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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. This is a graduation requirement, which must be met to obtain a bachelor’s degree from Linfield College. This affects any non-transfer student enrolled in the fall semester as a first-year student at Linfield during or after Fall 2015.

As part of each student’s first-year experience, this requirement is designed to provide continuity between fall and spring semesters, to enhance Linfield’s commitment to integrating curricular and co-curricular experiences, 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.

Alongside the course that each student will take, Linfield hosts an array of events, workshops and lectures. These are focused around Connecting to the College, Examining Identity, Career Exploration and Community Engagement. A student’s weekly schedule in Jan Term might include a lecture on diversity in the media, a cooking workshop, 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 Dining Program Information

First-Year Student January Term Requirement 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.

$227 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 website.


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.
  • $227 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 2016:

BIOL 398 Microbiology of Extreme Environments – Exploration of the microbial diversity present on the big island of Hawaii, covering habitats from tundra to lava flows and from desert to coral reefs, and everything in-between. Students will learn next generation molecular techniques for exploring diversity and will have the opportunity to write a manuscript for publication. Students wishing to continue with the project will be encouraged to enroll in BIOL 490 (Independent Research) in Spring 2016. Prerequisite: BIOL 211. 4 credits. (NW)

CHEM/MLGR 398 The Art, Science and Culture of Brewing in Europe – Examine the scientific, artistic and cultural aspects of brewing beer, specifically in the traditions found in Germany, the Czech Republic, and Belgium. Study processes used in brewing beer, chemical, biochemical and biological transformations that occur during brewing and fermentation, and specific brewing cultures found in these countries. Participate in in-class discussions and lectures, on-site visits, reflective journals and on-site activities. Site visits to Berlin, Prague, Bamberg, Ghent and nearby cities. Prior to leaving for Europe, students will brew beer to be bottled upon return and shared during a post-course gathering the first week of spring classes. Prerequisites: Students will be required to enroll and participate in IDST 098 Orientation for International Study (1 credit) in Fall 2015; completion of a lower-division NW and MATH 105 or equivalent; must be 21 or older by the first day of class. 4 credits. (NW or GP)

ECON 398 Economics of Association Football in England – Examination of the economics of association football (soccer) in England through first-hand exposure, local academic and professional expertise, and the tools of economic analysis. Study of the product and resource markets involved, with comparisons to U.S. counterparts. Exploration of how institutional arrangements and FIFA policies affect incentives for teams and players. Prerequisites: ECON 210. Students will be required to enroll and participate in IDST 098 Orientation for International Study (1 credit) in Fall 2015. 4 credits. (IS or GP)

EDUC 398 Multicultural Experiences in Education: Culture and Education in Puerto Rico – Exploration into the culture and educational system of Puerto Rico. Students serve as instructional aides in a private, English-speaking, K-12 school. Cultural immersion through field trips in San Juan and surrounding communities. Ability to speak Spanish is preferred but not required. Prerequisite: EDUC 150 or consent of instructor. 4 credits. (GP)

ENGL 398 Dante and His World – Study of the Inferno and how Dante imagined and populated the afterlife in creating his medieval epic. Placing Dante in the cultural and political context of the early fourteenth century. Preparing a topic drawn from Dante’s cultural world to research and present on-site to the class. Consideration of both the Classical influences from Latin literature and the Christian conventions that shaped his literary, political, and religious convictions. Prerequisites: Students will be required to enroll and participate in IDST 098 Orientation for International Study (1 credit) in Fall 2015; INQS or permission of instructor. 4 credits. (CS)

MATH 298 Traversing the Eulerian Trail – Leonhard Euler was one of the most prolific mathematicians of all time. More important, however, was his impact on almost every field of mathematics. There are few areas of mathematics in which Euler’s contributions have not played a significant role. In this course, we retrace his steps, beginning in St. Petersburg and Berlin. It is in these two cities that Euler spent the majority of this life, alternating between positions at the St. Petersburg Academy and the Berlin Academy. We then end in Basel, Switzerland, the town of his birth, and where attended the Universität Basel. The focus of the course is the mathematics of Euler. We investigate his work and influence in number theory, infinite series, logarithms, algebra, combinatorics, and graph theory. In addition, we consider how the concept of “proof” has evolved from Euler’s time to the present. This course counts toward the major and minor in Mathematics. Prerequisites: MATH 170 with MATH 175 strongly recommended. 4 credits.

MUSC 398 Norwegian & Sami Culture and Music: Hurtigruten Voyage and Nordlys Festival – Study of Norwegian and Sami traditional and contemporary culture and music. Exploration of Grieg, Ibsen, the Joik, and repertoire for Nordlys Music Festival in Tromsø. Visit homes and museums of Grieg and Ibsen and others; guest lectures on traditional and folk music of Norway including Hardanger Fiddling and folkdance of Norway. Sightseeing and music/ cultural events. Guest lectures and community music participation anticipated. Hurtigruten Voyage from Bergen to Tromsø with stop in Trondheim to visit Nidaros Cathedral and Ringve Instrument Museum. Onsite visit to Kautokeino, home of indigenous Sami. Collaboration with students of University of Tromsø anticipated on voyage and in Tromsø. Viewing of Northern Lights. Homestays in Tromsø during the Nordlys Music Festival. Participation in Sami culture and music. Prerequisite: Students will be required to enroll and participate in IDST 098 Orientation for International Study (1 credit) in Fall 2015. 4 Credits. (CS or GP)

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 2015. 4 credits. (GP)

NURS 398 Traditional and Modern Health Care in Southeast Asia – Examination of traditional and modern health care in Southeast Asia. Impact of history, economy, politics, culture and religion on health care. Role of nursing and other health care disciplines in Southeast Asia health care. Prerequisite: Students will be required to enroll and participate in IDST 098 Orientation for International Study (1 credit) in Fall 2015. 4 credits. (GP or IS)

POLS 298 From Colonialism to Globalism: U.S. Foreign Policy, Politics, and Culture in Southeast Asia – Long before the recent “pivot” to Asia, the United States has played a major role in the evolution of history and politics of Southeast Asia, one of the world’s most dynamic and intoxicating regions. This course explores first-hand these developments through an interdisciplinary lens. In it, students will: meet with local and intergovernmental officials, senior U.S. diplomats, and nongovernmental activists; learn about the “American War” in Vietnam from multiple perspectives; explore the comparative legacies of colonialism and history of U.S. bilateral relations in Vietnam, the Philippines, and Thailand through literature and experience; and examine issues of contemporary political relevance, including the regional impact of the rise of China and efforts to combat human trafficking. Prerequisites: POLS 370 or ENGL 301 strongly recommended. 4 credits. (VP or IS or GP)

THTR 398/AAVC 398 Theatre and Visual Arts in Great Britain – A study of British theatre and visual arts scenes, including London, Stratford-upon-Avon and Bath; traditional and avantgarde forms. Includes study of British culture through readings, discussions and immersion in the culture. 4 credits. (CS or GP)

For Further Information

Students interested in any of the above 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.