WFU has entered into a consortium of elite schools, known as Semester Online. Working together, the consortium currently offers credit bearing, fully online, undergraduate courses. Semester Online courses are intended to supplement the Wake Forest curriculum, and provide WFU students with access to courses taught by leading faculty from other premier schools.
Semester Online courses are intended to serve WFU students who are unable to be on campus during a semester. Semester Online courses are not meant as a substitute for on-campus classroom education. Instead, the program will allow students to continue taking classes towards a degree while working, traveling or managing personal commitments that, in the past, might have meant putting their studies on hold. Additionally, Semester Online will enable students to take advantage of and receive course credit for unique course offerings from other prestigious institutions, some of which they would not have had access to otherwise.
Starting with the Spring 2014 term, eligible WFU students may choose to register for Semester Online courses. Applications are now being accepted for enrollment in 24 courses in the Summer 2014 term including one taught by Wake Forest Biology professor, Carole Browne, Introduction to Bioethics. The course will examine contemporary issues in bioethics, including responsible conduct in research, implications of technological advances in biology, environmental issues, and controversies in health care and medical practices. Wake Forest Journalism professor, Phoebe Zerwick is developing Introduction to Journalism in the Contemporary Media Landscape which will be offered in the Fall 2014 semester. More courses are being developed each term by the consortium schools.