Study Abroad/Missions Forum

Thursday, December 8

2:30 - 5:00 PM

Alexander 115 Classroom

As outlined in the Program Handbook, a student can earn one additional Honors Unit by giving a report on a study abroad or Baylor missions experience. To facilitate this opportunity, the Honors Program will host a Study Abroad/Missions Forum at the end of fall classes. Typically, this forum is held on the first dead day before final exams, from 2:30-4:30 or 5:00 pm in Alexander Classroom.

If you have recently returned from either a study abroad experience or a Baylor-affiliated mission trip and want to provide a report, please contact Al Beck and provide the information requested at the bottom of this page. A report from a student who participated in the Baylor in Washington Program is also acceptable for this opportunity.

For those students considering a study abroad experience, this forum will give you a chance to hear from other students about the benefits, pitfalls, and opportunities provided by specific study abroad or missions experiences. All Honors Program students are encouraged to attend.

Procedure:

There are two ways an Honors student can receive Honors credit for his or her study abroad or Baylor missions experience. The first option is preferred.

1. Paper and presentation:

Write a 4-5 page paper (double spaced, standard formatting) and make a brief presentation at the scheduled Forum. A copy of the paper is due in the Honors Program office (Morrison 203) prior to the start of the forum.

2. Paper Only: 

Write a 12-14 page paper (double spaced, standard formatting) due in the Honors Program office before the start of the forum.

With either option, the paper and/or presentation should address one or more of the following themes:

  • The transformation of the self through foreign study and interaction with other peoples;
  • How your experience abroad affected your perception of your foreign host country, your native country, or both;
  • How your experience influenced your academic or vocational aspirations and plans;
  • How the value(s) of honor was expressed or transformed by your cross-cultural experience
  • The particular difficulties you encountered in your study abroad experience, and how you were able to meet or overcome them
  • How differences in language, culture, and tradition fundamentally changed the nature, method, or outcome of the study of your academic discipline
  • Any other theme, topic, or presentation approved by the Honors Program Director, Assistant Directors, Faculty, or Staff.

Other relevant information

  • Depending on the number of students presenting, the forum may be divided into two sessions. Students making a presentation for Honors credit need to remain present for the entire session.

  • Failure to turn in the paper before the forum may result in a loss of Honors credit, even if a presentation is made.

  • The presentation does not have to be a recitation of the paper and may include other features and elements. The presentation can be a talk, slide show, PowerPoint, poster display, etc. Presentations should run about 5-7 minutes, maximum. If time permits, there will be a brief Q&A session, perhaps at the conclusion of the forum. Students who participated in a common Study Abroad or Mission experience may work together on their presentation, but each will have to write a separate paper.

  • Papers and presentations, when feasible, will be made available in the Honors College for the remainder of the semester and into the spring term.

  • The Honors Program Study Abroad/Missions Forum is only in regard to Baylor-affiliated experiences. Other cross-cultural experiences (including church-sponsored mission trips), while immensely valuable, are not properly the subject of this Forum.

Email Al Beck (Albert_Beck@baylor.edu) to present at the next Study Abroad/Missions Forum with the following information: 

  1. Name
  2. ID No. 
  3. Major
  4. Expected date of graduation
  5. Study abroad/Missions location
  6. Study abroad/Missions date
  7. Format preference (paper only or paper and presentation) 
  8. Other comments

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Honors Program

Morrison Hall 203
One Bear Place #97122
Waco, TX 76798-7122

(254) 710-1119