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Transfer Credit

Transfer Credit

The History Department at the University of Michigan welcomes transfer students into our major and various minors!

The History Department allows students to take and transfer courses from other institutions to UM for major credit through the departmental approval process below​. Transfer courses may be applied toward your major, but at least five courses must be taken in-residence in Ann Arbor or must qualify for in-residence credit (i.e., relevant courses taken through UM-sponsored CGIS programs abroad).  To learn more, please contact hist.advising@umich.edu, and we will respond to your request promptly.

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., History 261), 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 Department 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 Department advisor or email hist.advising@umich.edu to have the course evaluated.

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 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 the for evaluation via email to hist.advising@umich.edu.
  • To learn more about transferring to LSA, go to the LSA Transfer Student website.

Study Abroad Credits

Study Abroad Credits

The History 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 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 major and minor in formal appointments made through the online advising system. Before the meeting, you should fill out the Study Abroad Approval Form and bring the completed form as well as evidence of your coursework, syllabi and papers to your advising appointment. 

Please note that the department does not give credit for online courses.

Learn More

To learn more you can contact hist.advising@umich.edu to set up an advising appointment.