Today, Austin College students begin courses in Ethnomusicology, The Bicycle, and The ABC’s of Serial Killers, or one of the other 59 in-depth courses offered.
Students take only one course during the January 3-24 term, and many courses are designed to take advantage of the opportunity for travel and field work. Courses are available on campus, some include travel nationally and internationally, and others are offered at Ghost Ranch in northwestern New Mexico.
Many students take courses outside their major during the unique term offering. Students must complete three January Term courses, or one January Term course for each fall term as a student at Austin College.
International courses include trips to China, Scotland, Japan, Spain, Guatemala, Mexico, France, England, and Costa Rica. Students are also traveling to New York City, the Florida Everglades, and Washington, D.C.
Many students are spending the term in internships or independent study projects in the local community, students’ hometowns, or around the globe.
On-campus courses include: Your Financial Future; Molecular Gastronomy; Greeks/Romans in Modern Sci-Fi; Reading Dostoevsky; Medical Qigong; Bridge for Scholars; The Vietnam War on Film; Science of Solving Crimes; and Algorithmic Trading.
Ghost Ranch is an education and retreat center of The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), located in Abiquiu, New Mexico, approximately 90 minutes from Santa Fe. Courses offered at the center include: Black and White Landscape Photography; Introduction to Silversmithing in the Southwest Tradition; Southwest Pottery; and Triassic Park.
Austin College is a leading national independent liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Founded in 1849, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name, the college is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Recognized nationally for academic excellence in the areas of international education, pre-professional training, and leadership studies, Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges that Change Lives.