Online Courses at W&M

Please note that non-degree seeking students are not eligible to take certain online classes at William & Mary. To find online courses, use the Dynamic Schedule or Open Course List and search for the attribute "Online Course."

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 certain 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. 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