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Parent Question: Jan Term

Submitted by on December 4, 2012 – 8:55 amNo Comment

What’s Jan Term?

January Term at Hampshire College offers a unique opportunity to pursue a variety of interests. Students may study a specific subject in depth, take courses or workshops, participate in seminars, or work independently on divisional examinations. January Term can also be a time to study something that doesn’t quite fit into the regular program of study. Recent January Term offerings have ranged from sea kayaking in a tropical paradise to courses in dance therapy, dramatic writing, and gene cloning.

Beginning January 2013, the January term is significantly shorter, which precludes offering the complete array of full academic courses, as in the past. As a result, a reduced number of full immersion academic courses will be offered in January 2013, complemented by an expanded Jan term workshop curriculum.

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When is Jan Term?

 In 2013 Jan Term runs from Thursday, January 3-Thursday, January 17. Students can arrive on campus at noon on January 2nd.

When does my student register for Jan Term?

Preregistration began on November 12, 2012, however students can register online at any time (the add/drop period is January 3-7).

How do I know what courses are offered?

Complete and up-to-date information about January term courses is listed on Hampshire’s online course catalog, The Hub. Click on “Search for Courses,” then in the drop down labeled “Term” select “Jan 2013,” finally click “submit.” This will show both the full course offerings and the status of the courses.

Student-led activities during January Term 2013 will be listed on the Experimental Programs in Education and Community (EPEC) web page.

What’s the difference between and course and a workshop?

All immersion January term courses will be considered the equivalent of an academic course in the regular semester and require faculty evaluation of student performance. All workshops will be co-curricular* and will not require an evaluation of student performance by the instructor; however, co-curricular workshops are considered to be learning activities and may be included on a student’s academic record if completed satisfactorily.

* Co-curricular courses offer opportunities for skills development, innovation, personal growth, and experience-based learning outside of the regular curriculum of the College. These courses meet on the same [calendar] schedule as academic courses, and require registration following the same procedures and deadlines. Co-curricular courses do not normally satisfy distributional or divisional requirements. They may, however, be considered for inclusion in a divisional portfolio and are otherwise additional resources that supplement the core curriculum.

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