Union Where You Are: Plans for 2020-21

Academic Options

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.

Why study and live away from campus?

Every student's situation is unique and we know there are many reasons you might choose to study and live away from campus. Here are a few:

  • You have health concerns for yourself or a family member.
  • You are interested in one of the new academic offerings at Union designed exclusively for remote study:
    • Minervas Online: Interdisciplinary courses focused on large-scale societal challenges
    • Experiential Education: Several new options for internships or service placements
  • You are uncertain about travel restrictions or are reluctant to travel.
  • You welcome the certainty that a remote term provides.
  • You do not wish to follow campus health and safety protocols.

Choose an Academic Experience that Works for You

Traditional Union courses

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.

For information on courses and mode of deliver go to webapps.

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

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

Immerse yourself in a political campaign or work for social change. Choose from a menu of internship courses, or create your own experience for course credit with a faculty supervisor and required course work.

Students who have opted to be away from Union and study online who complete an Experiential Education course will receive a Robert J. Moser '99 Experiential Learning Award ($2,000). Students who have opted to return to campus are not eligible for this award. On-campus students’ internships or service learning placements must be virtual; students will not be able to leave campus for on-site work. For this reason, the Literature and Labor experiential offering will remain restricted to students who have opted to live away from campus. For the TAB 200T Virtual Global Internship option, if there is excess demand from on-campus students, priority will go to those who have had mini-terms and/or full terms abroad cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each of these opportunities counts as one Union course credit.