Credit Hour Definition
A standard credit hour is the equivalent of at least 37.5 hours of documented, faculty-supervised learning activities over the course of a term (including final exams) designed to achieve specific learning outcomes. In shortened sessions such as module or summer school, the number of hours of learning activities required to earn a credit hour remains the same; they are simply distributed differently in the calendar.
A variety of activities can earn an hour of credit as course components or as stand-alone options such as internships or research courses. The following list provides examples, but is not to be considered exhaustive.
- in-class meeting
- out-of-class reading
- laboratory activities
- learning using appropriate technology
- service learning/civic engagement activities
- internship activities
- international education/cultural enrichment activities
Instruction that is one-to-one, e.g. private music lessons, individual research courses, may deviate from this definition as circumstances demand. (11/2013)