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Transfer Credit for Study Elsewhere in the U.S.

How do incoming transfer students obtain transfer credit?

General information for students transferring to William and Mary from another university may be found in the Undergraduate Catalog and from the Admissions Office (below). In general the Government Department will grant course equivalency to transfer students for political science, international relations and public policy courses taken elsewhere, but not law courses.

How do matriculated students get credit for courses taken elsewhere in the U.S.?

Once enrolled at the College, you may take courses at other US universities during a regular semester or, more likely, in the summer, and transfer the credit (not the grades)--but only if you obtain pre-approval. Moreover, there are restrictions on transferring such credit, including that it be for general electives only; that is, you may not count it toward your GERs, proficiencies (except for levels 101, 102 or 201 of a foreign language), major or minor except in special cases requiring pre-approval.

Students seeking credit in Government for courses taken elsewhere must submit course descriptions to the Department (main office) in advance, along with the relevant form: such evaluations are made on a case by case basis. But courses taken elsewhere will not be counted as Government 301, Research Methods, or a Government 400-level seminar--both major requirements).

Under Arts and Sciences policy, at least 15 of 33 Government credits must be taken in residence at the College in order to fulfill the major requirement.

Is credit possible for internship courses abroad or at at another US university?

Students seeking credit for a government/political science internship-based course to be taken abroad or elsewhere in the US (including at programs in Washington DC) should submit materials describing the academic/research work involved to the Department in advance. Pre-approval will be granted for GOVT ELEC (which counts toward the 120 credits for graduation, but not to the Government major).

Upon returning to the College, students may seek to have that credit converted to Government 498, Internship (which counts toward the 120 graduation credits and the major): doing so requires submitting all academic work completed/submitted as part of the internship course, along with a copy of the College's Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF) (also available at the Registrar's office), to the Department, which will evaluate it based on the criteria for Govt. 498 credit above.

No more than 6 total credits in Government 498, Internship and Government 494, Independent Study (including those transferred in) combined may be counted toward a major in Government; credit beyond 6 may count to the 120 needed for graduation.

Is credit possible for independent studies abroad or at at another U.S. university?

Students seeking credit for independent study courses to be taken abroad or elsewhere in the US (including at programs in Washington DC) should submit materials describing the academic/research work involved to the Department in advance. Pre-approval will be granted for GOVT ELEC (which counts toward the 120 credits for graduation, but not to the Government major).

Upon returning to the College, students may seek to have that credit converted to Government 494, Independent Study (which counts toward the 120 graduation credits and the major): doing so requires submitting all academic work completed/submitted, along with a copy of the College's Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF) (also available at the Registrar's office), to the Department, which will evaluate it based on the criteria for Govt. 494 credit above.

No more than 6 total credits in Government 498, Internship and Government 494, Independent Study (including those transferred in) combined may be counted toward a major in Government; credit beyond 6 may count to the 120 needed for graduation. Also, no more than three credits of Govt. 494 may be counted for students also counting Govt. 495-96, Honors, to the major. These stipulations also apply to equivalents taken elsewhere and transferred in.