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Pilgrimage FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

1) How many credits is the course?

PHIL449501: Self-knowledge and Discernment: The Experience of Pilgrimage is a 3-credit course taught by Professor Eileen Sweeney.

2) What day/time is the course?

This course will meet seven times during the Spring 2018 semester on alternate Thursdays from 2-4pm in the Rahner House Conference Room on 96 College Road. Course meeting dates are: February 1, February 15, March 1, March 15, March 29, April 12, April 26.

3) How does grading work? When will my grade get posted?

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 2018. This grade will count toward your Spring 2018 course load.

4) What is the application process? When will I know if I am selected?

Admission to this course will be by interview and faculty approval. To be considered for the course, you will need to complete an application. Students will be notified via email if they are selected to move onto the interview portion of the selection process. Students will be notified of their final status by no later than Friday, November 10th so that they can plan their spring semester courses accordingly.

5) When do I register for the course?

If you are admitted, you will register for the course during your scheduled registration time for the Spring 2018 semester. Please note that you must receive an override code from Professor Sweeney in order to register for the course.

6) Do I need to be religious and/or spiritual to enroll?

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.

7) Are there any theology or philosophy prerequisites for the course?

No. This course does not require specific background in theology or philosophy. This course also does not fulfill Core requirements for Philosophy.

8) When is the pilgrimage/trip? Can I stay longer in Europe?

The trip will occur immediately following the end of spring semester. The 17-day pilgrimage to Spain is currently scheduled for May 22 - June 9, 2018. 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 9th)

9)  Is there a course fee? How much will the trip cost?

Yes. The non-refundable course fee will be $1,300 which includes activities, lodging, 2 program meals, a 2-night overnight retreat, and international health insurance while in Spain. Students will be responsible for flight costs, daily meals during the trip, and travel arrangements. Students can either arrange their travel plans on their own or in coordination with the group/cohort.

10) Do I need gear?

Yes. You will be responsible for necessary supplies, including appropriate hiking attire, backpack, walking shoes, toiletries, etc.

11) Do I need to speak Spanish?

No. You do not need to speak Spanish to participate in this program.


For any additional questions, please contact Professor Sweeney at