Sessions and Credits
Academic Sessions and Credits
The academic year at George Fox University is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks. In addition, the university operates a summer session that is required for some programs and optional for others. The university also offers traditional undergraduate courses in a May Term at the beginning of the summer semester.
The unit of credit is the semester hour, represented by 50 minutes of instruction each week for 15 weeks plus 2 hours of work outside of class each week. One credit unit for prior learning or for courses or classes offered in different formats (hybrid courses, intensives, labs, dissertation, etc.) represents the equivalent learning of that of the traditional semester hour (approximately 45 hours of engagement).
Credit for all courses is indicated in semester hours. All student requirements, advancements, and classifications are based on these units.
In addition to traditional course formats, some courses are offered online, or partially online (hybrid). Some programs are offered through a cohort model in which small groups of students are enrolled in class together through the entire program.
Credit for Applied Lessons and Ensemble Courses
Credit for applied lessons and ensemble courses is awarded as follows:
- Applied lessons: Students may enroll for either one 30-minute applied lesson per week for .5 credit, or one 60-minute applied lesson per week for 1 credit, with 13 lessons per semester. Although individual applied instructors’ studio policies vary, a minimum of three hours practice per week is assumed.
- Ensemble courses: Students may enroll for ensembles for credit as follows:
- Major ensembles (Concert Choir MUSA125C/325C, Symphonic Band MUSA145B/345B and Chehalem Symphony Orchestra MUSA155/355) may be taken for 0, 1 or 2 credits. These ensembles rehearse between 120 and 300 minutes per week and have substantial involvement outside of class time.
- Other ensembles may be taken for 0 or 1 credit. These ensembles rehearse less time per week and have less out-of-class involvement.
- The zero-credit option is available so that students can participate in ensembles and still have it show on their college transcripts.