BY ELIZABETH STRAUCH '04
Fifty years ago, Whitworth was one of 60 colleges in the U.S. that instituted "January Term" as part of a new 4-1-4 academic calendar. "This is a time to be intellectually adventuresome" Garland "Gus" Haas, political science professor and inaugural Jan Term coordinator, wrote in the 1969 course catalog. Jan Term classes were intended to provide students a change of pace, allowing them to focus on a single course of study as part of a class or independently, on campus or off.
Across five decades, Jan Term has proven to be a seminal Whitworth experience for students, producing rich personal growth, vocational discernment, lifelong friendships and cherished memories.