January Program


January Program (Jan Plan) options include courses for credit, independent study, internships, noncredit courses, and faculty-led courses abroad.

Selected courses offered in January may be used to fulfill the January Program requirement, which is described in the Academic Requirements section. A complete list of offerings is available through the Curriculum Search link on the registrar’s website in October, when students elect a course for the January term. Some Jan Plans, such as those that involve travel or other special arrangements, may have early information sessions and application deadlines or may require a deposit. Enrollment is limited to 30 or fewer students in nearly all courses. First-year students have priority in all noncredit and 100-level courses unless otherwise indicated.

A more complete description of the January Program with information about previous Jan Plan activities is maintained at colby.edu/janplan. An online list of Jan Plans there is updated each year during the fall semester.

Most courses to be offered in January are described under the sponsoring academic department or program in this catalogue along with the regular semester offerings (a “j” following the course number indicates a January Program course). Some courses, however, are independent of any specific department and can be found by searching for “JP” courses in Curriculum Search on the registrar’s website.

Examples of such Jan Plans offered in recent years include Mindfulness, Furniture Making, Blacksmithing, Sheep to Shawl, Stress and the Human-Environment Interaction, Meteorology, Premed Academy, and Introduction to Entrepreneurship.