Course and Credit Requirements

Each course is measured in credits. Following the Federal credit hour definition (34CFR 600.2) and accepted practices in higher education, Quinnipiac University defines a credit hour as equivalent to 50 minutes of direct faculty instruction and two hours of out-of-class student work for a minimum of 15 weeks. During fall and spring semesters, a 3 credit course typically meets for 150 minutes per week (three 50-minute class meetings or two 75-minute class meetings) for 15 weeks. At least an equivalent amount of work is required for other activities leading to the award of academic credit (e.g., internships), for modalities in which classroom instruction (“seat time”) is not the primary method of instruction (e.g., online courses), and for work completed in compressed semesters (summer and J-term). For example, to earn 3 credits for an internship course, students must complete a minimum of 120 hours of supervised work.

The usual load for undergraduate students is five courses. A student with a superior academic record may secure permission to take more than the normal course load. Conversely, a student who enters with deficiencies may be allowed to take only three or four courses.

Regular class attendance is expected. A student whose attendance is unsatisfactory may be forced to withdraw from a course at the discretion of the instructor and consistent with Quinnipiac’s withdrawal policy. See Class Attendance Policy.

So far as is practicable, final examinations are regarded as part of the regular work for undergraduate courses.

In courses for which a final examination would serve no useful purpose, a term essay or personal conference, problem-solving exercise, or other assignment may be substituted; work on the substitute exercise may take place during the final examination period. See Final Exam Policy.

In some cases, faculty members may exempt from the final examination students whose work is of high quality. Conditions governing exemptions are determined by the faculty of the school concerned.