Creighton has extended its winter break to two months and is now offering twice the number of winter courses to undergraduate and graduate students.

With reduced tuition prices, 45 online courses and multiple session options, Creighton is creating more opportunities for students to complete their coursework during the global pandemic.

Registration began on Oct. 29. About 10 courses have already reached capacity.

“One difference this year was that we are allowing freshmen to register (with dean’s office approval),” said Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Bridget Keegan. “I believe that this contributed to the surge of registrations (most of the classes that filled first were typical first-year classes). In previous years, the intensive four-week online format was challenging for freshman to adapt to, but now that everyone has had online experience due to last spring and this fall with COVID, we felt that it would be less of a shift for freshmen.”

Some departments will be offering winter courses for the first time. Alison Maloy, an accounting instructor in the Heider College of Business, will be teaching Accounting 201 as a winter course for the first time this term.

When asked if she had any words of wisdom for Creighton students taking a winter course, Maloy said, to pick one winter course and commit to it. “Students should expect their winter course to be fast and furious. It may not be a comfortable experience, but it’s a nice way to get ahead,” Maloy said.

Each course will cost students $777 per credit hour in addition to technology fees. Students will also be limited to taking four credit hours during the winter term due to the intensity of condensed courses.

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, all winter courses will be taught remotely with multiple sessions during the winter term. There will be the option to take four, five, or six-week courses during the session.

“I decided to take a winter course to lighten the workload of what I will have to do in the spring semester as well as to keep myself busy during that break,” said Claire Shinners, a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. “I am okay with all winter classes being online because the past classes I have taken during the winter have also been online, so I am used to the format. It also gives me a chance to go home and have the holidays with my family.”

Most classes that are offered will fulfill Magis Core requirements, however, all students are encouraged to meet with their advisers before registering for a winter course.

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