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January Interim gives students chance for new experiences

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Wofford term involves non-traditional learning opportunities

– The 2011 January Interim, which begins on Thursday, Jan. 6, provides Wofford College students with a myriad of opportunities for non-traditional study, internships and travel.

Interim is Wofford’s month-long academic program designed to foster hands-on, non-traditional and experiential learning. To say that courses offered during Interim defy typical expectations is an understatement.

On-campus courses cover anything from reality TV, Wood Allen movies, and creating a video production about historic Cowpens, S.C., to playing and learning about the strategies of such games as mahjong, darts and juggling; from holistic health, how to be a vegetarian, and “living in a bacterial world,” to “War and Peace,” discovering your ancestry, and creating pottery, knitting, making jewelry, being a letter artist, and being a self-taught artist. For a full list of on-campus Interim courses, go to

Students may elect to use Interim to travel around the globe with faculty members as guides, participate in an off-campus internship, or conduct an independent study project individually or in a small group.

Independent study projects include a variety of medical, dental and veterinary internships as well as projects developed by individual students or small groups of students. Examples include a student doing a dental internship in Kijabe, Kenya; a senior working with former Wofford president Joe Lesesne to learn how to run a successful high school football program; a sophomore who will intern with Upstate Forever, a local non-profit whose mission is the protect special places and promote sensible growth in the Upstate of South Carolina; five students who will study “contemporary music strategies for creation and performance,” culminating in live performances on and off campus; a senior serving as a medical volunteer in Cairo, Egypt, which will help expand her medical knowledge and health care administration issues while practicing her native Arabic language; five students studying “Microbreweries: Culture in a Pint,” learning about the brewing process as well as the management, distribution and advertising techniques that help the small businesses compete against big brewing companies, and crafting their own beer; and a sophomore who will attend the Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician class in Midpines, Calif., providing him with the highest level of wilderness medicine training available.

Travel Interims include trips to New Orleans, New Mexico, Hawaii, Brazil, Peru, Vietnam and Cambodia, Thailand, Tokyo, South Africa, and Paris.

Interim 2010 ends on Wednesday, Feb. 2, with Spring Semester classes beginning on Monday, Feb. 7.