E-Learning University Degree Programs with Sample Coursework

Many colleges and universities offer the flexibility of earning degrees through e-learning, or online, programs. Some online classes may have scheduled web chats, which allow students and professors to interact with each other in a virtual classroom.

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Let's discuss the format and components of E-Learning degree programs and a few top schools. We'll also feature two examples of online programs in a specific discipline.

E-Learning University Degree Programs

In online degree programs, students typically complete the same coursework that is required for the equivalent on-campus programs. Students in online programs, however, can often view their courses and complete assignments on their own time, while on-campus students must attend classes in person on a fixed schedule. Online students watch or listen to online podcasts or video lectures, participate in discussions through chat rooms, and take online quizzes and tests. Writing assignments can be submitted via the course website.

Online Bachelor's Programs

According to U.S. News & World Report in 2017, these are the top five schools for online bachelor's programs:

  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide
  • Temple University
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Arizona State University
  • Western Kentucky University

Some of the most popular programs at these institutions include aeronautics/aviation, business administration, liberal arts, registered nursing and general studies.

Online Bachelor of Arts in Humanities

One specific example of an online bachelor's program is a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities. This is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on past and present-day culture. Some general course topics include:

  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Philosophy

Students can choose to concentrate in English, history, philosophy, anthropology, comparative ethnic studies or women's studies.

Online Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

Online Master of Arts in Criminal Justice programs are typically geared toward working professionals looking to expand their skills or teach courses in criminal justice. Students can log on to 'chat hours' to discuss coursework with the professor and other students. Coursework covers topics in:

  • Administration of criminal justice
  • Criminal profiling
  • Criminal mind and behavior
  • Criminological theory
  • Domestic terrorism
  • Hate crimes

Online Criminal Justice Master's Programs

In 2017, U.S. News & World Report reports the top three criminal justice master's programs as:

  • Sam Houston State University
  • University of Nebraska - Omaha
  • University of California - Irvine

All three schools are public, and these degree programs enroll fewer than 300 students per year. Courses and lectures are archived to allow students open access. Faculty includes international experts in the field.

Students in e-learning programs have the opportunity to work at their own pace, using tools like chat rooms and video lectures. An online bachelor's program in humanities covers interdisciplinary liberal arts subjects, while a master's program in criminal justice discusses various crimes and laws.

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