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College of Western Idaho's (CWI) online campus offers a variety of degree programs and classes that provide convenience and flexibility in meeting your educational needs. Online classes allow you to complete coursework anywhere and on your time without sacrificing the quality of instruction or interaction. 

Dedicated to your success, we encourage you to explore the College's Academic Resources and Support Resources for assistance along the way.  

Online Offerings

In addition to a variety of online classes, you can earn a degree or certificate fully online at CWI in the following programs:

Administrative Specialist

  • Administrative Specialist - Associate of Applied Science Degree
  • Business Technology - Basic Technical Certificate
  • Business Writing - Basic Technical Certificate
  • Office Management - Basic Technical Certificate


  • Anthropology - Associate of Arts Degree


  • Business - Associate of Arts Degree

Criminal Justice

  • Criminal Justice - Associate of Arts Degree


  • English - Literature Emphasis - Associate of Arts Degree

General Education

  • General Education - Academic Certificate

Geographic Information Systems

  • Geographic Information Systems - Academic Certificate


  • Geography - Associate of Arts Degree

Health Science and Public Health

  • Health Science and Public Health - Associate of Science Degree


  • History - Associate of Arts Degree

Liberal Arts

  • Liberal Arts - Associate of Arts Degree

Network and System Administration

  • Network and System Administration: Cloud Computing - Specialized Certificate


  • Philosophy - Associate of Arts Degree

Political Science

  • Political Science - Associate of Arts Degree


  • Spanish - Associate of Arts Degree

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I take online and traditional face-to-face courses?

    Yes, a large number of our students take a combination of online, hybrid and traditional on-campus courses as they pursue their academic success. 

  • What is a hybrid course?

    “Hybrid” courses combine face-to-face classroom instruction with online learning. A portion of a hybrid course is scheduled on-campus, with the remainder completed online. CWI hybrid courses offer students the best of both worlds with regularly scheduled faculty interaction and the flexibility of online learning.

    Benefits of a hybrid course include:

    • It combines the benefits of both face-to-face and online instruction.
      • Regularly scheduled faculty/student interaction.
      • Hybrid courses meet less frequently on campus than traditional classes, providing flexible course offerings for students who have less availability to participate in traditional face-to-face classes.
    • It offers the flexibility of completing assignments through Blackboard (a computer-based learning platform).
    • Individualized instructor assistance is available for students.
  • What technical knowledge will help me succeed at taking online classes?

    The following skills will contribute to your success in an online class: 

    Computer Skills

    • access and ability to send and receive e-mail
    • attach documents to an e-mail
    • identify different file types (e.g., .doc, .txt, .jpg, etc.) and know what each means
    • perform searches for information on the Internet
    • easily switch between applications such as email, Microsoft Word, and a PDF reader

    Time Management Skills

    • schedule sufficient time each week to complete all of your coursework
    • adjust daily routines to allow time for focused study
    • revise your weekly schedule to ensure assignments are submitted on time

    Communication, Teamwork, and Motivation

    • ability to express your ideas, questions, and comments in writing
    • experience interacting with others in a virtual environment
    • be a self-starter to complete tasks
  • Are online courses at CWI comparable in quality to those taken in-person?

    Yes, online classes offer the same level of quality as those taught in-person. Online faculty must complete an online instructor certification course and are exceptionally well trained to design and teach online courses. Many of the College's in-person instructors also teach online.

  • What equipment/software do I need to take classes online?

    Some classes will be asynchronous and not require anything beyond a computer and internet access. Others may require you to have headphones or speakers, microphone, and/or a web cam. Many computers have built-in microphones but not all.

    CWI Library has a number of laptops, web cams, and other technology useful for online classes available for checkout upon request. Equipment may also be purchased through the Bookstore

    All major cell phone providers have signed on to an FCC agreement making all wireless hotspots available to anyone regardless of carrier or contract. 

  • Can I use my phone for Zoom?

    Zoom is available on both iOS and Android mobile devices in the app store. Make sure to download the app and set up your account prior to the beginning of your first class.

    Zoom experiences differ from desktop to tablet to mobile, so be sure you are using the appropriate device to help you succeed in class. Check with your instructor if you have any questions regarding Zoom needs.