Transfer Course Policies
FOR A TRANSFER OR STUDY ABROAD COURSE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE LITERATURE & WRITING CORE REQUIREMENT:
Email English Department faculty member Dr. Heather Bouwman (firstname.lastname@example.org), explain which course you are hoping to fulfill (ENGL 121 or ENGL 201-204), and provide the school, course number and title, and the course description. To locate classes that fulfill ENGL 121 or ENGL 201-204, please consult the Transfer Credit Tool, located on the Transfer section of the Admissions and Aid page. Once on that page, select the "Search By General Education (Core)" box at the top, then select the state, the school, and then search under UG Literature/Writing as your core area. Please note that courses equivalent to ENGL 201-204 will be listed as ENGL 206 on the transfer tool. If a particular course from a school is not listed on the transfer tool, Dr. Bouwman may request to see a syllabus from that course in addition to the other information listed above; a syllabus is not required if a course from a particular school is listed on the transfer tool. The English Department does accept credit for online courses taken at other schools.
Criteria for Core Courses in Literature & Writing: Transfer or study abroad courses will need to meet these fundamental criteria for the literature & writing requirement at St. Thomas.
Active instruction in writing: What this means is that writing is not simply assigned to students, but that writing instruction is actively integrated into class sessions, including a revision process that encourages thinking and rethinking about literature and about the student’s ideas, purpose for writing, and his or her audience.
For credit for ENGL 121: at least 12 pages of formal, revised writing.
For credit for ENGL 201-204: at least 15 pages of formal, revised writing.
Active instruction in reading literature: What this means is that literature is not simply assigned to students, but that instruction in reading literature is actively integrated into class sessions. Literature survey courses that merely focus on “coverage”—taking students through a wide swath of texts without a lot of attention to reading closely and writing to think about the texts—will not usually be approved for core credit.
What the St. Thomas English department values is a rich integration of literary reading and writing.
FOR A TRANSFER OR STUDY ABROAD COURSE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR ENGLISH MAJOR OR MINOR REQUIREMENTS
Email English Department faculty member Dr. Heather Bouwman (email@example.com) for pre-approval of any English course taken at a different school in the United States that you wish to have considered for English major or minor requirements. Please provide the school, course number and title, and the course description. If she approves the class for St. Thomas English credit, then she will direct you to put a Transfer Credit Pre-Approval form in her department mailbox (JRC 333) for her signature. A similar process applies to study abroad courses, though students should submit a Study Abroad Pre-Approval form available from the Study Abroad office (MHC 212) rather than the standard Transfer Credit Pre-Approval form if she approves the course for St. Thomas English credit.