Creative inquiry, experiential learning and the study of interdisciplinary topics are all intrinsic to each Minimester course. Every February , faculty teams teach one week courses outside the core subject areas, giving students the opportunity to learn during extended periods of time and with more hands-on experience. Minimester provides both on and off campus courses. On campus courses often consist of a combination of classroom learning, local and regional travel, and hands on activities. Minimester is a special time when the school can offer a variety of off-campus, educational trips. Educational trips abroad have included studying history and culture in Spain, Morocco, Egypt and China, to name a few.
Increasingly, Minimester courses are reflecting the school's commitment to philanthropy and service with many including a community service component. Students on campus may participate in a variety of community service opportunities close to home or they may opt to work with children in an orphanage in Nicaragua.
However a student chooses to spend Minimester, she will certainly find that the experience broadens her world view and ensures she has some fun along the way.