January Term Short Courses


Short Courses are co-curricular experiences designed to allow you to explore topics, activities, and skills that you may not otherwise have the opportunity to explore during your time at Randolph-Macon College.

Short Courses are not for credit. They do, however, offer you the opportunity to learn new skills and participate in intentional exploration without the time commitment required of traditional semester long courses.

Each Short Course section is independent and designed to stand alone. You may take them as a group or mix and match to fit your schedule and desires. So feel free to register for as many or as few as you would like. Most importantly, we hope that you will take the time this J-term to Edutain Yourself!

How Much Do They Cost?

Short Courses are FREE for Randolph-Macon College Students enrolled in J-term courses! Faculty and Staff are welcome to participate for a materials fee of $10.00 per short course.

How Do I Register?

Registration is simple. Please click here to register. Once you are logged onto The Buzz and on the specific event page, all you have to do is click "I will attend" and click RSVP and you are done! All of the details of what each course entails is located on The Buzz under J Term Short Courses. Registering is now live! Some courses are still currently being finalized, stay tuned! If an event is full and you want to take it then please email Student Life to see if we can make room for you! Everyone must register individually, no saving spots please!

What Courses are Offered?





Seats Available



Disney Crafting

7 PM-9 PM          

Dollar Tree Community Room


R. Trac


Mixology 101 

7 PM-9 PM

Dollar Tree Community Room


J. Watkins


(Mock) Wine and Design

7 PM-9 PM

Dollar Tree Community Room


S. McGee


Kayaking 101

6 PM-8 PM

Brock Center: Pool



JAN 10

The Joy of Knitting

3 PM-5 PM



A. Hughs

JAN 12 Game and Time Management 7 PM-9 PM Dollar Tree Community Room      19 ARCADE
JAN 14                      Ski Trip 1 PM- 1 PM
Wintergreen       FULL
B. Balderrama
JAN 16 Photoshop 101 7 PM-8 PM
Student Life       FULL
JAN 17 Cupcake Decorating 7 PM-8 PM Estes       FULL Chef Aimee


Short Course Offerings

Kayaking 101-  Kayak Richmond will be coming to campus to teach the basics of kayaking in our swimming pool! You can learn proper technique, how to get in and out of your kayak and much more and all in the safety of the swimming pool.

Cup Cake Decorating - Who doesn't love a nice cup cake? It’s cute and compact? Ever want to learn how to really put together a masterpiece of a cupcake and decorate it like the pros or semi-pro? Now is your chance!

Crafting - From frame making to canvas making, these courses are sure to offer you an opportunity to be creative, show off your crafting skills, and just unwind. 

Knitting - It's really going to be cold in January, why not be able to learn how to knit a scarf or pair of gloves made by you! Use this craft using thread or yarn to create your next piece of warmth.

Mixology 101 - This course can help you become an impressive mixologist by showing you the basics of what you need to know about tending a bar, such as knowing the difference between Highball and Lowball drinks; how to shake, stir, strain and pour; and other useful tips. No alcohol will actually be present, used or consumed during this course. Open to all.

Photoshop – Join us in the Student Life Office for a Photoshop tutorial for beginners or enhance some of the basic skills you may have and learn tips and tricks on how to use Photoshop for photo editing, manipulations, designs, and more. Each class we will be going over the same information. 

Wintergreen Night Skiing – Ever wanted to learn how to ski or snowboard but haven’t been offer the chance? Do you know how to ski snowboard and just want the chance to brush up on or show off your skills? Join us for a night of skiing, snowboarding and inner-tubing on the slopes of Wintergreen Mountain Resort!

*A no show to the ski trip will result in a $66 charge to your account!*

Cancellation and No Show Policy

We are very excited to offer these Short Courses for students, faculty, and staff during the January Term. Space is limited, and any cancellation must come 72 hours prior to the course date. Any cancellation or inability to show up after that period will result in a $10.00 materials fee. Get ready for an incredible J-Term!

Full Courses

Courses that are marked FULL have reached their enrollment limit. To be added to the waitlist, contact The Office of Student Life at studentlife@rmc.edu

For more information on Short Course, contact The Office of Student Life at studentlife@rmc.edu or 804.752.7318.