Distance education has going on at NYU since the 1950s.
The first course offered was “Comparative Literature 10: From Stendhal to Hemingway,” taught by Dr. Floyd Zulli, Jr., an assistant professor of romance languages at the College of Arts and Science. The 3-point course studied the development of the novel from Stendhal’s The Red and the Black to Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. View a preview of the course below:
Some other fun facts:
• NYU hosted the first university course for academic credit ever offered on a New York metropolitan-area television station.
• Produced by CBS-TV in association with NYU, the Sunrise Semester series began in 1957 as an experiment and ran for almost 25 years.
• To receive 3 college credits, 177 students paid $25 per point. More than 700 students applied and some 120,000 others followed the course—without credit—on television