Credit Hour Policy

For purposes of the application of this policy and accord with federal regulations,

  1. A semester-course unit is the equivalent of four credit hours.
  2. A "contact hour" is defined as a required time in which all students are directly engaged, as a class, in interaction with the instructor(s) of the course, synchronously or asynchronously, either in the classroom or virtually through telepresence, web-conference, or other online platforms.
  3. A credit hour is expected to be a reasonable approximation of a minimum amount of student work in a Carnegie unit in accordance with commonly accepted practice in higher education.
University and Divinity Courses

Beginning Fall 1969, credit for Trinity undergraduates, Pratt undergraduates, and the Divinity School has been listed in semester-course units. One semester-course unit is equivalent to four semester hours.

  1. A single semester-course unit should require a minimum of 12 hours per week of a student's time and effort, both in and outside of class, over a 15-week term, or 25 hours per week over a 7-week term.
  2. All full-credit courses require a minimum number of "contact hours" totaling 150 minutes per week over 15 weeks, or 300 minutes per week over 7 weeks.
Graduate and Professional School Courses

The Graduate and Professional Schools list credit in semester hours. It is expected that the academic work required of Graduate and Professional school students will be the equivalent of:

  1. Not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours out of 15 weeks for one semester hour of credit, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time, or
  2. At least an equivalent amount of work as required outlined in item 1 above for other academic activities as established by the institution including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.
All Courses
  1. When a course is offered at two levels (e.g., undergraduate and graduate), workload expectations will differ for the students enrolled at different levels.
  2. Instructional units should periodically review course syllabi to determine whether the number of course units/credits is appropriate for the expected student workload.