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J-Term runs from January 2 to January 17, 2021. Current students and non-matriculated students will be able to take one course with an HWS faculty member for 3.5 hours, seven days a week (note that J-Term courses meet on weekends). Classes are scheduled in the mornings, with afternoons and evenings for class preparation, projects and assignments.

The tuition for courses is $3,000 for current HWS students, including graduating seniors, and non-matriculated students. All 2021 J-Term courses will be offered remotely and students will not be in residence on campus.

HWS matriculated students can register through their HWS PeopleSoft account. Non-matriculated students should fill out a non-matriculated student application form and send it to to Associate Dean for Curricular Initiatives and Development David J. Galloway at

Official Schedule of Courses for J-Term


Note: These courses fill up quickly. Please check PeopleSoft for availability.

ARTS 165 Introduction to Imaging, Christine Chin
An introduction to the methods, materials, and history of photography. Lectures involve camera usage, lighting, wet-darkroom skills, digital darkroom techniques, digital printing, and pictorial composition. Weekly lectures on the history of photographically based imaging from 1839 to the present will illuminate the profound influence such methods have on the way we perceive reality. Access to either a 35mm film SLR camera or a digital SRL camera is required. (Chin, Kaplan, offered each semester)

ENTR 101 Entrepreneurial Leadership, Amy Forbes
As technology and globalization continue to spur interconnectedness, leaders must navigate tumultuous environments where change is rapid, discontinuous and unpredictable.  Innovation, ingenuity and an ability to add value by solving problems are necessary.  This course will examine the attributes required of successful entrepreneurs in contemporary leadership roles.  Students will learn how to take an idea to impact.  They will consider important concepts, such as ethics, sustainability, economic Darwinism, and managing uncertainty.  They will discuss product invention, service implementation, economic choice, risk and return, scale and scope, value creation, and small business generation.  As a significant course assignment, students will develop a strategic plan for a product, service, startup or organization that is worthy of implementation.  No prerequisites required.  (Forbes and Hamilton, offered annually)

ENTR 201 Quantitative Tools, Thomas Drennen
This course teaches the basic accounting, statistical, and Excel skills necessary for success in the Entrepreneurial minor.  All of the examples will be done using Excel.  The accounting techniques covered will include: accounting terminology; the accounting equation; how to prepare and analyze financial statements ( the balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows): operational costing considerations; cost behavior and cost-volume-profit analysis; differential analysis and product pricing; and budgeting. The statistical concepts which will be covered include: data collection; basic measures of summarizing data; presenting data in tables and charts; hypothesis formulation and testing; sampling techniques; normal distributions; and simple regressions techniques.

ENV 216 Birds in Our Landscape, Mark Deutschlander
Birds are an apparent and familiar part of our environments, whether hiking in a national forest or spending time in our own backyards. From pristine natural areas to the most urban settings, birds are ubiquitous and serve as sentinels for the health of the environment. Examining population trends and geographical distributions of birds can help us understand the impacts of urbanization, pollution and pesticides, climate change, and more. In this course, you will learn how distributions of birds inform scientists about environmental change and the impacts of change on the function of ecosystems. You will learn, firsthand through field excursions and exercises, to identify local bird species and how to conduct some basic field techniques for direct monitoring of birds. You will learn how scientists collect distribution data on birds using remote sensing and how citizen science has greatly advanced our ability to understand the distributions and movements of birds. You will also learn how scientists communicate their findings by reviewing scientific publications, which we will use as case studies of how birds in our landscape impact us and tell us about our environments.

FRNE 285 The Troubadours, Courtney Wells
This course introduces students to the texts, music, and culture of the troubadours of medieval Southern France-and their legacy as the inventors of love poetry in the vernacular. Performing their songs in the most powerful and vibrant cultural centers of medieval France. The Troubadours sang the praises of their beloved, incited kings to war, accused the decadence and corruption of the ruling classes, and made the vernacular an accepted medium for religious expression.  But who were the troubadours?  In this class, students are introduced to the language, history, religion, geography, and culture of these poets.  Through the study of printed texts, CD recordings, digital images of medieval manuscripts, and artistic representations, students will learn about the origins of the troubadour lyric as live musical performance, its later transformation into written text, and the troubadours' impact on other cultures and literary traditions. Readings ( and CD/MP3 recordings) : the troubadours, some texts of the Northern French trouvères, and occasional relevant readings in literature of other periods and traditions.

GEO 182 Introduction to Meteorology, Neil Laird or Nicholas Metz
The influence of weather and climate affect our daily activities, our leisure hours, transportation, commerce, agriculture, and nearly every aspect of our lives. In this course many of the fundamental physical processes important to the climate system and responsible for the characteristics and development of weather systems will be introduced. We will examine the structure of the atmosphere, parameters that control climate, the jet stream, large-scale pressure systems, as well as an array of severe weather phenomena including hurricanes, tornados, thunderstorms and blizzards. Upon completion of this course, we will have developed: (a) a foundation of basic scientific inquiry (b) a basic comprehension of the physical processes that govern weather and climate, and (c) an understanding of the elements of weather and climate that are most important to society. Prerequisite: MATH 100 or a score of 20 or better on the math placement test. This course is a prerequisite for many geoscience courses.

GEO 250 Oceanography, David Finkelstein
This course serves as an introduction to basic oceanography, including physical, chemical, geological, and biological processes and patterns. Emphasis is placed on the physical, chemical and geologic structure of the oceans and their role in the carbon cycle, ocean circulation and global climate change, and the evolution of the oceans through geologic time. We will also explore the different environments of biological productivity from upwelling zones to mid-ocean ridges to coastal dynamics and their susceptibility to environmental change. Prerequisite: GEO 184, GEO 186 and CHEM 110 or by permission of the instructor.

MATH 114 Math for Informed Citizenship, Jonathan Forde
This course explores the uses and abuses of numbers in a wide variety of areas. The modern world is built of numbers. In science, medicine, business, politics, and even culture, numbers are used to bolster claims and debunk conventional wisdom. A deeper understanding of the mathematics behind these arguments can help us determine what to trust and when to doubt, teach us how to weigh the risks versus rewards, and allow us to come to group with the vast scale of the universe and the national debt. Mathematical topics will include randomness, basic statistics, linear regression, inference and nonlinearity. An emphasis is placed on critical engagement with numerical evidence and mathematical thinking as deployed in the culture at large. The course has significant writing component.

MDSC 200 Cultures of Advertising, Leah Shafer
Advertising is among the most pervasive forms of cultural representation in our global society.  In this course, we approach advertisements as economic, aesthetic, and ideological forces whose analysis reveals crucial information about cultural attitudes and ideologies of their time and place.  We will study the industrial and aesthetic history of advertising by analyzing advertising campaigns as well as their strategies, themes, and practices.  Our materials will be drawn from both corporate and non-profit campaigns, global and local campaigns, and from anti-consumerist actions and other resistant practices.  Our work will cover diverse media, including: print culture, television, film trailers, mobile marketing, social networking sites, and new media branding and marketing campaigns.

PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology, Brien Ashdown
This course offers a comprehensive survey of the methodology and content of present day psychology. Emphasis is placed on the development of a critical evaluative approach to theories and empirical data. (Fall and Spring, offered annually)

PSY 299 Sensation and Perception, Daniel Graham
Perception of the world through the senses is one of the most sophisticated yet least appreciated accomplishments of the human brain. This course explores how people experience and understand the world through the senses, using frequent classroom demonstrations of the perceptual phenomena under discussion. The course introduces the major facts and theories of sensory function and examines the psychological processes involved in interpreting sensory input, as well as the evolutionary foundations of human perception. The primary emphasis is on vision, though other senses are considered as well. Prerequisite: PSY 100. (Graham, offered annually)

SOC 266 Sociology of Police & Policing, James Sutton
This course focuses on police and policing from a sociological perspective. It provides an overview of the key historical developments that have led up to the practices, trends, challenges, and controversies that characterize contemporary policing. The primary focus is on urban municipal police and policing in the United States, though attention will also be devoted to federal law enforcement, private police, and policing in rural areas. Foundational themes that will be examined include the idea of police, routine policing, police socialization, police misconduct, and police organizations. We will additionally focus on a number of substantive topics, including but not limited to policing paradigms, women and policing, police accountability and reform, police ethics, police subcultures, the lives and perceptions of police officers, police (mis)use of force, and contemporary social movements that protest (e.g. Black Lives Matter) and support (e.g. Back the Blue) modern police and policing. A recurring theme that we will see is that discretion is inevitable when policing. Accordingly, we will explore systematic forms of police discretion that reflect and reinforce disparities pertaining to race, class, gender, and other dimensions of social stratification (offered annually, Sutton).


David J. Galloway
Associate Dean for Curricular Initiatives and Development and Associate Professor of Russian Area Studies

Phone: (315) 781-3304

Important Dates

J-Term Online Registration: November 30 - January 2, 2021.

1st Day of Classes:  January 2, 2021.

Drop/Add for J-Term:  January 2, 2021 ONE DAY ONLY.

Last Day of Classes: January 17, 2021.

Last day to withdraw from a course:  January 17, 2021.

Official grades for incompletes are submitted by the instructor to the registrar by: March 5, 2021

Last day to change from a graded course to CR/NC/DCR: March 19, 2021

Last day to submit final grades: January 24, 2021.

Click here for the Official Schedule of Courses for J-Term.

Financial Info

Loan Information

Students taking one class in the summer can apply for a private alternative loan to assist with the costs.

For more information regarding summer aid options, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 315-781-3315.

Refund Policy

Notification of withdrawal and requests for refunds must be made in writing and addressed to the appropriate Dean. A full refund will be given to students who withdraw before the second day of classes (for Maymester and Summer-3) or before the third day of classes (for Summer-5). After these deadlines, the refund of tuition and return of federal and education loans and other sources of payments are prorated based upon the percentage of the term that the student is enrolled. If the student is enrolled past 60% of the term, there is no refund of costs of attendance. The official withdrawal date used by the appropriate Deans Office will be used to determine the prorated refund.


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