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A Year in the Life
ne of the things that makes BSC special is the chance to study in a new way—
whether it’s in-depth, abroad, in the field, or tackling some creative endeavor—
during a four-week period in January. Under the new Explorations curriculum,
students are required to take two Exploration Term classes during their BSC career, getting
out into the local or global community and taking part in research, service, internship, and
travel. This year, more than 1,000 students enrolled in E-term projects like:
Traveling to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah;
Classes on campus in subjects from criminal law to knitting to medical ethics;
Studying wildlife, ecology, and conservation in the Galapagos Islands;
Serving two local inner-city neighborhoods with local non-profits and religious groups;
Producing the children’s opera
Little Red Riding Hood
and performing it at local schools
and Children’s Hospital;
Teaching English as a second language to schoolchildren in Ghana, Africa.
Students in “The Greening of Birmingham”
class, taught by Southern Environmental
Center Director Roald Hazelhoff (far left),
visited Chattanooga, where they’re pictured
here on bikes in the city center.
Photo courtesy of Outdoor Chattanooga.
Students traveled to South Africa with BSC Robert E. Luckie
Professor of English Dr. Sandra Sprayberry to study the culture
and history of the country before and after Apartheid. They met
with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, shown here.
Many students who
took part in E-term this
year blogged about their
experiences. Here’s just