Winter Term 2010

Brrrr!  It’s cold today in Elon, North Carolina – a chilly 24 degrees Fahrenheit!  But it is an appropriate temperature as Elon University’s Winter Term is right around the corner.  This Tuesday (January 5) will mark the beginning of Winter Term 2010.  This year’s theme for Winter Term is “From the Past:  Through the Present:  Into the Future”.

For those that may be unfamiliar with Winter Term, it is a 1-month term at Elon University where students (if on campus) will take one class, five days a week for three hours every day.  It is a time when students will just focus on one specific topic for the month of January.  The type of courses offered at Elon vary – some courses will be options that students also might have during a fall or spring semester, such as Principles of Financial Accounting, Elementary Chinese I, Ethical Practice, etc.  However, there are also several courses that are offered that connect to the theme mentioned above and provide interesting opportunities for students.   To give you some insight into those unique courses that are offered during Elon’s Winter Term, here is a sample from 2010:

  • The Ancient Maya (Anthropology)
  • Memento Mori:  American Sepulchral Art and Architecture 1600 – Present (Art)
  • Managing a Sports Franchise (Business)
  • The Science of Forensics (Chemistry)
  • International Cinema (Communications)
  • Literature of the Terror and Supernatural (English)
  • The U.S. and Iraq (General Studies)
  • Aspects of Laughter (General Studies)
  • Crafting a Meaningful Life (Philosophy)
  • Jerusalem:  One City, Three Faiths (Religion)
  • Sociology of Popular Culture (Sociology)
  • And many more!

When describing Winter Term above, I mentioned that a student could opt to take one of those classes if he or she was on campus.  Did you know that a student could participate in Winter Term but be off-campus as well?  Winter Term is also a time where many of our students will participate in month-long study abroad programs and/or internship experiences.  It is important to note that these programs often require additional fees to participate in them.  To provide you with more insight, here is a sample of those opportunities offered to students in January:

  • Field Biology in Peru (study abroad)
  • Field Experience in Business (internship)
  • Supervised Observation and Student Teaching (internship)
  • Ireland:  Literature, Culture, and History (study abroad)
  • The Call of South Africa (study abroad)
  • India:  Science, Education, and Development (study abroad)
  • The Photographer’s Gaze:  London’s Immigrant Communities (study abroad)
  • Human Services Practicum in London (study abroad/ internship)
  • Washington Center Seminar (internship)
  • And many more!

Thus, Winter Term offers many different types of opportunities for students!  A student can be here on campus for January or they can chose to be halfway around the world – we have those opportunities.   In Admissions, we are often asked if Winter Term is mandatory and in all honesty, it is not.  However, a student’s Winter Term semester is paid for in the Fall Semester tuition (if he or she is taking a class).   In my mind, it is definitely worth it to participate in Winter Term because of the unique and often unusual subjects a student can explore – subjects that may not be available during a Fall or Spring Semester.  To learn more about last year’s Winter Term experience, check out my post from January 2009 and of course, be sure to check out my own personal Winter Term experiences!


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