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January Term

January Term at Linfield College is a four-week term offered between fall and spring semesters. January Term is a time for students to explore the college’s curriculum, take advantage of study abroad courses, internships, special one-time topics courses, Linfield Curriculum courses or offerings in the major. The term features intensive classes that typically meet five days per week, giving students an opportunity to complete a full semester course in a shorter period of time.

Linfield offers a rich array of on-campus, online and study abroad courses. First-year non-transfer students are required to participate in their first January Term.

Registration for January Term is concurrent with spring registration.

First-Year Student Requirement

A course with a minimum of three credits during January Term is required during the first year on the McMinnville campus for all non-transfer students. In order to graduate with a bachelor's degree from Linfield College, any non-transfer student enrolled in the fall semester as a first-year student at Linfield during or after Fall 2015 must enroll for the January Term.

As part of each student’s first-year experience, January Term is designed to provide continuity between fall and spring semesters, to enhance Linfield’s commitment to integrating curricular and co-curricular offerings, to foster diverse interactions with other students and the local community, and to create an environment in which students can develop friendships and have fun.

In addition to the course that each student will take, Linfield hosts an array of events, workshops and lectures during Jan Term. These are focused around Connecting to the College, Examining Identity, Career Exploration and Community Engagement. A typical student week in Jan Term might include several hours of class each morning, an evening lecture on diversity in the media, an afternoon cooking class, a Linfield basketball game, and a day of service, amongst many other choices.

The cost of participating is included in tuition: per-credit course fees and housing fees are waived for all first-year, non-transfer students during the January Term. Students are responsible for meal costs, course-specific fees, and the ASLC fee.

Jan Term Events Calendar

Jan Term Dining Program Information

Frequently Asked Questions


Each January Term, Linfield offers a range of courses: Linfield curriculum classes, majors and electives, internships, and experiential learning opportunities. Students appreciate focused time with faculty and fellow students, and a chance to take courses that help make progress to degree completion or to explore courses that they might not ordinarily take.

$235 per credit is charged for all on-campus January Term courses. Students are responsible for housing and board costs incurred.

January Term Scheduled Course Offerings are posted on the Registrar’s webpage prior to Registration.


Another option for sophomores, juniors and seniors is to take a Linfield course online offered through Online and Continuing Education (OCE). There is a wide array of courses to choose from. OCE’s Winter term dates differ slightly from those on the McMinnville campus.

Off-Campus - International

January Term Study Abroad courses are designed to foster global awareness, develop insights into major issues of our time, and deepen understanding of American society. They offer participants unique opportunities for innovative learning experiences beyond the standard curriculum.

Students concentrate on a single academic course of 2-5 credits. With permission of the instructor of that course, a one-credit paracurricular class may be added.

January Term off-campus courses are planned and led by Linfield faculty. They are usually limited to 10-12 students for each site chosen through a competitive interview selection process. Students cannot participate in both a Semester Abroad and January Term off-campus international program in the same academic year without special permission from the International Programs Office.

For all students, regardless of their major or minor, Linfield provides the first round-trip air transportation from the Portland International Airport to one destination outside the continental U.S. for one off-campus program – for approved travel for semester, academic year, or January Term programs – for each student who meets program requirements. Students who have already taken one program at college expense must pay airfare for subsequent programs arranged by the college unless a second program is certified by the Registrar as necessary for completing a major or minor with a required study-abroad component. Students who are so certified are entitled to a second round-trip airfare at college expense.

Students participating in an off-campus January Term course pay a program fee to cover the cost of the program and their living expenses such as accommodations, land transportation and other on-site costs.

  • The program fee varies according to location and format.
  • Course costs and estimates are subject to change.
  • $235 per credit is charged for all January Term courses, both abroad and domestic.
  • Passports and visa fees are the responsibility of each student. Linfield will help to facilitate the visa processes and students’ accounts will be charged accordingly.

Students are responsible for any meal costs incurred during course days on campus prior to departure or after return. Meal provisions for the periods spent off-campus vary for each course. Depending on location, student should plan on spending approximately $600-900 for meals and personal expenses.

The following courses will be offered during January term 2017:

BIOL/POLS 298 Forests of Middle Earth: Landscape Ecology and the Politics of Conservation – Study of the forested ecosystems of New Zealand, drawing connections between biological diversity, land preservation, and the politics of conservation. Four geographic regions will be explored that span the ecological breadth of the South Island. Students will be required to learn the woody plant species that typify each region, as well as the non-woody plants, birds, insects, pathogens, and native and nonnative mammals that inhabit these forests. To understand forest conservation the culture of the first peoples to inhabit the island – the Maori – and their past and present interaction with the native forests will be examined. This view will be contrasted with the impact of colonialism on New Zealand and the bearing that the subsequent imbalance of power between the early and later arrivers had on forest and land conservation. Discussions will focus on the concepts of land preservation and forest management and the role that politics has played in either exacerbating or resolving preservation and management issues. Some of the field sites will be remote and difficult to access, requiring long, strenuous hikes or in some cases backpacking and camping. Learned skills from this course will include plant and animal identification, general principles of forest ecology, and a basic knowledge of the relationship between the scientific study of ecology and the political process that affects policy outcomes with respect to conservation efforts. Prerequisite: Students will be required to enroll and participate in IDST 098 Orientation for International Study (1 credit) in Fall 2016. 4 credits. (GP or NW)

ENGL 398/BIOL 398 Literary Biology of the Sea of Cortez - Discussion and analysis of the literary biology of the Sea of Cortez through selected readings and a recreation of the voyage of author John Steinbeck and biologist Edward Ricketts. Observation and identification of the flora, fauna and ecology of the Baja Peninsula and the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez). Discussion of the works of Steinbeck and Ricketts and implications of this work on modern conservation issues. Writing assignments, class discussion, field book and student projects. Prerequisite: Students will be required to enroll and participate in IDST 098 Orientation for International Study (1 credit) in Fall 2016. 4 credits. (UQ or NW)

MLSP/HIST 398 Citiscapes & Cultural Encounters: Andalusian Spain and Morocco - Study of diverse groups that have since ancient times lived and or traversed  Andalusia, Spain and the North of Morocco. Examination of city life as space of cultural and political developments both in historical and modern contexts. Guided tours to archeological sites, museums, markets and sacred spaces. Prerequisite: Students will be required to enroll and participate in IDST 098 Orientation for International Study (1 credit) in Fall 2016. 4 credits. (GP or VP)

MSCM 398 Mass Media in the European Union - Examination of contemporary issues in mass communication within the European Union, primarily through the examination of the mass media institutions of select EU nations. Mass media governance, content production, distribution, and regulation, and the influence of political, economic, and social forces on media content, consumption patterns, and social movements. Principles and practices of radio reporting and audio production, and production and publication of interactive multimedia  content. Seminar, discussion, studio and field media production, and field study. Prerequisite: Students will be required to enroll and participate in IDST 098 Orientation for International Study (1 credit) in Fall 2016. 4 credits. (GP or IS)

MUSC 298 Italian Opera from Baroque to Verismo - Examine the genre of opera as a gateway to the study of Italian culture, society, political upheavals, and changing aesthetic norms.  Explore the regional origins and popularization of operatic tradition from its beginnings in 17th-century aristocratic Florence to the rise of bel canto, Verdian romanticism, and the brutal realism of verismo at the turn of the 20th century. No prerequisites, although any of the following courses are recommended for preparatory study:  MUSC 131; MUSC 233; HIST 120; HIST 121; or AAVC 110. 4 Credits. (CS)

NURS 398 Health Care in Peru - Off-campus service learning experience providing nursing care in urban and rural areas of Peru under the auspices of Health Bridges International, Inc. In addition, students gain cultural insights and understanding through collaboration with local partners; visit historical, environmental, and health care sites; and engage in integrative group discussions. Prerequisite: Students will be required to enroll and participate in IDST 098 Orientation for International Study (1 credit) in Fall 2016. 4 credits. (GP)

NURS 398 Ancient Wall, Ancient Health: A Study of Healthcare in China - Students will examine China’s healthcare system directly by traveling to China and assessing the delivery of healthcare in various settings. The evaluation of the political, economical, religious, and social forces and their effects on healthcare will also be explored. Focus will be identifying the strengths and weaknesses of China’s health system. Comparison of Chinese, and US healthcare system will be explored. Prerequisite: Students will be required to enroll and participate in IDST 098 Orientation for International Study (1 credit) in Fall 2016. 4 credits. (GP)

PHYS 398 China’s Solutions to Energy Issues in the 21st Century - Over the past decade, China has grown to be one of the largest energy consuming nations in the world, forcing the Chinese government to quickly reconsider its energy policy.  This course explores China’s approaches to addressing pollution effects and reducing carbon emissions. In the process, students will be asked to compare and contrast this with the energy policy of the United States. Prerequisite: Students will be required to enroll and participate in IDST 098 Orientation for International Study (1 credit) in Fall 2016. 4 credits. (NW or GP)

POLS 298 The politics of Cuban Identity and Public Policy in Miami and Havana - Taking advantage of the opening of formal relations between the U.S. and Cuba, comparison of the construction of Cuban identities and value systems among people of Cuban heritage in Miami and Havana. Consideration of how these identities affect the making and implementation of health care, education and environmental policies in democratic vs. state socialist political systems. 4 credits. (IS or GP)

Students interested in the off-campus programs should consult with the International Programs Office, Melrose Hall, Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon 97128. Telephone: 503.883.2222 or email Linfield reserves the right to cancel or change the provisions of the program at any time.

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