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Experiential Term (E-term)

               Experiential Term (E-Term) at Ferrum College is your opportunity

                                              for hands-on learning experiences.

                      Students abroad during e-term course

Find out more about E-Term:

What is E-Term at Ferrum College?

Experiential Term (E-Term) is a three week term which offers a variety of two, three, and four credit hour courses for all students enrolled at Ferrum College. Courses offered in E-Term are from across the curriculum, including courses from the liberal arts core of required courses, to courses that meet speaking and writing intensive requirements, and courses that offer an experiential opportunity in one of our 31 majors and/or 40 minors.  Forensic investigation students during e-term course

E-Term courses offer students the opportunity to:

  • Participate in intensive research

  • Participate in international travel

  • Participate in national travel

  • Participate in local and regional travel

  • Build your resume with experience

  • Develop and participate in service learning projects

All classes are taught by Ferrum College faculty through the Ferrum College campus. A majority of the courses offered do not require pre-requisites and are appropriate for students entering their second or third semester of college.  Ferrum College students are required to take, and pass, one E-Term course to graduate.  Courses provide an opportunity for experiential learning on the Ferrum College campus, as well as through travel (domestic or international) and also involved in research and/or service learning. There are no additional tuition or room/board costs attached to E-Term. (If a student wishes to take MORE THAN ONE E-Term course, tuition and room/board costs will be applicable.) Any costs for travel, lab cost, etc. in an E-Term course will be listed with the course description during spring registration.

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When do students take E-Term classes?

Students register for E-Term courses when they register for spring classes, but they do not attend the E-Term class until the first week of May. E-Term is offered the three weeks immediately following graduation each year. Students are housed on the Ferrum College campus during E-Term, and all of the resources expected during the academic year will be available. Any activities offered outside of the courses will be designed with course offerings in mind.

Currently enrolled/full-time students will register for E-Term courses when they register for spring semester. The last day for currently enrolled full-time students to register for E-Term is the last add date during the first week of spring semester. Students must register for a minimum of 12 hours for the regular spring semester.  An E-Term course will not count in those 12 hours but could put a student in an "overload" status for spring semester if the student registers for 18-19 hours and then registers for an E-Term course. The last day to drop an E-Term course is the first day of the E-Term classes.  Students who drop out their E-Term course after the drop date, are obligated to all fees attached to the course.

Students are required to enroll and successfully complete their E-Term course before achieving senior status in order not to delay graduation.  Part-time students must register by the "last day to ADD" the first week of spring semester (the add/drop week). Part-time students will be charged for a course during E-Term at the same credit hour rate as they are during the long semester.

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How many E-Term classes are required?

All Ferrum Students are required to take a minimum of ONE E-Term course prior to senior status. 

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What classes are offered for E-Term 2017?

School of Arts and Humanities

*ART 217: Introduction to Photography; ART 317: Intermediate Photography and SPA 451: Directed Study

*ENG 203:  British Literature I and REL 207: Globalizing Religion: Ritual and Pilgrimage to Canterbury

ENG 207: Representations of the Holocaust through Literature and

ENG 210: World Folktales and Literature

ENG 213: Literature and Film of the American Frontier

REL 207: The Spirit of Adventure: Vocation, Calling and Practice in the Methodist Tradition and HHP 149: Spirit of Adventure:  Finding Vocation through Spiritual Wellness

THA 205, 305, 405 Applied Summer Theatre – I, II, III 

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

AGS 290: Introduction to Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT)

BIO 123: Introduction to Entomology – Insects and Society

*ESC 205: Tropical and Marine Ecology

MTH 105: Fundamentals of Mathematics

MTH 106: Math Manipulatives

SCI 201: Food Science 

School of Social Sciences and Professional Studies

CJU 375: Crime Scene Photography

CJU 497: Special Topics in Criminal Justice - Topics in Institutional Corrections

CSC 290 – Selected Topics: Data of Things and You 

PSY 298: Pre-Professional Placement

PSY 355: Science of Sleep

REC 372: Eco-Adventure

SOC 392/EPD 392: Eco-Social Justice: Issues and Applications

SWK 299: Introduction to Community Service

(*Travel safety will be determined at the beginning of the course and could cause a revision of course plans or cancellation.) 

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What are the important E-Term deadlines? 

  • Students must register for an E-Term course when registering for the spring semester; however, they must register for a minimum of 12 hours for the regular spring semester as an E-term course will not count in the spring hours.  Registration for spring semester is November 7-11, 2016.  The course fee will be added to the student's account when they register for the course.
  • A non-refundable deposit of $500.00 is requiredfor courses with a fee of $2000 or more and is due no later than December 12, 2016 to student accounts.  Deposits not paid by this deadline will result in the E-Term course being dropped from the student’s schedule.  E-Term scholarships granted will also be permanently lost should the dropping of an E-Term class become necessary for failure to pay the deposit and/or dropping the course. The $500 deposit is forfeited if a student drops/withdraws from any E-Term class after December 12, 2016.
  • Applications for need-based scholarships for ONE-Term travel course with a fee over $2000 are available (students may only receive one E-term scholarship as they pursue their undergraduate degree). Arrangements for any other financial aid help must be addressed with the financial aid office.  Deadline for the scholarship application is November 18, 2016.  E-Term travel scholarships may only be applied to costs for E-Term travel and will be rescinded if the student does not actually go on the trip, leaving the student fully responsible for the travel fee. Students receiving any other college sponsored scholarship to be applied to an E-Term travel course are not eligible to receive this need-based scholarship.
  • The last day to dropan E-term class is February 3, 2017.
  • Students are obligated for all course fees if still enrolled after February 3, 2017. If a student withdraws after February 3, 2017, the student is still obligated for the full course fee.
  • Arrangements to pay outstanding student account balances for the fall semester must be in place and current to register for an E-term course.  Arrangements must also be in place to cover spring semester balances (including E-term class), prior to spring semester check-in.  The cost of E-Term is part of the charges for the spring semester and the balance in full (if no other pending sources – Scholarships, Loans, Tuition Management Systems payment plans, etc.) is due December 15, 2016.
  • Unless already awarded a need-based scholarship to help offset the cost of E-term travel, arrangements to cover the entire cost must be made.  Students will not be allowed to participate in an E-term course unless all prearranged financial obligations have been satisfied.
  • Students taking an additional E-Term course will incur an additional tuition fee of $615.00 per credit hour for the course. If course is not dropped by the set drop date, the student will be obligated to pay all travel-related expenses and/or published course fee.
  • If a student adds an E-Term class after December 12, 2016, they must pay the $500 deposit prior to the E-Term course being added to their schedule. The last day to add an E-term class is Friday, January 13, 2017.  Students who register for an E-Term class after spring semester check-in must also have payment arrangements in place immediatelyto cover E-Term fees. 

 

Are there any scholarships available for E-Term?

Applications for need-based scholarships for ONE-Term travel course with a fee over $2000 are available (students may only receive one E-term scholarship as they pursue their undergraduate degree). Arrangements for any other financial aid help must be addressed with the financial aid office.  Deadline for the scholarship application is November 18, 2016.  E-Term travel scholarships may only be applied to costs for E-Term travel and will be rescinded if the student does not actually go on the trip, leaving the student fully responsible for the travel fee. Students receiving any other college sponsored scholarship to be applied to an E-Term travel course are not eligible to receive this need-based scholarship.
  • Scholarship applications may be received from the E-Term faculty person or Dr. Kimberly Gaiters-Fields.
    Completed applications should be submitted to Dr. Kimberly Gaiters-Fields in JWH, Room 105. 
  • Members of the Boone Honors Program should see Dr. Lana Whited in Britt, Room 200  to apply for the travel scholarship and for additional deadline information.
 
Questions concerning E-Term may be directed to: 

Dr. Kimberly Gaiters-Fields at kgaiters-fields@ferrum.edu or Extension 4206    
 

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