The Academic Year
Calendar and Credit
The academic calendar at Macalester is divided into a
14 week fall semester (September to December) and a 14 week spring semester
(January to May).
Macalester courses are offered for semester credit.
Most courses are offered for four semester credits, but the amount of
credit may vary. Each course description in this catalog indicates the
amount of credit assigned to the course. Credit policies for physical
education activity courses, forensic and theater practica, music ensembles
and lessons, and dance technique courses and ensembles are described in the
departmental sections of this catalog, under curriculum.
Macalester students may earn up to two semester
credits in independent projects, internships, or Macalester-sponsored
off-campus courses. Further information about January study options is
available in the Registrar’s Office.
Macalester students may earn up to eight semester
credits in independent study during the summer through independent projects
or internships. A learning contract must accompany each registration.
Summer independents and internships are available only to current
In addition to independent study options there are
occasionally credit-bearing institutes offered by Macalester faculty. These
institutes are open to non-Macalester students.
Further information about summer independent study
options or summer institutes is available in the Summer Study Office.
As a general rule, there is no financial assistance
available for summer study. In addition, no special tuition rates are