Winter Term 2016 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. However, 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 Winter Term and a maximum of four Winter Term and Summer Study course credits, combined, will count toward the graduation requirement of 36 course 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    

2016 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 11, 2016. Due to the brevity of the term, it is imperative that each student attend the first class and all classes.  Students who miss 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 an Honors/Pass/Fail basis but must first be approved by the Curriculum Committee. Internships are graded Credit/No Credit. Independent Projects are graded on an A-F basis unless special arrangements are made through the dean of curriculum (e.g., occasional independent projects where the instructor decides that the special nature of the course is better suited to honors/pass/fail grading).

     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 senior 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

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.

     An electronic waitlist option is available 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.    
  If you would like to inquire about a waitlist for a course taught by a Middlebury faculty member, please contact the instructor of that course directly.

Winter Term Independent Study (0500 Work)

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 the department or program in which the work will be completed

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

How to Apply: Contact  a faculty member in the department/program in which the work will be done to ask if they will advise the project; once approved by the faculty member, 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 interests. They challenge students to apply their liberal arts learning in a real-world setting, and provide students with an opportunity to reflect meaningfully on the connections between their classroom learning and their outside-the-classroom experiences.  Internships can be pursued during winter term and students can apply for the opportunity to earn academic credit for their work in reflecting upon, and making meaning of, the internship experience.  The Curriculum Committee oversees this process, in partnership with individual faculty members and with the Center for Careers & Internships (CCI).  To apply, students identify an internship opportunity and a faculty member whom they wish to advise them in connection with the internship.  If the faculty member agrees that the internship provides a worthwhile opportunity for the application of liberal arts learning, the student and faculty member together develop a plan for the academic work that will express the student’s thoughtful reflection on the internship and its connections to their learning.  The student then submits the faculty member’s approval and supporting documentation to the Center for Careers & Internships (CCI), as detailed on the CCI website. Students in these approved winter term internships spend a minimum of 25 hours per week (or 100 hours total) at their internship site, and complete the agreed-upon academic work. At the end of the internship, the student, the faculty member, and the on-site internship supervisor submit evaluation reports. The faculty member grades the student’s work in response to the internship on a Credit/No Credit basis. Students with fewer than 8 credits may not undertake a winter term internship for credit, and students who take more than one internship 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 in a non-English speaking-country, the committee will expect competence in the language of that country, although exceptions apply. Students can also pursue internships during winter term without receiving academic credit. More information about internship opportunities and the application process for winter term internship credit is available from CCI in Adirondack House (contact Cheryl Whitney Lower, ext. 5798). More information about the faculty member’s role, appropriate academic work in connection with internships, and grading of such work is available from the dean of curriculum (contact Suzanne Gurland, ext. 5323).
Deadline: November 13, 2015 (deadline extended to 12/6 for students who do not need on-campus housing).
     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, except the winter term courses offered through the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS). 


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 they are 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 BannerWeb during the registration period. The deadline to apply for an approval-required course is October 30, 2015.

CRWR0380 Advanced Nonfiction Workshop
CRWR1005 Adventure Writing & Digital Storytelling
CSCI 1005 Crash Course in Systems Security
DANC 0381 Dance Company of Middlebury
EDST 0337 The Urban Education Internship
FMMC1020 Collaborative Video Projects
GEOG 0325 Cartographic Design
INTD 1074 MiddCORE 2016
INTD 1089 Middlebury Entgrepreneurs
INTD 1175 Translation, Localization, and Project Management Workshop
MUSC1013 The American Musical in Performance
STLD 1008 History's Great Debates


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

INTD 1041 Persuasive Legal Writing
PSCI 1020 American Power: Soft, Hard, or Smart
WRPR/AMST 0203 Media, Sports, & Identity
WRPR 1005 Healing Through Writing


The winter term course schedule is available at: