Winter Term Courses/Activities

Monday, November 27th through Friday, December 15th

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Students who are approved through Residence Life to stay on campus for the Winter Term must checkout with a Residence Life staff member no later than 12PM on December 16th.

If a student earns a C or better or satisfactorily meets all requirements of the experience, then no tuition, room, or board charges will be applied to student’s bill. If student earns a D, F, W or does not satisfactorily meet all requirements of the experience, then tuition, room, and board charges will be applied to student’s bill.

Notifications to students will be sent by Dean of Students, Office of Financial Services, Office of Registrar, and Office of Residence Life.

Students may only elect 2 courses (6-hour equivalent) based on one academic course and one non-academic course. Students may not register for two academic courses. Students may sign up for two non-academic courses.

Students must be registered for Spring 2024 in order to participate in The Winter Term Experience.

The last day to drop Winter Term Courses is Tuesday, November 28th at 5pm – allowing students to engage with classes.

Schreiner Diner will be open Monday, November 27th (Brunch and dinner) through Friday, December 15th for students participating in the winter term experience.

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Course Offerings Title Suggested Modality Suggested Instructor
ENGL 1302 Literature and Composition OL Yeck
HIST 1301 US History Through the Civil War OL Woods, T
COMM 2301 Public Speaking OL Mora
MATH 2422 Calculus I OL Lynn
PSYC 1301 Intro to Psychology OL Culver
MUSC 1303 Intro to Music MTWRF 10-12:30 Dowdy
BIOL 1301 Concepts of Biological Science OL Ashcraft
ACCT 4398 Internship OL von Brandt
MKTG 4398 Internship OL Coleman
ACCT 4307 Forensic Accounting OL Denman
ART 2370 Cell Phone Photography OL Conner
IDST 3230 Role and Power of Culture Travel/Hybrid Goodwyn
IDST 1370 Nimitz F2F Frampton

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Getting Back on
Academic Track



Get a side hustle; be a millionaire and a professional!

Hospitality Experience and Tailgating Competition

Off campus work experience

On campus work experience (including undergraduate research)


Performing Arts Holiday Showcase: The Old Campus Spirits


Service Experience with Purposeful Lives

Developing Your Own Business: Brand Production & Management in a Digital World

IDST 2370: Leadership and Virtuous Decision Making (The Nimitz Seminar)

Running your Own Business:
Pop-up Restaurant

Getting Back on
Academic Track

Course Description:
Designed specifically for students who struggled academically in the fall semester, this winter course is open to any undergraduates hoping to brush up on academic skills.

Class Schedule:

  • Days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Time: 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM

Course Topics:

  • Test-taking strategies
  • Time management skills
  • Annotating textbooks effectively
  • Critical reading with attention to detail

Additional Topics Covered:

  • Setting academic goals
  • Writing for college classes
  • Interactions with professors

Final Focus:

  • Staying motivated and on task throughout the semester

Textbook: A textbook will be provided:

  • Title: College Success
  • Source: Rice University OpenStax online resources


Course Description:
This course is designed for current undergraduate students who choose to remain on campus during the winter break for intensive collaboration with a Schreiner University faculty member on undergraduate research and scholarly projects. If you’re interested in this opportunity, please initiate a discussion with the faculty member you wish to work with. The course duration spans three weeks, and the pace primarily depends on the specific requirements and objectives set by the lead professor for the research project.

To be determined (TBD)

Enrollment Criteria:
To enroll in this course, students must follow a specific procedure:

  1. A current full-time faculty member, who will oversee the undergraduate research experience, initiates a request.
  2. The student’s participation must be approved by the Dean of Faculty.

Research Commitment:
Students engaged in undergraduate research during the winter break are typically expected to dedicate a minimum of twelve (12) hours per week to their research activities. These hours will be closely supervised and monitored by Schreiner University’s Dean of Faculty and Dean of Academic Support.

Verification of Research Hours:
The actual hours dedicated to undergraduate research will be documented and verified weekly by the instructor of record, in collaboration with the university faculty leading the research experience.


Course Description:
The “Drone Certification” course is a specialized program tailored for students majoring in Engineering, Criminal Justice, and Graphic Design. This comprehensive course equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to operate drones safely and efficiently while gaining certification.

Open to the Public:
This course is open to the public for a fee.


  • Days: Mondays and Fridays
  • Time: 9:00 AM – Noon
  • Online Coursework

Online FAA Program:
Students will complete an online FAA program, covering essential topics related to drone operation, safety, regulations, and compliance.

Coaching and Support:
Throughout the online program, students will receive coaching and support to ensure a thorough understanding of the materials and concepts.

Hands-on Flying:
Practical hands-on flying sessions allow students to apply their knowledge and gain valuable experience in drone operation.

Legal and Ethical Issues:
The course delves into legal and ethical considerations surrounding drone use, ensuring students are informed about responsible and compliant practices.

FAA Certification at Hondo:
Upon successful completion of the course and the online FAA program, students will have the opportunity to obtain FAA certification at Hondo, further enhancing their qualifications in the field of drone operation.

Get a side hustle;
be a millionaire and a professional!

Course Description:
This course is designed for students who aspire to acquire knowledge about investing, financial literacy, and the significance of professional etiquette.


  • Days: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays
  • Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Part 1: Overview of Investing and Financial Planning

  • Objective: This part of the course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of investing and its role in personal financial planning.
  • Topics Covered:
    • The Purpose of Investing
    • Importance of Budgeting
    • Significance of Savings
    • Building and Managing a Credit Profile
    • Aligning Financial Choices with Lifestyle
    • Financial Strategies for College Years

Part 2: Professional Etiquette and Career Path Building

  • Objective: In the second part of the course, students will focus on developing professional etiquette and crafting a successful career path.
  • Topics Covered:
    • Professional Etiquette
    • Career Path Planning and Development

This two-part course offers students a holistic learning experience, empowering them with essential financial knowledge and skills while also preparing them for a successful and professional future.

Hospitality Experience
and Tailgating Competition

Course Description:
This course is open to anyone interested in the hospitality industry and those who enjoy friendly culinary competitions, regardless of prior experience. Gather your team of three and join the winter term course, which offers a comprehensive overview of the hospitality industry. You’ll learn to prepare delicious and innovative tailgate food and drinks while competing against other teams for the coveted title of Top Tailgate Experience. Local hospitality industry experts will judge the competition.


  • Hospitality Experiences:
    Monday to Thursday, approximately 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Food and Drink Instruction:
    Monday to Thursday, approximately 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
  • Locations:
    Classes will be held in Kerrville, Fredericksburg, and throughout the Hill Country.

This course encompasses a wide range of learning experiences and outcomes:

Participants will earn two valuable certifications: TABC Seller Server Training and Texas Food Handler certification, providing essential qualifications for working in the hospitality and culinary fields.

Site Visits to Hospitality Venues:
Students will have the opportunity to visit various hospitality venues, gaining firsthand insights into the industry’s operational aspects and best practices.

Instruction in the Culinary Arts:
The course includes instruction in culinary arts, covering topics like food and drink preparation (with some limitations), food safety, portioning, menu planning, plating, customer service, dietary considerations, serving techniques, and creating appealing dining environments.

Competition Venues:
Participants will engage in friendly culinary competitions with venues held in Fredericksburg and Kerrville. These competitions will be evaluated by judges from local hospitality industry leaders.

Learning Outcomes:
Throughout the course, participants will achieve several key learning outcomes:

  • Understanding the Hospitality Industry: Gain insights into the hospitality industry, its components, and operational aspects.
  • Culinary Arts: Acquire knowledge and practical skills in culinary arts, enabling participants to create small menus.
  • Tailgating Experience: Collaboratively set up a tailgating experience, putting into practice the skills and knowledge gained during the course.
  • Compete in Tailgate Challenges: Have the opportunity to compete in tailgate challenges, aiming to win competitions in Fredericksburg and Kerrville.

Off campus
work experience

Course Description:
This course is designed for students who are engaged in off-campus work opportunities locally during the Winter Term.


  • To be determined (TBD)

Course Duration:
Three weeks

The course is largely self-paced and tailored to meet employers’ requirements.

Students will be monitored and overseen by Schreiner University’s Office of Meaningful Work.

Weekly Verification:
Actual completed hours of employment (minimum 20 hours per week) will be verified weekly.

This program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to contribute to the local community through employment while gaining valuable work experience during the winter break. Students will work closely with both Schreiner University and community employers to ensure a productive and meaningful experience.

On campus work experience
(including undergraduate research)

Course Description:
The “On-Campus Work Experience” course is tailored for students actively engaged in on-campus employment, offering a dynamic platform to enrich their academic journey and personal development. Whether you’re participating in undergraduate research, campus employment, or other on-campus work opportunities, this course provides a structured framework to enhance your skills and knowledge.


  • To be determined (TBD)

Course Duration:
Three weeks in total.

Largely self-paced based on university office requirements.

Oversight by Schreiner University’s Office of Meaningful Work.

Minimum Work Hours:
Minimum of 20 hours of employment per week.

Weekly Verification:
Weekly verification of completed work hours, conducted in collaboration with university employers.

This course offers an opportunity for students to continue their on-campus work-study positions during the winter break. It is designed to accommodate the unique needs and requirements of university offices and ensures students receive proper oversight and verification for their employment hours.


Course Description:
The “Athletic Experience” course is for in-season athletes during the Winter Term.


  • Women’s Basketball:
    To be determined (TBD)
  • Men’s Basketball:
    To be determined (TBD)
  • Women’s Wrestling:
    To be determined (TBD)
  • Men’s Wrestling:
    To be determined (TBD)

Comprehensive Team Participation:
Team members will actively engage in all team activities throughout their stay on campus.

The “Athletic Experience” course is exclusively designed for members of athletic teams who are in-season during the Winter Term. Participants in this course are selected and identified by their respective coaches to engage in specialized training and activities tailored to enhance their athletic performance. It offers a unique opportunity for athletes to focus on their sport during the Winter Term and contribute to their team’s competitive success.

Performing Arts Holiday Showcase:
The Old Campus Spirits

Course Description:
During the winter break, students will present ‘The Old Campus Spirits,’ a holiday showcase, to a live audience


  • Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Targeted Performers:

  • Vocalists
  • Actors
  • Dramatic Speakers
  • Instrumentalists

Performance Venues:

  • HCAF (Hill Country Arts Foundation)
  • Schreiner’s Christmas Tea
  • Playhouse 2000



Course Description:
This course provides a holistic approach to health and fitness, encompassing physical activity, nutrition, and wellness education to empower students in their journey towards a healthier lifestyle.


  • Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
    Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Weights and Cardio:
    Tuesday & Thursday
    Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Fitness Assessment:
Students will begin the course with a comprehensive fitness assessment to establish their current fitness levels and set personalized goals.

Strength Training:
The course will include strength training sessions to help students build muscle, improve endurance, and enhance overall physical strength.

Cardio Sessions:
Students will engage in cardio sessions to boost cardiovascular fitness, increase stamina, and promote heart health.

Diet and Nutrition Classes:
The course curriculum will feature classes focused on diet, nutrition, and healthy eating habits to help students make informed dietary choices.

Overall Health and Wellness:
In addition to physical fitness, students will explore various aspects of overall health and wellness, learning strategies for achieving a well-rounded and healthy lifestyle.


Service Experience
with Purposeful Lives

Course Description:
The service experience through the Office of Purposeful Lives program will be doing a variety of service projects during the Winter Term. Most, but not all, of the weekdays during the three-week, Winter term period will have some kind of service project taking place. Enrollees in the service course will be expected to participate in these various service activities to justify getting free room/board on Schreiner campus. Sign up to do good work for the local community.


  • TBD – based on project

Course Duration:

  • Three Weeks

Service Project Examples:

  • working at a food bank with a local church
  • landscaping at a local medical clinic
  • aiding a local toy drive
  • helping to construct Kerrville’s annual lighted parade

Work expectations:

  • The daily hours of work won’t be very long.
  • The service course schedule will be flexible so student participants have time to complete other credit-bearing courses.

Developing Your Own Business:
Brand Production & Management in a Digital World

Course Description:
This course is designed for students interested in developing, implementing, and managing their own business branding and digital marketing strategies.


  • Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
  • Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM.

Lab Information:

  • Location: CPDP Studio
  • Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays
  • Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Course Focus:

  • Business Branding & Digital Marketing: Emphasis on creating and managing branding strategies, teaching digital marketing techniques for online business growth, with a hands-on approach.

Course Activities:

  • Techniques Overview: Comprehensive exploration of branding and marketing production techniques.
  • Mock Company Simulation: Simulating the development of a mock company.
  • Marketing Product Creation: Applying acquired skills to create marketing products for the simulated company.
  • Final Project Presentation: Demonstrating abilities and understanding through project presentations.

Valuable Skills Taught:

  • Print Marketing: Creating traditional materials like flyers, pamphlets, and mailers.
  • Sublimation & Vinyl Printing: Printing on various items, including cups, signs, clothing, and promotional items.
  • Photography & Video: Skills for capturing people, products, and producing multimedia content.
  • Podcasting & Social Media: Development of digital marketing skills for podcasts and social media.
  • Editing & Logo Design: Mastery of audio/video editing and effective logo creation.


IDST 2370: Leadership and Virtuous Decision Making
(The Nimitz Seminar)

Course Description:
This course is designed to introduce what it means to be a virtuous leader. Emphasis will be placed on the practice of leadership decision making. The course will examine the leadership of Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, his leadership virtues, traits, and his decision-making during WWII, particularly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Students will assess their leadership virtue, traits, and decision making in developing their leadership understanding and practice.


  • Mondays and Fridays: On-campus sessions from 8:30 AM to Noon.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays: Off-campus sessions at the Nimitz Museum from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM.

Course Format:
The course combines on-campus and off-campus sessions for a holistic learning experience.

On-campus sessions are held at the regular campus location, while off-campus sessions take place at the Nimitz Museum.

The course emphasizes leadership development and virtuous decision-making skills, likely incorporating the unique historical and educational resources available at the Nimitz Museum.

College Credit:
Participants will earn additional college credit during this course

Running your Own Business:
Pop-up Restaurant

Course Description:
In this course, students will have the opportunity to create a pop-up wine tasting room, with a primary emphasis on developing essential skills in customer service, presentation, and sales. Through practical experience and real-world application, participants will learn how to curate a unique and engaging wine tasting experience while mastering the art of customer interaction and effective sales techniques. This hands-on course provides a dynamic learning environment where students can apply their knowledge and creativity to create a memorable and successful wine tasting room.


  • Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays: 9:00 AM – Noon
  • Location: The Hill at Schreiner

Additional Dates:

  • December 13: Soft Opening in the Evening
  • December 14-15: Tasting Room (Afternoon and Evening)

This course is designed for a maximum of 10 students interested in various aspects of entrepreneurship, retail management, and the wine industry. Importantly, students of all ages, even those under 21, can enroll in this experience. The course covers the following key topics:

Business Marketing: Understanding marketing strategies and techniques to promote products and services effectively.

Building a Work Schedule: Developing and managing work schedules for efficient business operations.

Customer Service: Cultivating essential customer service skills for a positive customer experience.

Becoming a TABC Certified Server: Gaining certification as a responsible server of alcoholic beverages through the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC).

Menu Setting: Designing and curating menus, a critical aspect of the food and beverage industry.

Research and Development: Exploring research methods and strategies to improve products and services.

Running Reports: Learning how to generate and analyze business reports for informed decision-making.

Vineyard Management: Understanding the principles and practices involved in managing a vineyard, including grape cultivation and harvesting.