What Is Winter Term at Elon?

Happy 2009 ETA readers!

The start of the 2009 calendar year also ushers in the beginning of WINTER TERM here at Elon University. Now you may be wondering – what exactly is Winter Term? What type of classes can you take? Is it mandatory to participate in? In this edition of ETA, I will do the best I can to answer any and all questions about Winter Term – but please feel free to email me with other questions!

Winter Term at Elon University is essentially a 3.5 – 4 week time period where students take 1 academic class five days a week/ three hours a day. It is the “1” in Elon’s 4-1-4 academic calendar. Thus, a student will take that one class during the month of January and then have a one week break before the beginning of the spring semester.

Now, you may be wondering – what type of classes can I take at Elon? LOTS! That is one of the greatest things about Winter Term! There is such a variety to chose from. For example, say you are not the strongest math student….why not decide to complete your Statistics requirement during this time? You avoid having to learn & study your hardest subject while also juggling a communications presentation, history paper, and science lab (as you would during a normal semester). Elon’s Winter Term does offer several courses that are required in a student’s major field.

However, it is also important to know that there are other unique courses offered at this time. Often these courses are not offered for an entire semester, yet they are some of the most popular courses at Elon. For example, below I have listed several of this Winter Term’s courses followed by the academic major in which a student would receive credit in for this course. Just check out a sample of the topics offered:

  • Figurative Sculpture: Puppet Laboratory (Art)
  • The Future of Cloning and Gene Therapy (Biology)
  • Managing a Sports Franchise (Business)
  • Business of NASCAR (Business)
  • Behind CSI: The Real Science and Chemistry of Forensics (Chemistry)
  • Cinema Aesthetics (Communications)
  • Asian Film and its Literary Foundations (English)
  • Ecosystem Restoration (Environmental Science)
  • The Culture of Rock (General Studies)
  • Aspects of Laughter (General Studies)
  • Woodstock, Hippies, and Other Enduring Legacies: Music of the ’60s and ’70s (Music)
  • Psychology of Language (Psychology)
  • Acting Intensive in New York City (Theatre)

Winter Term is also a time where students often chose to participate in one of Elon’s Five Elon Experiences. For example, a student may opt to study abroad during the month of January and perhaps study “The Photographer’s Gaze” in London immigrant communities or study science, education, and development in India. Winter Term study abroad programs are quite popular at Elon with such a wealth of programs to choose from. Interested in finding out more about these programs? Visit the Isabella Cannon Centre for International Study website OR follow along with our courses as they blog about their experience this Winter Term.

Students may also desire to do internships as well! For example, an Exercise Sports Science major can work on their practicum in their field, completing at least 27 hours at 3 different agencies in the sports/health related fields. A Communications major may opt to complete their required internship experience in journalism, strategic communications, etc.

It kind of makes you want to participate in Winter Term, doesn’t it? It is important to note that Winter Term is not mandatory – but highly encouraged! As an alum of Elon myself, Winter Term was truly one of my favorite times here. As January progresses, I’ll share some of the courses/programs that I participated in as a student…perhaps I’ll even share a picture or two from back in my college days!

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  1. Pingback: Winter Term 2010 « ETA: Elon Travels & Adventures

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