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Transfer Credit

If the descriptions on this page do not fully answer your question, send an email to socadvisor@umich.edu for more clarification or make arrangements to visit with the major/minor advisor.

Can I fulfill the major PREREQUISITE with transfer credit?

Yes, you can! The first step in determining if the introductory sociology course you are planning to take will meet the major's prerequisite is to determine if that class has been evaluated by the U-M Credit Evaluators. If it has, you’ll find it listed on the LSA Transfer Equivalencies web pagewith information about whether and how it transfers to U-M.

If the course you are planning to take is not listed on the LSA Transfer Equivalencies web page, you will need to have the course evaluated by the Credit Evaluators. Follow the instructions on the Office of Undergraduate Admission's Transfer Credit Equivalency Form to submit your course information for pre-evaluation.

If the out-of-residency evaluation results indicate that the class will transfer directly as SOC 100, 102, 195, or 300, you do not need to do anything else to have the transfer course fulfill the prerequisite. If the evaluation indicates that the course will transfer as "SOC departmental" credit, you will need to submit a course petition form along with a current syllabus and course description to socadvisor@umich.edu. A Sociology faculty member (the undergraduate program director) will review the syllabus and make sure that the transfer class covers all the sociological concepts that an introductory sociology class at U-M would cover. If the faculty member determines that it does, then you can use the transfer course to fulfill the major's prerequisite.

If you want to know for sure that the course will transfer as  the major prerequisite before you enroll and begin attending the class meetings, follow these procedures well in advance of the semester in which you wish to enroll (i.e. the semester prior). Some decisions may take up to 90 days.

Remember, a maximum of 15 transfer credits may be counted toward the major, subject to departmental approval. The College of LSA has more specific rules about the number of credit hours that may be transferred toward the bachelor’s degree. See the LSA Bulletin for details.

All approvals are tentative until the course(s) is complete; neither the University nor the Department of Sociology can grant credit until the institution from which you wish to transfer credit has issued an official transcript.

The primary source for LSA transfer credit is the LSA Credit Evaluation and Course Equivalencies website.

 

Can I fulfill the STATISTICS requirement with transfer credit?

Yes, you can! The first step in determining if the statistics course you are planning to take will fulfill the sociology major's statistics requirement is to determine if that class has been evaluated by the U-M Credit Evaluators. If it has, you’ll find it listed on the LSA Transfer Equivalencies web page with information about whether and how it transfers to U-M.

If the course you are planning to take is not listed on the LSA Transfer Equivalencies web page, you will need to have the course evaluated by the Credit Evaluators. Follow the instructions on the Office of Undergraduate Admission's Out-of-Residency Credit Evaluation web form to submit your course information for pre-evaluation.

If the out-of-residency evaluation results indicate that the class will transfer directly as SOC 210 or STATS 250, you do not need to do anything else to have the transfer statistics course count for your sociology major statistics requirement. If the evaluation indicates that the course will transfer as "SOC departmental" or "STATS departmental" credit, you will need to submit at course petition form along with a current syllabus and course description to socadvisor@umich.edu. A Sociology faculty member (the undergraduate program director) will review the syllabus and make sure that the transfer class covers all the statistical concepts that an introductory statistics class at U-M would cover. If the faculty member determines that it does, then you can use the transfer course to fulfill the statistics requirement.

If you want to know for sure that the course will transfer as the statistics requirement before you enroll and begin attending the class meetings, follow these procedures well in advance of the semester in which you wish to enroll (i.e. the semester prior). Some decisions may take up to 90 days.

Remember, a maximum of 15 transfer credits may be counted toward the major, subject to departmental approval. The College of LSA has more specific rules about the number of credit hours that may be transferred toward the bachelor’s degree. See the LSA Bulletin for details.

All approvals are tentative until the course(s) is complete; neither the University nor the Department of Sociology can grant credit until the institution from which you wish to transfer credit has issued an official transcript.

The primary source for LSA transfer credit is the LSA Credit Evaluation and Course Equivalencies website.

Can I take the THEORY or METHODS requirement at a transfer institution?

No, The Sociology Department expects that all sociology majors will fulfill the theory and research methods requirements on the U-M Ann Arbor campus.

I want to take a sociology course at another school, but I don’t know if it will transfer.

First, you must determine the course will transfer to UM/evaluated by the UM Credit Evaluators. If it has, you’ll find it listed on the LSA Transfer Equivalencies web page.

If the course you are planning to take is not listed on the LSA Transfer Equivalencies web page, you will need to have the course evaluated by the Credit Evaluators. You must complete the Transfer Credit Equivalency (TCE) form .

If the course you took has already been evaluated by the UM Credit Evaluators as a specific SOC course number (e.g. SOC 344), you do not need to do anything; the course will automatically be counted as an elective credit for your sociology major.

If the course is evaluated by the UM Credit Evaluatrors as "DEPT" or "departmental" credit, this means the course will appear on your transcript as something like "SOC 201X" or "SOC 103X". In order to ensure that this course will count as an elective toward (at the 200-level or above) your Sociology major, you need to complete the petition form

Occasionally, a course is evaluated by the Credit Evaluators as "Interdepartmental Social Science" credit, or INTERSS. Please see the next drop down menu for information about this.

It is highly suggested that in order to ensure that the course will transfer before you enroll and begin attending, that you follow these procedures well in advance of the semester in which you wish to enroll (i.e. the semester prior). 

Remember, there are limits to how many transfer credits that can be applied to the major and the minor, subject to departmental approval. Please review the requirements for the major and minor. The College of LSA has more specific rules about the number of credit hours that may be transferred toward the bachelor’s degree. See the LSA Bulletin for details.

All approvals are tentative until the course(s) is complete; neither the University nor the Department of Sociology can grant credit until the institution from which you wish to transfer credit has issued an official transcript.

Check out this checklist (PDF) which outlines this process!

I took (or will take) a course that transfers to UM as SOC credit. How do I make sure it will count for my sociology major?

If the course you took is already appearing on your transcript or has already been evaluated by the U-M Credit Evaluators as a specific SOC course number (e.g. SOC 344) or as general SOC departmental credit (e.g. SOC 201X, or some similar variation) at the 200 level or above, you do not need to do anything; the course will automatically be counted as an elective credit in your major.

Remember, a maximum of 15 transfer credits  may be counted toward the concentration, subject to departmental approval. The College of LSA has more specific rules about the number of credit hours that may be transferred toward the bachelor’s degree. See the LSA Bulletin for details.

A transfer course appears as Interdepartmental Social Science credit: INTERSS 201X (or a similar variation). Can it count toward my sociology major or LJSC minor?

If the course you took is appearing on your transcript or has already been evaluated by the U-M Credit Evaluators as INTERSS 201X (or a similar variation), send a completed course petition formwith a current syllabus and course description to socadvisor@umich.edu. A Sociology faculty member (the undergraduate program director) will review the syllabus and make sure that the course material contains enough sociological concepts, perspectives, and readings to qualify for elective credit. If the faculty member determines that it does, then you can count the transfer course toward the major plan. Click here to read the criteria used to make petition decisions in the Sociology Department.

Remember, a maximum of 15 transfer credits may be counted toward the concentration, subject to departmental approval. The College of LSA has more specific rules about the number of credit hours that may be transferred toward the bachelor’s degree. See the LSA Bulletin for details.

Petition Form to Count Transfer Courses Toward the SOC Major or LJSC/SHM Minor

Did you take a course or are planning to take a course (either transfer for at UM Ann Arbor) that you would like to petition to count toward your Sociology major or the Law, Justice, and Social Change minor?

If you would like to petition the department to include a course toward your Sociology major or Law, Justice, and Social Change minor requirements, you must submit the following to socadvisor@umich.edu: 

A non-Sociology course (tranferred or taken on campus) must meet at least one of the following criteria. Meeting one of these criteria does not guarantee that the course will be accepted, but it does substantially increase the likelihood.

  1. The course is offered through a sociology department at another university.
  2. The course was taught by a sociologist. This means the course was taught by someone who holds an appointment as an instructor, lecturer, or professor in a sociology department or who holds a PhD in sociology.
  3. The course readings listed on the syllabus are primarily (75%) sociological. This means that the books and texts are written by sociologists and articles are from sociological journals.
  4. The course syllabus looks like the syllabus of a course in the U-M Sociology Department.The syllabus covers the same topics, has similar readings, and requires similar assignments.You must not have already taken the U-M course which the petitioned course resembles and must not plan to take it in the future.