2016-2017 Academic Catalog
Credit Hours Policy
All School of Social Work courses meet the Federal and Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) definitions and regulations for assignment of credit hours summarized as follows:
1) In-person courses include a minimum of 1 hour of direct faculty instruction and two hours of out-of-class student work each week for fifteen weeks per credit. A 3-credit course, therefore, requires a minimum of 45 hours of direct faculty instruction and 90 hours of student work for fifteen weeks.
2) On-line and Hybrid courses do not require as much “seat time” as in-person classes but the amount of student work expected in each is equivalent to an in-person course, as described above.
3) Graduate seminar courses meet less than 1 hour a week per credit hour for fifteen weeks, but require a substantial amount of outside student research. Therefore, a 3-credit graduate seminar course requires the equivalent amount of work per semester as a regular in-person 3-credit class but fewer hours of direct faculty instruction.
4) Field Practica: Foundation year field placements are two full days a week for 6 credits a year: a total of sixteen (16) hours each week for a minimum of fifteen (15) weeks each semester (a minimum of four hundred and eighty  hours for the Foundation year). Advanced year field placements are three full days a week (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays) for 12 credits a year: a total of twenty-four (24) hours each week for a minimum of fifteen (15) weeks each semester (a minimum of seven hundred and twenty  hours for the advanced year).