Study Abroad/Missions Forum
Study Abroad/Missions Forum Options: COVID Edition (Fall 2020 and Spring 2021)
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. Typically, to facilitate this opportunity, the Honors Program hosts a combined Study Abroad/Missions Forum at the end of fall classes. Due to COVID-19, we are not hosting an in-person forum this year. Students can, however, still earn this unit through a modified procedure. Below are the instructions you need to follow if you would like to earn this honors credit:
Who is this for?
If you have recently returned from either a (1) study abroad experience (including the Baylor in DC Program, even though technically not a study abroad program) or (2) Baylor affiliated missions trip and want to provide a report, please contact Al Beck (Albert_Beck@baylor.edu) and send him the information requested at the bottom of this page.
The Honors Program Study Abroad/Missions Forum is only in regard to (1) academic, for-credit experiences or (2) Baylor-affiliated mission trips. Other cross-cultural experiences (including non-Baylor mission trips), while immensely valuable, are not properly the subject of this Forum.
For this academic year, there are two ways an Honors student can receive Honors credit for his or her study abroad/missions experience.
1. Paper and video presentation:
Write a 4-5-page paper (double spaced, standard formatting) and create a 1-2 minute video presentation that you will submit to the Honors Program reflecting on your study abroad experience. In lieu of speaking about your trip directly to other people as would normally occur during the Study Abroad Forum, you will give your permission to publish the video on the Honors Program website and/or social media for other students and interested persons to access.
2. Paper Only:
Write a 12-14-page paper (double spaced, standard formatting) due to Dr. Beck by the last day of class in the fall semester.
For either option, follow the thematic guidelines listed below.
- By April 14, email Dr. Beck with the following information:
- ID No.
- Expected date of graduation
- Study abroad/mission location
- Study abroad/mission date
- Format preference (paper only or paper & video)
- By 11:59 p.m., April 28, email Dr. Beck the final product, i.e, your paper and/or video. April 28 is the last day of class.
Thematic guidelines for the paper and video presentation
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/service 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 cross-cultural 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
- At the end of your paper, write the following statement and initial it:
- I allow this reflection (both written and/or video) to be shared by the Baylor Honors College, at its sole discretion, on its web site and/or social media platforms. In so doing, I realize that I retain the copyright and ownership of these items while granting a limited license to the Baylor Honors College.
- All video presentations should start by identifying yourself (as much as you feel comfortable) and the specific trip in which you participated.
- Since the video presentation must necessarily be shorter than the written reflection, do not attempt to merely recite the paper. It might be helpful to focus on one or two highlights of the trip. Do not attempt to provide a full travelogue of your trip.
- Students who participated in a shared study abroad/missions experience may work together on their presentation, but each will have to write a separate paper. Such a shared presentation can be longer but should still average one to two minutes for each person presenting.
- Failure to turn in the paper with the video presentation (or vice versa) will result in a loss of Honors credit (unless completing the paper-only option).
- Video content must be appropriate for use on the Honors Program website. Content deemed inappropriate (obscene, abusive, or in other ways unworthy of Honors Program standards) will result in a loss of credit.
- Videos can be submitted in these ways:
- A video file sent to Dr. Beck (MP4 preferred) and subsequently stored on the Honors Program YouTube site or in CMS.
- A link to a video file stored on the student’s YouTube site.
- A shared file/folder with Dr. Beck which can be stored on the Honors Program YouTube site or in CMS.
Please direct any questions to Dr. Beck.