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Frequently Asked Questions

How long will the new Spring Term last?
How many courses can I take in the spring?
What are the academic courses like?
Are the classes similar to what we take in the longer terms?
What does "fully engaging" mean, exactly?
Will the courses count towards my major?
When will these courses meet?
Do these courses cost extra money?
Are the W&L Spring Term Abroad programs still in existence?
Will students still have time to go to Goshen, socialize, and enjoy the beautiful spring of Lexington?
What happens if I'm a senior, and I go into the spring term needing more than 4 credits to graduate?
Can I take a P.E. course or a music course?

How long will the new Spring Term last?
4 full weeks.

How many courses can I take in the spring?
One and only one academic course. No exceptions.

What are the academic courses like?
They are a fully engaging, intensive exploration of their subject matter. Each is worth 4 credits.

Are the classes similar to what we take in the longer terms?

Not really. They are more intense, the teaching and content is often more experimental. They generally analyze material in depth, rather than breadth. There will be more out-of-class work and projects than in the longer terms.

What does "fully engaging" mean, exactly?
The course should occupy your entire work week. Students can expect to be with their professor for 8-10 hours each week, and to have an additional 20-25 hours of out-of-class work each week.

Will the courses count towards my major?
In most cases, yes. Most departments are not offering Spring Term courses that are required for the major, but are offering courses that can count towards the major.

When will these courses meet?
It all depends. Faculty are preparing schedules to fit their teaching, rather than the other way around. Students should be prepared for irregular and interesting scheduling.

Do these courses cost extra money?
Some do, mainly those that have a travel component to them. But costs are subsidized by the university, most courses have no additional costs, and extra financial aid is available to students just for the spring term courses.

Are the W&L Spring Term Abroad programs still in existence?
Absolutely! In fact, we have more Spring Term Abroad offerings than ever before. And a few courses-Washington Term, the New York Program, Literary Studies in Ireland-are still six weeks long.

Will students still have time to go to Goshen, socialize, and enjoy the beautiful spring of Lexington?
Absolutely! All the beautiful things of the spring term are still there to be enjoyed, along with a huge array of fabulous classes to take.

What happens if I'm a senior, and I go into the spring term needing more than 4 credits to graduate?
You won't be able to graduate with your class. You will have to enroll in summer school to finish your degree, or return to W&L in the autumn. Under no circumstances will students be allowed to take more than one full-credit academic course in the spring.

Can I take a P.E. course or a one-credit music or theater course?
Yes, students may have one course or cocurricular credit in addition to but not in conflict with their four-credit course. This might be, for example, a PE skills course, an applied music, or one-credit theater experience.