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Transfer Policies

The History of Art Department allows students to transfer courses from other institutions to UM for major/minor credit. Transfer courses may be applied towards the major, although a minimum of 15 credits must be completed in residence. For the minor, a minimum of 8 credits must be completed in residence. Transfer courses from another institution must be approved through the History of Art Department Transfer Credit Evaluation Process (see below).

Note: Students may count no more than 15 transfer credits towards the History of Art major, and no more than 7 transfer credits towards the History of Art minor. Transfer credits may not be used to fulfill the History of Art seminar requirement. The department does not give credit for online courses.

Currently Enrolled U-M Students

Check the ​Transfer Credit Equivalency (TCE)​ website to see if the class has already been approved for transfer.

  • If the class is listed on the TCE website as transferring as ​equivalent credit​ (e.g., HISTART 202), then no additional steps are required.
  • If the class is listed on the TCE website as transferring as ​departmental credit​, make an appointment with a History of Art advisor to have the course evaluated.
  • If the class is ​not listed​ on the TCE website, submit an evaluation request using the ​U-M Transfer Credit Equivalency Request Form​. If you are informed that the class transfers as departmental credit, make an appointment with a History of Art Advisor.

Prospective Transfer Students

Check the Transfer Credit Equivalency (TCE) website to see if the class has already been approved for transfer.

  • If the class is listed on the TCE website as transferring as ​departmental credit​ (i.e., History of Art Department), then no additional steps are required.
  • If a class is not listed at all on the TCE, this means that no student has ever submitted it for evaluation. You may submit the course to for evaluation.
  • To learn more about transferring to LSA, go to the LSA Transfer Student website.

Study Abroad Students

The History of Art Department encourages students to study abroad and many students take courses over the summer at US institutions near their homes. Before electing courses off-campus, it is important to discuss the classes and programs with a faculty advisor. Please note, this will give you a good idea how the course will fit into your program, but final approval is possible only after the course is completed and the credits transferred.

When a transfer or study abroad course appears on your U-M transcript, it does not necessarily mean that the History of Art Department will accept it for either general major/minor credit or as a direct replacement for any particular course we offer. Different countries and institutions have different academic norms and customs, and what constitutes an upper-level course at one institution might not equal an upper-level course here. Faculty advisors determine whether a particular course counts for History credit as well as what level it meets and whether it fulfills distribution requirements.

Faculty advisors approve transfer and study abroad credits for the History of Art major and minor in formal appointments made through the online advising system.