If you had a month to study anything you wanted to, what would you choose to learn? Would you lose yourself in literature from the mid-1800s? Could you learn how to build a telescope, fly a plane, or curate a museum exhibit? Maybe you’d stage an opera in 30 days, or investigate the biology behind life-saving cancer treatments. 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.
The Science of Stress and Well-Being
Explore how psychologists, biologists, and behavioral economists apply experimental work to recommend how behavioral changes in our daily lives can lower stress and increase happiness. Critique and implement research-based methods in their own lives, with the end goal of lowering stress and measuring a change in well-being.
Instructor: Professor Nora Nickels, Psychological Science Department
Real Estate Analysis
Nearly everyone will own real estate in their lifetime. Whether you wish to learn how to buy and value a house or duplex, develop a commercial property, or be able to develop a commercial lending real estate proposal, this course will help by examining real estate found in the surrounding community through multiple lenses.
Instructor: Professor Catherine Lau, Accounting and Finance Department
South Asia Through Children’s and Young Adult Literature
Examines book reflecting stories, characters, and cultures from South Asia for grades pre-K through high school. Selection guidelines, evaluation of literary quality as well as cultural authenticity, and teaching applications will be explored.
Instructor: Professor Marilyn Ward, Education Department
History of the British Isles According to Hollywood
Study through film the history of the British Isles and the identity of the people that inhabit them, focusing on both the value and hazards of history as presented in movies.
Instructor: Professor John Leazer, History Department
Managing and Leading in a Complex World
Integrate elements of psychology organizational behavior and organizational theory to illustrate the complexity of individual effectiveness in organizations. Explore unconscious bias in decision-making, understand contemporary leadership and motivation theories, and research in the area of followership. In addition to gaining an advanced understanding of these areas, students will consider their own experiences as well as engage in case study analysis for a deeper understanding of the material in an environment to engage in critical thought, scholarly discourse, and philosophical debate about behaviors required to be successful in a rapidly changing world.
Instructor: Professor Colleen O’Brien, Management and Marketing Department
Applied Contemporary Mathematics
This is an entry-level course appropriate for most college students that emphasizes mathematical reasoning in everyday experiences. The geometry unit deals with form, growth, size, and patterns found in living populations and created art. The mathematics of social choice studies techniques of decision-making, voting, and optimizing alternatives. Operations research discusses algorithms for scheduling, planning, and creating networks. Standard statistical measures also are studied and interpreted. This course is designed for any student who does not need the technical vocabulary of trigonometry or analytic geometry.
Instructor: Professor Aaron Trautwein, Mathematics Department
Physics for Future Presidents
This course introduces 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. This course considers 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.
Instructor: Professor Daniel Steiner, Physics Department
History of the British Isles According to Hollywood
Use film to study the history of the British Isles and the identity of the people who inhabit them. This course focuses on both the value and hazards of history as presented in movies.
John Leazer, History
Jazz History and Styles will survey the development of jazz through a written and recorded anthology of the genre. The course begins with a study of the influences in African, American, African-American, and European quarters, and ends with a review of contemporary artists. Student assessment will include written tests, listening logs, and research papers.
Instructor: Professor James Ripley, Music Department
The Influence and Expressions of Modern Art and Theatre
The course explores the development of the “Modern” movements in art and theatre at the end of the nineteenth century, and the impact and influences of the movement into the 21st century. Explore the disciplines of theatre and art, and examine how each form uses different lenses within which to view and comment on society. Analyze and review different periods within or influenced by the modern movement. Read representative plays from the period and associate one or more prominent artists of the period with the dramatist. A final project will be presented at the end of the course that assimilates and demonstrates the principles of the course.
Instructor: Maureen Kruger, Theatre Department