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Spring 2015 Online Course Offering


How it works:

Once you enroll in a course through Calvin Online, you will be given 24/7 access to course materials and Calvin's online library databases. Course materials include Web-based articles, audio and video, and an online learning community for regular classroom discussion and feedback. All of your assignments for the course will be submitted electronically.

You will also have regular opportunities to interact with your professor and other students through Calvin’s online educational community. This kind of participation in online education will help you build vital skills that will later benefit you in the workplace.


For Fall 2014: September 2 - December 16
For Summer 2014: All summer courses began on May 29


Registration begins March 1, 2015.

Due to the intensive nature of our online courses and to the limited availability of spots therein, there is a limit of 1 online course per student per semester.



Calvin College Online
(616) 526-7760


Astronomy 110: Planets, Stars, and Galaxies -- Andrew Vanden Heuvel, Online Instructor
(4 semester hours)

A survey of the major astronomical objects, including planets, stars, and galaxies; a study of their characteristics and their organization into a dynamic, structured universe; an investigation of the processes now occurring in the universe and the methods used to study them; a presentation of the history and development of the universe. The course examines scientific perspectives on the natural world, various relationships between science and culture, the role of Christianity in the development of science, and relationships between Christianity and current scientific findings.

NOTE: Andrew Vanden Heuvel teaches physics and astronomy at Calvin. He also teaches physics online via the Michigan Virtual School. This Michigan Online Teacher of the Year was recently selected (in April 2013) to be one of the few Google Glass Explorers. Because of his background in online learning and STEM education, Google offered him a truly exceptional opportunity to visit the Large Hadron Collider at CERN and to share the experience with Physics students back in America using his new Google Glass device. Google documented the experience in this video.

Google Glass Explorer Story- Calvin Online instructor Andrew Vanden Heuvel visits the Large Hadron Collider at CERN

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Classics 231: Classical Mythology -- Assistant Professor Jeffrey Winkle
(3 semester hours)

Study and examine the major myths of the ancient Greeks (and to a lesser extent those of ancient Rome and the Middle East) as they survive in epic poetry, tragic drama, and other genres. Along the way we will ponder some big questions: Did the Greeks actually believe their myths? Did they understand them literally or metaphorically? What can ancient art and architecture tell us about ancient beliefs? What influence did Greco-Roman myths have on early Christianity? How does Greco-Roman mythology compare to other belief systems and how does its study help us to better understand our own culture, as well as appreciate the humanity of these ancient peoples?

Communication Arts & Sciences 140: Communication and Culture -- Associate Professor Chris Smit (also see
(3 semester hours)

This course examines the ways in which communication is used to create, maintain, and change culture. Students have the opportunity to apply a basic understanding of the concepts of communication and culture to a range of contemporary social issues, cultural texts, and communication practices. Emphasis is given to rhetorical and discussion methods to help students learn about analyzing and constructing oral and written arguments and to work cooperatively doing a research project for class presentation.

Computer Science 108: Introduction to Computing -- Professor Keith Vander Linden
(4 semester hours)

An introduction to computing as a problem-solving discipline. A primary emphasis is on programming as a methodology for problem solving, including: the precise specification of a problem, the design of its solution, the encoding of that solution, and the testing, debugging and maintenance of programs. The Java programming language will be used. A secondary emphasis is the discussion of topics from the breadth of computing including historical, theoretical, ethical and biblical perspectives on computing as a discipline.

English 230: Understanding Literature -- Associate Professor Chad Engbers
(3 semester hours)

A survey of selected literary works with an emphasis on the fundamental elements of literature and methods of reading. Discussion topics may include the genres of literature and their conventions, the means by which texts create meaning and wield influence, the ways readers can interpret and respond to texts, and the roles of imaginative literature in shaping and reflecting culture. An abiding concern will be how Christians might take a distinctive approach to this area of human culture.

Health Education 254: Nutrition -- Professor Julie Walton
(3 semester hours)
NOTE: Professor Walton is the recipient of the 2014 Presidential Award for Exemplary Teaching!

Food is a gift from God. He created our bodies to need food a few times each day. Learn about the role of food and nutrients in sustaining health and causing disease, how to analyze a diet from (Vitamin) A to (mineral) Zinc, and how recommend and encourage healthy food and diet choices to a client or patient. Your commitment to learning and applying the material will be essential because, as you will discover, where food is concerned, this world is truly broken. Therefore, we will also examine the Christian's response to complex food-related issues like hunger, malnutrition, obesity, and stewardship of the body.

History 151: History of the West and the World I-- Professor Karin Maag
(4 semester hours)

From the Egyptian pyramids to the beginnings of Islam, from early Chinese empires to the Crusades, explore human history from earliest times until 1500, including the rise and fall of empires, the development of religious traditions, and the development of societies in war and peace. We will seek to understand how people from these eras addressed challenges while making choices in a world both very different, and very similar, to our own.

History 152: History of the West and the World II -- Staff
(4 semester hours)

The history of modern human societies including coverage of the scientific revolution and the European Enlightenment tradition; key political, economic, social, and religious developments in the West, including the non-Western world's contribution and reaction to them; and events of global significance through the latter half of the twentieth century, such as the industrial evolution, the world wars, and decolonization.

Kinesiology 216: Medical Terminology -- Nancy Meyer, Professor, Women's Athletic Director
(3 semester hours)

Fulfill the prerequisite for many allied health graduate programs and learn about basic medical word structure. Included are terms relating to anatomic structure, symptomatic and diagnostic tests, and operative and therapeutic procedures. Evaluation includes chapter quizzes, reading and writing medical records, a faith perspective paper, and a comprehensive final exam.

Latin 101: Elementary Latin I -- Associate Professor David Noe
(4 semester hours)

For students who have had only one unit of high school Latin or no Latin at all. Emphasis is placed on the essentials of grammar and a basic vocabulary
with constant comparison to English. Sententiae from the principal Latin authors will be read.

Latin 102: Elementary Latin II -- Associate Professor David Noe
(4 semester hours)

A continuation of Latin 101. Emphasis is placed on grammar and the reading of longer selections of authentic Latin dealing with Roman history and culture. Prerequisite: Latin 101 or its equivalent.

Philosophy 153: Fundamental Questions in Philosophy -- Associate Professor Kevin Corcoran
(3 semester hours)

Socrates said “the unexamined life is not worth living.” This course is an invitation to the examined life. In it you will consider such fundamental questions as these: What does it mean to be moral? Am I an immaterial thing, like God, or a material thing, like my body? Does God even exist? If so, how do God and the existence of human suffering, evil and death fit together?

Speech Pathology and Audiology 218: Hearing Science -- Associate Professor Brian Kreisman
(3 semester hours)

Study sound. How is sound created, heard and perceived? How does sound travel? How are pitch and loudness related to sounds? Do we filter sounds? Where are sounds coming from? Why do our ears “ring” after attending a loud concert or event? Does our sense of hearing impact our faith?




  • Calvin students are permitted to enroll in one online course per semester.
  • When searching for classes for registration, all online courses are marked as section "ONLNE" in the class schedule.

Graduate-level courses

Calvin College also offers some graduate level online-based courses:

  • Education 510 Advanced Educational Foundations (3)
  • Education 511 Consulting, Collaborating, and Coaching (3)
  • Education 513 Cognition, Learning, and Literacy Development (3)
  • Education 521 Curriculum Theory and Development (3)
  • Education 531 Professional Development and Supervision
  • Education 540 Language Art in the Elementary and Middle School Curriculum (3)
  • Education 550 Foundations of Learning Disabilities (3)
  • Education 591 Educational Research and Evaluation (3)
  • Science Education Studies 526 Teaching the Nature of Science (3)

Complaint Resolution

In accordance with regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Education, institutions offering distance and online education must provide enrolled students with contact information for filing complaints with its accrediting agency and with the appropriate state agency for handling complaints in the student's state.  See our complaint resolution page for more information.



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