Winter Term 2015 Courses

Winter term offers both students and faculty unique opportunities for study and learning. Each student may enroll in only one academic, credit-bearing course; each instructor teaches only one course. Students may study at the College or away from campus, independently or as participants in a course, in their major fields or in disciplines they have never studied before. The winter term curriculum consists of a variety of courses, both interdepartmental and departmental, at various levels, from beginning to advanced. A student also has the opportunity to undertake a winter internship instead of formal study. All first-year students must enroll in a winter term course on the Middlebury campus. This includes both September and February matriculates.

     Normally, a department may require its students to take no more than one of its winter term courses, in addition to winter term senior work, during four years. Students are urged to take winter term courses in substantially different areas in their first two years. A minimum of two and a maximum of four winter term courses will count toward the graduation requirement of 36 credits.

Winter Term Classes Grading System Independent Study
Internships Off-Campus Courses Off-Campus Financial Aid
Waitlist for Visiting Courses Introductory Language Courses Distribution Requirement Credit
Physical Education Classes Auditing Approval Required Courses
College Writing Courses    

2015 Winter Term Classes

All courses meet a minimum of eight contact hours per week, and many courses require additional hours. This winter term will begin on Monday, January 5, 2015. Due to the brevity of the term, it is imperative that each student attend the first class and all classes.  A student who misses the first class of winter term must have an excuse from their Commons Dean.

Winter Term Grading System

Winter term courses normally are graded A through F. Some courses, because of their special nature, are graded on a Honors/Pass/Fail basis but must first be approved by the Curriculum Committee. The same grading system applies to all students taking a particular course for credit. Internships are graded Credit/No Credit. The faculty supervisor of an independent project shall propose to the Curriculum Committee, after consultation with the student, whether the project is to be graded on an A-F basis or on an Honors/Pass/Fail basis, although projects that result in a product which can be graded using the A-F system are normally graded that way.
     All winter term course work must be completed by the end of the winter session. Grades of Incomplete will be submitted according to existing procedures, and such work must be satisfactorily completed by the end of the following spring semester.
     Students who receive grades of D or F in winter term courses or independent projects are placed on probation. Students who receive an F may need to make up the course credit, but not necessarily during a winter term.
     Theses, honors projects, and other work undertaken or completed during winter term as part of a larger project will be graded under the regular A-F grading system, the grade to be based upon an evaluation of the completed project as a whole.

Waitlists for Visiting Instructor Courses

A waitlist has been added in banner for each visiting instructor’s course. If a course that you are interested in has filled before you are able to register, please add your name to that waitlist in banner during registration.
If you would like to be placed on a waitlist for a visiting instructor’s course after the registration period has ended, please contact Janis Audet at She will monitor this process until classes begin in January.    
     Please Note: a waitlist is not generated before registration begins or before a class is fully enrolled. Contact information for visiting instructors is not provided before classes begin in January, and visitors do not manage their course waitlist before arriving on campus.

Winter Term Independent Study

Students with 8 or more credits may submit a proposal to their faculty sponsor for on or off-campus winter term independent work either as a continuation of their major or minor or as work outside of their major or minor as long as:

  • They have not completed more than two units of winter term independent work; and
  • They have received the approval of the chair or director of that department or program in which the work will be completed

How to Apply: Contact your advisor in the department/program in which the work will be done to discuss their guidelines; once approved by the faculty advisor, the student should register for that faculty member's independent project section during the registration period (or by add card after the registration period has ended).
Deadline: Ongoing until the Add Deadline

Students are not allowed to pursue independent projects during their first winter term.

Winter Term Internships

Winter Term internships involve significant, high-level exposure to the fundamental work of an organization, with ties to a student's academic and/or professional pursuits. Internships can be pursued for credit during winter term with approval from a faculty sponsor and the Center for Careers & Internships (CCI). CCI works in conjunction with the Curriculum Committee and with faculty to determine whether a proposed internship is worthy of credit. Students in approved winter term internships spend a minimum of 25 hours per week (or 100 hours total) at their internship site. At the end of the internship, the student, the on-campus academic sponsor, and the on-site work supervisor must submit evaluation reports. Internships are graded Credit/No Credit. Students with fewer than 8 credits may not undertake a winter term internship for credit, and students who take more than one internship in four years should pursue them in substantially different fields. A student may not repeat the same winter term internship for credit. A relative may not function as an internship supervisor. If the internship is to be taken in a foreign country, the committee will expect competence in the language of the country, although exceptions apply. Students can also pursue internships during winter term without receiving academic credit. More information about internships and the process for winter term internship credit is available from CCI in Adirondack House (contact Peggy Burns, ext. 3450). Deadline: October 24, 2014
     Register, Register, Register!  If you are waiting for approval on a proposed independent project or internship, register for a Winter Term course in case the proposal is denied. If your independent project or internship is approved after the BannerWeb registration period has ended, you will then need to submit an add card to the Registrar’s Office for the independent project or internship section that is assigned to your adviser. If your internship is approved, a designee within CCI will sign your add card which you will then submit to the Registrar’s Office.  The Registrar’s Office will drop you from the course you initially registered, creating a space for another interested student.

Off-Campus Winter Term Courses

No student may undertake off-campus winter term study during their first year at the College, this includes both September and February matriculates. Once a student has enrolled in an off-campus winter term course, they may not drop the course except in the case of an extreme family emergency.

Off Campus Financial Aid

Financial aid is NOT available for internships, independent projects, or any off-campus trips.


The faculty encourages students to audit winter term courses. Prior permission of the instructor is required for any audit. There is no credit for any form of auditing; students cannot audit a winter term course unless s/he is also enrolled in another academic credit-bearing course. To obtain "official audit" status, in which case the course will be recorded on the student's transcript, the student must make a request to the instructor, and the student and instructor must agree in writing on conditions for satisfactory completion of the audit.  These students must register via Add Card for this formal Audit status.
     Community members living in the Middlebury area may audit courses only with the permission of the instructor and the dean of curriculum or designee. Community members interested in auditing a course at the College, must complete the Community Member Audit Request form, available at, and obtain the requisite signatures indicating approval. Current high school students may not audit courses at Middlebury College.

Introductory Language Programs

Students enrolled in a fall semester 0101 language course who plan to continue in the spring must register for the winter term language course if that language has one.

Distribution Requirement Credit

Winter term courses that may be used to satisfy academic categories and the cultures and civilizations requirement are so indicated in the course description.

Physical Education (PHED) Classes

Students may enroll in PHED classes during winter term to satisfy the PE requirement, but they must also be enrolled in a credit-bearing academic course. For information on PHED offerings, please click on

Approval Required Courses

To register for any of the following courses, you must first get the approval of the instructor. Even with prior approval, you must still register in Banner during the registration period. The deadline to apply for an approval-required course is October 31, 2014.

CRWR 0380     Workshop: Nonfiction

CRWR 1005     Adventure Writing & Digital Storytelling

CSCI 1005       Crash Course in Systems Security
CSCI 1011       Computers and Society

DANC 0381      Dance Company of Middlebury
EDST 0337      The Urban Education Internship

FMMC 1020     Collaborative Video Projects
INTD 1074      MiddCORE 2015

INTD 1089      Middlebury Entrepreneurs
MUSC 1013     The American Musical in Performance
STLD 1007      Campus Microgrid Feasibility Study

THEA 1022      Kennedy Center ACTF Preparation

College Writing Program

After successful completion of a first-year seminar and before the end of the fourth semester at Middlebury, every student must elect a second writing-intensive course. These courses will include regular writing assignments that emphasize further development of the writing skills introduced in the first-year student seminars. The following courses offered during the January 2015 winter term will fulfill the college writing (CW) requirement. 

Writing Program Courses

CMLT 1001               “To Make a Long Story Short”
CSCI 1011                Computers and Society
ENVS 1028                 Social & Environmental Justice
HARC 0301               Ways of Seeing
SPAN 1351                Art & Memory in Latin America
WRPR/AMST 0203      Media, Sports, & Identity  
WRPR 1005               Healing Through Writing

The winter term course schedule is available at: