A: Most students take either one or two classes per 7.5-week session. As an online student, you can plan a degree schedule that works best for you, but two classes in a session (four in a semester) is considered a full-time load. The number of classes you take each session depends on your individual circumstances and on how much time you can devote to coursework each week. These courses are fast-paced and intensive, covering the same material traditionally covered in a 15-week semester. You will complete courses quickly, but you take fewer at a time.
In general, courses in the 7.5-week sessions require you to spend about 6 hours per credit hour per week on coursework. One 3-credit course requires approximately 18 hours per week, and two 3-credit courses (6 credits) will require about 36 hours per week. History, philosophy and religious studies courses require extensive reading and writing, so most students find that these courses demand a significant time investment. Second language courses, worth 4 credits each, are labor-intensive and can require 24 hours a week or more. Some language courses, including SPA 101, are also available in Session C (15-week format). We recommend this format for SPA 101, especially if you have never studied the language before.
Online students admitted as first-time freshmen have a limit on the number of credit hours they can take in their first session. If you are a freshman, please see these registration rules.
If you are using financial aid or scholarships, note that there may be a minimum number of credits you must take per semester to be eligible. Please check with Financial Aid and Scholarships Services. A “full-time student” for financial aid purposes is 12 credits per semester (four classes), which is two classes per 7.5-week session.