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January Term

January Term, or J-Term, is designed to provide maximum opportunity for intense learning either on or off campus.

Returning students enrolled in J-Term have options to earn credits and enhance academic skills. Students can:

  • Earn as many as 3 credits during J-Term
  • Enjoy an intensive and focused learning experience
  • Shorten the length of time needed to complete their degree requirements

Three-week courses include opportunities for small group work, hands-on learning, and concentrated time with professors and classmates. Many students find that taking one course in an intensive and supportive environment is a positive experience.

J-Term 2024 Schedule

Monday, January 1: Students arrive on campus

Tuesday, January 2: Courses begin. Classes will be held:

  • Week One, three class sessions: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (January 2, 4, 5)
  • Week Two, four class sessions: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (January 8, 9, 11, 12)
  • Week Three, three class sessions: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (January 16, 17, 18)

Thursday, January 18: Final class day

Academic classes meet twice a day for a total of 4.5 hours a day. Students enrolled in J-Term should expect a heavy workload of homework in addition to class time.


Returning students enrolled in J-Term will work with their core advisor, or a designated advisor if they are enrolled in an upper-level course. The Drake Center for Academic Support will also be available for face-to-face or online appointments during the term for any students seeking additional academic support for coursework.

The library’s full collection of online and physical information resources is available to J-Term students, along with its study spaces. As during the fall and spring semesters, both drop-in support and online and face-to-face appointments are available.

Course Registration Process

Course registration for J-Term 2024 opens at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 26, 2023.

Students register for J-Term courses using Self-Service; academic advisors can help with this process.


Students who are interested or who have questions should contact their academic advisor.

On-Campus Classes — J-Term 2024

EDU2041: Lifestyles for Learning

Assistant Professor Stephanie Argus

Meets 9 -11 a.m. and 1 - 3:30 p.m. each class day

This course explores current scientifically-based information about health and wellness issues relevant to the college student. The course introduces health education content specifically confronting college-age adults, including: mind/body health, sleep, diet and nutrition, and models of resilience. A hands-on component brings visiting professors into the classroom and takes students outside of the classroom as they actively engage in strategies for healthful living. Students will be provided opportunities to research, apply and practice various models related to course themes. This wellness course focuses on the relationship between lifestyle choices and the learning process, asking students to engage in, and reflect on, how their personal choices can affect their academic achievement. Students cannot receive credit for both EDU1041 and EDU2041.(3 Credits)


  • WRT1011 and
  • EDU1011 or EDU1001 or EDU1201

CRW1011: Creative Writing

Associate Professor John Rose

Meets 9 -11 a.m. and 1 - 3:30 p.m. each class day

Students in this course begin to develop their skills in generating creative writing. Emphasis in the class is placed on genre experimentation, generating strategies, revision strategies, and readings in all genres which could include fiction, poetry, drama, creative nonfiction, and children’s literature. Emphasis on the elements of fiction and poetry prepares students for more advanced creative writing classes. (3 credits)

Prerequisites: none.

JRN3011: Advanced News Reporting

Associate Professor Gyuri Kepes

Meets 9 - 11 a.m. and 1 - 3:30 p.m. each class day

This course focuses on advanced news gathering and writing skills. It concentrates on the three-part process of providing news stories: Discovering the news, reporting the news, and writing the news in different formats. It also delves into investigative and interpretative reporting and column writing. This is a hands-on course where students sharpen their skills by writing and reporting on specialized topics. Students will produces stories with the potential for publication in the Landmark College newspaper “The Independent,” the regional newspaper, “The Commons” or as part of broadcasts through College radio and television programming.(3 credits)

Prerequisites: WRT1012

Recommended prerequisite: JRN2011: Journalism.

HIS3016: History of Diversity in American Education

Assistant Professor Tyler Baker

Meets 9 - 11 a.m. and 1 - 3:30 p.m. each class day

This course is an introduction to the major historical themes and broad concerns of diversity and difference animating the history of American education. Throughout the history of American education, we find repeated struggles concerning the very meaning and purpose of education. The central question that scholars in this course will consider is: How have Americans historically conceived of, constructed, and contested relationships between group identities and education? We will investigate this question by examining the historical development and transformation of K-12 education in America. The course runs thematically, addressing the historical relationship between American education and identities, such as race, class, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, and geographic location. (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Students must have completed WRT1012 and HIS at 1000 level OR one 2000-level Humanities (HIS, HUM, PHI, REL) course, either with a grade of C or higher.

PHO1011: Digital Photography

Assistant Professor Luke Strosnider

Meets 9 -11 a.m. and 1 - 3:30 p.m. each class day

In this introductory course, students will explore the medium of digital photography. Course content includes learning how to use the manual settings of a Digital Single Lens Reflex camera, using Mac OS based photographic software, becoming familiar with basic photographic terminology and technique, learning how to edit a group of photographs based on a set of criteria, and printing images, as well as thinking about the work produced in class within the context of contemporary art and other forms of photography. Students must have an 8-megapixel (or larger) digital camera. (3 credits)

Prerequisites: None
There is a lab/materials fee applied to this course.

PNT2011: Painting I

Associate Professor Samuel Rowlett

Meets 9 -11 a.m. and 1 - 3:30 p.m. each class day

This course presents an introduction to the fundamental principles and techniques of painting. Through a variety of experiential projects, students gain a practical understanding of the use of painting tools, color mixing and theory, as well as critical discourse. Students explore a range of subjects and visual strategies, including still life, landscape, and the figure, as well as abstract and conceptual problems to strengthen each student’s formal and personal development. Projects are contextualized and linked through the integrated study of art historical movements and contemporary artists engaging in the dialog of painting. Emphasis will be on the development of core skills in the discipline, exploration of materials and methods, knowledge of contemporary and historical precedents, presentation of work, and critique. (3 credits)

Prerequisites: None
There is a lab/materials fee applied to this course.

PHE1181: Walking for Health

Instructor TBD

Meets 4 - 5:30 p.m. each class day

This course is designed for students who are interested in beginning a low-impact exercise regimen of walking on varied terrain using optimal striding and breathing techniques. Course may not be repeated. (1 credit)

Prerequisites: None

Online Classes — J-Term 2024

PHE1185: Fundamentals of an Active Life

Instructor Parker Farthing

Meets on Microsoft Teams 4 - 5 p.m. Eastern each class day

Fundamentals of Sports and Exercise promotes lifelong physical activity habits by introducing students to basic principles, movement concepts, and etiquette of sports and fitness. Students will examine their own lived experience with sports and fitness and engage in physical activity throughout the duration of the course. Students complement their physical activities by exploring fitness and health-related topics through reading and watching weekly lesson content, engaging in class discussions, and the maintenance of a personal activity tracker. Course may not be repeated. (1 Credit)

Prerequisites: None

COM2067: Media Fandom

Assistant Professor Eric Milman

Meets on Microsoft Teams 1 - 2 p.m. and 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern each class day

This course will be an exploration of the importance of media fandom, fan conventions, and fan creations (e.g., fan art, fanfiction, etc.) from the 1960s to today. It will also explore the three waves of fandom research that begin in the 1980s. During this course, students will select a media fandom community to study online, performing a Netnography to better understand their chosen fandom both broadly and specifically. (2 Credits)

Prerequisites: None

Study Away — J-Term 2024

COM3065 — Internatural Communication in Putney, Vermont and St. Croix, US Virgin Islands (3 credits)

Join us in January 2024 for an exciting hybrid program: COM3065 on campus in Putney, Vermont; and in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. Learn about humans’ relationship with nature and animals while exploring the great outdoors.

Academic Director: Professor Lee Crocker

Program Dates: January 2–18, 2024. This course follows the J-Term 2024 schedule.

  • Arrival on campus Monday, January 1, 2024
  • Course begins on campus Tuesday, January 2, 2024
  • Travel to St. Croix as a group on Thursday, January 11, 2024
  • Return to Vermont Thursday, January 18, 2024 (course ends)

Application deadline: November 1, 2023

For more information about this program including program fee, travel information and course prerequisites, and to apply, visit the St. Croix Study Abroad Webpage.

Fees — J-Term 2024

Landmark College Students, On Campus (January 2 – 18, 2024)

Tuition (per 3 credit course) $5,300
Room $630
Board       $630
Total $6,560
Tuition (per 1 credit PE course) $290


Landmark College Students, Online (January 2 – 18, 2024)

Tuition (per 2 credit course) $2,700
Tuition (per 1 credit PE course) $290
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