January Term | Hastings College

January Term

January Term

Wherever January Term takes you — to a country across the globe or a classroom right on campus or an internship to grow your skills  — it is sure to expand your world.

One of the most successful and popular features of Hastings College’s academic program, January Term, or J-Term, allows you to immerse yourself in one course for three weeks in January. Focus on a topic in your major field, experience something new or dive into an internship. January Term at Hastings College is a time for discovery, innovation and unforgettable learning experiences.

In the past, students have:

  • Taken a three-week immersion course in French language and culture, including traveling to the south of France where each student spent a week living with a host family.
  • Photographed the west by traveling through the landscapes of Nebraska, northern New Mexico, southern Colorado and southeastern Wyoming. This included a working with American master Eddie Soloway in a private three-day photography session at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.
  • Participated in a Sound Class, which gave students a little science, history, math, music and art by exploring musical instruments.
  • Traveled to large universities to conduct chemistry research with graduate students, post-docs, faculty members and other research scientists. 
  • Completed Advanced Lab, which included unique experiments in physics. Work included topics in mechanics, optics, spectroscopy, nuclear excitation and modern physics not covered in the regular courses, plus a trip to the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and the Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago.
  • Prepped for opportunities in global business by studying the communication and culture of three countries in Southeast Asia: Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. 
  • Completed internships with health departments, business, non-profits and media.
  • Traveled by car and foot throughout France and Spain, retracing the path of medieval pilgrims on the road to the tomb of St. James the Apostle.
  • Studied the historical background and current development and impact of the Broadway Music Theatre, with study time on campus followed by a trip to New York City to experience Broadway productions and participate in workshops conducted by experienced New York performers.
  • Devised stories, fictionalized or biographical, then shaped and illustrated them as part of a comic and graphic novel story telling and illustration course taught by masters in the industry.

Where will January Term take you?

Apply to Hastings and find out!