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

  • research

  • 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)

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