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Transfer Credit

Wesleyan Students may obtain transfer credit for courses taken at other universities in the United States in the summer or during a leave of absence. University regulations state that a student may obtain credit toward the Wesleyan degree for courses taken at another U.S. university under the following conditions:

  • The course(s) must be pre-approved
  • No more than two credits may be earned during a summer

Please Note:

  • For study abroad credit for English Majors: please consult Study Abroad here.
  • For Transfer students from another college or university: Please consult the class dean.
  • For "education in the field" and internship credit: Please consult the current department faculty in charge of Transfer of Credit: Fall 2016--Professor Rashida Shaw. Email: rshaw@wesleyan.edu 

English Transfer of Credit Procedure:

All credit transfer applications should be submitted in hard copy to the Administrative Assistant in the English Department office in Downey House. An application includes the following documents:

  1. A "Permission to Transfer Credit Application Form," which can be downloaded at http://www.wesleyan.edu/studentaffairs/forms.html. The form should be completely and legibly filled out.
  2. A catalog description of the course. A printout from a university website is acceptable.
  3. A full syllabus for the course, specifying the schedule of readings and a description of written and oral assignments. A syllabus from an earlier offering of the course is usually acceptable. A course may receive prior approval without a syllabus, but a final determination on the application will not be made until a full syllabus has been received.

Please note the following when considering a course for credit transfer:

  • A course will normally be eligible for credit if it is an upper-division course in English or American literature, literary theory, or linguistics.
  • Some creative writing workshops are eligible for transfer credit, in which case a complete portfolio of work submitted in the course is usually required for a final determination on the application for transfer credit.
  • Partial credit is sometimes awarded if a course is less than the equivalent of a Wesleyan course in terms of contact hours, content, and requirements.
  • Transfer credit granted for most literature and creative writing courses may be counted toward the English major, but not toward the requirements in Theory, Literary History I and II, and Literatures of Difference.
  • Composition courses in analytical or academic writing are eligible for credit for students for whom English is a second language and for students whose major is not English.
  • Transfer credit for composition courses may not be counted toward the English major.
  • Beginning in Spring 2015, the English Department will do a two-year pilot study of considering on-line courses and courses with on-line components for transfer credit. Students wishing to have such courses evaluated for transfer-of-credit, should be certain to present the Department’s transfer-of-credit coordinator with all relevant information, including: course catalog information, syllabi, assignments, and information on formal contact with faculty and peer students.  As with conventional courses, the Department’s transfer-of-credit coordinator will make use of such information to determine whether a course is eligible for credit in English at Wesleyan and how much Wesleyan credit it may be worth.

Courses not eligible for transfer credit:

  • Credit/No Credit courses