Transfer Courses

If you have taken, or plan to take, an English literature course at another college or university, the course may transfer to the University of Maryland as directly equivalent to a UMD English course, as directly equivalent to HL CORE, or as general university credit.

Courses You've Already Taken

If you have already taken a literature course at another institution, you should follow these steps to ensure its proper evaluation:

  1. Have the college or university send an official transcript to the Registrar's Office; Mitchell Building, College Park, MD 20742
  2. Once the transcript is received by UMD, check your official university record to see if a course equivalency has been established. You can also check for established course equivalencies through the Transfer Credit Center's database.
  3. If a course equivalency has not been established, you should gather all relevant materials for the course(s) you want evaluated. At minimum you will need a printed course description and at best a syllabus and sample papers from the course. We may require that you submit a syllabus and for any course for which the description is not sufficient to determine equivalence.
  4. To have the course evaluated, you may choose one of the following options:
    • Make an appointment to see an English advisor - at this appointment, the English advisor will evaluated your materials, determine if the course is acceptable as an English course, and submit the equivalence. To make an appointment please call 301-405-3825. You must bring printed copies of the course description and/or syllabus to this meeting.We will not print the materials for you in our office or look them up on the Web.
    • Complete a Request for Transfer Credit Evaluation- alternatively, you may complete and submit to the English Undergraduate Office in 1128 Tawes Hall a copy of the Request for Transfer Credit Evaluation form and copies of a printed course description and/or syllabus. Please allow 48 business hours for the processing of your request.

Courses You Plan to Take

If you are planning to take an English literature course at another college or university, you should follow these steps to ensure its proper evaluation:

  1. Browse the schedule of classes for the college or university you plan to attend. Choose the courses you plan to take. Print copies of the course description and/or a syllabus (if available).
  2. Obtain and complete a Permission to Enroll in Another Institution form. You can get this form from our office, your college, or the registrar. This form lists the courses you plan to take and approves their equivalence and use in advance.
  3. Check the Transfer Credit Center's database to see if the course(s) you plan to take have an established equivalence.
  4. If the course has an established equivalence listed in the database, note said equivalence in the appropriate box on the form and write "per TCEQ." No additional course evaluation is required from the English Department. Simply take the form to your major and college advisors for their signature.
  5. If the course does not have an established equivalence listed in the database, choose one of the following options to have the course evaluated:
    • Make an appointment to see an English advisor - at this appointment, the English advisor will evaluate your materials, determine if the course is acceptable as an English course, and submit the equivalence. To make an appointment please call 301-405-3825. You must bring printed copies of the course description and/or syllabus along with your "Permission to Enroll in Another Institution" form to this meeting. We will not print the materials for you in our office or look them up on the Web.
    • Complete a Request for Transfer Credit Evaluation - alternatively, you may complete and submit to the English Undergraduate Office in 1128 Tawes Hall a copy of the Request for Transfer Credit Evaluation form, copies of a printed course description and/or syllabus, along with your Permission to Enroll in Another Institution form. Please allow 48 business hours for the processing of your request.

Important Notes about Transfer Credit

  • Keep in mind that at schools which have 100, 200, 300, and 400-level courses, the equivalent course at UMD will be at the same level. 100-200 level courses may be counted toward HL CORE/DSHU Gen Ed, and 300-400 level courses toward advanced studies (if you are not an English major).
  • All ENGL101 course equivalences must be handled through the Academic Writing Program.