January Term

Creativity, Breadth, Diversity and Intensity: Jan Term classes are intended to be a lively, challenging, exciting and horizon-broadening academic experience. Want to serve, learn, and explore far from home?  (The students above did!)  Hope to pick up a new language?  How about exploring some Bay Area museums?  Or giving poetry a serious (or playful) try?  Is it time for you to dabble in Econ? Jan Term is your launching pad into these new experiences and more!

Jan Term is a month long session held each January in which every undergraduate explores a single topic in great depth and at an accelerated pace, featuring a unique blend of opportunities on and off campus. 

The Jan Term course lists are a great introduction to the sorts of things you might study— global climate change, wine connoisseurship, urban food justice, and web design are just a few options from past years. You might explore topics like intensive Japanese, entrepreneurship or popular television.

Some of the most exciting Jan Term offerings are travel courses — every January several groups of SMC students fan out across the country and the world, gathering knowledge and providing service. January Term classes have contributed to the rebuilding of New Orleans and Haiti, critiqued movies at the Sundance Film Festival and explored the ecology of Tonga.

Jan Term Emergency Information

Questions? Contact January Term Office at janterm@stmarys-ca.edu  / South Arcade/Korth Tower