Transferring Credit for English Courses

To transfer credit for an English or composition course, follow these instructions. For courses taken in other disciplines, consult the appropriate department. New transfer students should see Transfer Student Support.

Download the Undergraduate Petition for Transfer of Credit form.

The Process

  1. Complete Transfer of Credit form and attach course syllabus.
  2. Assemble supporting material if necessary (see below)
  3. Please submit the form to the English Department, Founders Hall 174. Make sure your email address is clearly written out on it.
  4. After a few days you should receive an email from us regarding the status of your form. You may then collect a copy of your form from the Student Pick-up Box in the English Department office, Founders Hall 174. We forward your original form to the Dean's Office.


It is best to get approval before taking the course, since some courses cannot be approved for USD credit.

Articulation Agreement

Many Core Curriculum courses offered by local community colleges have already been approved. See the Registrar's Articulation Agreements, which is organized by school and by Core Curriculum requirements. If you take these exact courses, they will be approved – but you still must fill out the transfer of credit form.

Supporting Material

If you want to transfer a course from a university not included in the Articulation Agreements, you must include supporting material. When you submit your form, also submit: 1) a copy of the relevant pages of the course catalog, which will allow us to see how the course fits into the other university's curriculum; 2) the syllabus from the course. If no syllabus is available from the semester when you took the course, you may submit a syllabus from the same course, taught at a different time.

Composition and Literature (ENGL 121)

Please be aware that many composition courses taught at other schools do not fulfill USD's lower-division written literacy requirement, or may not transfer at all. If a composition course is not based on writing about literature (poetry, fiction, drama, etc.), then it will not fulfill USD's composition requirement. Some courses are equivalent to our ENGL 100, which count for elective credit but do not fulfill the Core Curriculum requirement.

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