The three-term academic calendar provides a structure conducive to enriching elective opportunities for juniors and seniors. In the English, History and Social Science, Visual and Performing Arts, and Philosophy and Religious Studies Departments, where many upper-level courses run for two terms rather than three, a wide range of spring electives is available to students. Descriptions of spring electives are available in January as part of the Course Catalog.
In addition to electives, students have the opportunity to study off campus through a variety of U.S.-based, international, and summer programs.
There are also a number of opportunities for alternate study–by filling out the forms for a Directed Study and Alternate Study–that allow students to further broaden their perspectives by participating in special projects. In addition to the opportunities below (which take the place of academics), a co-curricular alternative allows students to pursue projects in the visual and performing arts instead of playing a sport. Projects of merit that do not fall under the categories of visual and performing arts (such as writing or film projects) may also be approved for a co-curricular alternative.