Students may earn Jan Plan credit and up to three credit hours toward the 128 hours required for graduation by completing one of dozens of courses offered on campus during January. An online list of courses
is finalized in October, when course selection takes place. Among on-campus courses offered in January 2013:
- Pills, Potions, and Poisons, the history of natural products as medicines and poisons, offered by the Biology and Chemistry Departments.
- Introduction to Financial Decision Making, practical financial literacy in personal finance and investing, offered by the Administrative Science Department.
- Sustainable and Socially Responsible Business, issues and opportunities facing green businesses, offered by the Environmental Studies Program.
- Introduction to Volcanoes and Volcanology, effects of volcanic processes on humankind in the past and future, offered by the Geology Department.
- Dungeons and Dragons: The Middle Ages in German Literature (in English), selection of readings focusing on knightly adventures, magic, and voyaging, offered by the German and Russian Department.
- Tolkien's Sources, an examination of mythologies, sagas, romances, tales, and other writings echoed in the stories of Middle-earth, offered by the English Department.
- Chemistry of Color and Art Materials, an exploration of the chemical properties of color as applied to artists' materials, offered by the Chemistry Department.
- Introduction to Greek and Roman Archaeology, the study of Greek and Roman archaeology within class-riven societies surprisingly similar to our own, offered by the Classics Department.
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