I am pleased to be able to provide this introduction to our January 2017 Interim curriculum. Faculty and staff at BVU have worked hard to create an exciting array of Interim classes for you. We intentionally offer to you courses that will expand your creativity, cultural awareness, analytical abilities, and awareness of important conversations in today’s world. Our wish is that you will use Interim 2017 to seek opportunities outside your major programs of study where possible and investigate new ways of discovery and knowing.
We continue to expect high academic achievement from you. We ask faculty to fully employ class-time with you as well as engage you in meaningful preparatory work outside of class-time for 3 to 6 hours daily. You will find listed here descriptions for a variety of courses. Information in the descriptions below identifies if a course fulfills major/minor and/or general education requirement. All courses with the INTM notation fulfill elective credit toward graduation only.
As you review this list of course offerings, you will note that during our three-week January Interim, all of our course options offer distinctive educational experiences that align with the University’s overarching academic goals and objectives. These classes allow learning to take place within and outside the classroom as we offer you opportunities to enhance your potential for life-long success through innovative and imaginative opportunities. We believe Interim, with its travel courses, internships, residencies, and enrichment courses, is essential to the achievement of these goals.
Jim Salvucci, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Interim courses meet the full Interim calendar for a minimum of 150 minutes each day. Students, be advised that missing any classes during Interim is hazardous to successfully completing Interim; a day of class during January is equivalent of a week during a regular semester. As a BVU student you must be enrolled in and attending an Interim course to remain in the residence halls; if you are not enrolled and attending your course, you will be asked to leave campus for the Interim period or any portion of it remaining at the time you stop attending to your academic work and class attendance. All courses, including internships and travel courses, are commonly 3 credit hours. Internship credit hours are typically determined by the number of 40 hour-weeks contained within the internship experience. A three-credit hour internship, for example, typically requires three, 40-hour work weeks. See your internship supervisor for complete information on requirements.
Courses under the INTM department code carry elective credit toward graduation. If a course offers major and/or general education credit that designation is included in the course description and noted with the course designation other than an INTM department code (i.e. HONR, BIOL, etc.). Some courses listed have been offered in previous years. You MAY NOT take an Interim course (INTM) which you have previously taken; doing so will cause you to lose the 3 credits from the previous occurrence since the course will be treated as a course repeat.
Classes meet daily. The grading system is determined by the instructor and indicated in the course description below as well as on the course syllabus. If student option is indicated, you may choose between P/F (Pass/Fail) or letter grade (ABCDF). For those courses with student option as the grading system, the grading option may be converted through 5 p.m. on Friday, January 13, 2017 at the Registrar’s Office. All travel courses and internships are graded P/F.
Interim Enrollment Expectations
Buena Vista University hopes all BVU students will participate in an Interim learning opportunity. New first-year students are required to enroll in Interim. There will be no tuition, board and/or room refunds for full-time students who elect not to participate in Interim. Students will NOT be permitted to remain in the residence halls during Interim if they are not enrolled in and attending an Interim course. For further information on enrollment requirements, students should refer to the catalog under which they entered Buena Vista University.
- Students enrolled in BVU travel courses will receive a stipend of their meal plan fees automatically. Students enrolled in travel courses need not complete a meal refund application.
- Students enrolled in courses, such as an internship, field observation or practicum, requiring them to live off campus during Interim may apply for a stipend of meal plan charges. Students must be enrolled prior to making application for a meal stipend; applications for the meal stipend (and enrollment in the experience) must be made no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23, 2016. To apply for a meal stipend, complete the information requested through Step 1 on the Interim Meal Stipend Request Form found on the Registrar’s web page at: http://www.bvu.edu/bv/registrar/forms.dot. Once Step 1 is completed, deliver the form to the Associate Dean’s Office (DE 107) for processing.
No requests for meal refunds after 5 p.m. on November 23, 2016 will be granted. Students seeking internships, etc. are advised to be working well in advance so that you will have final decisions on placements in time to qualify for meal reimbursement if the experience will require you to be off-campus.
Interim and Spring Registration Dates
Students register for Interim and Spring semester courses during a single registration period during late October and early November.
- Oct. 26 for Honors students
- Oct. 27 - Nov. 1 for seniors and juniors
- Nov. 2 – Nov. 7 for sophomores
- Nov. 8 - Nov. 11 for first-year students
- Nov. 14 - Nov. 17 for special students
Beginning November 14, decisions on canceling low enrollment courses will occur. It is in students’ best interests to register during their assigned times.