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January Term

Descriptions

Internships/Service/Independent & Group Projects

  • Internships . 1-4 Credits. Graded. Career Development Center assists students with finding sponsors and appropriate opportunities. Cost is TBD. Board fee for those living on campus.
  • Service Projects . 1-4 Credits. Credit/No credit. Contact James Shields in the Bonner Center. Cost TBD. Board fee for those living on campus.
  • Independent Projects . 1-4 Credits. Graded or Credit/No Credit. Faculty or staff sponsor required. Cost TBD. Board fee for those living on campus. 
  • Group Projects. 1-4 Credits. Graded or Credit/No Credit. Faculty or staff sponsor required. Cost is TBD. Board fee for those living on campus.
  • Center for Principled Problem Solving. 1-4 Credits. Credit/No Credit. Mark Justad is the staff sponsor. Staff will support independent or group student projects. See Mark Justad for information. Cost is TBD. Board fee for those living on campus.

On Campus Experiences & Seminars

Quickbooks
50001 ACCT 450 001. This course will teach students how to work with Quickbooks. At the conclusion of the course, the student can take the Quickbooks certification exam. As over 85% of companies use Quickbooks, being experienced in Quickbooks broadens job opportunities for students as many companies and firms have little or no ability to pay to train new staff in Quickbooks. Instructor: Adrian Cole. Graded. 2 credits. Costs: $500, and housing/meals according to policies.

Investigating the Book – Cover to Cover – Inside and Out
50002 ART 250 001. Students will explore different types of surface designs including paste papers, uruauchi and printing. In addition, we will also cover the history of sewn and adhesive book structures as well as how they are made, considering both traditional and innovative methods. This course will culminate with a collaborative project incorporating text, type and imagery and will be printed on an antique letterpress. A field trip to the BookWorks studio in Asheville, N.C. will further expose students to the world of book arts. Instructor: Mary Beth Boone. Graded. 3 credits. Costs: $500, and housing/meals according to policies. Course materials fee: $125.

Patterns in Ballistic Forensics
50003 BIOL 250 001. Firearms continue to be the most frequently used weapons in murders worldwide. It is important for persons in the forensics field to be aware of the patterns seen in gunshot wounds, power burns to skin and clothing and how ballistic injuries occur. It is also essential to be able to recognize patterns in recovered bullets and shell casing in order to compare and contrast them with a possible recovered firearm. This class will weave all of these patterns into an integrated learning experience. Instructor: Bryan Brendley. Graded. 2 credits. Costs: $500, and housing/meals according to policies.

Advanced Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture
50004 ENVS 310 001. This course has been designed for environmental studies majors, or anyone who is interested in sustainable agriculture, to provide a more in-depth and advanced hands-on experience working at the Guilford College farm. You must have the permission of the farm manager and instructors to enroll in this class. J-term is a very special opportunity: you will be a part of a small student team responsible for marketing, harvesting, maintenance and crop weather protection, with minimal supervision! This course counts toward the ENVS major and minor. Instructor: Bronwyn Corry. Graded. 1 credit. Prerequisite: instructor permission. Costs: $500, and housing/meals according to policies.

GRE Prep Course
50005 GST 150 001. Guilford College offers a no-credit preparation course for the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). This is the test most commonly used by graduate schools to evaluate applicants for admission. The GRE Prep course helps students become familiar with either the GRE® General Test, which measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills, or the GRE® Subject Tests, which are intended to gauge undergraduate achievement in one of eight specific fields of study. Instructor: Katherine Lambert-Scronce. 0 credits. Costs: $500, and housing/meals according to policies.

Woodworking and Furniture History
50006 GST 150 002. The course introduces students to the basics of traditional American woodworking and furniture making. Starting with the tree in the forest, we’ll learn to identify the primary types of wood used for furniture in this area, to understand some basic wood technology and we’ll follow the furniture making process through design, basic joinery, assembly, sanding and finishing. Through field trips to Old Salem, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts and local Piedmont furniture makers, we’ll explore the history and variety of woodcraft in central North Carolina. Students will spend most of their time in the studio, learning the fundamentals of measurement, layout and hand tool use and they will complete a small furniture project by employing their skills. Students will also do a research presentation on a traditional American furniture style or maker/firm. The cost of this course includes the field trips, supplies and a starter set of hand tools. Instructor: Jim Hood. Credit/No credit. 4 credits. Costs: $500, and housing/meals according to policies. Course materials fee: $550.

Self-Exploration and Leadership
50007 GST 250 001. This course is an exploration of students’ individual strengths and talents through an experiential lens. Individuals will learn about their own leadership style, how that applies to group dynamics and how they can use their skills and abilities to influence change. Students will learn about themselves, but also organizational leadership through interviews, readings and experiential opportunities. They will be able to assess strengths and challenges of leadership in diverse environments and apply their learning to a problem at Guilford College, using their new leadership skills to propose solutions. Instructors: Steven Moran, Emily Lott & Amy Costa. Graded. 2 credits. Costs: $500, and housing/meals according to policies.

Practically Bicycling
50008 GST 250 002. This project focuses on the ways in which bikes are used, and useful, in everyday life – both by individuals and by communities. We'll learn how to do basic bicycle maintenance and repair; we'll try different kinds of riding (roads, trails, bikeways, stationary machines) under different conditions; and we'll examine links between bicycling, economics, community and equity. Instructor: Vance Ricks. Credit/No credit. 3 credits. Costs: $500, and housing/meals according to policies. Course materials fee:  $75. For this project, you must have a bicycle of your own and you must already know how to ride a bicycle. You must also have a bicycle helmet that you purchased within the past 18 months and that is still in good condition.

Service & Spirituality: How to Put Your Beliefs in Action
50009 GST 250 003. What do spirituality and service have to do with each other? What does it mean to bring faith or spiritual tradition into action while being in solidarity with others? What role if any does spirituality play in how we perform service in our community, both near and far? Join this course to explore this relationship with people who are walking their talk in Greensboro, the state of North Carolina, and Washington D.C. Instructors: James Shields & Greg Woods. 4 credits. Costs: $500, and housing/meals according to policies. $350 course fee the week off-campus in D.C.

Public Speaking for College and Career
50010 GST 250 004. This crash course in public speaking won't equip you to become a professional motivational speaker. What it will do, though, is teach you the basics of giving speeches and presentations; long and short, formal and informal, business and casual. Students taking this course will give presentations, study the speech giving skills of others and hear from professionals across all disciplines who put speaking skills into practice at work. Instructor: Megan Walters. Credit/No credit. 2 credits. Costs: $500, and housing/meals according to policies.

Science Education and Science Fairs
50011 GST 350 001. The purpose of this course is to immerse students in "what is good science" and "what are good science fairs." Students will work with public school faculty and students in helping create and judge science fairs. Additionally, students will play an integral role in the planning, development and supervision of the Guilford County science fair, held on Guilford’s campus in January 2016. Instructor: David Hildreth. Credit/No credit. 3 credits. Costs: $500, and housing/meals according to policies.

Improv Comedy and the Art of Interviewing
50012 GST 350 002. Improv Comedy and the Art of the Job Interview explores the connections between the skills associated with short-form improvisational comedy and effective interview techniques. This highly experiential course pushes students to attain new levels of comfort thinking on their feet in a variety of settings and formats. This course enhances public speaking skills while also teaching students practical skills that will pay off in formal interview settings. Instructor: Alan Mueller. Credit/No credit. 3 credits. Costs: $500, and housing/meals according to policies.

Digital Arts & Humanities Boot Camp
50013 GST 350 003. Guilford's Digital Boot Camp is designed to build and enhance student skills to produce and display digital content for current and upcoming faculty-led scholarship and research, with particular emphasis on projects in the arts and humanities. Students will learn fundamentals for creating digital scholarship including basic principles of project management; use of a content-management system to design, implement and manage academic digital content; and gain experience using visualization software for mapping large sets of complex data including ArcGIS (Geographic Information Systems) and some open-source options, text-analysis tools and other relevant technologies. Students will work in small groups and each group will design and implement a small digital project utilizing the strategies and tools presented. Instructor: Anders Selhorst. Graded. 2 credits. Costs: $500, and housing/meals according to policies.

Understanding Eating Disorders: A Multicultural Perspective
50015 IDS 415 001. Embedded in the narratives surrounding eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder (BED) are assumptions based on the theoretical or medical background of the narrator. Since the 1800s, stories surrounding the cause of eating disorders have been present in medical and psychological literature. It was only in the 1970s that eating disorders were examined through different lenses. Since that time, meta-narratives surrounding eating disorders have shifted from the story of isolated, driven, perfectionistic white women to the story of eating disorders appearing across race and class as a coping mechanism. This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to understand this shift in thinking and to use each participant’s area of expertise to deepen our understanding of how eating disorders work in contemporary culture. Drawing from medical, psychological, feminist, anti-racist and critical scholarship, this course seeks to deepen and broaden each member’s understanding of disturbed eating. Instructor: Anna Pennell. Graded. 4 credits. Costs: $500, and housing/meals according to policies. Prerequisites: Historical Perspectives, 88 credits. Fulfills IDS requirement.

Understanding Poverty
50014 IDS 435 001. Examines the causes, dynamics and ramifications of poverty in America and other cultures. Provides opportunities for critical thinking and useful synthesis to deepen understanding of poverty and/or just catch up with the state of interdisciplinary knowledge, policies and remedial actions. Explores the cultural and structural factors contributing to poverty including the settings of family, neighborhoods, schools, communities, access to extra-familial opportunities and individual level attributes. Instructor: Edwins Gwako. Graded. 4 credits. Costs: $500, and housing/meals according to policies. Prerequisites: Historical Perspectives, 88 credits. Fulfills IDS requirement.

The Social Construction of Whiteness in North Carolina
50016 PHIL 150 001. The ways in which white people have developed and maintained power is not well understood in popular history. In this course, we will read texts, visit sites and construct a workshop to get behind the presumptions of whiteness and “colorblind liberalism” that have helped to maintain racial injustice in the absence of explicit racism. The course will focus on the history of Guilford College, the city of Greensboro and the state of North Carolina. Instructor: Lisa McLeod. Graded. 4 credits. Costs: $500, and housing/meals according to policies.

Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship: Seeking Sustainable Models for Engaging the World's Problems
50017 PPS 150 001. Social entrepreneurship is a relatively new and rapidly growing model for creating large-scale positive social impact. As such, the social entrepreneur applies their efforts in a manner that both address a specific problem and challenges the systemic dynamics that hold this problem in place. This course will examine social entrepreneurship through texts, case studies, engagement with active social entrepreneurs and their projects. Students will also work individually or in groups to develop a social entrepreneurial model for addressing a social problem or concern of their choosing. No prior exposure to social entrepreneurship materials or undertakings are required. Instructor: Mark Justad. Graded. 4 credits. Costs: $500, and housing/meals according to policies.

Study Away (Domestic)

Wolves and Northwoods Carnivores: Predatory Ecology
50019 BIOL 250 002. The Audubon Center of the Northwoods sponsors this project that covers a broad range of topics related to wildlife with a focus on the gray wolf, lynx and the white-tailed deer, and other predators, plus many of the animals directly or indirectly associated with or affected by these predators as prey. The course is field-oriented and includes opportunities for back country travel, wildlife observation and tracking, as well as an introduction to habitats, how wildlife respond to natural and artificial disturbance and human factors. Location: Northwoods, Ely and the North Shore of Lake Superior, Minnesota. No Guilford faculty presence. Graded. 4 credits. Cost: $1725 plus travel to/from the site and transcript fee. $100 deposit required. Tentative Dates: January 1-17. Special winter wear required.

Ghost Ranch Experience
50020 GST 250 005. Journey to this famous education and retreat center near Sante Fe, New Mexico, with its unique combination of natural beauty, paleontology, geology, archaeology, history and art. Students select their top choice and two backups from ten class options: Silversmithing, Tinworking, Pottery, Weaving, Digital Photography, Holistic Medicine, Outdoor Adventuring, Paleontology, Spiritual/Religious Communities and Sustainability. Experience wide-open spaces, starry skies, mountains, mesas and red rock formations in the multicultural nature and stunning landscape of a 21,000-acre working ranch, a rustic setting renowned for creativity and self-exploration. Location: Abiquiu, New Mexico. Guilford faculty leader: Mylène Dressler. Graded. 4 credits. Estimated cost: $2350 plus travel. Some courses carry lab and/or materials fees ranging from $200-$400. Airport shuttle: $40. Meals included. Dates: January 3-24.

Study Abroad (International)

Africa

Rwanda: Post Genocide Social & Environmental Justice
50021 BIOL 242 001/50027 GEOL 242 001/50031 JPS 450 001. Students will travel throughout post-genocide Rwanda to learn about social and environmental justice issues facing the country. In this interdisciplinary course, students will examine how Rwanda’s social and environmental landscape has been affected by violent conflict and local efforts to address the subsequent consequences of this conflict. Students will visit local organizations and institutions that are engaging in reconciliation efforts to rebuild fractured social ties and environmental initiatives to preserve Rwanda’s rich natural heritage. Guilford faculty leaders: Krista Craven, Holly Peterson and Christine Stracey. Graded. 4 credits. Estimated cost: $2,742-$3,417 plus airfare. Meals included. Fulfills the natural science and social justice/environmental responsibility general education requirements. Counts toward the geology and community & justice studies majors. Pending approval as an elective for the biology major. NOTE: any one course may fulfill no more than two requirements.

Asia & Oceania

China: International Business, Culture and Sustainability:  Focus on China
50022 BUS 250 001. This is an experiential course that allows students to gain a greater appreciation of the influence of culture on human relations in general and business interactions specifically. Through pre-trip readings, presentations, writings and discussion, students will be introduced to the cultural differences between China and the U.S., building a better understanding of life in China. This understanding becomes the foundation for cultural immersion in a 10-day trip to China. Students will experience Chinese culture in person and gain insight into the business environment. Students will also explore and reflect on the growth of the Chinese economy and form conclusions regarding sustainability of this growth. This is a team intensive experience and students are required to participate in-group activities. Location: Guilford campus and nine nights in Shanghai, China. Guilford faculty leader: Michael Dutch. Graded. 4 credits. Estimated cost: $2,662 plus airfare. Meals included while abroad. Cost for on campus housing/meals according to policies. Fulfills business and policy studies and intercultural requirements, and may be used in the international business minor.

India: From the Big Temples to the Silver Screen - The Music of South India
50045 GST 250 018. This experience offers rich, profound encounters with South Indian music and the historic, religious, classical, folk and popular contexts in which it grew and still flourishes. Madras Christian College, our Chennai host, provides lectures and “hands-on” sessions with renowned Indian musicians, scholars and dancers. We make music, learn yoga and enjoy India’s vegetarian-friendly cuisine. We see concerts, a “Kollywood” movie, A.R. Rahman’s music school, a film studio, Mamallapuram’s Dance Festival, a beach resort and historic churches and temples, ancient and modern. In Thanjavur and Madurai we see iconic Chola bronzes and the Gandhi Museum, exploring South India’s spectacular temple complexes as a special highlight. In Tiruvaiyaru, home to revered composer Tyagaraja, we experience traditional Pongal celebrations and a foundation that teaches music to children of all castes. In Kerala, “God’s own country,” we enjoy a relaxing kettuvallam backwaters cruise and a colorful kathakali performance. This third-world immersion seeks to provide an authentic Indian experience. Accommodations will be safe but often simple. We cannot always guarantee access to hot showers, Western-style toilets or toilet paper. Offered as part of UMAIE (Upper Midwest Association of Intercultural Education), a consortium on schools with a Jan term. Elmhurst College leaders: Dr. Mark Harbold and Dr. David DeVasto. Graded. 4 credits. Estimated cost: $5,775 – $6,075. Includes airfare and meals. Two stage application. Initial application to Guilford must be completed in early September. Second application to UMAIE school must be completed no later October 1. $500 deposit due to UMAIE with second application, which will be credited towards final program costs. Program dates: January 1-24.

Games of India and What We Can Learn From Them
50052 SPST 250. The class explores Indian culture through the lens of physical activity. Activities (a) engage students in interactive learning with tribal Indian school children from some of the poorest regions/families in Modern India for whom ancient Indian traditions are most alive; (b) explore the how sport reflects the skills, norms, attitudes and values of Indian culture; (c) consider issues of health promotion in India and (d) administer health and fitness assessment of school children in collaboration with University physical therapy faculty and students. Location: Chikhale, India (12 days) and on campus. Guilford faculty leader: Lavon Williams. Graded. 4 credits. Estimated cost: $1,915-$2,210 plus airfare (approximately $1,400). Meals included while abroad. Cost for on campus housing/meals according to policies. Pending approval to fill the intercultural requirement.

New Zealand: Leadership, Development and Team Building Challenge
50042 GST 250 015. ISA’s (International Studies Abroad) Challenge New Zealand January Term program emphasizes leadership, personal development and team building. Leadership training is an extremely valuable tool for developing such skills across any and all disciplines, and leadership is considered one of the most broadly needed skill among recent graduates and professionals. This program will encourage students to bond together, trust one another and learn how to work as a team. Explore the tunnels of Davenport, experience a Maori village and participate in outdoor experiential learning and team building activities in Rotorua. Travel to the wilderness and go backpacking, coasteering, kayaking, rock climbing and experience a ropes course. Students complete the program by visiting local businesses and participating in a volunteer service project. No Guilford faculty presence. Graded. 4 credits. Prerequisite: 2.5 GPA. Estimated cost: $4,500 plus airfare. Some meals included. Prerequisites: 2.5 Two stage application. Initial application to Guilford required, followed, after our acceptance, by a direct application to ISA. Deposit to partner required. Dates: January 2-18.

Europe

England: HP—The History of Science
50023 CHEM 151 001. A historical perspective on the rise of science over the past centuries with a particular focus on key developments in and around London from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution through the rise of modern molecular biology after World War II. Using a variety of resources in London, Oxford and elsewhere, this course examines the considerable advances in energy technology, computing, chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, medicine and public health and traces the people (Fleming, Lovelace, Babbage, Watson, Crick, Franklin, Watt, Turing, Snow and more), institutions, movements and false starts that led to much of our current science and technology. Guilford faculty leaders: Anne Glenn & Rob Whitnell. Graded. 4 credits. Estimated cost: $4,453-$4,909 plus airfare. $500 non-refundable deposit which will be taken off charges for the program fee. Some meals included. Fulfills the Historical Perspectives requirement, but a second section allows students to take the course without doing it as HP. Note: the course does not count towards the chemistry major/minor. Dates: January 3-22.

England: Oxford Fantasy Writers
50026 ENGL 250 002. Students will explore the relationship between place and imagination in the writings of the four British fantasists, Lewis Carroll, C. S. Lewis, J.R.R.Tolkien and Philip Pullman. These writers all spent most of their adult lives living and working in Oxford. While their fictional works are set in alternate fantastical worlds, they all found their inspiration in the physical reality of Oxford's libraries, living quarters, churches, pubs and parks. Students will visit sites frequented by the authors and sites referenced in their works and compose journals reflecting on those visits. Extensive reading required before departure. Guilford faculty leader: Caroline McAlister. Graded. 4 credits. Prerequisites: ENGL 102, 3.0 GPA or instructor consent. Estimated cost: $3,797 plus airfare. Meals not included. Fulfills humanities requirement. Dates: January 2-23.

Multi-Country: Europe and Islam
50034 GST 250 007. This multi-country cultural exploration is sponsored by CIS Abroad and hosted by IAU College (Institute for American Universities). Dr. Carl Jurban, the president of IAU, travels with you throughout a three-week study trip. Experience everything from the markets of Morocco to the museums of Madrid with guest lectures by leading experts in the field. Particular attention will be paid to the importance of North African immigration to Europe and its current socio-cultural implications. The academic component of the program will consist of lectures from leading experts in the fields being explored on the program. Particular attention will be paid to the importance of North African immigration to Europe and its current socio-cultural implications. Location: Various cities in France, Morocco, Gibraltar, and Spain. No Guilford faculty presence. Graded. 3 credits. Prerequisite: 2.5 GPA. Estimated cost TBA. Initial application to Guilford required, followed, after our acceptance, by a direct application to CIS. $200 deposit paid to partner required, which will be deducted from the program fee. Dates: Dec. 29-Jan. 17.

Multi-Country: Mediterranean Basin Cultural Exploration
50052 GST 250 022. Soak up the history of Rome, explore the Greek islands and experience a confluence of East and West in Turkey. The academic component of the program consists of lectures from leading experts in the fields being explored during the program. Particular attention will be paid to the history of art and archaeology, as well as philosophical literature from the Mediterranean Basin, from Antiquity to Middle Ages. On this program you won’t only be reading about this history, you will be seeing, touching and feeling it all around you. Locations: Various cities in France, Italy, Greece, and Turkey. No Guilford faculty presence. Graded. 3 Credits. Prerequisite: 2.5 GPA. Estimated cost TBA ($5,090 in 2015). Airfare not included. Includes most breakfasts and dinners. Initial application to Guilford required, followed, after our acceptance, by a direct application to CIS. $200 deposit paid to partner required, which will be deducted from the program fee. Dates: January 1-18.

Multi-Country: Great European Cities
50036 GST 250 009. This course focuses on the concept of the city in historical art and literature. Expect to absorb an academic foundation about each location, but then also experience the culture, art and history for yourself while visiting cities such as Rome, Marseille, Paris, Prague and London. The academic component of the program will consist of lectures from leading experts in the fields being explored on the program. Particular attention will be paid to the rise and establishment of the urban setting in contemporary European culture and civilization, and the artistic conception of the city in the late 19th century up to the contemporary setting. You’ll enjoy abundant visits to museums, galleries and historical monuments and have the unique opportunity to visualize the physical and artistic development of each location, as you visit sites that have inspired countless famous artists, architects, poets and film-makers. Locations: Various cities in England, France, Czech Republic and Italy. No Guilford faculty presence. Graded. 3 Credits. Prerequisite: 2.5 GPA. Estimated cost TBA ($5,090 in 2015). Airfare not included. Includes most breakfasts and dinners. Initial application to Guilford required, followed, after our acceptance, by a direct application to CIS. $200 deposit paid to partner required, which will be deducted from the program fee. Dates: December 28-January 17.

Paris: Intensive Business
50039 GST 250 012. This program is offered through ISA (International Studies Abroad) and designed for students wanting to complete a business course in an intensive format. This program is well-suited for those students needing to complete a pre-requisite in order to register for a more advanced course during the following session. All courses are taught in English by the American Business School Paris faculty and are taken with international and local students. Course options include: Business Finance, Managerial Accounting or Principles of Macroeconomics. This program can be taken as a precursor to a semester program or as an individual program. Location: Paris, France. No Guilford faculty presence. Graded. 3 Credits. Prerequisite: 2.75 GPA. Estimated cost TBA. Airfare, airport pickup and excursions are not included. Includes most breakfasts and dinners. Initial application to Guilford required, followed, after our acceptance, by a direct application to ISA. Deposit paid to partner required, which will be deducted from the program fee. Dates: January 2-23.

Italy: Arts, Business or Language at Florence University of the Arts
50040 GST 250 013. Designed for students wanting to complete an arts, business or language course in an intensive three-week format. This program can be taken as a precursor to a semester program or as an individual program. Course options (all taught in English with the exception of Italian language) include marketing, photography, retail management, food & culture, hospitality, art & architecture and Italian language. Local and international faculty. Classmates are international students, the majority of whom are North American. Upon program completion, students will receive a transcript issued directly from the Florence University of the Arts (FUA). Location: Florence, Italy. No Guilford faculty presence. Graded. 3 Credits. Pre-requisites: 2.75 GPA. Estimated cost TBA. Includes most breakfasts and dinners. Initial application to Guilford required, followed, after our acceptance, by a direct application to ISA. Required deposit must be paid to partner and will be deducted from the program fee. Dates: January 2-23.

Italy: Italian Culture & Liberal Arts at the American University in Rome
50041 GST 250 014. Designed for students wanting to complete a culture or liberal arts course in an intensive three-week format. Each course offers a field trip as part of the curriculum. This program can be taken as a precursor to a semester program or as an individual program. This program is ideal for students looking for a iconic Italian experience short term. Course options (all taught in English with the exception of Italian language) include archeology, public relations, photography, psychology, food and culture and language. Location: Rome, Italy. No Guilford faculty presence. Graded. 3 Credits. Pre-requisites: 2.75 GPA. Estimated cost TBA. Includes most breakfasts and dinners. Initial application to Guilford required, followed, after our acceptance, by a direct application to ISA. Required deposit must be paid to partner and will be deducted from the program fee. Dates: January 2-17.

Germany and Denmark: The Psychology of Sustainability
50044 GST 250 017. This course is a scientific study of the interplay between human behavior and the natural environment. Although emerging now as an important field of research in the United States, it is well established in Germany (Umweltpsychologie). We begin the course by examining the scientific evidence regarding environmental issues including global climate change, industrial food systems and depletion of natural resources like fresh water, oil and metal deposits. Then we examine psychological factors associated with decision making and conservation-related behavior. We will cover such topics as norms, values and incentives and why they may strengthen or weaken the link between our attitudes and behaviors. We close by examining interventions designed to change human behavior. Locating the course in Copenhagen and German cities will provide ample opportunity to examine important concepts by directly observing how these strategies have been applied. Offered as part of UMAIE (Upper Midwest Association of Intercultural Education), a consortium on schools with a Jan term. St. Thomas University leaders: Dr. Elise Amel and Dr. Christie Manning. Graded. 4 credits. Estimated cost: $5,150 – $5,450. Includes airfare and meals. Two stage application. Initial application to Guilford must be completed in early September. Second application to UMAIE school must be completed no later October 1. $500 deposit due to UMAIE with second application, which will be credited towards final program costs. Program dates: December 28-January 20.

England: Comparative Criminal Justice
50032 JPS 350 001. Comparative Criminal Justice is designed to provide students with an overview of justice systems in both the U.S. and England from practical, theoretical and historical perspectives. There will be an emphasis on social, political and global influences on the development and implementation of criminal justice practice and policy. The course will then focus on how these two systems interpret and approach such issues as policing, the court system, corrections and reform. Includes one week at Guilford followed by two weeks in London. The London portion will have a heavy experiential component utilizing the opportunities available to the student while in England. Students will be required to visit prisons, observe criminal and civil court proceedings and observe/interview police and police community support officers. Guest speakers will also utilized. Location: Guilford College and London, England. Guilford faculty leader: Will Pizio. Graded. 4 credits. Estimated cost $3,400, plus airfare. Meals abroad not included. On campus housing/food costs according to policies.

Netherlands: International Relations and Politics in the EU
50046 PSCI 250 001. Coverage of the key political and economic policies of the European Union with analysis of the different approaches to regional integration throughout the history of the E.U. Analyzes the historical, political and economic bases for the rise of the E.U. as well as human rights cases with a comparison between the European and U.N.-framework. Students are also taken on excursions to important institutions that will deepen an understanding of the E.U. and its political and legal processes including Brussels, The Hague and Amsterdam. Requires the submission of final work after the completion of the January term. Location: Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands. No Guilford faculty presence. Graded. 4 credits. Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA. Estimated cost: $3,100-$3,303, depending on housing choice and exchange rates. Airfare and food not included. January 3-January 23.

Netherlands: Positive Psychology
50047 PSY 250 001. Students will become acquainted with the field of positive psychology, gaining insight in different theories, scientific findings, experiments and measurement tools. The results of positive psychology lead to the creation of real-world interventions that can improve school, businesses, governments and aspects of individual life. Throughout workshops and interactive meetings, students will be provided with tools to evaluate and design research in this applied science. During two weekends, CES staff takes students around different European cities for cultural excursions and activities. Requires the submission of final work after the completion of the January term. Location: Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands. No Guilford faculty presence. Graded. 4 credits. Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA. Estimated cost: $3,913-$4,123 depending on housing choice and exchange rates. Airfare and food not included. Dates: January 3-23.

Spain: Intensive Language Study
50048 SPAN 250 001. This three-and-a-half-week program offers intensive language work at both the intermediate and advanced levels, and is designed to be taken on its own or as preparation for the Spring Semester Program. It is ideal for students who have been away from the study of Spanish for some time, or want additional language preparation before entering the Advanced Spanish Studies or Integrated/Semi-Integrated Spanish Studies with Local Students programs. Successful completion of SPAN 204J in the January Term permits students to continue in the Spring Intermediate & Advanced Spanish Studies program. Spanish Studies programs feature homestays and all-inclusive study visits with accommodations, meals, entrance fees and expert professors and guides. Location: Seville, Spain. No Guilford faculty presence. Graded. 4 credits. Estimated cost: $4,200 plus airfare. Meals included. Initial application to Guilford required, followed, after our acceptance, by a direct application to Spanish Studies Abroad. $300 deposit paid to partner required, which will be deducted from the program fee. Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or 112. Dates: January 2-23.

Latin America

Caribbean: Pirates and Outlaw Fictions
50025 ENGL 250 001. This course examines the golden age of pirates and piracy in the Caribbean. Using North Carolina and the Dominican Republic as our place-based classrooms, we will explore the facts and fictions surrounding the outlaws of the Atlantic. We will also interrogate the lasting appeal of pirate tales and what their popularity tells us about our own economic or cultural fantasies. Examining primary texts, pirate artifacts (including shipwrecks) and postmodern fiction, we will compare competing stories of Captain Kidd, Sir Francis Drake, Blackbeard, Calico Jack and others. One week in North Carolina followed by two weeks in the Dominican Republic. Locations: Guilford campus, the Outer Banks and the Dominican Republic. Guilford faculty leader: Heather Hayton. Graded. 4 credits. Estimated cost: $3,201 plus airfare. Meals included when in the Dominican Republic. Local housing/food costs according to policies.

El Salvador: Civic Engagement Service
50028 GST 250 006. Join a civic engagement project executed in partnership with Companion Community Development Alternatives Ltd. (CoCoDA) and DePauw University. The goal is to finally finish rebuilding a school complex in the small rural El Salvador village of El Roble. Under the direction of Ivan Villasboa, executive director of CoCoDA, students begin with an orientation in the capital, San Salvador, and then move to the countryside village of El Roble, where they gain a broad understanding of El Salvador’s history, culture, challenges and potential. Students meet local officials, government representatives and business leaders and interview former political prisoners that were tortured during the Salvadoran civil war. You will also connect with a Salvadoran comunidad as you live and work alongside local families out in the fields. Change the way you see the world—and how you see yourself. Spanish language skills recommended, but not required. Locations: San Salvador and El Roble, El Salvador. Faculty leader: Andrew Young. 3 credits. Credit/No Credit. Estimated cost: $2,835-$3,152 including airfare and meals. $10 airport entry fee.

Peru: Architecture and Culture
50037 GST 250 010. The program is a collaboration between CISabroad and the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola, a charming colonial campus centrally located so you can explore all that Cusco has to offer. Enjoy the potential combination of ancient history and modern Peruvian culture. Includes tour of Cusco and excursion to Machu Picchu. You can earn up to 6 credits total by choosing from one (3 credits) to two courses (6 credits). Options include Inca Architecture and Contemporary Society and Culture. Locations: Cusco and Lima, Peru. No Guilford faculty presence. Graded. 3-6 credits. Prerequisite: 2.7 GPA. Estimated cost: $3,990 - $4,490. Airfare not included. Includes airport pickup, housing, breakfasts, excursion to Machu Picchu. Initial application to Guilford required, followed, after our acceptance, by a direct application to CIS. $200 deposit paid to partner required, which will be deducted from the program fee. Dates: January 3-24.

Chile: Clinical Observation and the Cultural Aspects of Health Care
50038 GST 250 011. Ideal for students considering careers in health-related fields, this program offers you the opportunity to learn about health care policy and delivery systems in the context of Chile’s community-centered public and private health care system. An important component of the program introduces you to historical, social and cultural aspects of health care specific to Chile, including the treatment of illness and patients’ rights. The program consists of one course, Clinical Observation and the Cultural Aspects of Health Care, divided into two components: Clinical Observation and Intensive Spanish for Beginners. The primary component, Clinical Observation, allows you to observe patient care in public and private clinics. A classroom seminar provides a framework for clinical observations and analyzes themes such as efficiency, equity and the quality of service delivery to patients. Intensive Spanish for Beginners is designed to help you develop Spanish language skills focusing on medical terminology. Location: Santiago, Chile. No Guilford faculty presence. Graded. 3 Credits. Prerequisite: 3.0 GPA. Estimated cost: $2,975 plus airfare. $500 deposit due to partner with second application, which will be credited towards final program costs. Dates: January 3-22.

Cuba: Life Inside the Socialist Revolution
50043 GST 250 016. Few places capture the imagination more than Cuba. Images of an idyllic tropical island of vintage cars and a bearded Fidel Castro giving fiery anti-Yanqui speeches have fascinated and perplexed Americans for decades. In this course, you will see for yourself the reality and perhaps the surreality of Cuban life under the socialist revolution. We will spend one week of online classes preparing for our stay on the island. Our two weeks in Cuba will be split between Havana, the beach and the beautiful tobacco-growing region. You will see the triumphs and contradictions of socialist Cuba as well as the music, dance and street life that have made Cuba famous. Exploring Cuba is made easier by its extremely low crime rate and few restrictions on travelers. Our trip concludes with a stay in Miami to visit Little Havana and talk to Cuban-Americans about their dreams of Cuba after Castro. Offered as part of UMAIE (Upper Midwest Association of Intercultural Education), a consortium on schools with a Jan term. Augustana College leaders: Dr. Cory Conover and Dr. Stephen Minister. Graded. 4 credits. Estimated cost: $5,295 – $5,595. Includes airfare and meals. Two stage application. Initial application to Guilford must be completed in early September. Second application to UMAIE school must be completed no later October 1. $500 deposit due to UMAIE with second application, which will be credited towards final program costs. Dates: January 4-24.

Costa Rica: Surfing Centuries
50029 IDS 450 001. Legendary surfer Dorian Paskowitz said, "Surfing re-creates you." So does your education. This course will give you an opportunity to learn to surf; we’ll use a collection of primary sources and academic research as lenses for viewing many problematic histories and contemporary challenges while also reflecting on your education. Indigenous culture, colonialism, segregation, technological history, gender and race relations and sustainability are just a few of the concepts we’ll wrestle with as we immerse our minds and bodies in this challenging experience. Location: Nosara, Costa Rica, Guilford faculty leader: Maia Dery. Graded. 4 credits. Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA, Historical Perspectives, 88 credits. Fulfills IDS requirement. Estimated cost: $3,260 plus airfare.

Virgin Islands: Inquiry into Criminal Justice
50030 JPS 100 001. This course will compare and explore the legal systems and cultures of the U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands and the United States. There will be specific emphasis and focus on criminal procedures and community responses as they relate to processing index crimes. Seven to ten days of the course will be spent on the University of Virgin Islands, St. Thomas campus. Students will learn to identify the structures and processes/procedures of criminal justice organizations in the various jurisdictions, analyze multiple criminal justice organizations and come to understand the historical and cultural evolution, philosophical foundations and current nature of the criminal justice system, including the different components of the system. Location: Guilford campus and the Virgin Islands. Guilford faculty leader: Barbara Lawrence. Graded. 4 credits. Estimated cost: $2,072 plus airfare. Meals abroad included. Standard costs for on campus meals according to policy. Dates: January 2-22.

Caribbean: Friends in Belize and Jamaica
50033 REL 150 001. Students will spend 10 days in Belize and 10 days in Jamaica reviewing the history of Friends mission/service work in those countries, to determine the impact of Friends in the communities, education institutions and development in light of concerns about colonial influences. Participants will visit meetings and service centers, talking with local Friends to obtain a sense of the Quaker influence and provide a service to the local meeting(s) and Friends organizations. Guilford faculty leader: Frank Massey. Graded. 4 credits. Estimated cost: TBA, plus airfare.

The Middle East

Israel/Palestine: Understanding Competing Narratives
50043 GST 250 019. This three-week experience explores the religious, historical, political and social narratives of Israelis and Palestinians. Students examine the conflict through the lenses of direct experience and those personally involved on both sides, especially individuals actively engaged in work toward a just peace. This project helps students develop an understanding of the complexity of a conflict in which there are at least two narratives that are both true – but don’t meet. Location: Ramallah, Ibillin, Jerusalem - Israel/Palestine. Guilford faculty leader: Max Carter. Graded. 4 credits. Estimated cost: $2,986 plus airfare. Fulfills intercultural requirement.

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How do I do a January Term?

Internship

  • Find a faculty sponsor from the academic department in which you want to do an internship. Talk to the Internship Coordinator if you need guidance on how to secure the right sponsor.
  • Work with your faculty sponsor and the Career Development Center to find an internship site suited to your goals.
  • Utilize a counselor in the Center to develop your resume and a cover letter for an application.
  • Determine how many credits the internship will be (1-4), listed as either DEPT 290 or 390.
  • Complete internship paperwork through the Career Development Center and submit to registrar’s office.
  • See housing and board policy.

Contact: Internship Coordinator at 336.316.2187

Service Project

  • Determine if one of the College’s ongoing service projects is a good fit. If not, discuss your own ideas with James Shields in the Bonner Center.
  • If you want credit from a particular department for your project, get a sponsor from that department, secure the department chair’s approval, (and a representative from Early College, if you’re a student in ECG). If general studies credit is acceptable, ask James Shields to be your sponsor.
  • Determine # of credits for the project (1-4).
  • Fill out the independent project form available in the registrar’s office at New Garden Hall.
  • Submit to registrar during the registration period.
  • See housing and board policy.

Contact:  James Shields at 336.316.2447

Independent or Group Project

  • Brainstorm with a faculty sponsor or mentor to develop your project idea.
  • Secure a faculty sponsor or mentor and flesh out the details and timing of your project.
  • Secure the sponsor or mentor’s formal approval for your project.
  • Fill out an independent project form (also available in the registrar’s office at New Garden Hall), and obtain both the sponsor/mentor’s and department chair’s signed approval.
  • Submit to the registrar’s office in New Garden Hall during advertised registration period.
  • See housing and board policy.

Contact:   your academic advisor

Seminar

  • Consider how different experiences on the list will enrich your academic profile and personal development.
  • Pick from the list of existing experiences.
  • If you want a seminar to count towards your major, choose a graded experience.
  • Go to Banner and register for one experience. Refer to the calendar for registration dates.
  • Apply for January term housing and pick a meal plan in Banner Web if you will be on campus at any time.
  • Purchase required course materials before the start of the January term.
  • See housing and board policy.

Contact:  the instructor of the seminar

Study Away (Domestic)

  • For all domestic experiences not led by a Guilford faculty or staff member, there is a two-stage application that starts at studyabroad.guilford.edu. Click “programs” and do a simple search for “January term.” Stage 1 applications are due on or before September 26.
  • Students applying to partner programs make a direct application to the off-campus partner once accepted by Guilford’s study abroad staff. Stage 2 applications are due on or before October 10.
  • An enrollment fee of $150 is billed to students upon acceptance by study abroad. It becomes non-refundable at the end of October. Some partners will also require a deposit, which students pay directly to that partner.
  • For Ghost Ranch experiences pick your top three choices. First choice is not guaranteed.
  • Deadlines are early. See calendar on the inside back page.
  • Refund policies vary from program to program.

Contact:  Study Abroad staff in King Hall 107 or 112

Study Abroad (International)

  • Experiences led by a Guilford College faculty/staff member require a one-stage application. For experiences organized and run by an independent off-campus partner, a two-stage application is required. See study abroad.guilford.edu. Click “programs” and do a simple search for “January term.” Stage 1 applications are due on or before September 26.
  • Students applying to partner programs make a direct application to the off-campus partner once accepted by Guilford’s study abroad staff. Stage 2 applications are due on or before October 10.
  • An enrollment fee of $150 is billed to students upon acceptance by study abroad. It becomes non-refundable at the end of October. Some partners will also require a deposit, which students pay directly to that partner.
  • Refund policies vary from program to program with a short window for withdrawal and severe penalties.
  • For experiences that include on campus instruction, see housing/board policy.
  • All students on study abroad experiences are required to attend and pass the study abroad orientation—a 1-credit graded course run on Sundays from October 26-November 23 at 12:30-3pm. A make-up session is available during the week for those with a conflict. If the orientation class puts you above 18 credits, you will not be charged an extra fee.
Contact:  Study Abroad staff in King Hall 107 or 112

Overview

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What is January term?

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The January Term immerses students and faculty in intensive educational experiences that are deliberately innovative and experiential with the explicit goals of encouraging self-motivated independent learning and the ability to understand issues and concepts in action.

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How many credits can I earn?

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Students earn 1-4 credits with the following approximate workload expectations for total time spent per week (including homework): 1 credit = 15 hours, 2 credits = 30 hours, 3 credits = 45 hours, 4 credits = 60 hours. All credits count toward the 128 required for graduation, but only graded experiences may count towards a major, minor, or general education requirement.

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What kind of experiences are included?

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Internships, Service Learning, Independent Projects, Group Projects, Seminars, and Study Away.

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What about the cost?

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All experiences other than study abroad/away will cost $500; this is a flat fee regardless of the number of credits. Students participating in a one credit experience and who apply for a January Term Grant will receive priority consideration. For on campus room and board policies and fees, see the housing and food section. Study away experiences (domestic and international) incur fees as specified in the experience descriptions.

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What about housing and food costs?

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Traditional students who already live on campus and participate in an experience that takes place on campus for any time, are required to live in their semester housing without an additional housing fee, but must purchase one of several meal plan options. Those meals plans are: 60 meals for $375; 52 meals for $335; 42 meals for $275; 30 meals for $205; 15 meals for $100 (available only to those on campus for 11 days or less). Residence halls are open only to J term participants. Students will not receive campus housing for January Term only.

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What about study abroad/away costs?

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Prices for study abroad/away typically include the academic and residential dimensions of the experience—some include meals, some do not. Most do not include airfare, but some do. See program descriptions for details or consult with the study abroad staff. If you are on the Guilford campus for 11 days or less, you will be required to purchase at least the 15 meal block plan. Once accepted into a study away/abroad experience, students are charged a $175 enrollment fee, which becomes non-refundable at the end of October. Some study away/abroad experience partners will also ask for a deposit, which the student pays directly to the partner.

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What is the course materials fee?

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These fees cover costs for special equipment, speakers, and local travel required by certain on campus experiences. All fees are posted in the course description or Banner footnotes.

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What about financial aid?

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Students cannot use their semester financial aid to defray costs, but may apply for special grants that will help pay for the experience. See “January Term Grants” section. Students participating in a one credit experience and who apply for a January Term Grant will receive a grant award.

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What is the policy on costs refunds?

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Refund policies vary from experience to experience with a short window for withdrawal that often closes long before the start of the experience. Students who withdraw after that period will be charged from between 25% -100% of the cost. For refund schedules of study away/abroad, see the study abroad web site and partner web sites. On campus experience costs are fully refundable until the last day to drop without a grade.

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What about Early College?

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Early College students at Guilford have the option to participate in January Term opportunities, with the decision concerning participation and payment of tuition/fees made by students and parent/guardians. Families/students who choose to participate will work directly with Guilford College to register for January Term. Any credits earned during the January Term will be included on the respective student’s Guilford College transcript, not the Early College at Guilford high school transcript.

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What if I am not a Guilford student?

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Participation is open to anyone who applies to become and is accepted as a visiting student. Send a completed visiting student application to the registrar. Priority is given to current students.

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How do deposits work?

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There are no deposits required for on campus experiences. However, study away (international and domestic) both require a deposit at the time of application. See descriptions for amounts. Deposits become non-refundable upon acceptance to the program and are payable to Guilford College by check or credit card. The amount of the deposit is credited to the final bill.

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What is a January term grant?

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It is a small discount of up to $300 off the posted price of a Jan term class. Awards are limited, and based on demonstrated need and availability of funds. Applications are available online at the January term web site. Completed applications must be emailed to januaryterm@guilford.edu by the first of October.

For more information, email jterm@guilford.edu.