January Term is a focused and immersive learning experience that allows you to take a deep dive into a single course or topic. Whether abroad or on campus, all January courses feature exceptional opportunities for innovative learning experiences beyond the standard curriculum. January Term is a unique moment in your Linfield education designed to foster global awareness, develop your insights into major issues of our time, and deepen your understanding of American society.
During January Term, you will concentrate on a single academic course of 2-5 credits. Paracurricular courses may also be taken, up to a maximum of 5 credits for the term. First-year, non-transfer students on the McMinnville campus have specific requirements (see below).
McMinnville and Portland campus students may not begin their Linfield studies during January Term.
The January Term on campus offers opportunities for students to explore the college’s curriculum, engage in career development and internships, take one-time special topics courses, and/or take a course in the Linfield Curriculum or in their major department. Intensive courses are offered that typically meet four or five days a week so that students can complete one full semester course over the period of four weeks.
Because of its structure, students have more focused time with faculty and fellow students, as well as a chance to take a course that helps make progress toward degree completion or to explore a topic in a course that they otherwise might not take.
The college hosts an array of events, workshops and lectures during the January Term. Many of these events are open to all students, and several are geared to first-year students only. There is no additional cost to participate in these events. The campus community is lively, with about half of all students on campus.
In addition to the academic course that each student will take, events, workshops and lectures are offered that focus around:
- connecting to the college
- examining identity
- career exploration
- community engagement
A typical student week in January 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, among many other choices.
$255 per credit is charged for all on-campus January Term courses. This fee is waived for first-year non-transfer students. There will be no room fee for students remaining in College Housing during January Term. Students living in the residence halls must be on one of three Jan Term Meal Plans. Students will register for Jan Term Housing via the Housing Portal in November, and will receive an e-mail when the Housing Portal is open.
These costs can be found on page 25 of the College Catalog.
January Term Scheduled Course Offerings are posted on the Registrar’s webpage.
First-Year, non-transfer Students on the McMinnville Campus
First-year non-transfer McMinnville campus students who start in the fall semester are required to participate in their first January Term. Students must take a 3-5 credit course on the McMinnville campus. Students may also take a single 1-credit paracurricular course, up to the limit of 5 total credits for the term.
The January Term per-credit course fees are waived for all first-year, non-transfer students who started the previous fall semester. Students are responsible for meal costs, course-specific fees, and the student activity fee. Please refer to the first-year student FAQ for further details.
Off-campus course opportunities
January Term off-campus courses offer a compressed introduction to cultures beyond the Linfield campus. These four-week long classes foster global awareness and provide innovative, hands-on learning opportunities. Most off-campus Jan Term courses are team-taught by two faculty, and many departments regularly offer such courses. Information and a list of offerings is provided by the International Programs Office.
Online course opportunities
An option for students other than McMinnville campus first year, non-transfer students is to take a Linfield course online offered through Online and Continuing Education (OCE). Courses offered through OCE are 5 weeks in duration.