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January Term Courses

January Term (affectionately referred to as "Jan Term") is a three-week term between the fall and spring semesters in which students and faculty explore new areas and expand their intellectual horizons. You'll choose from specially designed courses offered on and off campus, including study abroad tours with faculty that deepen your learning and international understanding. It's just one option you have for adding meaningful experiential learning opportunities to your college resume through the McDaniel Commitment. 

Students in Budapest campus classroom.

My Design

Your first Jan Term will occur in your very first year, when you'll take My Design, one of the featured components of the McDaniel Commitment. This course is designed to help you be intentional about how you use your time at McDaniel through deep thinking about yourself, your strengths, where you want to go and how you can maximize your time at McDaniel to meet your goals.

Tuition, room and board costs for My Design are included in your comprehensive costs for the fall semester, making this guided process of discernment (and graduation requirement) possible for all students.

“I am so glad that I took this specific Jan Term because I learned the value of a liberal arts college, how to work well in groups, met successful McDaniel alumni and had the chance to display my talents and skills with my peers in the classroom."

Liz Mince, Class of 2022

Jan Term Abroad

Mexico. Greece. The Bahamas. China. And McDaniel Europe in Hungary, of course. These are just some of the countries that students explore during Jan Term, where McDaniel faculty develop engaging, innovative courses abroad.

Allowing students to explore education abroad without committing to a full semester or year, and within the structure of a class experience, these short-term study abroad opportunities enrich your learning and develop your global perspective. Critically, they also provide hands-on experiences in topics that would be challenging from our Westminster, MD location (tropical marine biology at the Barrier Reef, anyone?)

See Jan Term Abroad Options

A view of Budapest.
McDaniel student Anthony Crawley (left) tests different essential oils with therapist Shannon Jones in stress management 101

Stress management 101: The perfect Jan Term class

Peppermint. Lavender. Lemon. Cinnamon. Grapefruit. Bergamot. A cacophony of aromas filled Paul Mazeroff’s Coping with Stress classroom as his purple-gloved students concocted their own stress-relieving inhalers under the watchful eye of aromatherapist-in-training Shannon Jones.