Resources for Transfer Students

Transfer Students

For prospective majors interested in the Liberal Studies program

Thank you for your interest in transferring to USD and majoring in Liberal Studies. 
You are encouraged to contact Margaret Daley, PhD, Program Director, with any questions you may have about the Liberal Studies program or call the Liberal Studies Program office at 619-260-4513.

You are also invited to visit the campus and meet with the Program Director and a representative from the School of Leadership and Education Sciences to learn more about what we have to offer.

Information to help you get started:

USD Admissions page has information about the general requirements for application by transfer students

Which classes will transfer depends on whether classes taken at your previous institution have been accepted by the various USD departments as equivalent. If not, then there is a process to go through by which each course you wish to transfer has to be looked at by the department involved to see if it includes the same course material. The transcript analysis takes place after a new transfer student has been admitted to USD. There is more information about this and a link to specific articulation agreements on the webpage provided above. It is extremely helpful to check the articulation agreement to make sure that as many courses as possible will count towards your Liberal Studies degree.

Please refer to the Curriculum tab in the Program menu to review the required Liberal Studies courses.

There are several Liberal Studies major courses that cannot be substituted and must be taken at USD. When transferring, a good strategy is to take as many of the other core and preparation courses as possible.

A great selection would be:
FYW 150 – First Year Writing
MATH 115 – College Algebra
Complete language requirement up to third semester competency – LANG 201
HIST 117 – US History to 1870
Lower division PHIL from list on “Course Requirements” tab
Lower division THRS from list on “Course Requirements” tab
Lower division Social Science course for core requirement
Oral communication course for core requirement

The Liberal Studies major has the following rules for transferred credits:

  • No courses can be taken Pass/Fail
  • Any transferred course must be passed with a grade of "C or higher"