January Term (J-Term) offers an exciting four-week term in the middle of the school year to discover and explore. Courses are offered in a variety of formats, including international study tours, regional trips, or solely on-campus courses that often include field trips.
Most classes are small (generally 10-15 students), allowing a unique connection among students and professors. Whether traveling in Europe or Africa, to the mountains or to the ocean, or staying close to Seattle, students will witness first-hand the excitement of professors who teach creative and exciting courses in the areas of their passions and interests.
A key part of a Trinity education is the hands-on learning we experience around the world during our January Term study trips. Our travel courses can open up your education in ways that books or lectures can’t. We believe that cross-cultural travel is so vital to your education that we’ll help pay your way. Incoming students are eligible for a travel stipend paid for by the school
Visit TLC.edu/jtermguidelines for detailed guidelines about eligibility and information about the application process.
The following guidelines apply to current and future Trinity students interested in traveling during January Term.
January Term travel paid for by Trinity (“funded travel”) is available to students who started at Trinity in Fall 2012, Spring 2013 and Fall 2013.
For eligible students, “funded travel” means the college will pay for tuition, airfare from Seattle and lodging. Meals and all other expenses while traveling (including meals, airport shuttle, local transportation and personal items) are the responsibility of the student.
Students who begin at Trinity Spring 2014 and after may make application for a travel stipend, which should cover most costs associated with airfare and lodging. For international trips, this stipend is $2500. For domestic trips, this stipend is $1250. Students must pay for the remainder of their travel expenses (including meals) on their own. Tuition is covered by the college.
Students who started at Trinity Spring 2012 or prior are not eligible for funded January Term travel, since that benefit was not available to incoming students at that time. Those students are responsible to pay for travel costs on their own. However, they are still eligible for free tuition during January term.
Visit http://www.TLC.edu/jtermguidelines/index.html for detailed guidelines about eligibility and information about the application process. Talk with your faculty adviser or the Academic Dean if you have questions.
Please note there is an application process for January Term travel trips as well as a limited number of slots available for funded travel and travel stipends for each trip. Talk with the trip’s faculty leader for more information.
Pilgrimage: Holy Journeys - Iona, Wittenberg, and Taize with Rev. Dr. David Ellingson
Explore the concept of spiritual pilgrimage by traveling to pilgrimage sites in Europe. Travel to Iona brings students to the center of Celtic spirituality, travel to Wittenberg brings young scholars to the doorstep of the European Protestant Reformation, and time in the Taizé community in Burgundy, France, will allow students to encounter the ecumenical order where young people from around the world have gone to discover worship and Christian community in renewing and creative ways.
"Nature Kindergartens" Exploring early learning in a natural setting, Crieff, Scotland
Learn about the nature school movement in the beautiful Scottish Highlands. Engage with practitioners who are re-envisioning a new way of developing the social and mental abilities of children. In a world that is increasingly urbanized and driven by technology, students will explore ways to incorporate nature into even urban contexts for early childhood education.
Holy Land Study Tour - Israel with Rev. Stime
Enjoy an educational and inspirational journey to the Holy Land. Travel to such places as the Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, and the Jezreel Valley. Students will study biblical texts and themes and the places where they occurred. Optional week long tourism options are also available for an extra fee.
Jesus and Surfing with Dr. Jeff Mallinson
Students will live at a state beach south of Los Angeles, CA, where they will study the unique religious climate of southern California from 1960 to present. Special attention will be paid to trends within evangelical movements, new religious movements that grew out of the 1960s counter culture, the “Jesus Freak” phenomenon, and the intersections between politics, economics and faith in the state of West Coast evangelicalism. Students will have daily opportunities to learn how to surf and some good intellectual conversations are likely to occur between sets of waves.
Christian Hospitality & Table Fellowship with Mark Jackson
This course explores the biblical, historical, and contemporary views of Christian hospitality, with a focus on welcoming others and care of the stranger. The topic is further developed by integrating Old Testament understandings of food and the New Testament understanding of table fellowship. Students will consider the implication of their learning on their personal lives and communities of faith. Includes off-campus experiences with organizations that provide hospitality and welcome.
The Concept of Healing with Jennifer Patter
Drawing from anthropology and the helping professions, this course will use journaling, time in nature and group conversation for students to connect with themselves as healers. To become healers and leaders we must first lead ourselves to understand what it means personally to heal.
Creation and New Creation with resident faculty
Study Genesis, Exodus, Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians and theological themes including stewardship of God’s creation, diverse worldviews, and vocation. (This course counts toward the Trinity Crux requirement.)
An opportunity and learning experience for students interested in creative writing covering fictional and non-fictional prose, playwriting, and poetry. Individual accountability to the instructor to produce original, artistic creations, in a writing-intensive course.
Classes are subject to change.