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January Intersession Serves Multiple Purposes for Torero Student Activity

January's Intersession gives USD students the chance to take class requirements in a short amount of time and there are many study abroad course opportunities, such as those in London, England.January's Intersession gives USD students the chance to take class requirements in a short amount of time and there are many study abroad course opportunities, such as those in London, England.

It’s not the fall or spring semester, nor is it a vacation for all University of San Diego students when January rolls back around. In 2018, January 3-23 is when USD’s annual Intersession programming takes place. It’s a time for students to pick up a class requirement they can do in three weeks with meetings five days a week instead of one to three days a week during a regular semester.

At USD, there are many ways in which students spend this time. The most popular way — aside from those who do use the winter break to return home to be with friends and family — is to travel while they study. Students this month are literally all over the globe.

Students exclusively in USD’s undergraduate Class of 2020 are participating in the Second-Year Study Abroad Experience in one of two places — Florence, Italy or Auckland, New Zealand.

Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, has a rich cultural history. Students who chose this destination can explore the city through its art and architecture. They do so when they’re not taking classes that are taught by USD professors such as Introduction to Modern Architecture, Dante and Medieval Florence, Principles of Marketing, Social Ethics, and Exploring Religious Meaning.

Students in Auckland are learning about the South Pacific, past and present. Auckland is the world's largest Polynesian city and is a true melting pot of various cultures. Students can explore the city's traditions through introductions to the rich Māori culture and various natural beauty throughout the region. Auckland’s course lineup, also led by USD faculty, consists of Medicinal Chemistry: Indigenous Medicine to Modern Medicine, Studies in Ethics, Indigenous Peoples and The Environment and Introduction to World Religions.

Study abroad offerings open to all USD students this Intersession are: Buenos Aires, Argentina where there is a class for business majors and College of Arts and Sciences majors; Hong Kong, China (business and communication studies courses), London, England (engineering, English and psychology courses); a Euro-Tour to cities in Europe and to Morocco (political science and undergraduate and graduate international relations); and Peru (mathematics and independent study).

There’s one Intersession destination in the United States, too. Communication Studies Professors Roger Pace, PhD, and Eric Pierson, PhD, will teach students who are passionate about film while attending the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The class runs for two weeks and students engage the films and filmmakers firsthand through lectures, screenings, panels, and small-group discussion. One highlight this year is knowing there is a documentary film, Quiet Heroes, that will be shown at the festival and is co-directed and co-produced by USD alumnus Jared Ruga.

For those taking Intersession classes on the USD campus, there are many courses within the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Leadership and Education Sciences and the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace and Justice Studies that are available.

Furthermore, students in the School of Business’ Master's of Business Administration (MBA), MS Global Leadership (MSGL) and MS Real Estate (MSRE) programs are spending some of January 2018 applying what they’ve learned in the classroom for international engagement in Shanghai, China (MBA), Munich, Germany (MBA), Rome, Italy (MBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina (MBA and MSGL) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (MBA), Hong Kong, China (MSRE) and Macau, Macao (MSRE).

Intersession is an active time for Toreros whether you’re on campus for class, playing for or rooting on USD’s men and women’s basketball teams in West Coast Conference games at Jenny Craig Pavilion, having a meal at La Gran Terraza during San Diego Restaurant Week Jan. 22-26; or you’re a lifelong learner age 55 and older attending USD’s University of the Third Age, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary during its January 8-25 session in SOLES' Warren Auditorium.

Intersession, as the class lengths suggest, is a fleeting time. It will soon give way to the start of USD’s spring semester: Monday, Jan. 8 for School of Law students and Monday, Jan. 29 for undergraduate and graduate students.

— Compiled by USD News Center