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.
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 5 and end January 22. Academic classes meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 9-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-4 p.m., and on Fridays from 9-11:30.
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 November 3. On December 3, course enrollment is reviewed. If a course is underenrolled, it is canceled. Students should include second choices on their registration forms. In the case of the online course, students should register by December 2 so that they can attend a meeting with the instructor before leaving campus. Otherwise, students can add a course until the end of the Add period, January 8, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Study Abroad programs, contact Peg Alden at email@example.com.
The cost for J-Term varies by student status.
Students enroll in one three-credit academic class during J-Term.
- AT1221 Ceramics I
- AT2221 - Ceramics II
- AT2451 Film, Culture, and Identity
- BU2412 Human Resource Management
- CO1011 Intro to Communication
- CO2065 Broadcast Journalism
- CS2012 Game Engines: Unity
- ED1011 Intro to Education
- EN1061 Creative Writing
- FY1101 - Learning Perspectives I
- MA1421 Statistics
Because J-Term is focused on an integrated approach to health and wellness, all students are required to enroll in one PE course.
- PE 1420 Ski and Snowboard *(Additional cost for one day of skiing or snowboarding, including lessons for those wishing to sharpen their skills on the slopes.)
- PE1010 Vinyasa Yoga
- PE1120: Beginner Volleyball Skills
- PE1410: Walking "Snowshoeing" for Health
- PE1480: Beginner Soccer Skills
- PE1540: Level I Japanese Long Sword
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.
Associate Academic Dean