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Contact Hour Requirements

Credit Hour Definition

For classes that are taught in-person over the course of a semester with 14 weeks of instruction, one credit represents 50 minutes per week of direct faculty instruction in a face-to-face classroom setting. It is expected that students will actively engage with course content outside of the classroom setting for a minimum of 100 minutes per week per credit hour, which is not represented in the timetable.

The following tables show the officially scheduled in-person class time that needs to be included on the timetable for these types of classes. Based on the definition, a minimum of 700 minutes of in-person scheduled class time is required per credit hour. A 3-credit hour course requires 2,100 contact minutes.


Fall or Spring Semester

Credit Hour Minutes x Weeks = TOTAL
1 50 x 14 = 700
2 100 x 14 = 1,400
3 150 x 14 = 2,100
4 200 x 14 = 2,800
5 250 x 14 = 3,500


Summer Semester

Minutes x Days Per Week x Weeks = TOTAL
60 x 5 x 10 = 3,000
75 x 3 x 10 = 2,250
90 x 3 x 10 = 2,700



There are two scheduling options in Mini-Term.

Minutes x Days Per Week x Weeks = TOTAL
180 x 5 x 3 = 2,700
240 x 5 x 3 = 3,600


Additional Course Modalities

For online, hybrid, and “flipped” classes, as well as classes taught in modalities differing from traditional in-person formats (whether asynchronous, synchronous or a mix), a credit represents a minimum of approximately 35 hours during which a student engages actively with the course instructor and course content. This may include direct instruction, readings, assignments, projects, assessments, discussions, collaborative work with other students, reviewing, responding to, and providing feedback. Courses taught in these additional modalities may not have all components of the course displayed in the timetable.