May Term at Illinois Wesleyan University is a distinctive month-long experiential
learning option where students focus on a single course or topic.
May Term is designed to stretch traditional boundaries between in-class and out-of-class
Students choose from a variety of May Term courses ranging from travel abroad and
national study options to course options outside the standard curriculum or research
collaborations and internships.
With this opportunity for immersion in learning, students may study contemporary and
often controversial issues; travel to historical, commercial, or cultural sites in
conjunction with a course; or attend lectures, concerts, or theatrical events related
to a May Term theme.
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Examples of recent courses taught on campus include:
Biology: Field Ornithology
English: Exit, Pursued by a Bear
Financial Services: The Great Vampire Squid that Ate Wall Street
Greek and Roman Studies: Blood Rites and Mystery Cults
Physics: Sound, Music and Hearing
Psychology: Ape Sapiens, Wild Minds, Captive Dignity
Religion: Islam from Mecca to Malcolm X
Theatre: Special Effects Makeup
A sampling of recent May Term travel courses: