J-Term Travel COURSE Info Sessions

The West! 

May 15 & 18, 2023

5:00pm both days ZOOM

In this week-long (eight days, seven nights) course, we travel to southern and northern Arizona, spending a week among pre-puebloan and colonial ruins, geological and other natural wonders and disasters (the Grand Canyon, the Sonoran desert), and old western towns such as Tombstone and Bisbee.  We also visit Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and architectural school; the Heard Museum of American Indian Art and History; the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum; the Museum of Northern Arizona; Scottsdale’s Museum of the West; and the San Pedro River, the flyway for three hundred species of migrating birds (including hummingbirds).  We hike into the Sonoran Desert at Picacho Peak State Park and at Saguaro National Park; and we hike the red rock in Sedona, then, on the Colorado Plateau, the lava fields at Sunset Crater, the ruins at Wupatki National Monument, and the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.  If the night is clear, we go stargazing.  We also explore the Hopi mesas, under the guidance of members of the Hopi nation.  Good food is also on the itinerary.  The prerequisite for this course is the successful completion of American Studies.  The enrollment is limited to twenty students, determined by the brilliance of their application (a one-paragraph essay) and their passionate commitment to the course.   Students are to keep a journal of their travels and, upon their return, to create a document of enduring interest to the public.

The trip costs $1600, which includes everything but lunch and dinner, though the trip typically pays for two or three dinners.  Students who wish to learn more about this very successful J-Term experience are welcome to attend interest meetings at five o'clock on Monday, May 15 in Beall One (on the Durham campus, or join via Zoom) and at five on Thursday, May 18, in Hill 17 (on the Durham campus, or join via Zoom). 

If students or families have questions, they are welcome to contact Dr. David Cantrell at cantrell@ncssm.edu.


MAY 18, 2023 

6:00pm - 6:30pm


Paris J-Term 2024! Thursday, May 18th, from 6:00-6:30 p.m. Dr. Hong Li and Mr. Mark Dubois will host an information session about next year's Paris J-Term. Students (and parents!) are welcome to attend. This meeting will be held over Zoom - here's the link - so students and parents from both the Durham and Morganton campuses can attend. If you're unable to come, you're welcome to contact us at li@ncssm.edu and dubois@ncssm.edu. You can also access information about the J-Term here or submit your application (now due 5/22) through this Google form.

baja marine science adventure, espiritu santo island

MAY 18, 2023

6:00pm ZOOM

There will be a virtual information meeting for the Baja Marine Science Adventure J-Term hosted by the tour company Ecology Project International on Thursday, May 18th at 6pm. The meeting will consist of an informational presentation and then time for questions. Students and parents wanting to learn more about the trip should attend. See the attached poster or this link for more information and the link to join the Zoom meeting. 

If you have any questions, please contact lindsay.smith@ncssm.edu

Culture and history of japan

MAY 16 3:05pm Durham Bryan 109

MAY 18 3:05pm ZOOM

Don't you want to join Alex Currin, Ross Knight, and Vanessa Ponce on an adventure to Japan to explore vibrant culture, ancient architecture, and modern metropolises? If you answered yes, then consider joining us at one of the following interest meetings next week:

If you cannot make it to either meeting, don't worry! Just let Vanessa Ponce (ponce@ncssm.edu) know and I'll add you to our email list.

galapagos species:the islands, the myths, the legends

MAY 12 12:00pm


MAY 16 4:30pm ZOOM

Travel with us to the beautiful Galapagos Islands and marvel at the ancient species that thrive there! If you are interested in climate change, evolutionary biology, marine biology, or epic journeys, this is the trip for you.

Join us at one of our upcoming interest meetings:

If you are interested in the trip, join our email list for details and updates!

GalapaGO on an unforgettable J-Term trip with us!

Kori, Hannah, and Greg


MAY 16



MAY 16

6:00pm-6:45pm ZOOM

Greetings, NCSSM-Morganton and NCSSM-Durham Students and Families!

Interested in exploring Greece during January-Term 2024?

PLEASE JOIN US for one of the Greek Odyssey 2024 Interest Meetings:


Tuesday, May 16

4:00-4:45 PM

Durham Campus, Lecture Hall



Tuesday, May 16

6:00-6:45 PM

ZOOM LINK: https://ncssm.zoom.us/j/95700093068?pwd=YzBIeDhNa3BIS0NIanF6R3YzMnlUZz09

Please take a look at the Greek Odyssey 2024 FACT SHEET for a preview of details.

If you can't make either meeting, don't worry: we'll record the Zoom session and share the link to the recording.

Hope you can join us!

Elizabeth Moose and John Woodmansee, Sponsors


MAY 11

3:30pm DURHAM ROYALL 200

6:00pm ZOOM

We are thrilled to announce the 2024 J-Term to Italy and we want you to come with us! 

We will be visiting: 

Rome, Vatican City, Florence, Venice, Pisa, Lucca, Pompeii, Sorrento, Amalfi Coast

Come experience amazing culture, gelato, sights, history, gelato, art, food, gelato...and so much more!

We will be hosting two meetings on May 11th:

3:30pm in-person in Royall 200 for current students, and 

6pm on Zoom for current and future students and families.


You only need to attend one of these sessions. We will also record the zoom session and post it to the canvas page in case you are unable to attend either meeting. Please feel free to reach out to either Mrs. Lamia Younes (younes@ncssm.edu) or Ms. Sue Anne Lewis (lewis@ncssm.edu) if you have any questions.

As well, please check out our Canvas page for more information and to access the application form



MAY 19 4:00pm


We are excited to offer the popular L.A. Noir January term as a trip next year!

The architecture, geography, and people of Los Angeles influenced the way Hollywood filmmakers portrayed 20th century life. In turn, the films they made - especially in the style called film noir - not only depicted the city in its best light and deepest shadows but also forged an enduring image of LA.

The first 4 days we will spend on campus learning about film noir and the role that Los Angeles plays in setting the mood, while watching classic film noir and neo-noir.  Then we will head to sunny Los Angeles, where we will see the neighborhoods that provide the background of our films, learn about the film industry and see films in the classic Hollywood film houses.

We will be holding two interest meetings next week:

Durham - Thursday, May 18 at 3:15PM in the ETC Dry Lab, for students in person on the Durham Campus

Zoom - Friday, May 19 at 4:00PM, Zoom info for families, Morganton students and incoming class of 2025.

There is no need to attend both sessions, and if you are in Durham and can't attend the in-person meeting, feel free to attend the Zoom.

Your Sponsors,

Layla Aldousany, Michael Bruno, Meredith Murphy

NYC Arts

MAY 18 


Durham ETC Music Room

7:00pm-8:00pm ZOOM

We’re headed back to The Big Apple next year!

Please join us for one of two meetings to learn about:

IN-PERSON (Durham Students)

Thursday, May 18

4PM – 5PM

ETC 140 Music Room

ONLINE (Morganton/Durham Students and Families)
Thursday, May 18

7PM – 8PM


About the trip:

For six nights and seven days of J-Term 2024, wake up in The City That Never Sleeps and explore New York City from the Bronx to the Battery. Enjoy guided museum and theater tours. Attend and analyze live music, dance, and theatrical performances. And traverse Manhattan’s diverse, historic neighborhoods to experience the city from the subway to the street to the top of One World Trade Center!


Can’t attend or just need to know more right now?
Visit our NYC Arts J-Term website for more information including itinerary, costs, and reflections from our 2023 NYC Arts experience.


Broadway bound,

Ms. Perez and Mr. Sampieri


MAY 12 12:00pm - 12:40pm 


MAY 12 4:00pm ZOOM

Hello Unicorn and Dragon Students and Families, 

We are excited to announce the 2024 Reef Regeneration & Conservation Down Under (Australia) J-Term.

We will hold two interest meetings this week.  For current Durham students we will meet Friday, May 12 during lunch (12:00 - 12:40) in Bryan 441.  

For current students, future students and families, and Morganton students we will have a Zoom meeting at 4:00 pm on Friday, May 12.  

If you're interested in going on this trip, please find more information at this link and complete the application form.  

After your application is reviewed and you are accepted, you will receive information about submitting your deposit and other details.  

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Dr. Wheeler & Dr. Monahan

Sustainable food systems & eco-adventures in Puerto Rico

May 11 4:30pm Durham ETC 227

May 10 4:00pm Morganton AC 2210

We are excited to offer a J-term course opportunity in Puerto Rico to learn about sustainable food systems. 

We will take farm to table to a whole new level while we learn with Puerto Rican farmers and food experts and explore the natural wonders of Puerto Rico with eco-adventures during our travels. We are holding two interest meetings this week and we would love for you and your families to join. Come and meet the sponsors and learn more!

Durham Campus- Thursday, May 11th at 4:30PM - ETC 227 (E-Lab), Zoom info for all families, Morganton students & incoming class of 2025 jrs.

Morganton Campus- Wednesday May 10th at 4:00PM - AC 2210, Zoom info for all families, Durham students & incoming class of 2025 jrs.

Choose one session and all are welcome to attend the one that works for your schedules, but we hope to see students who are on campus in person to meet you!


Dr. Hewitt, Mr. Collins, and Mrs. Merrill


MAY 17 4:15pm-5:00pm

Morganton AC 2206

MAY 17 5:15pm-6:00pm ZOOM

Would you like to travel to Italy and walk in the footsteps of Dante and members of the Medici family?  We know you would!

So join John Zimmerman and Jane Cantwell, Humanities and American Studies instructors on the Morganton Campus, for the exciting travel J-Term “The Tuscany of Dante and the Medicis:  Literature, History, Culture.”

Mr. Zimmerman has been leading groups of students and adults through Europe for nearly 20 years, and Ms. Cantwell is excited to share her love of Dante with this trip’s participants. 

Ready to find out more?  Head on over to THE FACT SHEET to get the details.  Additionally, here is the short form with QR codes to all of the relevant information.  

Mark your calendars for May 17 for our in-person interest meeting in Morganton in AC 2206 from 4:15-5:00 PM or for May 17 from 5:15-6:00 PM on ZOOM for our virtual meeting.

You can express your serious interest in this J-Term trip by completing the application here.