Exploration Term and Contract Learning News!
The 2013 Exploration Term Bulletin is now available! Click here for the course
The Exploration Term Contract Deadline Is October 19, 2012
The Exploration Term Drop/Add/Late Registration/Overload Form is Available Here.
The office of Exploration Term and Contract Learning has moved to Norton 262, in the Engaged Programs Suite.
The Exploration Term and Contract Learning at BSC
Exposure, Experience, Enlightenment
What does hiking through Patagonia, swimming with dolphins, working
with elementary school students in Harlem, or sailing a classic tall
ship through the Caribbean have to do with college? If you ask this
question in January, the answer is .
. . plenty.
Birmingham-Southern College offers a mini-term between the fall
and spring academic semesters. This four-week January term, known
as the "Exploration Term," extends the classroom by giving
students time away from traditional academics and activities and
allowing them to engage in creative opportunities both on- and off-campus.
BSC's Exploration Term program allows students to explore one topic
or interest for the month of January. The focus of this intensive period is
experiential learning, with the intention of enhancing the liberal
arts education through hands-on practical experience and in-depth,
personal knowledge. Students may choose from on- and off-campus
independent study or research, group and individual study-travel
experiences, and challenging internships. Off-campus opportunities include service learning projects, which give students the opportunity to work with others in local, national, or international communities.
Specialized Exploration Term courses across BSC's academic departments are offered
on campus each year. Under the Explorations curriculum, students must complete a minimum of two January Exploration Term projects.
As a complement to Exploration Term courses, the faculty and staff sponsor
numerous extracurricular activities during the Exploration Term in order
to foster an atmosphere of exploration and learning on campus.
Students who are interested in participating in an independent study
or an internship for academic credit during the Exploration Term must
complete a contract under the supervision of a BSC faculty member.
BSC students have done all sorts of individualized projects, ranging
from photographing the American West to investigating jazz music
in New Orleans to compiling an oral history of the homeless.
Students usually contract projects during January, but contract-learning opportunities are available throughout the academic year.