How CFS Credit Works

Chicago Field Studies (CFS) follows an experiential learning model where coursework is connected to field experience in the form of an internship.  Students participating in CFS earn academic credit for the work done in their CFS course.

 We offer two types of courses:
  • 4 units of credit (full-time)
  • Variable (1-4) units of credit

The number of credits you chose to take the CFS class for will dictate both the amount of coursework and the number of hours per week that you are expected to work at your internship.

Relationship between credits and amount of course work: The higher the units of credit, the more academic work will be required.  Students in the same variable credit course may have different amounts of coursework based on the amount of credit they are earning.

Relationship between units of credit and hours per week at an internship:

1 credit = 8-11 hours/week
2 credits = 12-16 hours/week
3 credits = 17-24 hours/week
4 credits = 25+ hours/week

If you would like, you can intern more hours than what is required for the amount of credit that you are taking the class for, but you cannot work less.

Academic credit and grades are earned based on your coursework and participation in the CFS class. CFS classes use internships as a source of information for discussion, reflection, and analysis. Grades are based on the academic work performed in the class. Through your internship you will gain professional skills and knowledge about an industry and you will receive an evaluation from your employer at the end of your internship. The internship must be successfully completed or it may negatively impact the participation aspect of your grade.

The grade that you receive will be weighted by the number of credits CFS is taken for. For instance, if you took CFS for 4 credits, that grade will have the weight of 4 credits on your transcript. Thus CFS courses can have a significant impact on your GPA.

CFS can be done more than once by most students. Weinberg students are able to count at most 6 units of internship credit toward their Weinberg College degree.  The total number of internship program credits a student can count toward their degree varies by school. Students from other schools should check with their academic advisors to find out what their school’s policy is.

CFS class credits typically count as general credits toward graduation and may count toward majors/minors as well.  You should check with your major/minor and academic advisors to see how CFS credits might count for you. Many CFS classes will count for one credit toward Weinberg Distribution Requirements, see table below.

Course #

Course Title

Weinberg Distribution Requirement

CFS 291

Analysis of Field Experience (online course)

none

CFS 391

Field Studies in Social Justice

III

CFS 392

Field Studies in Public Health

III

CFS 393-1

Modern Workplace Culture

III first, if III met, then IV

CFS 394-1

Legal Culture and Process

III

CFS 395-1

Business Workplace Culture

III

CFS 387

Field Studies in Environment, Science & Sustainability

III

CFS 388

Field Studies in Business Culture (online course)

 none

CFS 397

Field Studies in Civic Engagement

III

CFS 398

Field Studies in Humanities

VI

III = Social and Behavioral Sciences

IV = Historical Studies

VI = Literature and Fine Arts