Dialogues of Innovation: The January Term

The Dialogues of Innovation (more commonly known as the January Term or J-Term) are all about creative learning through special projects, study abroad and internships.

J-Term provides intensive and innovative learning experiences outside the traditional academic setting in a short 3-week format. Through a selection of hands-on experiences, you'll expand and and deepen your understanding of your major, or another field that interests you.

January Term

During each of your four undergraduate years, you'll complete one course during each J-Term that focuses on innovative ideas, topics and experiential learning opportunities. The J-Term curriculum consists of a variety of interdisciplinary offerings and also includes opportunities for internships, workshops and other forms of experiential learning.

Students have had the opportunity, during the J-Term, to take such imaginative classes as:

  • Performing an off-Broadway production in New York City
  • Studying and attending the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C.
  • Interning with the ESPN X Games in Aspen
  • Learning how to start a business on a shoestring budget
  • Studying the connections between humans and the Atlantic ocean
  • Discovering what it’s really like to be a teacher in the school system

The Citizenship Project

The Citizenship Project: Commitment to Community requires all first-year students to take a course during J-Term that focuses on a civic issue, problem or topic. Through this course, you'll actively engage with the surrounding community. You'll consider opportunities to enhance the community; problem-solve to create a solution; and work hands-on to make an impact. Common Citizenship Project course topics include homelessness, environmental sustainability and urban renewal.

The Citizenship Project: Commitment to Community is a university-wide initiative focused on improving student learning while also having a meaningful impact on our community. It is a common, required experience for all first-year students that integrates their academic and co-curricular experiences, and links the thematic components of the Dialogues core curriculum. The Citizenship Project is Lynn's chosen topic for our Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), which is part of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) reaccreditation process.

Learn more about the Dialogues of Innovation