Beginning Fall 2022, Middlebury College will offer half-credit courses.

Frequently Asked Questions

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On the course schedule, the “Instruction Mode” of the course will say “In Person, Half-Credit.”

In Banner 9, when searching for classes, the “Hours” column lists “.5” or “.5 credits.”

In the Searchable Catalog, filter for “In-Person, Half-Credit” in the course modality block.

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Yes, you may register for 3.5 credits in a semester.  Keep in mind you need at least 36 credits to graduate, so be sure that a semester with 3.5 credits keeps you on pace to graduate.  If you have questions about your degree progress, speak with your academic advisor.

 

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Yes.  Keep in mind, if your credit total in a given semester exceeds 4 credits, you will need to follow the procedure for requesting a 5th course (see below).

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Seniors:

  • Contact the instructor for approval to take the course. Once the Instructor Approval has been entered in Banner, log into Banner and register for the course.
    • NOTE: you can see approvals that have been entered for you on the ‘Prepare for Registration’ app in Banner 9.

 Sophomores – Juniors:

  • Fill out this request form. NOTE: This form requires an upload of advisor’s approval, so be sure you have that before you begin the form. 
  • Once you submit the form, the Office of the Registrar will add you to the class.

 First Year Students:  First year students may not take a fifth course.

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Half-credit courses count toward your overall 36 credits required to graduate.
They do not satisfy general college requirements like the academic distributions, Cultures & Civilizations, or College Writing. 

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Yes, half-credit courses have standard letter grading and count toward your cumulative GPA. 

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No, if you have earned a .5 credit course, it will not be rounded up to a full credit. Students with 35.5 credits will not be eligible to graduate. 

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No, half-credit courses do not satisfy academic distribution or Cultures & Civilizations tags.

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Yes, the Pass/D/Fail grade mode is available to invoke with a half-credit course. All rules for Pass/D/Fail will still apply regardless of how many credits the course carries.
 

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It is up to each department or program to decide whether a half-credit course can be used to satisfy major or minor requirements.