Come to LaGrange and see the world
The Interim, or 'Jan Term,' is the middle of LaGrange College's academic calendar,
between fall and spring semesters. Interim courses are designed to encourage students
to explore course content outside of their majors through personal, hands-on experience.
Jan Term classes include on-campus projects, independent research, internships
and study-travel experiences. Capture a glimpse of the fun and challenge of Jan
Term by taking a look at recent classes below.
2014 Study-Away Courses
Download the 2014 Study Away course listing.
International travel projects
Art and Architecture of Rome
This course focuses on the art and architecture of Rome and the surrounding area.
After classroom study, the group will visit Rome and explore its fascinating "layers"
of art and history: Etruscan, Republican Rome, Imperial Rome, Early Christian,
Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque. Students will visit the Villa Guila Museum,
the Forum, the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Campidoglio, the Catacombs, Santa Costanza,
St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums, and the Borghese Gallery, among other
sites. The group will also visit Pompeii and the Archeological Museum in Naples.
Rome has been a center of artistic interest since the creation of the Roman Empire.
This course will be a study of how artists and film makers have used ancient and
modern Rome as subject matter since the 15th century. Rome is the location of the
American Academy of classical studies as well as the European Art academies. After
classroom study, the group will visit Rome and explore its fascinating "layers"
of art and history: Etruscan, Republican Rome, Imperial Rome, Early Christian,
Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque. Students will visit the Villa Guila Museum,
the Forum, the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Campidoglio, the catacombs, Santa Costanza,
St. Peter's, the Vatican Museums, and the Borghese Gallery, among other sites.
The group will also visit Pompeii and the Archeological Museum in Naples.
Pagans and Christians in Rome
This course will focus on paganism and Christianity in Rome and the surrounding
area. After classroom study, the group will visit Rome and explore the nature of
paganism in Rome and Christianity in several stages of its development in the city
from Early Christian, Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque. Students will visit the
Villa Guila Museum, the Forum, the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Campidoglio, the
Catacombs, Santa Costanza, St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums, and the Borghese
Gallery, among other sites. The group will also visit Pompeii and the Archeological
Museum in Naples. The question of the "footsteps" of Peter and Paul will be considered,
including their probable martyrdom in Rome.
SPAIN AND FRANCE
Barcelona and the South of France
Students will travel to Europe and discover the cultures of both France and Spain.
They will be instructed and enlightened by two expert professors from the Spanish
and French programs at
LaGrange College who will accompany the group every step of the way. Spain is
a vibrant country that combines the spirit of its various rulers over the centuries,
from the Phoenicians and Romans, to the Moors and Christians. Its rich history
is complimented by an expansive landscape of mountains, deserts, and glorious beaches.
From the pounding rhythms of the flamenco and the unique experience of the bullfight,
to the food that brings all people together, Spanish culture is defined by a deep
passion for life that is contagious to all visitors.
France is an enchanting country that evokes elegance, opulence, and richness.
But the country is so much more than luxurious castles, fashionable cities, and
delicious food and wine. France
has an incredible history spanning thousands of years, history that can be found
in every crevice of its countryside. Each region is unique, and amid the beauty
of the mountains, coastline, and cities there are charming small towns filled with
friendly people who embrace the true meaning of joie de vivre.
Natural History of Central America
This ten-day trip will feature the study of the fauna and flora of Central America
with an emphasis on birds. Students will be evaluated on a daily journal and photo
Archaeology and Adventure in the Mayan World
Lara Croft meets Indiana Jones in the jungles of Central America. This course
will provide a careful examination of the Mayan history and culture as well as
that of their predecessors, the Olmecs. The study will culminate with a ten-day
trip through the modern countries that make up the ancient Mayan homeland, exploring
their sacred temples, ruins, stelae, statues, and artwork firsthand We will be
staying in the archaeology zones and exploring the ruins with the archaeologists
after the sites have been closed off to the public, gaining access to restricted
areas. This adventure will be a rare opportunity to visit the Mayan world and explore
the wonders of this ancient civilization.
Service and Sustainability in the Philippines
This travel course provides an opportunity to experience service learning with
the poor of Manila, Philippines and study of coral reef ecology in the island of
Mindoro, Philippines. The hilippines
is a nation of almost staggering complexity. This nation of over 80 million people
includes 7000 islands and 80 local languages. Since English is the language of
instruction in schools, it is the
3rd largest English-speaking country in the world. Filipino culture has an Asian
foundation, but has been modified by 4 centuries of Spanish and American colonial
rule. The Philippines ecology also is diverse and beautiful, including volcanoes,
rain forests, beaches, and one of the world's most extensive coral reef systems.
Students will engage in service learning in Manila in these areas, based on student
interest: (1) serve the slum area in and around Manila North Cemetery in community
health, education, and basic needs; (2) observe nursing rounds at Mary Johnston
Hospital in Manila; (3) work with orphans and abandoned children at a Methodist-related
orphanage in a Manila suburb. After approximately 10 days of service, all students
will travel to the island of Mindoro to explore the biodiversity of coral reefs
and upland tropical rain forest. Students will snorkel in reefs to observe corals
and aquatic creatures. Some students may choose to complete a scuba diving short
course for an additional fee. Trip duration: 16 days.
SCOTLAND & IRELAND
Enterprise in Scotland and Ireland
An understanding of international commerce and culture is becoming a must for
today's global citizens. While enjoying misty mountains, castles, and distilleries,
discover the importance of
international relations and business connections, along with the history, beauty,
rich cultural heritage, and vibrant city life of Edinburgh and Dublin. Topics to
be highlighted in this trip are: the European Economy, European Union, and local
culture and enterprise. Sites to be visited on this trip include: Edinburgh Castle,
the Palace of Holyroodhouse, St. Patrick's Cathedral, local
commercial enterprises and local universities. Tour lasts 9 days leaving after
graduation May 2014.
Domestic travel projects
Ecology and Culture of Hawaii
The geographic isolation of the Hawaiian Islands contributes to its unique ecology,
culture and social issues. This course will examine the diverse habitats and unique
geologic features found
on Oahu and the Big Island as well as the social and economic factors affecting
native Hawaiians. Several snorkeling events, an optional experience in a shark
cage and day hikes will provide the opportunity to explore marine ecosystems, extinct
volcanoes, and rain and cloud forests. Students will experience the history and
culture of the Hawaiian Islands with trips to the last palace of the monarchy and
a luau. Finally, our participation in two service projects including rainforest
restoration and the mentoring of children at a transitional homeless shelter will
provide the opportunity to witness and effect economic and social issues in Hawaii.
War of 1812 -
Testing the Myths of the War of 1812
America's greatest upsets in its military history came at the hands of the British
superpower. For the first time ever, the British lost a squadron to American ships,
then lost another one a year
later. American frigates often outdueled those of the rival British. The heroic
defense of Ft. McHenry outside Baltimore inspired the Star-Spangled Banner, our
national anthem. And you'll see on screen and in person the Battle of New Orleans,
along with an exciting nighttime reenactment and a daytime living history (as well
as time to explore America's most interesting city).
At the same time, the war led to some embarrassing losses at sea, the surrender
of Detroit without a shot being fired, and our nation's capital in Washington DC
was burned, retaliation for our
destruction of the Canadian capital near modern-day Toronto. But America held
off the British, won respect for our Navy, and produced a bold national spirit
and desire for land in the West that eventually produced the concept of "Manifest
Destiny." In addition to the field trip, we'll also see some movies set during
that time, take an exam on the conflict, and engage in a research
project involving looking for articles on cases, as well as factors associated
with battles studied, as well as testing some myths about the war the way the Mythbusters
Internship in Physical Education
Supervised practical experience in a physical education or sports management setting.
Practical experience is supplemented with a weekly seminar that includes reflection
papers, student reports, and guest lectures.
Internship in Business Management
This course presents a unique opportunity for students to expand their understanding
of the practical applications of enterprise operations concepts by entering into
a contract with a cooperating
area enterprise. The contract will specify students' and the host enterprises'
obligations to each other. No more than a total of six credit hours may be applied
Capitol Hill Internship in Washington, D.C.
Students who have junior status and a GPA of 3.0 in their major may be qualified
to spend the Interim working in Washington, D.C. in an area related to their academic
major or career interest.
A GPA of 3.0 in the student's major area of study is preferred, but may be waived
at the discretion of the program coordinator. Details of the internship will be
determined by the student
in collaboration with the appropriate academic department on campus and the Dean
of the Capitol Hill Internship Program in Washington. Course requirements will
be determined in conjunction with internship supervisors; any further requirements
will be determined by the student's department. Students are responsible for travel
costs to Washington, entertainment, and board; course
and room fees associated with the CHIP program are part of the student's normal
tuition and room expenses at LaGrange College.
Career Development Center
Academic Internships are available for sophomores-seniors, with academic department
permission. Students interested in participating in an academic internship must
complete the Internship
Application, provided in the Career Development Center (located on first floor
of Smith Hall). Students must be declared in their majors, obtain a departmental
signature, and meet with the Career Development Center Director to go over their
resumes. Students will complete a portfolio and 120 hours of work.
LaGrange College's continued commitment to transforming lives will take its pledge
seriously and literally during the Interim term of 2014. Students will explore
the necessity and value of Service Learning and Servant Leadership with hands-on
service in the real world, academic exploration, and study, through focused service
opportunities in non-profit organizations in LaGrange and some of the surrounding
communities. The partnerships made between students and communities seek to increase
understanding and compassion for the genuine needs of our local and global neighbors.
Students will commit to actions of transformation for a more sustainable world
by answering the questions of immediate need and long term solutions.
Shelter: Housing, Homelessness and Global Poverty
Homelessness is a complex problem, fraught with many associated challenges and
variables. But for all of its complications, the solution to homelessness is surprisingly
Shelter will focus its efforts on an examination of national and international
living conditions, housing, homelessness, gentrification, refugees, migration and
intentional community building. The
class will fit the Servant Leadership model of a "hands on" approach and work
in concert with other service learning designated sections. Students should expect
to spend time in study, discussion, service, and work with multiple organizations.
Also, students will take field trips that could include an overnight stay. The
class will spend one of our weeks working with the Troup/Randolph/Chambers County
Habitat for Humanity on an actual build site. Additionally, we will travel to Americus,
GA to visit the HFH Global Village, most likely staying the night to also spend
a day at Koinonia—a historic and groundbreaking intentional community founded by
Clarence Jordan. Additional discussion and service is being planned with the International
Rescue Committee in Atlanta and shelter providing organizations in LaGrange and
Atlanta. Shelter is a valuable opportunity to explore the many concepts of community,
hospitality, and need centered on housing.
This course will introduce students to the materials and techniques of watercolor
painting. The basic concepts of watercolor, including mixing color, layering and
glazing, composition, and depicting space and form will be explored. This class
will be geared towards beginners and non-art majors, but students should have at
least some experience in drawing (from high school or college drawing classes,
The Art of the Book
This course focuses on the importance of books and paper in civilization and the
potential for books as a creative medium. Students make their own books and boxes
after exploring various styles including portfolio, accordion, pamphlet, case binding,
boxes, clamshell cases, and other expressive book and box forms. Attendance at
demonstrations and slide lectures, a field trip
to Atlanta, and intensive studio work are additional requirements.
Clay and Wood:
Decorative Techniques of the Early 20th Century
This team-taught integrative course will explore the aesthetics of early 20th
century ceramic tile and decorative woodwork. Students will learn about different
movements as they design
and build individual combined ceramic and wood art pieces. No prior experience
is necessary, as students will learn the basics of working with clay and wood through
each project. Students will spend half of the class time in the ceramics studio
at Lamar Dodd Art Center and the other half in the scene shop at Price Theater.
Each project will slightly shift emphases giving students ample opportunity to
explore different aspects of designing and working with clay as well as the intricacies
of hard wood joinery and finishing techniques.
This course is designed to introduce the student to various aspects of computer
music. The primary focus of the course will be on sound synthesis techniques using
Pure Data and other open
source programming environments. This course is open to all students. Standard
western music notation skills are not a requirement. The course will be taught
from an OSX perspective (though
other UNIX style operating systems may be possible). The student will then compose
music using the software and synthesis techniques discussed in class.
The Play's the Thing
Students will study varying genres of plays that may include but are not limited
to a Broadway musical, modern comedy or drama, Shakespearean, experimental, or
a period piece. The class will
travel to professional theaters to see live performances of three to five plays,
write papers evaluating the shows, work in-class projects, and present a final
Eye Deep in Hell: The Western Front, 1914-1918
Through lectures, guest speakers, film, music, art, and individual study, this
class will explore the technical, tactical, and strategic problems and developments
that shaped the struggle on the
Western Front in France and Belgium, the decisive theater of World War One. Social
and political thinking in the trenches and on the home fronts will be examined
The Matter of Britain:
King Arthur in Literature and Film
Who was Arthur? Did he exist? Why has the Arthurian world become so important
in western literature? This course will be a study of the treatment of the Romano-Celtic
chieftain Arthur in
literature and film. We will consider the historical evidence for his existence,
the cultural and political world of 6th century Britain, and the reason that stories
of chivalric adventure, of the rise and
fall of this kingdom, remain so compelling fifteen hundred years later. We will
read the earliest references to Arthur as a warrior and chief, and we will see
some of the most contemporary depictions of the legend in film.
Contemporary Indian Culture in Film
This course is a survey of mid to late-twentieth-century Indian culture through
classic Indian cinema, Bollywood, and Englishlanguage Indian film.
Writing about Sports
Students will write a variety of sports-related pieces, including coverage of
a recent sporting event, a profile of an athlete, an argumentative piece, and a
personal sports memoir. We will also
read some of the finest sports writing published in the U.S. and draw inspiration
from those writers. If possible, we will attend a LaGrange College athletic event
(most likely swimming or basketball) and write about that experience.
Reading the Landscape: Cultural and Historical
Geographies of LaGrange, Georgia
Space is a text written and rewritten at the confluence of the natural environment
and human activity. Environments influence people and people reshape environments
such that the
natural and built landscapes in which we live express our cultural, political,
and socio-economic histories. In this course we will have the opportunity to explore
the historical, cultural, and social geographies of the city of LaGrange through
readings in theoretical geography and local history and by way of frequent field
trips throughout LaGrange to experience the spaces and places of the city firsthand.
The class will culminate with student presentations on local geographies or sites
following individual interest.
A History of the Vietnam War
This course will examine the Vietnam War from its earliest beginnings well before
the involvement of the United States, through the final collapse of the South Vietnamese
system and its subsequent incorporation into the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.
Conquerors, Crusaders and Thugs:
Warfare in the Middle Ages
This colloquium style course will examine warfare in medieval Europe, from the
Byzantine navy and the Norman horse lords to the cross bearing crusaders. We will
examine the political, religious, social and technological dimensions of medieval
Europe's major conflicts.
Utopias and Dystopias:
Images of the Polity in Literature and Film
Through literature and films, students examine images of utopian and dystopian
visions of politics and political systems. The works used address long-standing
questions concerning the nature
and future of polities. This course features viewing films, reading works of literature,
class exercises, and class discussions.
Motorcycles and Mayhem:
Subcultures and Deviance in "Biker" Films
The course examines the social concepts of deviance and subcultures as depicted
in "Biker" films. Students will become familiar with such theories as "Labeling
Theory," "Cultural Transmission,"
and "Social Disorganization."
What Should I Eat?
A Personal and National Dilemma
This course surveys current discussion on the production and access to food in
the United States. Recently, concerns have been raised over the state of nutrition
as well as food security in the
U.S. Through analysis of case studies, we will examine the intersection of politics,
ecology, and economy and how these factors relate to 21st century food ways.
Yoga as a form of exercise has grown more popular in the West in recent years.
However, yoga is not merely physical activity like running and swimming. It is
designed for much more spiritual
purposes and originates in the Hindu belief system. Because of this, some Christians
have chosen not to practice yoga, for fear they are rejecting Christ and opening
up themselves to demons.
On the other hand, some Christians have adopted yoga as their own, believing that
much of the practice follows Christ's teaching and can be used to enhance their
spiritual life. This course
will examine these conflicting points of view through readings, yoga practice,
discussion, presentations and ultimately a retreat at a monastery here in Georgia.
Please note that the course will
require the practice of yoga and meditation.
Learning and Living Leadership
This Interim course begins with an exploration of contemporary leadership models
and theories, then concludes with an off-site experiential learning component.
The overall learning goal of the
class is to assist students to explore their own conceptualizations of leadership
and challenge themselves to develop their own personal leadership style.
Exploring Teaching Ethyl Ault
This project is a field-based introduction to the teaching profession and to the
public's perception of teaching and school as it is evidenced in the popular culture
and media. Students examine
the constructivist approach to teaching and learning, the roles of teachers, teaching
as a profession, contemporary issues such as multiculturalism, diversity, active
learning, etc. The course
includes field experiences at local schools.
The Exploration of Complementary and
This course explores complementary and alternative therapies that are a group
of health care systems, practices, and products that are not commonly considered
part of conventional medicine.
These may be used in conjunction with or in place of conventional medicine practices.
Some therapies that will be examined are aromatherapy, herbs, massage, joint manipulation,
Reiki, reflexology, Rolfing, special diets, meditation, acupuncture, biofeedback,
Survey of Medical and Allied Health Career
This course examines assorted medical and allied health professions. Areas to
be emphasized include admission requirements, courses of study, preparation for
entry into the field, and fields of
study. A major component of the course requires that students shadow professionals
in the field. Students must undergo an application process prior to registration
for the course. The first
step of the process ensures there are adequate field experiences for student interests
and that students are academically and socially prepared to represent the College.
The second step of the
process includes a criminal background check, a negative drug screen, and medical
information from the student as required by the field sites. An up-to-date vaccination
record is required, and
the student must have his/her own mode of transportation. Field site orientation
prior to shadowing may also be required.
Mammals of Georgia and the Southeast
In this course we will study the mammals common to the southeast and particularly
Georgia. In addition we will discuss the general characteristics common to all
mammals and their adaptations to the environment. Students will conduct research
involving live trapping of small mammals in a field setting for a capture/ recapture
study. Data collected will be used by the class to estimate population size and
home range sizes. Students will conduct out-of-class research on a mammal of their
choice for class presentation.
Scientific Inquiry provides an introduction to the human activity of science.
It exposes students to the modes of thought that are common to the physical, natural,
behavioral, and social sciences.
This course also encourages students of various disciplines to go outside the
confines to their particular discipline and see science as a way of thinking. This
broad understanding of science will give them a deeper appreciation of the applications
and limits of the scientific method. The overriding goal of this class is for students
to develop analytical thinking skills and deductive reasoning
abilities. Students will understand the differences and similarities between scientific
evidence and legal evidence. Two laboratory projects will be performed that allow
students to extract DNA from several sources and analyze them as a fingerprinting
The Science of Photography
The science behind photography will be investigated. The optics involved in image-making
and the chemistry behind traditional silver-based and selected non-traditional
black and white photographic processes will be investigated. This experience will
take place both in the classroom and through laboratory experiences. No prior college-level
science is required. A major focus of the course is an individual project investigating
an aspect of the science behind photography. Examples of projects include various
forms of pin-hole photography, cyanotype, van Dyke, kallitype or argentotype processes,
and experimentation with formulations of silver-based photographic solutions. Each
student will keep a notebook of their laboratory experiences including progress
and results of their project, make an oral presentation of the project including
a discussion of the science behind each project, and complete a written or web-based
The Bible in Action Greg McClanahan
Over the years, stories from the Bible have been portrayed in movies and as television
shows. These productions have often deviated from the original facts/storylines
recorded in Scripture.
This course will examine some of the on-screen presentations of Biblical stories
and the differences between the Hollywood and Scriptural versions. In addition,
the course will examine examples of how the Great Commission recorded in Matthew
28 is being acted out today.
This course is designed to introduce Korean culture. Korean culture will include
history, language, religion, politics, education, art, music, architecture, etc.
We will explore and discuss these topics by reading related books and articles
and watching movies and documentaries. The goal of this course is to present a
different culture that will be enjoyable and interesting to a general audience
and to help them to gain a broader knowledge of an appreciation for Korean culture.
Breaking the Traditional Barriers:
How Bruce Lee's Philosophy Impacts Films,
Culture, and Martial Arts
Through the study of various martial arts techniques, an analysis of martial arts
films, a hands-on daily routine and practice of martial arts skills, this course
will shed light on Bruce Lee's philosophy and theories of life and martial arts
and the profound impact this one individual made across cultures, films, and martial
arts in general.
Gödel, Escher, Bach: A Multidisciplinary
Approach to Minds and Machines
This course is a study of Douglas R. Hofstadter's Gödel Escher Bach: an Eternal
Golden Braid. It examines the relationship ("braid") between mathematics and logic
(Gödel), art (Escher), and music (Bach), along with works by Lewis Carroll and
the teachings of Zen Buddism. Success in the course involves a willingness to engage
in some logic and innumerable surprises. Due to the length of the book, students
will have a chance to focus on their interests (mathematics, art, music, English
literature, and religion).
Where Your Treasure Is... - An Introduction to the Theology, Philosophy, and
Stories of Philanthropy and Fundraising
This is a seminar which provides the opportunity to learn and reflect on philanthropy
from both a theological and a philosophical perspective. Themes in this course
include community, promoting the common good, service to others, and personal giving
as an active component in both individual and societal development. There will
be an emphasis on the philanthropic diversity found in various cultural, religious,
philosophical, and social perspectives. Students will participate in several donor
visits with college Development Department staff members and, afterwards, will
be asked to integrate the learning in the seminar with her or his experience and
with her or his own personal life and values.
An Introduction to Pharmacotherapy
and Human Pathophysiology
This course provides an introduction to the pharmacologic concepts and skills
essential for nursing practice including the basic science of drugs, dosage calculations,
and medication administration techniques as well as an introduction to human pathophysiology
and the nursing process as it relates to drug therapy.
Diversity in the Elementary Classroom
This course addresses a variety of diversity issues including psychological, physiological
and social conditions of different students as well as various strategies for working
with children at risk. This course includes field experiences in diverse school
settings outside of Troup County.
Special Topics in Psychology:
Survey of Neuroimaging
Recent advances in neuroimaging techniques have allowed researchers to look into
the brain of a living human and observe the structure and function of this complex
organ. This class will cover
both functional and structural neuroimaging along with recent research findings
using these techniques.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
Dr. Sarah Beth
Associate Provost and Biology Professor
Office of General Education and Global Engagement
Office of General Education and Global Engagement
Office of General Education and Global Engagement
200 Quillian Building
601 Broad Street
LaGrange, GA 30240
Although no major revisions are anticipated in the courses described in this brochure,
LaGrange College reserves the right to make whatever changes may be necessary in
the status, costs, requirements, or other details of its Interim courses. Any course
may be canceled for adequate reason, such as lack of sufficient enrollment.