Make the Most of January with J Term

j-term-logo-26oct2010.jpg With 18 courses still available, students can make the most of their winter break by enrolling in SMU’s “J Term,” or January Term. Now in its second year, the concentrated program of study, set for January 4-13 at the SMU-in-Plano campus, allows students to complete one three-credit-hour course at a discounted tuition rate before the start of the spring semester.

The enrollment deadline has been extended to Friday, December 10, for the 18 courses with seats available. They feature offerings from the Cox School of Business, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Lyle School of Engineering, Meadows School of the Arts and the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. Courses include “Management Concepts” for business minors and non-business majors, “Career Development Theory and Practice,” “Mass Media and Technology” and “Crime and Delinquency.”

“J Term allows students to pursue a very focused learning opportunity with SMU faculty members and adjunct professors,” says Kate Livingston, SMU-in-Plano campus director and director of the J-Term program. “These credit hours can help students accelerate their degree completion, earn a second major or minor, fulfill general education requirements or prerequisites, or just take a course of interest.”

J-Term courses are not available for registration through Access.SMU. To enroll, students should meet with an adviser to select appropriate courses and to complete the J-Term application form. The application must be received in Enrollment Services, faxed to 972-473-3433 or emailed to jterm@smu.edu by 4 p.m. December 10.


The J Term schedule provides six hours of instruction per day over an eight-day period, January 4-7 (Tuesday-Friday) and January 10-13 (Monday-Thursday). Most classes meet from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. A few classes will meet from 2 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Courses may require advance reading, assignments due before and during the two-week period, in-class or take-home exams, and final papers or projects due after the last class meeting.

J-Term tuition is $985 per credit hour. Students participating in J-Term will be responsible for their own housing. The SMU-in-Plano campus has no residence halls, and those at the University’s main campus are closed during that period. However, discounted hotel rooms are available at the Marriott TownPlace Suites, about a mile from the SMU-in-Plano campus. Shuttle service is also available. Learn more here.

For more information, contact Kate Livingston, J-Term program director, at klivingston@smu.edu or 972-473-3401.

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