For Transferring Students

Transfer students admitted to Temple University for the fall 1997 and subsequent semesters with 45 or more transferable credits for courses taken at an accredited American or other qualifying English-based institution elsewhere will complete the requirements of the 45+ Transfer Core version of Temple's Core Curriculum. All of the requirements listed below may be met either with equivalent transfer courses or with Core courses taken at Temple, with the exception of the two Writing-intensive courses, which must be taken at Temple University.

The 45+ Transfer Core Requirements

Following is required for the transferring students.

  • The non-credit Core Library SUN Workbook and Test.
  • One Core course (three credits) in College-level English Composition.
    English C050, English C051, English R050, or equivalent.
  • Two Writing-intensive courses (six credits), not including Intellectual Heritage, taken at Temple.
  • One Core course (three credits) in Intellectual Heritage.
    IH X051 or IH X052.
  • One Core course (three credits) in International Studies (either regular or Non-Western/Third World) and Language through the second semester (three to four credits per course). Level 52 or equivalent.
  • One Core Mathematics or Statistics course (three to four credits).
  • One Core course in the natural sciences with a laboratory component (three to four credits).
    Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, or interdisciplinary science; or a direct transfer equivalent of a Core Science and Technology A course with a lab.
  • One Core course (three credits) in Studies in Race.
  • One Core course (three credits per course) in two of these Core areas:
    American Culture, the Arts, or the Individual and Society.

Transfer Credits

The 45+ Transfer Core is designed for students who have taken significant numbers of courses elsewhere before entering Temple University. All college-level courses considered transferable by the Temple Office of Undergraduate Admissions, including those for which evaluation is not complete until after the student begins at Temple University, will be counted toward the 45 credit minimum, when they meet either of the following conditions.

For students new to Temple University
The courses have been taken elsewhere before the student matriculates at Temple University.

For readmitted students
45 or more transferable credits have been taken elsewhere since the student's last date of enrollment at Temple University and before the date of the student's return to Temple University.

In both cases, courses taken at Temple University as a non-matriculated student do not count as transfer courses, and courses taken elsewhere by students once they are at Temple University, with the permission of the student's school or college, receive transfer credit but are not counted toward the 45+ Transfer Core.

The 45+ Transfer Core Policies

College and Major Requirements
Transfer students should be aware that this Core policy relates only to University Core requirements. All the requirements of the schools and colleges and major programs of study remain in force and are not affected by this policy, including any that involve Core courses but differ from the University Core Curriculum requirements. Students should consult with the Academic Advising Center or the appropriate Major Advisor about college and major requirements.

Other Core Policies
Regular Core policies apply to these requirements and the courses they involve unless otherwise stipulated above. For example, it is still the case that:

  • The College Composition requirement may be met by placing out of College Composition through a placement test.
  • One of the Writing-intensive courses taken at Temple University will be the capstone course in the student's major (for B.A. students).
  • The International Studies requirement also may be met by placing above the level 52 or equivalent of a language through a placement test or by participating in an approved study-abroad program.
  • Some Studies in Race and Writing-intensive courses also fulfill another Core requirement. Initial evaluation of transfer credits will be made in the Temple University Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Re-evaluation of credits will be done by the Admissions Office and academic advisors, in consultation with the Director of Core and Transfer when necessary, according to standard policies and procedures.
  • The dean, or dean's designee of a student's school or college has final authority over interpretations and decisions regarding these requirements, in consultation with the Director of Core and Transfer.
Please note that Temple University does not allow transfer of credits completed at another institution while a student is currently enrolled in the undergraduate program at any Temple University campus.