Transfer Students

Q:  How do I know which courses will transfer?

A:  In practice, if you went to an accredited school, most classes will transfer.  This does not mean, however, that all classes will have ETSU equivalents.  Some class which you took at your former school may not be taught at ETSU. These classes, if they are "close" to ETSU classes may be considered as "equivalent".  If they are not, they will still usually count as raw hours toward your 128 hours needed for graduation.  If you believe that a course which you took at your former school is equivalent to an ETSU course, please see your advisor.

Q:  But I took courses at  "State College" which I want to use to cover ETSU Core course, or courses in my major!  It doesn't seem fair that ETSU won't take them as equivalent courses!

A:  We understand your feelings, but it is not always possible to count absolutely all of your courses as equivalents.  Sometimes this is the cost of transferring from one institution to another.  However, we will be make every attempt to work with you in a positive fashion.  Please, come to see  Dr. Burgess, who will try to help you resolve these matters.

Q:  I took a class on the Civil War (Viet Nam, Latin America, etc.) at my former school.  I don't seem to be getting credit for it at ETSU.  It is listed as a 2xxx elective.  Why is this?  And what can I do about it?

A:  In practice, not much.  ETSU is disinclined to give you senior-level credit for a sophomore-level course.  If you attended a two-year institution, your World/Western civilization courses should be considered equivalent to our World Civilization courses.  2xxx-level survey courses in American History should be considered equivalent to our U.S. survey courses.  Any other courses are unlikely to be considered the equivalent of upper-level (3000-4000) courses.  They will count as hours toward your total necessary for graduation, but will not count toward you major.

Q: Hey!  What about these Intensive Courses?  Do I have to take them all?

A:  Consult your catalogue, but in general, unless you transfer in more than 60 hours, you must meet the requirements for all of the Intensive Courses.  You need to check the pages that contain information about the Undergraduate Core for any special conditions which might exempt you from the Intensive courses.

Q:  I went to a religiously affiliated/supported school.  I notice that some of my required religion courses seem to have been listed as Philosophy or Humanities courses?  Why is this?

A:  ETSU is a public institution, publicly supported, making every attempt to adhere to the First Amendment of the Constitution, both in the spirit and letter of the law.  We do not have a Department of Religion, or Christian religion, or whatever kind of religion.  Actual classes on religion are split between the departments of History, Philosophy, and Sociology, each of which examines religion from the perspective of each discipline.  Your classes transfer accordingly.

Q:  I have a couple of years worth of transfer courses?  How long will it take me to graduate? Can I still graduate in four years of total college work?

A:  This varies from student to student.  Depending on what you took at your previous institution(s), you may be "on-track"...or you may not.  This if something which you need to consult your advisor about.  He/she will take a look at your record and then compare it against the degree requirements for ETSU.  You should be aware that some courses may not have ETSU equivalents, or that your previous institution may have had a somewhat different idea about what constituted an undergraduate core.  If that is the case, you will still have to meet ETSU Undergraduate Core Requirements.  However, if you came from an accredited school, in general practice, other courses will count toward your hours necessary for graduation.  There may be exceptions, however.  So you need to consult your advisor.

Q:  I took a class on the Civil War (Viet Nam, Latin America, Women's History, etc.) at my last school.  It is listed as a 2xxx Sophomore elective.  You have a course on this.  Why am I not getting credit and what can I do about it?

A: Not much.  Was your previous school a two-year institution?  If so, ETSU is disinclined to give you senior-level credit for a sophmore-level course. Courses such as this will count as part of the raw hours necessary for your graduation, but will not be accepted by the University or the Department of History as part of your major.

If your previous institution was a four-year school, perhaps your institution's catalogue description is sufficiently different from that of ETSU that the Registrar has deemed it to be a different course.

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