January Term

Experiential Learning, Reflective Thinking and Effective Learning Environments

Loras College January Term is an intense, three-week learning experience that offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a single topic of study. This learning immersion comes in many forms because all January courses have an emphasis on learning through experiences. For example, students might participate in simulations, field excursions, research projects with faculty, domestic or international travel, performance or studio art, or other hands-on activities.

January term courses come from all disciplines and can often fulfill requirements in the majors, general education or serve as electives. All first year students are required to enroll in a January term course during their first year and are ineligible to apply for an international course.

Sample January Term Offerings:

  • Plants and Human Health
  • Chemistry of Forensics
  • The Wonderful World of Animation
  • Global Filmmaking
  • Hippies in the Haight-Ashbury
  • Women and Crime
  • Mechatronics & Smart Product Design
  • Travel Writing: Guatemala & International Service
  • Sports Business
  • The Theory and Practice of Bioethics
  • The Psychology of Stress
  • Mathematics for Survival
  • Native Voices Native Lives
  • Bleak House in Context
  • Ireland in Film
  • Early Childhood Language and Literature

Our J-Term offers students an opportunity for learning that develops and builds upon key components of the Loras experience including experiential learning, reflective thinking and small, effective learning environments. The breadth of January course offerings provides additional opportunities for students to truly explore the liberal arts. Local, domestic and international courses are all offered, so students have many options.