If you are currently enrolled at another college or university, but interested in transferring to Catholic University to pursue an undergraduate degree in philosophy, please do contact us.
What about the coursework you have already completed? Will it count toward your degree here? There can be no single answer to that question, for it largely depends on the nature of your undergraduate education to date, and the amount of coursework you have done so far. Only after you have applied, been accepted, and provided us with all the relevant documentation will we be able to answer the question in a way that takes account of all the particulars relevant to your case.
Generally speaking, however, there is a very good chance that the majority of your coursework will count toward a Catholic University degree in philosophy, and quite possible that all of it will do so. Here are some general guidelines.
- All coursework for which transfer credit is sought must satisfy the University–wide policy for earning transfer credit.
- Undergraduate transfer students who become philosophy majors at Catholic University must fulfill all the requirements of the School of Philosophy for courses in the major.
- Subject to the approval by the Associate Dean, credits earned in courses in philosophy pursued at other institutions will be accepted for undergraduate degrees in philosophy provided that the courses are equal in quality and content to those offered in the School of Philosophy, that they satisfy the major requirements, and that the student has earned high grades in those courses.
- Philosophy courses taken online or at community colleges are not eligible for transfer towards philosophy requirements; they may, however, count as free electives.
- The maximal number of allowable transfer courses in philosophy is normally limited to half of those required for the major.
The process of evaluating your coursework for transfer credit involves the following steps:
- After you have submitted an application to the University, the Admissions Office will work with you to obtain all requisite documentation (college and high school transcripts, letters of reference, and so forth).
- If you are accepted into the University, the Admissions Office will forward your file to the Transfer Coordinator's Office. While the School of Philosophy is ultimately responsible for the acceptance of transfer credits for students enrolled in the School, and likewise the School of Arts & Sciences for students enrolled in a philosophy major in that School, the Transfer Coordinator facilitates the evaluation process.
- Please check the Transfer Coordinator's website for important information. In order to speed up the process, it will be helpful if you promptly provide the Transfer Coordinator with syllabi for courses taken elsewhere, as requested.
- Bear in mind that the entire academic credit–transfer process can take several weeks or longer. The School of Philosophy will notify you when the process is completed, at which time all approved transfer credits will be recorded on your Catholic University student record.