Need to meet the Philosophy and Letters gen ed requirement? Check this magical spring/summer option

Exploring the evolution of fairy tales such as "Sleeping Beauty," "Bluebeard" and "Hansel and Gretel" from the comfort of your home can help you meet the gen ed Philosophy and Letters requirement if you register now for the online course, "Understanding the Fairy Tale (FRE/GER 2991)."

There still are a few openings for the accelerated spring/summer term that begins May 7, says Julie Koehler, a lecturer in German who is one of two faulty teaching the three-credit course.

The course covers the classical and modern versions of fairy tales from around the world and studies the transformation of the literary genre into various media. Koehler, who helped develop the original mini-grant to create the course in 2014, says material is presented via lectures on Blackboard, through blogs and required readings. She finds the online platform to be a productive environment for herself and students, who don't have to drive to campus or pay for parking.

Since it was first offered three years ago, the course has attracted students from around the country, including a Detroit native who took the class while she worked as the Snow White character at Disney World in Florida.

And, don't forget, undergrads may qualify for the spring/summer 30 percent tuition break. To be eligible, students must be on track to complete 24 credits between Fall 2017 and Winter 2018, and have a cumulate grade-point average of at least 2.5 at the end of Fall 2017. Learn more at

Move closer to graduation without, perhaps, getting out of your pajamas.

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