Online Courses at W&M

Arts & Sciences has expanded its online course offerings for the 2017 Summer term. Please note that non-degree seeking students are not eligible to take on-line classes at William & Mary:

Fully Online Courses for Summer 2017
  • AFST 205 - Intro to Africana Studies – Iyabo Osiapem
    This core course employs interdisciplinary approaches to critically examine selected intellectual and cultural themes in African, African-American and Black-Diaspora studies.
  • AFST 306 - Black Arts, Justice & Environ. - Jacquelyn McLendon
  • CHEM 414/514 - Biochemistry – Randy Coleman
  • The molecular basis of living processes; the chemistry of important constituents of living matter, biosynthesis, metabolism, bioenergetics, enzyme kinetics, metabolic control, transport mechanisms. (cross listed with BIOL 414)
  • CLCV 208 – Roman Civilization – Molly Swetnam-Burland
    A survey of Roman culture from the founding of Rome to the early medieval period, examining the evolution of Roman society, art, literature and material culture in the historical context of political and economic developments.
  • CSCI 241 - Data Structures - Jim Deverick
    Continuation of fundamental concepts of computer science: data abstraction, data structures, and data representation. Lists, stacks, queues, trees, balanced trees, priority queues, hashing, and applications. The implementation of abstract data structures using classes gives this course a significant programming component.
  • CSCI 301 - Software Development – Peter Kemper
    An introduction to principled software development, emphasizing design at the module level as well as tools and techniques. Topics include object-oriented class design and implementation, abstraction techniques, debugging techniques, defensive programming, development and analysis tools, and testing. Emphasizes the role of the individual programmer in large software development projects.
  • ENGL 360 – Contemporary Literature - Brian Castleberry
    A survey of contemporary literature, including such movements as confessional and beat poetry, theater of the absurd, postmodernism and magic realism.
  • INTR TBD - New Social Movements: Emergent Research - Monica Griffin
  • KINE 460 - Nutrition, Health & Disease - Ken Kambis
    This course is designed to present both core nutrition information as well as guidelines regarding the prevention of illness and care during illness. Coverage of current research topics will elucidate specialty areas and advanced subjects. Another component of this course is to help students of nutrition evaluate information and products available from the media, colleagues, and the marketplace.
  • MATH 451 - Probability & Statistics - Larry Leemis
    Topics include: combinatorial analysis, discrete and continuous probability distribution and characteristics of distributions, sampling distributions.
  • PHIL 210 - Critical Thinking - Christopher Sean Tucker
    A survey of formal and informal logical techniques with emphasis on their practical applications and historical significance. Among the techniques studied are syllogistic logic, informal fallacies and induction.
  • PHIL 306 - The Philosophy of Love and Friendship - Paul Davies
  • PSYC 470 - Computer Applications in Psychology - Paul Kieffaber
  • RELG 347 - New Religious Movements in America - Annie Blazer
    A study of new and alternative religions, past and present, with an emphasis on cultural context, historical development, and tensions with political and religious authorities. (This course is anchored in the CSI domain, and also considers aspects of the ALV domain.)
How Online Summer Courses Work

Online summer courses are taught by William & Mary faculty and delivered entirely online through Blackboard. Professors are actively engaged in their online courses and are available through phone, email, and video conferencing. Only W&M students are eligible to take on-line courses. Online course work may include:

  • Viewing video lectures
  • Reading books or journal articles
  • Completing online assignments
  • Participating in online discussion forums or collaborative activities
  • Taking quizzes and exams
Register for an Online Course

Online summer courses open for registration during the same time as regular summer courses. To find an online course in Banner, select “Online Delivery” in the “Attribute Type” field. Register for an online course using the same steps you would use to register for a regular summer course. There is no difference in fees.


Students should expect to spend approximately twenty hours a week on classwork. This is the same amount of time as an in-person W&M Summer course.


Some of the online summer courses use an online test proctoring service. The cost for this service is minimal and varies by course depending on the number of exams. More details regarding online test proctoring will be provided by your instructor after enrollment.


Students who take part in a William & Mary online course should have a computer system that meets the following minimum requirements:

  • Processor: 2Ghz Pentium 4 or above
  • Memory: 2GB of RAM or more
  • OS: Windows Vista, 7, or 8
  • Browser: IE 8 or above; Firefox 3.6 or above (latest recommended); Latest stable Chrome
  • Software: The most recent version of Adobe Flash player, Java, and the Adobe Connect add-in
  • Processor: 1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
  • Memory: 1GB of RAM or more
  • OS: Mac OS X 10.6 or above
  • Browser: Firefox (latest) or Safari
  • Software: The most recent version of Adobe Flash player, Java, and the Adobe Connect add-in
All computer systems should have:
  • Peripherals: Stereo headset with microphone or speakers and microphone (headset recommended); webcam
  • Internet Connection: Broadband Internet at 1.5 Mbps or higher (DSL or Cable modem)
In order to complete all of the exercises in an online course, students should be able to:
  • Copy and paste text between programs
  • Send email
  • Complete online forms
  • Use an internet browser
  • Upload files or documents to an online site
  • Scan files or images
  • Take and upload digital photos
  • Participate in video conferencing