January Term Courses at Trinity College Offer Broad Range of Innovative Topics

Registration for J-Term Runs November 6 through December 6; See Full List of Course Offerings

​Hartford, Connecticut, November 6, 2017 – Registration is now open for the 2018 January Term (J-Term) at Trinity College. Classes will take place for 20 hours over two weeks, running January 8-19; students can take one class during the term, earning a .5 class credit. Students interested in enrolling in a J-Term class can register between Monday, November 6, and Wednesday, December 6. Among the course offerings are “Designing Your Life,” “Your Table is Ready,” “Analyzing and Communicating Financial Data,” “Electronic Dance Music Culture,” “Power, People, and Politics,” “Using R for Data Visualization,” and “West Africa Abroad,” which includes travel to the country of Bénin.

Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success Angel Pérez said that his course, “Designing Your Life,” is based on a popular Stanford University course that encourages students to plan for careers and life after college. “Using design-thinking principles and methods, students will spend a week learning how to engage these complex questions and develop the critical skills to become the architects of their own lives,” Pérez said. “This course uses Stanford University’s award-winning Design School curriculum and the literature of higher education and design thinking to engage students in a fast-paced, interactive experience that is bound to create a paradigm shift in their lives.” The course will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. January 15-18, and a few evening activities throughout the week will be required. “I’m thrilled to be offering this course at Trinity. We are one of only 12 schools in the nation chosen to teach Stanford’s ‘Design Your Life’ curriculum. After having gone through the experience myself, I can tell you it’s life-transforming. Any student who takes the course will never approach problem-solving the same way again,” Perez said.

Chair of the English Department and Associate Professor of English Chloe Wheatley’s course, “Your Table is Ready,” will offer students an experience in analyzing and writing about restaurant culture. “Food–its preparation, consumption, overabundance, and absence–is saturated with cultural meaning,” said Wheatley. “We will focus on the restaurant as a significant social, cultural, and literary site, and upon the various types of texts–fiction and nonfiction–that both reflect and help to create that significance.” Wheatley said the course will help students develop their writing and research skills and utilize techniques of critical and literary analysis. Additionally, the course will include a community learning component focused on the restaurant culture of Hartford.

Tuition for a half-credit J-Term course is $1,500. Students who receive a need-based grant from Trinity will be eligible to receive some financial aid.  For further details, please contact the Financial Aid Office. On-campus housing will be provided for Trinity students, and housing fees will be waived for the January Term. After the regular registration period, late J-Term registrations will be accepted through Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Registrations received after December 6 will be charged a $100 late fee.

A full listing of course offerings can be found on the January Term website.

Written by Kyle M. McGrath ’18