Students will have a new course option thanks to the changed academic schedule—January Term classes.
“It made sense for us to go to a 13-week semester for a variety of reasons, and as a result of that, we had the leeway to come up with this alternative class with the extra week,” said Professor Tom Nachbar, chair of the faculty curriculum committee.
The new courses will be offered the week before spring semester begins and will meet for two-and-a-half hours for five consecutive days. Students earn one credit for the course, and may only enroll in one class. This January, 16 classes will be offered, in subjects ranging from Environmentalism and the Supreme Court to Personal Injury Law. Enrollment begins in August.
Nachbar said the format may prove useful as an introduction into a subject that doesn’t warrant three credits, or as a way to explore advanced concepts.
“It’s a short enough class that students can afford to take a risk and check out an area that they wouldn’t usually study,” Nachbar said. The class length of January Term courses also allows for “intense study of advanced issues—more intense than you can get even in a seminar.”