January Term

January Term, or J-Term, is designed to provide maximum opportunity for intense learning either on or off campus. Our on-campus program focuses on enriching the mind/body connection, and our 3-week Study Abroad programs provide a rich cultural and academic experience that focuses on the importance of global citizenry.


On-Campus J-Term

New and returning students enrolled in J-Term have options to earn credits, enhance academic skills, and engage in physical activities. Students can:

  • Earn as many as 4 credits during J-Term
  • Enjoy an intensive and focused learning experience
  • Shorten the length of time needed to complete their degree requirements

Classes begin January 3 and end January 19, 2017. Academic classes meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays  and Fridays from 9-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-4 p.m.

On-Campus Resources

Students have access to campus resources during J-Term, including health services, counseling, the Drake Center for Academic Support (DCAS), and the Library. While students enrolled in J-Term are not assigned a designated advisor, the DCAS is staffed by personnel who have filled the advising role during traditional semesters. The academic intervention team is also in place to support students experiencing academic difficulties due to attendance, work completion, or other academics-related concerns. The residential staff offers programming in the evenings that supports the wellness initiatives embedded in the J-Term experience. Professors include experiential opportunities as part of their classes. Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, and Residential Life work closely together to provide a robust experience for students both inside and outside the classroom.

Course Registration Process

Course registration opens on October 31 for on-campus courses. On November 28, course enrollment is reviewed. If a course is underenrolled, it is canceled. Students should include second choices on their registration forms. Please refer to the Study Abroad web pages for the study abroad course registration process. Students may add a course until the end of the Add period, January 5, provided they have housing reserved on campus. Students must be enrolled in an on-campus, 3-credit J-Term course in order to be on campus. J-Term tuition is non-refundable, so it is particularly important that students make use of the Add period to make course changes.

Students who are interested or who have questions should contact their advisor or contact Associate Academic Dean Jill Hinckley at jhinckley@landmark.edu. For more information about Study Abroad programs, contact Peg Alden at studyabroad@landmark.edu.

Costs for J-Term 2017

The cost for J-Term varies by student status.

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Three-Credit Academic Classes

Students enroll in one of the following three-credit academic class during J-Term.Students snowshoeing on the quad

  • CO1011 Introduction to Communication
  • EN 1061 Creative Writing
  • FY1101 Jumpstart First Year for New Spring Students
  • MA1421 Statistics
  • NS3051 Winter Ecology
  • HU2513 Special Topics: History through Film

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One-Credit Physical Education Courses

Because J-Term is focused on an integrated approach to health and wellness, all students are required to enroll in one PE course.

  • PE1060 Beginner T'ai Chi Chuan
  • PE1120 Beginner Volleyball Skills
  • PE1410 Walking (Snowshoeing) for Health
  • PE1420 Ski and Snowboard
  • PE1540 Level 1 Japanese Long Sword

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Study Abroad Options

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Jump Start Option

New students who are enrolled for the Spring semester can take advantage of our Jump Start Option and also benefit from our integrated health and wellness approach. Begin learning skills vital to college success--and free up your Spring semester schedule for another elective. 

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Jill Hinckley
Associate Academic Dean
jhinckley@landmark.edu