The Calendar Year
The 4-1-4 Calendar
Huntington University has operated on the 4-1-4 calendar since 1969. This calendar consists of two 15-week semesters and a three-week January Term. The fall semester ends before Christmas and the spring semester ends in May.
Students are required to complete a minimum of 128 credit hours for bachelor programs or 64 credit hours for associate programs. Some bachelor programs or combinations of programs may require more than 128, and students are advised to plan carefully. During the fall and spring semesters, students normally take 15 semester hours. By taking 15 to 16 hours per semester and two hours in January, most students can complete course requirements for graduation within the four-year period.
January Term is an integral part of the 4-1-4 calendar. Courses offered in January encourage creative imagination and independent inquiry. January Term frees both student and faculty from demands of other courses and programs, providing opportunity for uninterrupted and intensive investigation.
Bachelor degree students are required to take three January Term courses, including those of the freshman and sophomore years. Freshmen generally take on-campus courses. Transfer students may be exempted from up to two January Terms, one January Term for each 30 semester hours of transfer credit. Students must complete January Term courses from at least two departments.
January Term is designed to allow a unique educational experience for students and faculty by encouraging curricular flexibility, innovation, experimentation, creativity and fresh, stimulating approaches to topics of study. It is an exciting and important change of pace during the academic year.
The 13-day term allows rigorous and concentrated study in one subject area chosen from either special courses which are very different from regular catalog courses or from regular catalog offerings. This concentrated study allows students time to explore new disciplines outside their major fields that they might not be able to do otherwise or focus on fulfilling a core requirement. The time may also allow students to focus in depth in intense study or research on a particular topic within their majors. This freedom to focus efforts in one area of study carries the expectation that students be intensely involved in that study and apply a high quality of effort and academic seriousness to this unique opportunity.
Students are especially invited to consider learning experiences that take them away from campus during January. Most are available at very low cost compared to individually-arranged travel. Combining a trip with an academic course offers unique opportunities for cultural, intellectual and spiritual growth.
Face-to-face and online courses are offered each summer in sessions that begin in mid May. Since some courses end by late June, it is possible to take a course and still have much of the summer for work or other opportunities.
Most summer courses are from the Core Curriculum program. A minimum enrollment of eight students is needed to ensure that a course may be taught.
Summer courses may be especially helpful to students wanting to accelerate their programs, take lighter loads during the semesters or pursue additional coursework in areas other than their major fields. Students who are home for the summer from other institutions may wish to take classes at Huntington University as transient students and transfer the credit to their home institutions.