A few academic offerings are open to current Macalester students during the January break.

Independent Projects and Internships

You may register for an independent project or internship. To get started with an independent project, have a conversation with a faculty member you are interested in working with to see what might be possible. For an internship, contact the Internship Program to explore your options.

To register for a one or two credit independent project, you must complete a registration form and the collect signatures designated on the form. Registration forms for independent projects and internships are due to the Registrar's Office no later than Friday, December 6, 2013. There will be no exceptions to this deadline. Registration may be canceled through Thursday, January 2, 2014 if written notice is received in the Registrar's Office by that date. Grading option must be declared on the form at the time of registration.

All work must be completed by January 24, 2014. It is not possible to take an "incomplete" for a January independent project or internship. Grades are due in the Registrar's Office by January 31, 2014.

January 2014 Study Trips

CLAS 155-01
January in Rome: The Art, Archaeology, and Topography of Ancient Rome

A survey and tour of the major spaces, surviving monuments and artifacts of the city of Rome from the earliest occupation of the Palatine around 1000 BCE to the first major Christian buildings in the 4th century CE. Students learn architectural building techniques, systems of dating based on types of stone and brickwork, problems in identifying surviving buildings, the iconography of Roman political sculpture, and issues of Roman copying and reuse of original Greek art. We consider the incorporation of Roman monuments into subsequent architecture, including Fascist political (re)use of archaeology, as well as problems of conservation in the context of the modern city. Finally, visits to the excavated cities of Pompeii and Ostia make visible the lives and activities of those lost in the literary record, including women and slaves. (2 Credits.)

Contact Classics for more information.

EDUC 225-01
Education, Community and Cultural Survival in New Orleans

(2 Credits.) Contact Ruth Janisch Lake for more information.

GEOL 201-01
Geological Excusions

This course focuses on the geology of a foreign country or a region of the U.S. It also includes a study of the geography and culture of the region. It is designed as a January course. Participants meet prior to departure in order to learn necessary background information. The field excursion generally spans two to three weeks. The region to be studied will be different each year and a student may take the course more than once for credit. This course is offered on a pass/fail basis. (2 Credits.)

Contact Geology for more information.