Individual Online Courses

Expand your knowledge

Earn college credit by taking undergraduate online courses at Northwestern. There are more than 60 courses to choose from, including several that have received the Course of the Year award from the Association of Christian Distance Education.

Anyone with a high school diploma or GED may take online courses through Northwestern.

How do you learn best?

Courses are offered as independent study or in online learning groups. An independent study course means that while you study, you have more flexible due dates and you may have less frequent interaction with your professor. You will need to make consistent academic progress on your course but will do so independently of other learners. An online Learning group course requires that students interact with other students and their instructor. Semester start and end dates are critical for a learning group course. The group of students starts the course together, works through the course materials and assignments together, and finishes together. This type of course has greater accountability because the courses have weekly due dates which are to be followed throughout the semester.

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Course Change Deadlines

Fall 2017

  • Course registration opened: April 6, 2017
  • New student application deadline: July 15
  • Semester dates: August 30 - December 21
  • Last day to add/drop a course: September 13
    (dependent upon availability)
  • Last day to withdraw from a course: November 10

Spring 2018

  • Semester dates: January 16 - May 17
  • Course registration opens: November 20, 2017
  • New student application deadline: December 15, 2017
  • Last day to add/drop a course: January 29, 2018
    (dependent upon availability)
  • Last day to withdraw from a course: April 3, 2018


Award-Winning Courses

Northwestern has received six Course Of The Year (COTY) awards!

2011 – DNA: The Language of Life
2007 – Old Testament Archaeology
2006 – Second Temple Judaism
2002 – Foundations of Communications
2000 – Concepts of Chemistry and Lab
1999 – Biblical Foundations for Intergroup Relations
            (renamed Race and Ethnicity in America)
1996 – Concepts of Astronomy