|CentreTerm as fun as a day at the movies
RELEASED: Jan. 8, 2004
DANVILLE, KYSophomore Rachel Johnson spent her first CentreTerm watching movies.
It was a little more academically oriented than it sounds. Johnson, from Carrollton, Ky., watched the flicks for her freshman seminar "Musicians on Film" during the College's innovative three-week winter session.
This year's CentreTerm is taking place Jan. 5-26.
As part of the course, taught by Sarah Stoycos, visiting assistant professor of music, the class watched movies (Selena starring Jennifer Lopez and Amadeus to name a couple) about musicians. For their final project the students wrote screenplays incorporating music by Beethoven.
"The freshman CentreTerm courses are a lot fun," said Johnson, a double-major in history and education. "You can take a course in unusual things in which you're interested."
Students take just one class during the three-week term in January. Centre's faculty members create their own distinctive courses. For 2003-04, there will be 18 freshman seminars.
Sophomore Matt Steinfeld took "American Utopianism: The Peaceable Kingdom" last year. Students explored the concept of a utopian society, and took field trips during the class taught by Milton Reigelman, Cowan Professor of English.
"It was a smaller class, and I really got know my classmates well. We've all become good friends," Steinfeld said. "We had many group discussions, which were an integral part of the class. For one of our final classes we had lunch at Dr. Reigelman's house. It was definitely one of my favorite classes."
CentreTerm isn't just for freshmen. There are interesting courses for all class levels.
After their freshman year students can self-design a course, take part in an internship, choose an upper-division seminar on campus or study abroad with one of Centre's short-term trips. This year's trips include the Bahamas, New Zealand and Ireland. There are 40 upper-division courses at Centre this year, and some are taught by visiting professors considered leading experts in their respective fields of study.
To learn more about CentreTerm, visit http://www.centre.edu/web/admission/publications/centreterm.html.
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