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Credit Assignment Policy

Undergraduate Divisions

Note: The minimum requirement for maintaining full-time undergraduate student status is 12 credits per semester and 6 credits per semester for half-time undergraduate student status. Undergraduate student status is monitored every semester by the University Registrar and the Director of Academic Records as well as by the Director of Compliance in the Office of Student Financial Services.

Specific types of undergraduate courses include tutorials and independent study. In instances where enrollment falls short of the minimum requirement for a course that is necessary for a student to take to progress in his/her academic program, an individual faculty member may work with the student in arranging meeting times that do not coincide with the published semester schedule. In all such instances, however, such courses must offer the minimum instructional time and minimum out of class student work per week in keeping with the credit hour definitions above, and the instructor must keep records documenting the same. Independent study refers to a faculty member regularly meeting with the student and directing his/her research progress within a specific period of time. Minimum credit hours are determined based on contact time with the instructor and time the student spends out of class doing research work, again calculated in keeping with the credit hour definition cited above. The instructor must keep records documenting the same.

The Graduate School of Social Service, the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education the School of Professional and Continuing Studies, as well as the Institute for American Language and Culture, offer online and/or hybrid programs. The Gabelli School of Business and the Graduate School of Education offer online and/or blended courses, but not full programs through this modality.

Gabelli School of Business

All courses in the undergraduate Gabelli School of Business carry either 3 or 1 ½ credits, and both are in complete compliance with the federal definition of “credit hour”: the 3 credit courses meet 150 minutes per week for a fifteen-week semester. The 1 ½ credit courses meet 150 minutes per week for half a semester, thus earning half credit. The undergraduate division of the Gabelli School of Business does not award any equivalency credit.

Fordham College at Rose Hill and Fordham College at Lincoln Center

All lower level or introductory courses in the freshman and sophomore years carry 3 credits (with additional credits added for laboratory work calculated according to the approved formula for credit hour assignment). This credit hour assignment is based on 150 minutes of instruction per week for a fifteen-week semester. All upper level courses in the junior and senior years of the curriculum carry 4 credits, and the additional credit is earned by requiring three additional hours of class preparation per week in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction. Unpaid internships can earn one credit upon approval and registration for a concomitant internship seminar or alternative arrangement. Neither school offers any equivalency credit.

Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies

Courses in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies offer 3 as well as 4 credit courses in alignment with the policy followed by Fordham College at Rose Hill and Fordham College at Lincoln Center. PCS also awards one academic credit for a “life experience” workshop, which culminates in the submission of an approximately 20-page portfolio which is evaluated in terms of content and compared to that required by an existing course in that area. External documentation consisting of a written description or external evaluation by someone in a supervisory capacity are also required in order to earn equivalency credit for the specific course in question (3 or 4 credits).