Winter Term 2014 Course Catalog

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.

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 Board Rebates Approval Required Courses
College Writing Courses Auditing  

2014 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 6, 2014. 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

Please Note: a waitlist is not generated before registration begins or before a class is fully enrolled. If you would like to be placed on a waitlist for a visiting instructor’s course, please contact Janis Audet at jaudet@middlebury.edu. 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.

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:

  • 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.

Winter Term Internships

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 Careers and Internships (CCI), 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. The Center for Careers and Internships 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 CCI.
     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 CCI in Adirondack House.  Applications for academic credit are submitted via MOJO. If you have questions, please email internships@middlebury.edu or stop by ADK anytime. Internship applications for credit were due October 25, 2013.

 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 the Center for Careers and Internships 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. 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.

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. More info on PHED offerings.

Board Rebates

Winter term board rebates have been discontinued by the Student Financial Services Office.

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 Friday, November 1.

CRWR 0380                         Workshop: Nonfiction
CRWR 1005                         Adventure Writing & Digital Storytelling
DANC 0381                          Dance Company of Middlebury
DANC 1014                          Yoga Practice/Philosophy
EDST 0337                          NYC Urban Education Internship
FMMC 1020                         Collaborative Video Projects
GEOG/ENVS 1024               Conservation & Land Management/Practice
INTD 1074                            MiddCORE 2014
INTD 1089                           Middlebury Entrepreneurs
INTD 1122                           Social Entrepreneurship/ Liberal Arts
MUSC 1013                         The American Musical in Performance
STLD 1006                          People's History of Middlebury College

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 2014 winter term will fulfill the college writing (CW) requirement.

Writing Program Courses

ENVS 1023                         Sustainability: Writing and Rhetoric
HARC 0332                         Buildings in Context
INTD 1041                           Persuasive Legal Writing
INTD 1142                           The Alienated Man
MATH/INTD 1139                 Statistics with Randomization
WRPR/ENAM 0288              Writing Race and Class