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January 11, 2011

January Interim Term at BSC enriches students' learning experiences

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The January Interim Term at Birmingham-Southern College encourages students to undertake unique and self-directed learning on campus, locally, in Washington, D.C., or anywhere in the world.

Designed to be a time of innovation and exploration, the month-long Interim Term gives students the opportunity to study a topic of interest through special one-time topics courses, on- and off-campus creative projects, independent study or research, foreign study experiences, and challenging and unusual internships—all for academic credit.

Fifteen students are in Honduras learning about the ecological processes and organisms that form coral reefs. You can read their blog here.

Another group of nine BSC students is working at an inner-city church in San Francisco serving meals and providing other services to the homeless. Locally, 10 students are working to improve some communities in East-Central Birmingham.

Another 150 students are traveling in London, Czech Republic, Italy, Ireland, England, Guatemala, Southeast Asia, Paris, and other foreign cities and countries for individual or faculty- or staff-guided study projects. Hundreds of other students are spending Interim Term in individually contracted study experiences across the state and nation, as well as in creative course offerings on the BSC campus.

BSC sophomores Coty Lovelady and Johnny Eckerd chose an individualized Interim project this year and are traveling together throughout the South to visit craft artists, documenting their work and process. They've posted a visual blog of their travel experiences so far.

Follow seniors Tina Gillespie (urban environmental studies major) and Jordan Jackson (psychology major) on their Old South journey. Read their blog daily at to gain insight and get updates on their travels. They’ll be visiting plantation homes, civil war battle sites, and historic colonial places—to name a few. 

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