Transfer credit and the Linfield Curriculum

The purpose of the general education requirements called the Linfield Curriculum is to foster the development of wholly-educated persons by providing a coherent experience spanning the arts and humanities, natural sciences, and social-behavioral sciences. In short, the Linfield Curriculum encourages inquiry, analysis, and imagination, habits of mind that provide the foundation for reasoned action, wonder, and continued learning in all aspects of life. The Linfield Curriculum consists of four major components: (1) the Inquiry Seminar; (II) the Modes of Inquiry; (III) Diversity Studies; and (IV) a Writing-Intensive Requirement.

See the transfer grid for your school(s) to see how courses you have completed or plan to take will meet Linfield Curriculum (LC) requirements.

I. The Inquiry Seminar

  • A minimum of 3 semester credits or 5 quarter credits is required to complete the INQS requirement.
  • A student entering Linfield with fewer than 30 transferable semester credits (not including Credit for Prior Learning) must complete INQS at Linfield.
  • A student entering Linfield with 30 or more transferable semester credits must either take INQS at Linfield or transfer in approved equivalent course(s).
  • A student entering Linfield with an earned Associate Transfer Degree will be considered to have met the INQS requirement.

II. The Modes of Inquiry

  • A minimum of 3 semester credits or 4 quarter credits is required to complete each of the Modes of Inquiry.
  • Any transfer course applied towards a Mode of Inquiry requirement must be at least 3 semester credits or 3 quarter credits. 
  • A student who transfers in a class earning 2 semester credits will need to complete 2 additional semester credits to satisfy any single Mode of Inquiry requirement.
  • Only two courses (including both Linfield courses and transfer courses) from any single department can be used toward completion of the Modes of Inquiry and Diversity Studies components of the Linfield Curriculum (for the purpose of the LC requirements only, theatre and communication arts are viewed as separate departments).
  • The Upper-Division Mode of Inquiry requirement cannot be completed at a two-year institution.

III. Diversity Studies

  • A minimum of 3 semester credits or 4 quarter credits is required to complete each of the Diversity Studies.
  • Any transfer course applied towards a Diversity Studies requirement must be at least 3 semester credits or 3 quarter credits. 
  • A student who transfers in a class earning 2 semester credits will need to complete 2 additional semester credits to satisfy any single Diversity Studies requirement.
  • Only two courses (including both Linfield courses and transfer courses) from any single department can be used toward completion of the Modes of Inquiry and Diversity Studies components of the Linfield Curriculum (for the purpose of the LC requirements only, theatre and communication arts are viewed as separate departments).

IV: Writing-Intensive Course(s) in the major (MWI)

  • The MWI course(s) required within your major are rarely transferable and will be taken in residence at Linfield.

General information for transfer coursework planning

  • There is no double-counting between the Six Modes of Inquiry (including the Upper Division requirement) and the Diversity Studies.
  • Only two courses (including both Linfield courses and transfer courses) from any single department can be used toward completion of the Modes of Inquiry and Diversity Studies components of the Linfield Curriculum.
  • Courses taken to satisfy the lower division Modes of Inquiry and Diversity Studies requirements may count toward completion of a major or minor.
  • The Upper-Division Mode of Inquiry requirement may only be met with a course taken outside the major department and numbered 300 or above.
  • Students who have earned a baccalaureate degree from Linfield or another regionally accredited institution are exempt from Linfield Curriculum and Paracurriculum requirements.