem solving, and respectful engagement with others.

For more information about the first-year Trek program, contact Dr. Jeanne Hamming, Professor of English, at or 318.869.5083.


credo (TREK 115)

Credo is Latin. It means, "I believe." It's a creed, a code that guides our words and actions in the real world. This course, the first in a two-course sequence for first-year students, allows students to explore their values and beliefs, particularly in the context of their academic ambitions. This is where your Trek begins, with an exploration of self and society and ample opportunities to develop the fundamental skills and insights that will best prepare you for the adventures ahead.


challenge (TREK 116)

Rapid technological developments, economic expansion, globalization, human-created changes to our environment, conflict. These are among the myriad factors that contribute to the complex global challenges we face in the world today. During their second semester of Trek, students select from a range of CHALLENGE seminars, each offering in-depth, research-driven investigations into some of the most pressing concerns of the 21st century. CHALLENGE seminars are led by innovative faculty who contribute their own passion and expertise to explorations of emerging and enduring challenges.


Trek: Experiential Learning

Experiential learning opportunities gathered under Trek (Community, Career, Culture) serve as an interface between students' academic lives and their lives beyond Centenary as working citizens, as contributors to their own communities, and as members of a global community. Courses, internships, and research opportunities designated as "experiential" offer personal, meaningful, and distinct experiences that connect classroom learning to practical living. Making such connections transforms learners into thinking doers.

Through courses and opportunities offered through the offices of Community EngagementCareer Services,  and Intercultural Engagement, Trek provides students with opportunities to:

  • Integrate experiential learning into our traditional academic context, so students can link classroom learning with practical application.
  • Understand social interaction as an integral part of education.
  • Recognize their roles as citizens and leaders responsible for meeting the challenges of an ever-changing world.
  • Realize that personal reflection about their engagement with the world beyond the classroom can lead to real self-knowledge and social awareness.


Trek Component By the Completion of the... Expected to...

credo/ Challenge

30th credit hour / end of First Year cultivate the habits of mind characteristic of a person educated in the liberal arts, including intellectual curiosity, critical inquiry, thoughtful communication, problem solving, and respectful engagement with others.


Trek 151/153

60th credit hour / end of Sophomore year facilitate understanding of experiential learning into the academic curriculum and serve as an introduction into merging scholarship and community.


Trek 250/251/253

90th credit hour / end of Junior year allow students to explore careers with enough time to make curricular changes according to their developing professional goals.


Trek 300/351

90th credit hour / beginning of Senior year expose students to global communities and develop and deepen intercultural competencies as students prepare to enter a globally professional world.

Full Trek requirements and course descriptions are available in the Centenary College Catalogue.

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