Union Where You Are: Plans for 2020-21

Academic Options

Academic calendar

As originally scheduled, fall classes will begin on Sept. 9 and exams will end on Nov. 24.

In this unprecedented time, we know that your needs are unique. We have created options that let you choose the academic and residential experience that best meets your needs. Whether you are with us in person, joining us online or taking advantage of one of our experiential education opportunities, we are looking forward to helping you thrive in your academic pursuits.


Traditional Union courses

This fall, courses will be offered in person or online. Some courses may be offered in a hybrid format, with both in-person and online students. Students living on campus, students released to live off-campus and commuter students will be able to select any of the traditional courses being offered. Students living away from campus will have online access to any of the traditional courses being offered in that mode. By July 10, faculty will indicate the mode of instruction for their classes. Students will be sent a link to view this information when it is available.

In-person classes will take place in socially distanced classrooms.

All community members planning to be on campus this fall must adhere to all public health protocols, including social distancing, practicing good hygiene and wearing masks to protect themselves and others.


Minervas Online

Exclusively for students living away from campus and taking all classes online

Our world has become more complex, and the big questions we face are increasingly difficult to answer. Union's world-class faculty from a variety of disciplines have created Minervas Online, a suite of interdisciplinary courses designed to help students understand the complexity of and develop solutions to large-scale societal challenges.

Experiential Education

Exclusively for students living away from campus and taking all classes online

Immerse yourself in a political campaign or work for social change. Students will soon have a menu of experiential opportunities from which to choose, or they can opt to create their own experience for course credit with a faculty sponsor and related course work. Union will provide a Robert J. Moser ’99 Experiential Learning Award ($2,000) to students pursuing an internship or experiential endeavor for credit to help offset any costs incurred.

Be inspired. Take action. Make change.