Class Modality Types

Courses are taught in multiple teaching modalities. These will include in-person classes on campus, hybrid classes that combine in-person and online lessons, and completely online classes. Please familiarize yourself with the modality types as you organize your plans and register for the upcoming semester.

  • Face-to-Face (F2F) - At least 2/3 of the course delivered in person on campus.

  • Online Synchronous (ONS) - All content is delivered online on specific days and times.

  • Online Asynchronous (ONA) - All content is delivered online with no real-time interaction and no required meeting times.

  • Hybrid Full (HYF) - Between 1/3 and 2/3 of the class is online, on-campus sessions and online content delivered asynchronously or synchronously (this is closest to a traditional hybrid course).

  • Independent Study (IND) - directed study undertaken by an individual student. It permits students to pursue questions not addressed in faculty-directed classrooms, laboratories or studios; it helps students to develop valuable research skills; and it enables students to test mastery of principles, methods and materials presented in regular classes by instructors. This project is documented on an Independent Study form.

  • Internship (INT) - a professional learning experience that offers meaningful, practical learning experience related to a student's field of study or career interest.


In-Person Instruction

Online Instruction

Face to Face

Everyone meets face-to-face 2/3 (or more) of the time

(traditional class experience)

Up to 1/3 online

Online Synchronous



Online Asynchronous



Hybrid Full

Everyone meets together

(traditional class experience)

Between 1/3 and 2/3 online (could be Synchronous or Asynchronous)

  • Synchronous = students meet with faculty all together, at the same time
  • Asynchronous = students attend class “on their own” with little or no real-time interaction with instructor or fellow students