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Jan. 2, 2014

Birmingham-Southern College's E-Term is underway

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Now that the New Year has begun, Birmingham-Southern students have a chance to branch out from their usual academic course load and explore some new topics and travel.

Indian E-Term

The Exploration Term will take place Jan. 3-31, 2014, creating an opportunity for students to place a greater emphasis on experiential learning. From forensic accounting to World War II films, from service learning in Ghana to ceramics, students cherish being able to explore new subject matter and focus on one topic in great detail—all while earning academic credit.

BSC's E-term has entered its 43rd year with more than 50 course offerings.

Faculty and students will be able to study and travel together, visiting countries around the world to bring learning to life. The seven faculty-led courses for E-Term 2014 will travel to England, France, Galapagos Islands, Czech Republic, Italy, Africa, Germany, and Russia.

An example of the study-travel projects include "European Culture and Global Media" with travel to St. Petersburg, Russia; Berlin, Germany; London, England; Istanbul, Turkey; and Florence, Italy, where students will explore the world of new and old global media—from local television to online access to social media—in these important world capitals. The course will trace the most traditional venues of expression as well as the newest forms of communication in Europe. Students will travel for 20 days, keep a journal, and write a final paper comparing and contrasting these elements, according to the course description provided by Howell Heflin Professor of Political Science Dr. Natalie Davis and Professor of Spanish Dr. Janie Spencer.

E-term also provides other engaging experiences, which include, but are not limited to: conducting research, working full-time on a theatre production, interning and shadowing professionals, taking an on-campus advanced course, and doing community service.

Some of the interesting courses that will be offered on campus in January range from "Where Underpants Come From" to "Digital Detox" to "Fly Away: the African-American Great Migration," to name just a few.

BSC faculty and students who've participated in Exploration Term are strongly supportive of it. Students say:

  • "It's a great time to experience things we normally wouldn't get to do. Plus, all the classes are fun."
  • "I have a chance to jump outside of my typical interests and engage in a project I am unfamiliar with."
  • "I've learned things I never thought I would."

View the January 2014 Exploration Term course list.

Watch a video of the 2013 E-Term course "Paint, Glaze, Ink."

About Birmingham-Southern College:

Birmingham-Southern College is a four-year, private liberal arts institution in Birmingham, Ala., founded in 1856 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It enrolls about 1,200 students from more than 30 states and 16 foreign countries. Learn more online at www.bsc.edu.