Scheduling Policies

Contact Hour Requirements

Shortened Courses (mini-mesters)

  • The Texas A&M System policy for shortened courses is available at  Contact requirements for shortened courses are consistent with full term courses, with the additional consideration described in 1.1.2.

“Students should not carry more courses at a time in a shortened format than will give them total credit of one semester credit hour per week of instruction.”

  • Shortened courses must meet during the course of one week for each credit hour awarded (i.e., touch at least one calendar week for each credit hour).  Requests for shortened course sections that do not meet this requirement will not be processed.

Online and Hybrid Courses

  • Online and hybrid courses must meet the same credit hour requirement as traditionally delivered, face-to-face courses.  The university rule pertaining to online and hybrid courses is available at