January Term

January Term differs from the regular semester in two principal ways:

  • Its brief length, approximately four weeks; and
  • The immersion of students and faculty in one subject for that time period.

Because of these differences, the mission of January Term is to provide ways for faculty and students to take advantage of January Term's unique qualities in developing courses and other learning opportunities that enrich and expand upon the College's regular semester curricular offerings.

The institutional mission of the College calls for balancing educational tradition with innovation, study within a general framework that is interdisciplinary and international in perspective, and preparation of students to lead lives of leadership and service.

January Term supports this mission by providing opportunity for:

  • pedagogy that is innovative, experimental, and/or interdisciplinary
  • international study
  • experiential learning
  • independent studies
  • institutional exchanges


The provisions of this catalog are not an irrevocable contract between the student and the College. The College reserves the right to change any provision or requirement at any time during the student's term of residence.