Notre Dame to offer courses through online education consortium

Author: Julie Hail Flory

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The University of Notre Dame is among seven leading academic institutions that will participate beginning this fall in Semester Online, the first education consortium to offer online, for-credit courses from top colleges and universities.

Notre Dame joins Boston College, Brandeis University, Emory University, Northwestern University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Washington University in St. Louis in the consortium, in partnership with 2U, an industry leader in creating online academic experiences for top universities.

“Semester Online provides a new educational experience of the highest quality, as rigorous as traditional on-campus instruction,” said Thomas G. Burish, Notre Dame’s provost. “The consortium offers innovative undergraduate courses from world-class research universities along with small discussion groups, personal engagement with leading professors, and full credit towards one’s degree. Notre Dame is pleased to join 2U and the outstanding consortium schools in this exciting venture."

Through Semester Online, academically qualified college students will have access to an online learning experience that features live class sessions with renowned professors, richly produced and self-paced course materials, and a strong social network that allows them to collaborate, engage in conversations and establish meaningful relationships.

Applications are now being accepted for enrollment in 11 fall courses, including two taught by Notre Dame faculty: “Shakespeare and Film” with Peter Holland, McMeel Family Professor in Shakespeare Studies and associate dean for the arts; and “The Rise of Christianity” with Candida Moss, professor of New Testament and early Christianity.

Information about all Semester Online courses and the application process is available online at The fall application deadline is May 24.

Contact: Julie Hail Flory, director of public relations, 574-631-7031,