January Term

In 2024, Goucher will be offering a January Term (J-Term), a special period of study in which undergraduate students can take an entire class in a condensed format over a few weeks.

Students taking J-Term classes at Goucher will have the benefits of small class sizes, individualized attention from faculty, and the ability to complete a course in a shorter time frame. We encourage students to take advantage of our discounted prices for  J-Term. We are offering this pricing discount to help students progress towards their academic degree while understanding that financial situations for many have changed over the last year. 

Students can sign up for only one 4-credit course during J-Term. These courses meet for 3 hours per day, require additional time for homework, and are very time intensive. Due to the intensive nature and time overlap of J-term experiences, students enrolled in a J-term course will only be allowed to complete a 25-hour micro-internship offered by the CEO. Learn more about the micro-internship program here.

All courses are undergraduate courses.

Courses offered

  • BIO 109: Nutrition (Lecture Only) 
  • BUS 160: Personal Financial Planning 
  • COM 238: Public Relations
  • CPEA 211: To Walk with Nature: Environment and the Artist
  • CPED 207: The Addicted Brain: Understanding America’s Drug Crisis
  • PLS 204: Law and Society
  • PSC 143: Presidential Primary Politics in South Carolina
  • SP 120: Elements of Spanish II
  • SP 130: Intermediate Spanish
  • WRT 206: Professional Communication

View the course offerings for J-Term 2024.

Dates & Information

Students in four-credit and two-credit courses will meet each weekday from Jan. 3 through Jan. 24.

Goucher Undergraduate Students

Goucher undergraduate students can use these courses to fulfill a Goucher Commons Requirement (GCR) or take another popular course.

Goucher students can register for J-Term courses using myGoucher from November 13 through November 17.  After November 17, Goucher students should use the course change form by December 11 to request the addition of a J-Term course; your request will be considered on a space available basis. Note: classes with low enrollments may be canceled after the December 11 deadline, so it is important to enroll as early as possible.

Non-Goucher Students

Non-Goucher students can enroll in these courses using the non-candidate process. Courses may be able to be transferred to your home institution in order to satisfy your requirements, such as core courses and electives. Non-Goucher students should check with their home institution before enrolling. 

Non-Class Options for J-Term

The Career Education Office has an exciting opportunity available for current Goucher students:


Micro-Internships are paid, virtual, short-term projects, hosted by Goucher alumnae/i that run January 3-26, 2024. To apply:

Find all micro-internships in Handshake, using “Goucher micro-internship” as a keyword to search. · Upload your resume in the Documents tab in Handshake and apply to as many as you’d like by noon, Monday November 13. Students will only be offered one micro-internship to complete.

Projects lengths are either 45-hours or 25-hours, which will be listed in the project description on Handshake. Due to the intensive nature and time overlap of J-term experiences, students enrolled in a J-term course will only be allowed to complete a 25-hour micro-internship. Learn more about the micro-internship program here.

Email career@goucher.edu if you have questions about the Micro-Internship program.