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.

2015 Study-Away Courses

Download the 2015 Study Away course listing.

International Travel Projects

LondonArt and Architecture of London
This course focuses on the rich legacy of art and architecture of London. Students will visit the city's museums and architectural monuments: The British Museum, The National Gallery, The Tate Museum of British Art, Tate Modern, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Wellington Collection, Saint Paul's Cathedral, and Westminster Abbey. The group will also visit Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral, and Windsor Castle.

Picturing England
This is a course in documentary photography. The students will travel to London, England, and also make a day excursion to Stonehenge and Salisbury. While in England, the students will produce a portfolio of photographs representing a theme related to their individual interest in visual imagery—architecture, people, events, landscape, etc.


Cuban Culture and Sport
After almost a half century of embargos, the opportunity to travel to Cuba became a reality in 2011 when the U.S. government created the People-to-People program allowing American citizens to visit for educational and cultural exchanges. In 2015 LaGrange College will be offering students a study away course that will explore Cuba's intriguing history and culture through experiencing its music, art, literature, and sports. Before departing for Cuba, students will spend time in the classroom preparing for this visit.

It will begin with a briefing in Miami before flying to Havana, Cuba, early the next morning. This study away course begins and ends in Havana where students will tour the Museum of the Revolution; Ernest Hemingway's house, Finca Viga; the house of Jose Fuster, the "Picasso of the Caribbean"; Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; an organic farm; and visits to sports training facilities and a chance to attend a baseball game. In between will be a stop in Santa Clara where the group will visit the Mausoleum of CheGuevara, then travel on to Cienfuegos for two days to meet with local members of the National Union of Writers and Arts of Cuba, visit an artist workshop, and attend a musical performance. Cuba's natural beauty and early history will be explored in the 16th century colonial Spanish town of Trinidad where students spend a day touring the town, visiting a botanical garden and relaxing on the beach.


Peru: Empire of Hidden Treasures
A rebel alliance fights against Imperial forces, but it's not Star Wars. A country fights wars with all of its neighbors, but it's not Israel. An aristocratic class rebuilds its homeland after years of war, but it's not Gone with the Wind. Dissidents are executed for what they believe, but it's not Schindler's List. A wicked terrorist group targets innocents via bombings and assassinations, but it's not Al-Qaeda. And a leftist dictator from the military comes to power, but it's not Hugo Chavez.

What fascinating country could have experienced all of these? It's Peru. In addition to its captivating political tale, Peru has a rich history as local natives, especially the Incas, fought to build their empire, domesticate the Peruvian highlands, and defend against Spanish colonialism. You do not need to travel to the other side of the world to witness evidence of classic civilizations or climb ancient ruins. Peru's complex civilizations date to 900 BC, making them contemporaries of Ancient Greece. The history of the area is a tale of empires and conquest, from the ancient Chavin culture to the colonial conflict between the Incas and the Spanish to Tupac Amaru II's continued rebellion in the late eighteenth century.

The past and the present are connected by the Quechua language and culture. The same language spoken by workers constructing Machu Picchu in the 15th century can be heard on the streets of Cuzco today. The people of Peru blend their heritage with their current lives through their religion, food, dress and many other aspects of their daily life. We will experience this collision of past and present first hand as we travel to Lima, the urban capital, the Urubamba Valley, home to sacred ruins, Machu Picchu, the wondrous city of the lost Incas, and Cuzco, the so called "navel of the world." To find out more about this captivating country, join us on this trip through history.

VIETNAM The Vietnam War
This course will examine the U.S. involvement in Vietnam from the initial efforts in World War II, through the financial and material support of France until the latter's defeat at Dien Bien Phu in 1954, and then follow our growing efforts to prop up the South Vietnamese Government leading to full escalation of U.S. troop commitment in the 1964-1973 period. The course will also cover the uneasy "peace" brought about by the Paris Peace Accords of 1973 and conclude with the final defeat of the South and the unification of the nation by the North Vietnamese.

Literature of the Vietnam War
Since 1958, journalists, filmmakers, writers, and historians have committed no fewer than seventy major motion pictures, thirty documentaries, countless hours of news coverage, and innumerable pages of text to unraveling America's involvement in Vietnam. This level of scrutiny has given Vietnam a prismatic quality; some argue it's the war that erased the line between fact and fiction. And no writer has explored this concept with greater depth and eloquence than Tim O'Brien, specifically in his surrealistic adventure Going After Cacciato. In conjunction with Vietnamese and American history, we will focus on the Vietnam war's lasting cultural effects and investigate how literature adds a dimension to our understanding of history.

The American War in Vietnamese and Global Perspectives
The Vietnam War is often cast as a period of American history rather than a chapter of Vietnamese history. This class will provide students the opportunity to explore the ways in which Vietnamese thinkers, as well as common Vietnamese people, understood the Vietnam War, or the American War, in the contexts of Vietnamese and global histories. Course materials will center on the political writings of Ho Chi Minh and memoirs of Vietnamese veterans of the war to provide student access to both official and personal narratives.


Walking the Camino De Santiago
One of the most fascinating walking trails in Europe, the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela originated as an act of faith. For over a thousand years, pilgrims have been trekking across Europe to the sacred tomb of Saint James. Declared one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites, the Camino continues to attract the spiritual as well as the adventurous seeking exhilaration on many levels.

Prior to traveling to Spain, students will be introduced to various aspects of the Camino experience. Some of the topics to be addressed include the following: history of the Camino, who was St. James, pilgrimage, survival Spanish, physical conditioning, journal writing, fundraising, and travel planning and preparation.

Finally, during one week in May, students will undertake the physical and spiritual challenge of walking 100 kilometers (62 miles) to Santiago de Compostela. On the way, they will experience the stunning beauty of northern Spain up close. In addition, they will have the opportunity to meet travelers from all over the world along the way. When completed, our itinerary will qualify participants for the Compostela, a certificate of completion issued upon arrival in Santiago. Breakfast and dinner are included daily; however, students should bring enough money to get their own lunch. The trip will be van supported, so there is no need to carry a heavy bag.

London and Florence: Perspectives in Nursing History, Art and Culture
This course provides an exploration of the history of nursing and healthcare since the Victorian era of Florence Nightingale as well as the world of art and culture of London, England, and Florence, Italy. Students will visit the birthplace of Florence Nightingale and the Nightingale Museum, historic hospitals, art museums such as the British Museum, the National Gallery, the Uffizi, and the Accademia, and historic sites in both of these magnificent cities including Westminster Abbey, Windsor Castle, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, the Convent at San Marco, and the Bargello.

Schooling in Thailand
The objective of this course is to learn about Thai education through teaching English and the arts in rural schools of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Volunteer opportunities for building and construction are also available. Cultural excursions in the city and surrounding mountain regions of northern Thailand are part of this 17-day experience.


Enterprise and Service in Ecuador
In Aida Leon, a poor community in Quito, students will work on the project, Tottias de Experanza (Little Tears of Hope). We will be building a two-story structure that will house a kitchen and cafeteria on the first floor and classrooms for almost 200 children on the second. We will also offer a Christian education component branching out into five different marginalized areas of Quito, teaching very poor children about the love of Jesus. Students will also work with youth providing education, mentoring, and sports play.

Micro-enterprise and coffee production will be studied as well as Fair Trade issues. Students will consult with low-income locals regarding business ventures and visit a coffee plantation and the equator.


Service and Sustainability in the Philippines
This travel course provides an opportunity to experience service learning in Manila, Philippines and study coral reef ecology in the Philippines. Metro Manila is one of the densest population centers on the planet and includes 14 million inhabitants spread along Manila Bay. The Philippines 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, students will be able to relate to local people through English. Filipino culture has an Asian foundation, but has been modified by 3 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 diverse coral reefs. All students will work with the Kapatiran - Kaunlaran Foundation, a Methodist-related organization that serves some of the poorest communities in Manila. We will serve as teachers in the kindergarten enrichment program, distribute food, and serve as big brothers and sisters to the abandoned children who now live at the Gilead Center in the town of Bulacan. Students in Section A will do more extensive work at KKFI.

Nursing students are encouraged to sign up for Section B. You will be able to serve at Mary Johnston Hospital near Manila. You will work with local nursing students and nurses as they do their clinical rotations. After approximately 10 days of service, all students will travel to the island of Oriental Mindoro to explore the biodiversity of coral reefs. Students will snorkel in shallow water. Some students may choose to complete an optional scuba diving short course to explore the reefs at great depth. Trip duration: 15 -18 days.

El Salvador

El Salvador Immersion

Experience a full cultural and educational immersion in Ahuachapán, El Salvador, by spending almost three weeks working with and for the El Salvadoran people. This Servant Leadership themed course will provide opportunities to serve in health clinics, children's education/after school programs and slum neighborhoods, while elevating Spanish language skills, and working alongside the United Methodist Church and missions organizations with possible church or school programs and construction Students will also have a chance to work and serve in their major area of interest. On weekends we will enjoy days off to travel to volcanoes, enjoy hikes in the mountains and even surfing in the Pacific. Some Spanish language skills are helpful. All majors are welcome.


Applause! Applause!

On this travel course students will study two musicals, one straight play, and an opera and see live productions of each. The course includes six days and five nights in New York City where students will see and critique a total of four productions and attend a seminar with a Broadway/Off-Broadway performer. The trip includes backstage tours of Radio City Music Hall and The Met.

Postcards from the Road: Writing about Travel in the Deep South

Students will visit significant cultural sites in four states—Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana—and write several expository essays and other less formal reflections about the experience. This interdisciplinary course will entail sampling regional cuisine, learning about American culture and history, and capturing impressions in words and photos.


Exploring Southern California's Coast

The Pacific coast has abundant marine life and interesting terrestrial habitats and geology that sharply contrast the familiar southeastern coast. For example tide pools team with marine organisms like sea stars, sea urchins, sea anemones, and mussels. Fish and marine mammals like seals and sea lions are also common near the shoreline. This course will explore intertidal zones, including tide pools, and terrestrial environments including the organisms that live there as well as the local geology of San Diego/La Jolla through hiking, kayaking, and snorkeling. We will also visit the San Diego Zoo and Birch Aquarium at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography to get a wider perspective of animals and marine life and their habitats. A day of service will be carried out with the La Jolla Historical Society. Topics important to the region like conservation, ocean science issues, or sustainability may also be explored.

Wolves and North Woods Carnivores
Students will study the gray wolf at the Audubon Center of the North Woods in Minnesota. There are approximately 3,000 wolves in Minnesota and it is home to the largest and only continuous population of wolves in the lower 48 states. Countries around the world as well as other states look to Minnesota as an example of how wolves and humans can co-exist in relative harmony. Students will work on two wolf projects: 1) determine pack numbers, territories, and behavior through tracking surveys near Ely, MN, and 2) determine wolf pack size, territory, and the impacts of prey species on the historic Jonvick Deer Yard along the north shore of Lake Superior. In addition, data will be collected on wolves and moose in the area in cooperation with the Superior National Forest and US Geologic Survey.


Dr. Sarah Beth   Mallory
Associate Provost and Biology Professor 
Office of General Education and Global Engagement  
Phone:  706-880-8338 
Fax:  706-880-8738

Michele Raphoon
Program Coordinator
Office of General Education and Global Engagement  
Phone:  706-880-8429 
Fax:  706-880-8738

Office of General Education and Global Engagement
Study Away
200 Quillian Building
LaGrange College
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.

Our Study-Away Commitment

At LaGrange College, we've seen our study abroad students return to campus with an enhanced sense of cultural awareness and confidence.
That's why our "Study-Away" program provides first-time, first year students a voucher worth up to $2,500 for an off-campus travel experience their junior or senior year.

Study destinations may include art classes in Paris, international business seminars in Tokyo or animal behavior research in the jungles of Costa Rica.
For more information, email , or phone (800) 593-2885 and ask for a copy of our "Study Away" passport brochure.

2015 Interim Bulletin

State Department Information
Students Abroad website
Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
Country-specific conditions &  travel warnings
Travel  safety and tips
Passport information

Non-Student Information
Registration Process & Application