The DISC initiative utilizes a long-standing, Big Ten Academic Alliance CourseShare program to increase student access to specialized courses and faculty expertise that are spread across Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) institutions. DISC courses are composed of a host campus, where the course is physically taught, and up to three receiving campuses, where the course is shared synchronously via videoconferencing technology. DISC courses offer unique opportunities to engage with faculty experts during receiving campus visits each semester and students at other BTAA universities through virtual collaboration.



Our current course roster can be found below. Future courses can be viewed by clicking on upcoming courses link at the bottom of the page. BTAA students interested in registering for a DISC course should contact their institutions’ faculty liaison or the DISC administration at for additional registration information.

Fall 2019

Islam in/and America

Host: Rutgers University

Receiving: University of Michigan, Penn State University, and University of Maryland




Seminar on Rumi, Sufi Poet

Host: Rutgers University

Receiving: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Michigan




History of Iran in the Islamic Period

Host: University of Maryland

Receiving: University of Michigan, Penn State University