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Division of Continuing and Global Education


What Types of Courses Can Be Taught During Intersession?

Courses listed in the California State University, Fresno General Catalog may be offered during Intersession. Instructors are encouraged to offer General Education courses at the lower and upper division levels. Departments with high impact classes can take advantage of Intersession to offer additional sections. Please do not propose duplicate sections of the same course. Courses that require great amounts of writing or numerous lab hours may not fit into a condensed time frame.

Special Topics or elective courses allow faculty to offer a wide variety of course topics, current issues and share recent research. Be creative in your selection of class title and description so students will want to take part in your unique class.

Faculty members wishing to teach an Intersession class are requested to contact the department chair to discuss department needs. All Intersession course proposals must have the approval of the department chair and dean.

Please note: faculty on the Writing Competency Subcommittee now require a minimum of 6 weeks of instruction for UDWR courses. To comply, CGE will not accept W course proposals for Intersession.

Class Format and Contact Hours

Winter Intersession 2021 allows for 14 days of instruction, plus weekends if needed. Courses may be offered online only. The specific minimum numbers of contact hours required for a class are as follows:

  • 1 unit of credit—15 contact hours (typically meets 3 hours per day for 5 days.)
  • 2 units of credit—30 contact hours( typically meets 3 hours per day for 10 days.)
  • 3 units of credit—45 contact hours (typically meets 3 hours per day for 14 days.)
  • 4 units of credit—60 contact hours (typically meets 4.5 hours per day for 14 days.)

The University is closed January 1, 2021.


No classes will be scheduled on campus during Winter Intersession 2021.  

Instructor Salary

Faculty members will be paid via the Division of Continuing and Global Education Salary Schedule, CSU Class Code 2322. Salary is based on faculty rank and class enrollment. The goal is a minimum class size of 15 students. Contact the Payroll Technician at 278-0422 for a salary schedule.

Faculty teaching courses through the Division of Continuing and Global Education must be in compliance with the CFA CBA 125% workload limit.