Online general education courses begin fall 2017

The University of Utah will offer fully online undergraduate degrees beginning in fall 2017. A new package of courses, called “Block U,” will be available online and will fulfill all general education requirements. This set of courses will complement the select majors currently offered in online format.

“In the past, the U has offered several online undergraduate majors, but without an online general education program, students going to school online couldn’t complete their degree,” said Ann Darling, assistant vice president of Undergraduate Studies at the U. “Block U provides the flexibility of online delivery and the benefits of highly engaging instruction.”

Majors offered fully online through UOnline will include economics, nursing, sustainable tourism and hospitality management, psychology and social work, and a minor in gerontology. Most general education courses in Block U will be available for students to take at their convenience, helping them fit school into their personal schedule and busy lives.

Online courses don’t come at the expense of developing relationships with classmates and professors. The global citizen course, in particular, was developed to give online students access to the benefits of a learning community experience.

“U research demonstrates that learning community courses are especially powerful success experiences for students of diverse backgrounds,” Darling said. “This course is optimized for first-year students and formatted to create a cohort experience, building on itself from the fall to spring semesters.”

In addition to these fully online programs, the U offers more than 450 online courses. Online graduate degrees available through the U include electrical and computer engineering, gerontology and information systems.

To learn more, visit online.utah.edu.

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