Shepherd University awards academic credits based on the Carnegie unit which awards one unit of credit for each 50 minute class session per week. For each credit, students are expected to complete a minimum of two hours of academic work (study, preparation, etc.) outside of class each week. Some courses may require three or more hours of outside work each week per credit. The policy on academic credits is based on those generally accepted in degree-granting institutions of higher education. A semester at Shepherd University typically consists of 15 weeks excluding finals. Students in all majors are advised to limit their job and social commitments in order to give their coursework adequate attention.