Like its nickname, the "J-Term" at Buena Vista University is short - it lasts only three weeks - but its format allows students to take some unusual educational courses.
Many students will travel to far-off places, many will work at internships in other cities, and even those who stay right here on the Storm Lake campus will pack a lot of fun in to the January Interim session.
The session takes place between the fall and spring semesters and is designed to provide a unique learning experience by allowing students to spend three weeks studying a single topic of interest.
Although many students enroll in study-travel courses for the January Interim, the session also boasts some unusual courses right on the BVU campus. Art students have enrolled in a class called "Designing and Building Your Own Furniture."
"Not only are they learning what makes good design, the students are actually practicing their basic woodworking skills and solving problems with design and materials," says Mac Hornecker, professor of art.
A course in "Storytelling" is teaching students how to tell stories happily ever after. "An Examination of the Social Impact of the Automobile on American Culture" allows students to take a close look at our love affairs with cars.
Students in "The Ultimate History Course" are learning about the universe and our place in it - and speculating on whether there are other life forms out there.
Read the rest of this article in the 1/16 Pilot Tribune.