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January 5, 2005

Birmingham-Southern students spending January in non-traditional learning, travel

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Although Birmingham-Southern College is known for its traditional liberal arts curriculum, it sets aside one month each year for its faculty and students to engage in non-traditional learning together.

More than 200 Birmingham-Southern students are spending January involved in service-learning and study projects locally, nationally, and internationally as part of the college's Interim Term.

Interim projects this year range from travel to the Caribbean to learn about its naval history to constructing a school in Mozambique to studying the economy and social policies in Southeast Asia. Students in Southeast Asia have modified their itinerary to also study how the region and nations are reacting to the Tsunami disaster. Locally, a group of BSC students is working to improve the communities of East and West Birmingham.

Over 100 other students are spending Interim Term in individually contracted study experiences across the state and nation, while others are participating in creative course offerings on the BSC campus.

BSC's Interim is a four-week period each January in which students develop their potential for creative activity and independent study by exploring one topic or interest. This intensive program of experiential learning offers students unique opportunities to be further enriched through on- and off-campus projects, independent study or research, foreign study experiences, and challenging and unusual internships. Students gain academic credit for their experiences.

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