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January Term

Accelerated learning. Topics that are relevant to our world. 

January Term is an optional two-week learning experience available to enrolled undergraduate students at Loyola University New Orleans. Taking place before the start of the spring semester, J-Term provides students with a unique opportunity to catch up on credits, get ahead in their studies, or study abroad in an accelerated format. Each three-credit J-Term course will challenge students to think critically and dig deeply into one topic in an immersive format.

Advising begins on October 23, 2023.

Registration starts on November 13, 2023. 

J-Term takes place January 2 – 12, 2024. 

Here's what students are saying about J-Term:

“I loved my J-term class! I got the opportunity to study abroad in Thailand when I'd never left the country before, which alone fostered independence and responsibility.”

“I personally think J-term courses are a great alternative to helping boost your GPA.”

“Amazing class. Enjoyed it a lot, had fun learning something in a fast paced environment.”

Find your match. Explore J-Term courses.  

From entrepreneurship to multimedia storytelling, J-Term offers an opportunity for students to dive into a single topic for two weeks. Students can explore unique topics like the science of hate, circus-themed literature, and issues of interfaith relations in the contemporary world. Choose from on-campus and remote experiential options, completely online courses, and even the option to study abroad! Many J-Term courses are electives, and some, where noted, meet Loyola Core requirements. Given the condensed and intensive nature of these courses, students may only register for one course and spots are available on a first come, first served basis.

Race and Mass Incarceration*

CRIM-X215 | Dr. Christian L. Bolden | Online

This course explores the social structural processes, causes, and consequences of mass incarceration in the United States and the disparate impact of the justice system on racial and ethnic groups. Using a social justice lens, we will track the systemic elements and problem of mass incarceration. Beginning with school to prison pipeline, we will examine the interconnectedness of education and criminal justice and the consequences of unequal application of discipline based on race. We will also explore the criminal justice institutions, the experience of incarceration, and the process of reentry with an emphasis on how “colorblind” systems mask significantly varied outcomes for racial/ethnic groups. Critical evaluation of the impact of criminal justice systems and disproportionate representation of marginalized groups will be investigated. The outcome of the course will be student advocacy, ingenuity, or creative solutions for addressing mass incarceration. 

Own Voices Movement in YA Lit

ENGL-A224 | Dr. Lindsay A. Sproul | Online

This course offers a rigorous study of identity and representation in literature in both critical and creative writing as well as storytelling. Students will learn to analyze texts and films through both a creative and analytical lens.The course focuses on the "Own Voices" movement in the Young Adult genre- an effort to bring marginalized voices to the forefront in the publishing world. Students will develop skills in analysis, critical thought, and revision and publishing as they examine the work of marginalized writers and the publication process of those writers.

Science of Hate*

PSYC-X268 | Erin Dupuis | Online

This course provides an interdisciplinary social science perspective on why humans experience prejudice, violence, and persecution. What are the origins of hate? Is hate an emotion or a behavior? What ideologies and beliefs underlie hate? The main emphases will be on empirical approaches, with reference to the behavioral sciences (social psychology, sociology, history, and political science), genetics and neuroscience, law, and even popular culture. We will examine hate as an individual mechanism and also as a system. Topics will include ingroup/outgroup bias, racism, sexism, and other “isms”, hate speech and hate crimes, religion and the feminine evil, terrorism, and other related topics. 

Work and Vocation

BA-B493-YJ1 | Elisabeth R. Kincaid | Online

In this class, students will explore key concepts related to work and vocation. What work qualifies as "good" work? What does it mean to describe work as a vocation or calling? Can the for-profit working world and the commitment to promoting justice and the common good overlap? Drawing on philosophical, economic and theological resources, this course will enable students to dive deeply into these questions.

Interreligious Relations*

RELS-V224 | Dr. Adil H. Khan | Online

This course is intended for students to discuss and address practical issues pertaining to Interfaith Relations in the contemporary world. Its aim is for students to study Interfaith Relations and learn about how Interfaith Relations can be improved, whether by aiding in conflict resolution, developing outreach strategies for more cohesive communities, or re-conceptualizing ideas collectively in ways that work for a particular real-world situation.

Empires in the Modern Pacific

HIST-Q247 | Dr. Jonathan A. Moore | Remote

The course features examples and scholarship about 19th and 20th century imperialisms in Asia, focusing on the British and American Empires in the Pacific and Southeast Asia, with some readings on German, Japanese, and French Empires. The course goal is for students taking the course to become familiar with how empires represent(ed) themselves, the differences between formal and informal empires, how empires operate in the metropolis and “on the ground,” and the relationships between the colonizers and the colonized, broadly construed.

Murder, Mayhem, and the Media

CRIM-A270-WJ1 | Rae Taylor | Online

This course is a study of homicide through a sociological perspective, and a media analysis course, whereby students will understand the scientific nature and scope of homicide and pathways to homicide, as well as understanding how these phenomena are constructed by the media. Media constructions include portrayals of victims, perpetrators, criminal justice professionals and the criminal legal system. The implications of these portrayals are vast and will be critically examined with an emphasis on identifying areas in need of change.

Circus Arts & Literature*

ENGL-O294-0J1 | Dr. Tracey A. Watts | In-Person

In this course, students will read circus-themed fiction and non-fiction in order to understand the imaginative terrain that circus arts explore. Fictional texts may include works such as Erin Morganstern's The Night Circus, Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes, and/or Angela Carter's Nights at the Circus. Additionally, students will participate in hands-on circus arts training by attending five to six workshops at Crescent City Aerial Arts. The English department is currently inquiring to see whether funding is available to support the proposal of this course in order to compensate an outside entity for circus arts instruction. Class projects will include discussion questions, short responses, creative writing exercises, and an optional circus arts performance. This course fulfills the Creative Arts and Cultures Core requirement.

Citizen Science Research and Practice

ENVA-Y294 | Veronica L. Del Bianco | Online

Citizen science, the public generation of scientific knowledge, is emerging as a valuable research approach for scientific discovery. It enables researchers to look at large scale patterns in nature, space, and public health crises such as the pandemic. Unlike other research techniques, citizen science relies heavily on members of the general public, often in collaboration with or under the direction of professional scientists and scientific institutions. Facilitated by the wide availability of technology like laptops, cell phones, and DIY lab equipment, non-professionals are engaged in all aspects of the scientific inquiry process. Yet, citizen science is not without its limitations. Concerns include the quality of the data produced and ethical involvement of citizen science participants. In this course, students will explore citizen science from both practical (through project participation) and theoretical (through primary literature) lenses. Experiential learning will allow students to critically assess the collection of data by the public and participate in the scientific process.

Queer Cinema 

FILM-M345 | Ms. Caleigh E. Flynn | Online

Queer Identities in American Cinema will explore the cinematic history of the LGTBQ+ community in American film, from their pre-code impact on early Hollywood cinema, their contributions from “the celluloid closet” during the Hays Code, and the eventual emergence of New Queer Cinema in the late 20th century. Through readings, screenings and discussions, students will dissect the textual and subtextual depictions of the queer identity in both independent and commercial mainstream film.


BIOL-Y236 | Dr. Aimée K. Thomas | Online

Evolution is the unifying concept in biology and this course uses lectures, readings, discussions, and exercises to explore the processes, mechanisms, and patterns of biological evolution. Human evolution and the impact of humans on biodiversity and ecosystems are examined in detail. This course fulfills the Science in Context Core requirement. 


ENTR-B300 | Maksim Belitski | Online

This course will teach learners how to start thinking on ideas and turn ideas into new ventures or / and new product development. We will learn how to generate ideas, identify new opportunities in promising markets, test your initial assumptions and finally validate the idea by using prototypes and financial models, and pitching of a new product (service/ project) to potential customers and write a report. Importantly, the fundamental aim of this course is not the founding of a successful business (although several students have done it before!), but to provide a comprehensive toolkit from idea creation to development and commercialization based on a specific real-life problem. 

Beer Brewing* 

CHEM-Y235 | Dr. Shane J. McGlynn & Michael Giusti | In-Person

Beer Brewing will introduce you to the cultural, historical, economic and bio-chemical underpinnings of beer and the beer-brewing process.

Under Pressure: Multimedia Storytelling Under Deadline 

CMMN-A380 | TBD Staff | In-Person

Being able to shoot, edit and write a compelling story will help you succeed in a variety of fields. We will take a deep dive to develop each of these skills and prepare students to put a story together under a tight deadline. There will be a focus on multimedia and broadcast journalism. Students will learn how to tell a story from the ground up. First, we will look at how to develop sources, find relevant and unique stories and how to pitch them. Then, we will work hands-on to advance the student’s shooting and editing skills. Plus, students will read, watch and learn about how to write an impactful story. Students will also be taught how to use social media to promote the story. By the end of the course, students will feel confident and prepared to shoot, edit and write a story for TV, digital and social media within a short period.


*Meets a Loyola Core requirement

Costa Rica: INTB G493/893 Special Topics in International (3 credits)

Business | Dr. Gustavo Barboza

This experiential learning program is designed to explore the reality, way of life, culture, economic and political system of Costa Rica. Coursework is a mix of class lectures, company visits, meetings with high government officials, and excursions to National Parks and main tourist attractions in Costa Rica. Students will be immersed in the international business decision making process by interacting with high level executives of major industrial and technological companies located in Costa Rica. Course grades are composed of a research paper, a presentation, and an attendance/citizenship component.

India: PHIL-W247 Global Ethics (3 credits)

Loyola Core: Philosophy II | Dr. John C. O’Day 

This course will investigate issues of social ethics in a global context, with a special emphasis on India, its colonization by Europe, and its subsequent independence. Topics will include global justice, colonialism, non-violent and violent resistance, globalization, and critique of Western technology and science. India is the world’s largest, most heterogenous democracy--among a population of nearly 1.5 billion, there are 22 spoken languages scheduled by the national government, as well as six major religions represented alongside a robust secular political tradition. As a result, daily civic life in India evokes many dilemmas of social morality, such as resolving normative and religious difference, human impact on the environment, and what we owe to the poor and destitute. As a former European colony and vibrant post-colonial democracy, moreover, India’s modern political history accentuates marquee questions of global justice, such as anti-colonial resistance, self-determination, reparations, and international governance. This course will survey the philosophical implications of these issues while immersing students in the vibrant culture and complex society from which they emerge.

London: ENGL N294 Gothic London (3 credits)

Loyola Core: Writing About Literature | Vanessa Saunders 

This course allows students to explore London as they learn about the Gothic tradition in literature. The course will trace the Gothic’s roots with classics like Dracula and Frankenstein up to its contemporary British writers like Neil Gaiman and Angela Carter. Every morning we’ll meet for three hours in our classroom space near Buckingham Palace. In the afternoon, we’ll visit some field trips to help the readings come alive. On our field trips, students will learn about Victorian London, see Phantom of the Opera at London’s famous west-end district, visit Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, see Freud’s famous talking chair, among others. We’ll be visited by two British scholars with expertise in Gothic topics, allowing students a chance to connect with the local culture. 

Thailand: INTB G493/983 Special Topics in International Business (3 credits)

Dr. Mazhar Islam, Dr. Frankie Weinberg

Open to undergraduate and graduate students 

The course is designed to expose students to the dynamic business environment of Thailand while immersing them in the unique culture of Thailand. The country is often referred to as “the Land of Smiles” because of the welcoming and warm nature of its people. Buddhism and the monarchy have historically provided the sources of order and stability in the society. The culture also welcomes western and progressive ideas as the country has globalized in recent decades. Bangkok, the capital of the country, is a vibrant cosmopolitan megacity and a melting pot of traditional culture and contemporary attitudes. Thailand exemplifies how continued foreign direct investments from the US and the rest of the world along with growth in their global trade footprint could help the country to strengthen its emerging position as an influential leader in Southeast Asia and the world. It also shows multifaceted challenges a country faces while going through a rapid economic growth.

Sicily: ENGL N210: Global Identities 

Loyola Core: Writing About Literature | Emily Capdeville 

This course, in fulfilling your Writing about Literature requirement, is concerned with the critical analysis of literary texts. Taking season 2 of the hit series White Lotus as our starting point, students will read a variety of texts that confront questions surrounding the ever-changing nature of Sicilian identity as it evolves against the historical and contemporary pressures exerted by globalization. Through the lens of complicated Sicilian characters, we get a glimpse of what it might mean to be Sicilian in the 21st century.

Study abroad during J-Term.

The Center for International Education (CIE) has expanded study abroad opportunities this J-Term! Applications are still open to study abroad in India and Thailand.

  • Goa, India (applications accepted on a case-by-case basis until full): Interested in discussing justice and globalization in the context of Indian post-colonial democracy? Want to celebrate your New Year on a boat tour by the Arabian Sea? The brand new India J-Term Session might be the program for you!
  • Bangkok, Thailand (at capacity for 2024; apply in 2025): Often referred to as “the Land of Smiles” because of the welcoming and warm nature of its people, students will be immersed in the unique culture of Thailand while also exploring the country’s dynamic and rapidly growing business environment. The program will build on the core competencies of the international business program, while also providing a great opportunity for non-business students interested in learning more about Asia and Thailand.
  • London, UK (at capacity for 2024; apply in 2025): Learn about Dracula, Frankenstein, and other famous horror icons in London. Visit Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum and watch Phantom of the Opera in London's West End to make those readings really come alive. The London J-Term Session might be the program for you!
  • Sicily, Italy (at capacity for 2024; apply in 2025): Beautiful blue beaches, palaces by the handful and locally grown food for breakfast, lunch and dinner–Sicily is an absolute paradise, according to Season 2 of the extremely popular series, White Lotus. Spend your J-Term in picturesque Sicily, Italy, exploring the multiplicity of Sicilian identity. 
  • Costa Rica (at capacity for 2024; apply in 2025): Interested in studying how international business and ecotourism have progressed in this unique spot in Central America? Want to experience the beauty of the Monteverde nature reserve, or the Poás and Irazú Volcanoes? Spending your J-Term Session in Costa Rica might be the right fit for you!

For more information about these and other J-term study abroad programs, visit

Visit Study Abroad Website

Know your costs for J-Term.

Tuition and billing for J-Term will function the same as our other special sessions. Regular J-Term courses will cost $780/credit hour. The cost to enroll in J-Term courses will appear on the spring tuition bill in LORA Self-Service; however, J-Term credit hours are calculated and billed as a separate line item from spring courses. Review our J-Term FAQs below for more information about registration and billing. 

We will offer one tuition-free course related to diversity, equity, and inclusion during the 2024 J-Term: Race and Mass Incarceration. Enrollment is available on a first-come, first-served basis and will not exceed regular maximum enrollments. This course satisfies a Loyola Core requirement and may be used toward the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Core Badge.

Get answers about Loyola's J-Term.  

Explore the J-Term frequently asked questions below. If you can't find the answer to your question, please email to speak with a member of our team. 

What is the January Term (J-Term)?

J-Term is an accelerated two-week learning opportunity before the start of the spring semester. All J-Term courses are three credits unless otherwise noted. 

What are the benefits of J-Term?

Loyola offers the optional J-Term to provide additional and flexible academic opportunities for students to catch-up, get ahead, or study abroad. For students who work or don’t have time during traditional semesters, J-Term provides more opportunities for accelerated coursework, research, and study abroad programs that enhance the academic experience.  

When is Loyola’s J-Term?

J-Term runs from January 2 – 12, 2024. Check the online class schedule for more details. If you’re enrolled in a J-Term course, check Canvas or your class syllabus for specific meeting times.

Do I need to take J-Term?

J-Term is completely optional. For students not taking classes during J-Term, the break will last until the start of spring session later in January. Students may engage in work opportunities, apply for jobs, and complete graduate school applications during their extended break. For other students, the winter break is an important time to rest and recharge. 

Can I start at Loyola during the J-Term?

J-Term is intended for continuing students only. Admission to Loyola for undergraduate students is only for fall, spring, or summer.

When can I sign up for J-Term classes?

Registration for J-Term starts on November 13, 2023. Students can register based on the Spring 2024 Registration Timetable. For questions regarding course registration, contact your advisor. International students are advised to contact the Center for International Education at     

How many J-Term courses can I take? 

Students who wish to take a J-Term class may register for no more than one. 

How can I find J-Term courses in LORA Self Service?

You can find J-Term courses in the course catalog in LORA Self-Service by selecting the "Spring 2024" term and hitting the "Search" button.

Spring 2024 Registration

If you want to see a listing of all J-Term courses in LORA Self-Service, then you can scroll down to the "Topics" section and select "January 2-Week Session." 

J-Term 2024

If you have a specific course you are searching for, then you can select the instructor and subject listed above in the course descriptions section of this page. Please note: Some courses may be listed as “Experimental Courses” in Self-Service, and the title will show up by viewing available sections.

If you have any trouble finding courses or need help, please reach out to your advisor. You must be cleared by your advisor to register for J-Term courses. For more registration help, check out the Student Success Center's registration resources.

What types of courses are available during J-Term?

Academic experiences will include on-campus, online, remote, or study abroad courses. Please check the J-Term course descriptions above for more information.

Will J-term coursework be graded?

Yes. J-term coursework will be rigorous and demanding, with graded assignments during the two-week term. Students should be prepared to commit time and effort to the term before enrolling. 

Will there be final exams for J-Term?

Some classes may have final exams associated with their curriculum. Students should consult the syllabus for the class.

Can I graduate following J-Term?

Students will not be able to graduate after J-Term. However, students in J-Term will be able to graduate at the end of spring semester if the courses taken during J-Term fulfill their graduation requirements. 

What education abroad options are available during J-term?

Check the J-term program listing for all J-term education abroad opportunities. Not all Loyola J-term education abroad programs are offered every year. Check the individual program page to see the next available term and associated deadlines. 

When is the deadline to apply for a J-term education abroad experience?

Deadlines vary by program. Check the program you are interested in for specific deadlines. Study abroad deadlines are different from online and remote J-term courses. 

Do I need to apply for a short-term Education Abroad experience?

All study abroad students are required to apply for an education abroad experience. Begin the process by viewing information at Get Started. Once a program is selected, log into the application at using your Loyola login credentials and complete the application materials.

How do I register for an Education Abroad program?

Education abroad program registrations and cancellations are processed through the Center for International Education. For questions about registration, contact CIE at 504-864-7550 or by email at Learn more about education abroad program opportunities.

What are the tuition and fees for J-Term?

J-Term, May Term, and Summer Session all have the same tuition rate of $780/credit hour. The per credit tuition rate for students enrolled in fully online programs differs from this rate, as would any courses billed at a per student rate (private music lessons, Loyola Institute of Ministry courses, etc.).

Loyola offers one free diversity, equity, and inclusion course during the J-Term. This course is offered on a first-come, first-served basis and will not exceed regular maximum enrollments.

Study abroad programs have their own program fees. For details, visit the study abroad website

When will I be billed for J-Term?

The cost to enroll in J-Term courses will appear on the spring tuition bill in LORA Self-Service; however, J-Term credit hours are calculated and billed as a separate line item from spring courses. If you have questions about tuition and billing, please contact Student Financial Services by calling 504-865-3337 or emailing us at    

Will taking a J-Term course affect my registration status in the spring?

J-Term credit hours will count toward a student’s registration status (part-time or full-time) to determine academic standing in the spring. However, J-term courses will only count toward full-time enrollment for federal and Louisiana state aid eligibility; J-term hours will not count towards full-time enrollment hours to qualify for Loyola scholarships and grants during the spring semester. For example, a student who is enrolled in 9 credit hours in the spring and 3 credit hours for the J-Term will be considered a full-time student in the spring but will not be charged full-time tuition or be eligible for full-time Loyola scholarship and grant awards. 

Will financial aid be available?

Loyola institutional aid is not awarded for J-term courses. However, a student may apply federal and Louisiana state financial aid funds, and any regular spring semester account credits towards their J-term tuition charges. A student must still attend a minimum of 12 regular spring credit hours in order to qualify for the full amount of Loyola scholarships and grants for the spring semester. Attending fewer than 12 regular term hours will result in Loyola institutional aid being prorated. J-term hours count towards full-time enrollment for eligibility for federal Pell grants only and Louisiana state grants only. For example, a student enrolled in 3 credit hours during J-Term and 9 credit hours during the spring semester will be considered full time with 12 credits for federal and state financial aid; however, a student in the same scenario would be considered enrolled in 9 credits when determining institutional aid eligibility for the semester. We must have a 2023-24 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and have a complete financial aid file to be considered for federal and state aid. 

If you have questions, contact the Financial Aid office at, call 504-865-3231, or schedule a time to meet

Can I live in the residence hall during J-Term?

No, the residence halls will be closed during this time. 

What dining locations are open during J-Term?

For a full list of dining locations and their hours of operation during J-Term, visit the Dining Services website. Food service locations will be limited based on enrollment and number of students attending the various locations. Some of the services provided at the locations will be limited over the winter break.

What Loyola services will be available?

The University Sports Complex will be open during regular facility hours. The Student Success Center, Career Center, and Center for International Education will be open to assist students during J-Term. 

What services are available at the library during J-Term?

Monroe Library will be open with limited hours. Check their website for hours

As all J-term courses are online, library support is available remotely:

  • Contact your librarian liaison for research consultations via Zoom. 
  • Most library resources are available remotely, using your Microsoft account for authentication. Go to for library resources and follow up with your liaison, if you have questions. 
  • Interlibrary loan is available and should be quick enough to receive articles electronically during J-Term. 
  • If your course has streaming video or an etextbook, they will be available in Canvas. 


All information is subject to change and is updated as of October 2023.