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.
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.
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 7, 2013. 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 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, 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.
If you would like to be placed on a waitlist for a visiting instructor’s course, please contact Janis Audet at email@example.com. She will monitor this process until classes begin in January. 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. Please Note that a waitlist is not generated before registration begins or before a class is fully enrolled.
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:
- You have not completed more than two units of winter term independent work; and
- You have received the approval of the chair or director of that department or program in which the work will be completed.
- Students are not allowed to pursue independent work during their first winter term.
How to Apply: Contact the department chair/director of the department or program in which the work will be done to request their guidelines.
Deadline: Applications for independent study are due to faculty sponsors by October 26, 2012.
Winter Term internships are designed to help you explore career options, connect to academic work, and/or pursue a deep personal interest. Internship information is available through the Center for Education in Action (EIA), which is responsible for determining whether the proposed internship is of sufficient scope to be of value and to assess the results of the internship experience. Career Services, within EIA, works in conjunction with the Curriculum Committee on Winter Term internships. The student must provide written confirmation of the project from an on-site supervisor who is willing to write an assessment of the student's work as an intern. Students in approved Winter Term internships spend a minimum of 25 hours per week 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 to the Winter Term internship coordinator in EIA.
Internships are graded Credit/No Credit. First-year students may not undertake internships, and students who take more than one internship in four years should elect them in substantially different fields. No more than 2 internships can be done for credit. A student may not repeat the same Winter Term internship for credit. Students who participate in Winter Term internships are not normally eligible for financial reimbursement for the internship. A relative may not function as internship supervisor. Information on internships is available from EIA in Adirondack House. If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by ADK anytime. Internship applications for credit were due October 26, 2012.
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, Career Services, within EIA, 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.
No student may undertake off-campus winter term study during their first year at the College. This includes both February 2012 and September 2012 matriculants. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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.
Winter term courses that may be used to satisfy academic categories and the cultures and civilizations requirement are so indicated in the course description.
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. More info on PHED offerings.
Winter term board rebates have been discontinued by the Student Financial Services Office.
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 Friday, November 2.
BIOL 0225 Human Genetics
CRWR 0380 Workshop: Nonfiction
CRWR 1001 Reporting from Life
DANC 0381 Dance Company of Middlebury
EDST 0225 Scenarios for Teaching Writing
EDST 0337 NYC Urban Education Internship
HARC 0710 Senior Thesis, Supervised Research
HARC 0731 Senior Architectural Design Research
INTD 0273 Solar Decathlon 2013: Construction
Documentation (Part I)
INTD 1089 Middlebury Entrepreneurs
INTD 1122 Social Entrepreneurship in Liberal Arts
INTD 1138 Methane as an Alternative Fuel for
MUSC 1013 The American Musical in Performance
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 2013 winter term will fulfill the college writing (CW) requirement.
Writing Program Courses
AMST 1003 Cultural Studies of Sports
CRWR 1001 Reporting from Life
EDST 0225 Scenarios for Teaching Writing
HARC 0301 Objects and Analysis
INTD 1129 Writing First Person
THEA 1016 Writing American Theatre
THEA/ENAM 1020 Performing Others: Writing and
Staging the Solo Show