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 Jan Plan courses is finalized in October, when course selection takes place. Among on-campus courses offered:
- Acting Wilde: British Stage Dialect—Learn the mechanics of the standard British stage dialect and demonstrate your technique during a staged reading for the Colby community.
- Introduction to Financial Decision Making—Increase your financial literacy in personal finance and investing.
- Sustainable and Socially Responsible Business—Understand issues and opportunities facing green businesses.
- Hydrogeology—Study the hydraulic properties of rocks, analyze geophysical logs, and review tools and techniques used to evaluate aquifers’ properties.
- Dungeons and Dragons: The Middle Ages in German Literature—Discuss tales of knightly adventures, magic, and voyaging.
- Multicultural Literacy—Discuss tools for understanding and respecting diversity of all kinds.
- Nuclear Magnetic Resonance—Understand the theory and practice of one- and two-dimensional NMR, infrared spectroscopy, and mass spectrometry.
- Kitchen Judaism: Jewish Identity Formation through Cooking—Prepare and enjoy dishes from diverse Jewish cuisines while examining dietary laws and food-related memoirs.
- Introduction to Greek and Roman Archaeology—Analyze Greek and Roman archaeology and discover class-riven societies surprisingly similar to our own.