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Transfer Credit

How to Receive Transfer Credit

Step 1:

Determine if the course has been evaluated by the UM Office of Undergraduate Admissions Credit Evaluators. If it has, it will be listed on the LSA Transfer Equivalencies web page with information about if/how it transfers to U-M.

If the course is not listed on the LSA Transfer Equivalency web page, you 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 by Admissions.

Step 2:

If the LSA Transfer Equivalency web page indicates that the course will transfer directly as a Sociology course (i.e. SOC 100, SOC 210, SOC 303, etc.), you do not need to do anything else. If the evaluation indicates that the course will transfer as "departmental" (DEPT) credit, it will count as a general sociology elective. If you would like to course to count as a Sociology pre-req, requirement, or submajor elective, you need to submit a course petition form along with a current syllabus to The Director of Undergraduate Studies will evaluate the petition and syllabus. If approved, you will be able to count the transfer course as a Sociology pre-req, requirement, or submajor elective.

Important Notes:

  • All approvals are tentative until the course(s) is complete; neither the University nor the Department of Sociology can officially grant credit until the transfer credit appears on your UM transcript.
  • A maximum of 15 transfer credits may be counted toward the major. One course from outside of the approved LJSC/SHM course lists can count toward the LJSC or SHM minor, subject to departmental approval. The College of LSA has specific rules about the number of credit hours that may be transferred toward the bachelor’s degree.

Additional information about transferring credit to LSA can be found here.

Still have questions? Please send an email to or make an appointment with the Sociology advisor.



Can courses that are taken online count for transfer credit?

Yes, our department accepts courses taken online to count as transfer credit. The transfer credit process for online courses is the same as the process for in-person courses.

Can a transfer course count as a pre-req or another Sociology course/requirement?

Yes! The only limitation is that students cannot transfer in an equivalent of SOC 310 or SOC 305. These courses must be taken on UM campus. 


Can I transfer in an equivalent of Theory (SOC 305) or Methods (SOC 310)?

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

Can I count Inter Social Science (INTERSS) credit or credit from another department (i.e. HIST) as a Sociology course?


If the course is appearing on your transcript or has been evaluated by the UM Credit Evaluators as INTERSS or another department (i.e. HIST), send a course petition form with a current syllabus and course description to The Sociology Undergraduate Program Director will evaluate the petition/syllabus. If approved, you will be able to count the transfer course as a Sociology course. 


Petition Form

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 JSC/SHM requirements, you must submit the following to 

A non-Sociology course (transferred 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.