Exploration Term refers to a period of four weeks during January that provides an opportunity for innovation and experimentation for both students
and faculty. The courses and projects offered during the termmay vary in content and technique, but they all share the goal of providing an
opportunity for exploration not possible during the regular term, including opportunities for study-travel or focused creative production. In addition to
faculty-led projects, sophomore, junior, and senior students are encouraged to use initiative and imagination to develop their own contracted projects
through the Office of Exploration Term and Contract Learning.
All first-year students must enroll in a course listed in the Exploration Term Bulletin. They may not contract individualized Exploration Term projects.
Following the first year of study, students may contract individualized exploration projects. Contracted projects meet the same academic standards
as courses listed in the Exploration Term Bulletin and must be supervised by faculty members from Birmingham-Southern College. Each contracted
project must be approved by the project sponsor, the student’s faculty advisor, the appropriate department chair, and the Exploration Term and
Contract Learning Committee.
Students under the Explorations curriculummust complete at least two Exploration Terms. Each project counts as a full unit. All projects, whether
graded with a letter or “S/U,” count toward the requirement of two Exploration Term units. For those majors where the Exploration Term is used
for the senior project, the senior project must receive a letter grade. A transfer student who meets only the minimum residency requirements for a
degree must complete two Exploration Term projects.
All Exploration Term projects are recorded on permanent records and class schedules according to discipline abbreviations (including “GEN” for those
projects outside of the disciplines offered at the College). If required for the major, senior Exploration Term projects will be recorded as 499.
Exploration Term projects do not count toward academic area requirements under the Explorations curriculum. Exploration Term projects used to
fulfill Explorations Curriculum Learning Outcomes must receive a letter grade.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Koinonia scholarship applications due to the Office of Exploration Term and Contract Learning
Thursday, October 3
First-year students meet with advisors during Common Hour to receive instructions for
completing Exploration Term preference forms
Monday, October 7
Last day for first-year students to complete online Exploration Term preference forms
Tuesday, October 15 – Thursday, October 17 Exploration Term registration for seniors, juniors, and sophomores
Friday, October 18
Exploration Term contracts due in the Office of Exploration Term and Contract Learning
Thursday, November 14
Exploration Term project orientation meetings for all projects during the Common Hour
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Residence halls open at noon
Friday, January 3
First day of Exploration Term; all Exploration Term projects meet at 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 7
Last day to drop without a grade or to add an Exploration Term project
Wednesday, January 15
Last day to drop a project with a grade of “W”
Monday, January 20
Martin Luther King, Jr., Day (no classes)
Friday, January 31
Last day of Exploration Term
Saturday, February 1 – Monday, February 3 Winter Break
Friday, February 7
Professors report Exploration Term grades
Tuesday, February 11
Grades available on TheSIS
Thursday, May 1
January 2015 travel award applications due to the Office of Exploration Term
and Contract Learning