If you had a month to study anything you wanted to, what would you choose to learn? Would you lose yourself in electronic music? Could you learn how to create intaglio prints or try your shot at an acting class? Maybe you’d study the human connection, or explore the shared accounts of prominent religious figures. Your J-Term, your choice.
Carthage’s January Term offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in course topics not always available during the spring and fall terms. While many students choose to study abroad during J-Term, most students remain on campus, where they take a single course in a subject of their choosing.
J-Term courses meet for three hours every day, either from 9 a.m. to noon or from 1 to 4 p.m. This format allows students to dive deep into their course material, and then spend the other half of the day studying, hanging out with friends, or enjoying the Wisconsin winter.
Here’s a look at some of the courses offered on campus during J-Term.
This course provides a broad grounding in the history and current interdisciplinary understandings of human communication. Students will explore the role of identity/self and perception, verbal and nonverbal communication, listening, and culture in human interaction. These concepts will be further applied to the study of relationships, small groups, organizations, rhetoric, and media.
The traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam share accounts about prominent figures and have significantly different interpretations of what they share. Students will examine the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim sacred scriptures through a comparative reading of shared key personalities. Similarities and differences of interpretation will be analyzed with reference to historical and modern forms of analysis of texts, with special emphasis being on developing mutual understanding and cooperation between the religious traditions. The shared key persons include but will not necessarily be limited to Adam, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Solomon, Mary, and Jesus.
This course presents a topical introduction to the key principles and concepts of physics in the context of world events and natural phenomena that confront world leaders and that require informed decisions and responses. Energy, health, counterterrorism, remote sensing, space programs, nuclear proliferation, and a host of other modern challenges have technological and scientific dimensions, the understanding of which is essential to avoiding disastrous policy decisions. Students will consider the application of physics to these societal challenges. The material is covered at a level and pace that a future world leader should be able to handle; the emphasis is on the development of physical reasoning skills, and not on detailed, mathematical problem-solving.
Learn about the theory, practice, and history of intaglio printmaking. Etching, engraving, drypoint, and mezzotint will be covered. Students will be encouraged to engage in the printmaking process as a means of discovery as they learn to master traditional practices.
Instructor: Lisa Bigalke, Art
The web geographic information systems (GIS) revolution is radically altering how spatially explicit information about the world around us is consumed, applied, and shared. This course aims to enable students from diverse academic backgrounds and interests to (1) search, retrieve, and visualize geographically referenced data using a wide variety of general-purpose, government, and specific-purpose web maps and apps; (2) use ESRI ArcGIS Online, Business Analyst Online, and Community Analyst to find geospatial data, create multilayered thematic maps, and conduct spatial analyses; and (3) build their own web apps, story maps, or geo-enabled mobile apps, through individual- as well as group-based projects. Students need no specialized computer skills to enter the course, but they will be expected to manipulate data and maps using the computer methods discussed in class.
Instructor: Professor Wenjie Sun, Geospatial Science
This course discusses the history and philosophy of education (elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary), as well as current social and political issues of education learning environments, as well as governance issues. Critical-thinking skills will be developed through writing, speaking, and listening.