In order to meet a particular educational objective, a student may find it necessary to earn credit for work done through other academic experiences. When it seems advisable to do so, the college may grant credit for the completed work provided the undergraduate coursework is done through a regionally accredited college or university (or through a recognized college or university in another country), the courses are comparable to courses listed in the Linfield College Course Catalog, the grade in the transferable course is C or higher, and the student has received authorization from the Registrar or Registration Office. Generally, these must be courses numbered 100 or above. A transfer course may not be used to replace a grade for an equivalent Linfield course. A student may not receive credit for both transfer courses and courses taken at Linfield with the same content, or for lower level courses taken after more advanced courses. The college is under no obligation to give academic credit for instances not covered by these provisions. Transfer credit from institutions on the quarter system will transfer as 1 quarter credit = .67 semester credit.
Up to the limits imposed by Linfield College’s Residency Requirements (see page 5), full credit is awarded for work completed at a four-year college or university, and up to 72 credits can be granted for work taken at a two-year college. A student may not receive transfer credit when the combination of transfer credits and Linfield credits would exceed the 18 semester credit maximum in one semester or 5 semester credit maximum for January term (or combination thereof). Linfield College does not generally accept Professional or Technical courses for transfer. However, a maximum of 8 semester credits will be awarded as elective credit for college-level Professional or Technical courses when they would be allowed as electives within the 90 credits comprising an associate degree designed for transfer. These courses must be taken prior to matriculation to Linfield College.
Courses designated as Capstone, CWE (Cooperative Work Experience), Independent Study, and Internship are transferable only upon approval by a Linfield academic department. Approval will only be given upon review of a syllabus submitted by a student. These courses cannot carry any LC designation or be eligible to be used towards any General Education Requirement.
Courses designated as Special Studies/Topics/Projects are transferable only upon approval by a Linfield academic department. Approval will only be given upon review of a syllabus submitted by a student. These courses may only carry an LC designation if approved by the Curriculum Committee.
Transfer credit will be summarized on the academic record, and is not used to compute a student’s Linfield GPA.
Students who have earned the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree (AAOT; OR), the Associate of Science Oregon Transfer Degree in Business (ASOT-B; OR), the Associate in Arts--Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA; WA) degree, or who have received a certificate of completion for the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC; CA) prior to matriculation, will be required to take additional courses upon entering Linfield to satisfy Linfield Curriculum requirements. In particular, students will be required to take at most two Linfield Curriculum courses from two of four categories (as stipulated by the Registrar in consultation with the Curriculum Committee): Ultimate Questions (UQ), Vital Past (VP), Global Pluralisms (GP), and U.S. Pluralisms (US). In addition, students must complete the upper-division course requirement from any of the six Modes of Inquiry (as described on page 6) and take the Writing- Intensive Course(s) within the Major (MWI).
Students who have completed a Core Transfer Map prior to matriculation at Linfield will have met at least 5 Linfield Curriculum (General Education) requirements (as stipulated by the Registrar in consultation with the Curriculum Committee). Depending on the transfer courses, students may be required to take additional courses upon entering Linfield to satisfy Linfield Curriculum requirements. In particular, students will be required to take at most four lower division Linfield Curriculum Courses. In addition, students must complete the upper-division course requirement from any of the six Modes of Inquiry and take the Writing-Intensive Course(s) within the Major (MWI). All requirements are described in the Degrees and Requirements section.
Any single course transferred from an outside institution and applied toward the BS requirement must be at least 3 semester or 3 quarter credits. The BS requirement may be completely satisfied with three 3-quarter credit classes, two 4-quarter credit classes, or with combinations of quarter and semester credits that equate to at least 5.33 semester credits.
The following policies operate in relation to transfer credit awarded for general education in the Linfield Curriculum:
- The use of transfer courses toward Linfield Curriculum Requirements will be limited such that no more than 2 LC’s can be met by courses from a single department including both Linfield courses and transfer courses.
- A minimum of 3 semester credits or 4 quarter credits is required to complete each Mode of Inquiry or Diversity Studies requirement.
- A minimum of 3 semester 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 (see above) will be considered to have met the INQS requirement.
- Any transfer course applied to a Linfield Curriculum 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 Linfield Curriculum requirement.
- The student will describe how the transfer course meets the learning outcomes of that Linfield Curriculum designation by posting to an online repository. In addition, for transfer courses taken after matriculation, including courses completed in other countries, the student must also electronically submit a course syllabus and exemplars of his or her work from the course that demonstrate meeting the relevant learning outcomes. These submissions should be made as soon as possible, but no later than the end of finals week of the next semester the student is on campus. For courses taken prior to matriculation, the student should submit a course syllabus and exemplars of work, if possible. These submissions must be made by the end of finals week of the student’s first semester at Linfield. Students in the R.N. to B.S.N. program are exempt from this requirement for courses taken before matriculation.