Only Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors are eligible to apply for this course
After your application is reviewed, you will be notified via email if you are invited to move on to the interview portion of the selection process. Please allow 1-2 weeks for your application to be read and reviewed.
Admission to this course will be by interview and faculty approval. To be considered for the course, you will need to complete an application by October 16th. Students will be notified via email if they are selected to move on to the interview portion of the selection process. Students will be notified of their final status no later than Tuesday, November 5th so that they can plan their spring semester courses accordingly.
PHIL449501: Self-knowledge and Discernment: The Experience of Pilgrimage is a 3-credit course taught by Professor Marina McCoy.
This course will meet seven times during the Spring 2020 semester on alternate Mondays from 2-5 p.m. Course meeting dates are: January 13, January 27, February 10, February 24, March 9, March 23, April 6, April 20, May 4.
The trip will occur immediately following the end of Spring semester. The pilgrimage to Spain is currently scheduled for May 19 - June 6, 2020. We encourage students to explore Europe and take advantage of what it has to offer after the conclusion of the program. (Note: Students may not separate from the group until the program ends on June 6th.)
If you are admitted, you will register for the course during your scheduled registration time for the Spring 2020 semester. Please note that you must receive an override code from Professor McCoy in order to register for the course.
While there is no requirement or expectation that students identify as being religious and/or spiritual to participate in the course, we expect each student to approach this course with a sense of openness and a willingness to explore, learn, and be fully present in the experience. On occasion, Catholic Mass may be celebrated during the Camino.
In addition to requirements that will be due during the course, you will be required to submit a final academic paper after the pilgrimage journey. Your final grade for the course will be posted by August 2020. This grade will count toward your Spring 2020 course load.
No. This course does not require specific background in theology or philosophy. This course also does not fulfill Core requirements for Philosophy.
Yes. The non-refundable course fee will be $1,300 which includes activities, lodging, two program meals, a two-night overnight retreat, and international health insurance while in Spain. Students will be responsible for flight costs, daily meals during the trip, travel arrangements, and the necessary supplies, including appropriate hiking attire, backpack, shoes, toiletries, water, etc.
Students can either arrange their travel plans on their own or in coordination with the group/cohort.
Yes. You will be responsible for necessary supplies including appropriate hiking attire, backpack, walking shoes, toiletries, etc.
No. You do not need to speak Spanish to participate in this program.
This is a fully academic course. There is substantial reading, written assignments and other curricular activities. The retreat is also required for all students. The final paper will be due on a date in the summer set by the instructor, after which the final grades for the course will be recorded. A complete draft of the syllabus will be supplied to all students upon admission and acceptance. This course is taught by a different faculty member each year, so it is likely that there will be variations in thematic emphases and approaches. Syllabi from previous courses can be found below.
2020 Syllabus *coming soon
For any additional questions, please contact Professor Marina McCoy.