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. 

  • Transfer of Credit Deadlines: Transfer of Credit requests are only accepted during the Fall and Spring semesters, when classes are in session. The cut-off dates are:
    • Fall Semester: December 15th
    • Spring Semester: May 15th
  • 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 department chair or the Transfer of Credit Coordinator.
  • For "education in the field" and internship credit: Please consult the current Transfer of Credit Coordinator.

English Transfer of Credit Procedure:

All credit transfer applications should be submitted by email or in hard copy to the Transfer of Credit coordinator. An application includes the following documents:

  1. A "Permission to Transfer Credit Application Form," which can be downloaded at
  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.
  • 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 count toward the English major but not toward the core requirements in Literary History, Literary Geography, Theory, and Creative Writing.
  • Upon special review, a fourth course taken at a previous university may count towards the English major for students who transfer into Wesleyan during their junior year.
  • 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.
  • For online courses, students should also provide the Transfer of Credit coordinator with information on formal contact with faculty and peer students.

Courses not eligible for transfer credit:

  • Credit/No Credit courses