While most universities view online learning as a vehicle to bring programs to students who are away from campus, Fairleigh Dickinson University's main interest is to use distance learning to bring the world to our students. Since 2001, the University has attracted international media attention by becoming the first in the country to require every undergraduate to take at least one online course per year. Through this initiative, we capture the Internet's extraordinary power as a tool for teaching, research and collaboration, and prepare our graduates for a lifetime of success.
The cornerstone of this curriculum is The Global Challenge, an interdisciplinary Internet-based course that examines topics such as global conflict, the environment, and population and health within their ethical, social and scientific contexts. Connecting our students with the world in our online learning courses is our unique Global Virtual Faculty, comprised of outstanding scholars and practitioners from around the world who teach in partnership with our on-site faculty. Their insights and perspectives on cultural, political and business issues put learning in a new light for our students – bringing a vibrant international dimension to the learning experience.