Academics - Virtual

Virtual courses will be taught asynchronously, in most cases, which means that students may expect to review lectures and instructional materials on their own at a time of their choosing. All assignments and exams will still be completed on a schedule established by the instructor.

ECON 202: Principles of Microeconomics. The nature of economics, economic concepts, and institutions; the role of the price system in directing the production of goods and services; distribution of income; and comparative economic systems.

G ST 201: Women, Gender, and Society. This interdisciplinary course draws from such areas as sociology, history, political science, communications, and literature. Students will examine women’s identities, roles, and statuses, with an accompanying awareness of how “manhood” is socially constructed in different cultures and historical periods.  The class will analyze how markers of one’s identity besides gender, such as race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, and ability, includes one’s experiences in culture. 

HP 203: First Aid and CPR. Safety instruction and practices in the methods as prescribed in the American Red Cross standard and advanced courses.

HST 121: Intro to European History since 1648. This course is an introduction to European history since 1648.

HST 130: Intro to U.S. History to 1877. This course is an introduction to political, cultural, social, and economic development of the U.S. to 1877.

MATH 125: Basic Mathematics for Science & Engineering. (Students with a 20-24 on the ACT math subscore or SAT equivalent should take this.) A unified freshman course designed especially for those students requiring a review of both algebra and trigonometry before beginning the calculus sequence.

MATH 261: Unified Calculus & Analytic Geometry 1. (Students with a 25 or above on the ACT math subscore or SAT equivalent should take this.) Differential and integral calculus; analytic geometry introduced, covered in integrated plan where appropriate. Four-term sequence for engineering and science majors.

PSY 201: General Psychology Introduction. This course is designed to provide students with an overview of psychology, the scientific study of behavior and experience. The course may include a survey of the following topics within psychology: learning; intelligence; stress and health; individual development, motivation, emotion, motor function, sensory and neural functions, perceiving, social behavior, personality; psychological disorders; and social psychology. The course will also offer an introduction to research methods in psychology.

SPCH 102: Fundamentals of Public Speaking. Fundamentals of organizing, preparing, and delivering speeches in a variety of public forums. This course will prepare students to speak comfortably before audiences, adapting message to context and developing an increased awareness of all aspects of presentation – verbal, physical, and visual.

THEA 201: Appreciation of the Theatre. Appreciation of the theatre as a performance art; developing perceptive audience standards through demonstrations of the unique characteristics of theatre.

Technology and Other Requirements

Technology Requirements

Students enrolling in the virtual experience are expected to comply with the following technical requirements:

  • Microphone
  • Webcam
  • A computer with at least 256 MB of RAM, computer speakers, and the following configurations:
    • Microsoft Windows
      • Operating Systems: XP, Vista
      • Browsers: Internet Explorer 6, 7 or Firefox 1.5, 2.0
      • Java Versions: 1.4, 1.5 (5.0) and 1.6 (6.0)
      • Internet Connection (128 Kbps or higher recommended)
    • Apple Macintosh
      • Operating Systems: OS X 10.4, 10.5
      • Firefox 1.5, 2.0
      • Java Versions 1.4, 1.5 (5.0), 1.6 (6.0)
      • Internet Connection (128 Kbps or higher recommended)

Time Availability

Students participating in the virtual program are expected to meet the following time availability:

  • Time flexibility for synchronous course instruction, if any
  • Time flexibility to engage in social activities with other program participants and their community leaders

For International Students

Time: Some courses have synchronous instruction in their schedule ranging from one to several times a week. Some social and academic enrichment events will also include synchronous sessions. It is expected that all students, regardless of the home time zone, will attend these class and enrichment meetings. All posted schedules will be based in U.S Central Time.

Class content: Some courses require students to view content, purchase online books, or consult other media which must be purchased to enable access. Students are expected to purchase access to all required course materials.

What Students are Saying

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“My counselor was so supportive and understanding. He listened when I was frustrated or stressed, and he even helped me organize my classes for freshman year.”

Student ParticipantSummer 2017

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Student ParticipantSummer 2018

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Student ParticipantSummer 2018