Students interested in receiving academic credit and/or advanced placement for college level work undertaken before entering the College should take the College Board Advanced Placement Examination in American, and/or European history, and/or Global History before the start of their freshman year. These examinations are graded by the College Entrance Examination Board on a 5 point scale.
Students will receive a maximum of six hours of History Department
credit for a 5 on an AP history examination.*
- For a 5 on the AP American History examination, students will receive credit for the department’s two-semester lower-level American survey, currently History 121 and 122.
- A 5 in AP American History satisfies the US/early American history geographic and cultural distribution requirement.
- For a 5 on the AP European History examination, students will receive credit for the department’s two-semester lower-level European survey, currently HIST 111 and 112.
- A 5 in AP European History satisfies the European geographic and cultural distribution requirement.
- For a 5 on the AP World History examination, students will receive credit for the department’s two-semester lower-level global history survey, currently HIST 191 and HIST 192.
- A 5 on the AP World History examination satisfies one course of the geographic and cultural distribution requirements.
* A score of 4 on the AP examinations will NOT exempt students from those courses at William & Mary.
Credit received through Advanced Placement program may be applied toward degree requirements, including proficiency and GERs. Mere exemptions may not be applied toward GERs.
The Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies in the Department of History approves transfer credit.
Entering students who have taken the examinations for the International Baccalaureate (IB) may receive academic credit and/or exemption for college level work undertaken before enrolling in the College. Information on current policies is available from the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies and in the Undergraduate Course Catalog.
Credit by Examination
Students at the College may request academic credit for courses by examination. Consult the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies to learn which courses may be fulfilled by examination, and then petition the Committee on Degrees for permission to pursue an examination for credit. Students may not receive credit by examination after registration for their final semester, when they are enrolled in the course at the time of the request, when upper level course work in the same subject has already begun, or when the same course has previously been failed. In general, students should not request credit by examination unless they have an unusually good background in the area to be examined.
From U.S. institutions
The Office of Academic Advising is responsible for evaluating domestic transfer credit. Transfer credit is granted for any course taken at an accredited college or university in which the student, prior to coming to the College, has earned a grade of C or better, or, in the case of Pass/Fail, a P. The course in question must be comparable to a class offered for academic credit at the College, either by being similar to a class presently in the curriculum or by being recommended for credit by the department. When the transfer class matches a current undergraduate offering, it will be transferred as the equivalent of that course. When it does not match a current offering but is recommended for credit by the department, it is given elective transfer credit. Courses given equivalent status, which match current offerings, can be used to satisfy proficiency, GER, and minor or major requirements. Courses granted elective transfer credit will count toward the total number of academic credits required for the baccalaureate degree, but they can not meet GER, proficiency, or minor or major requirements unless approval has been granted by the Committee on Degrees.
From foreign institutions
Students entering William and Mary from accredited foreign institutions may receive academic credit for college level work completed prior to enrolling at the College. The Dean of Undergraduate Studies evaluates each student’s record and upon consultation with the Office of Admission and appropriate departments determines credit to be awarded. Information on current policies is available from the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies. Students who plan to study abroad should contact the Reves Center for International Studies during the semester prior to the study abroad experience and follow the appropriate procedures for prior approval of transfer credit.
Summer school elsewhere
Any student already at the College who proposes to attend school elsewhere, including a summer session, must have written permission in advance from the Office of the Registrar in order to insure that credit will be transferred. No retroactive transfer of such credit will be permitted. Forms are available in the Office of the Registrar and online. After a student enrolls at the College, courses taken at other institutions, either during the regular academic year or in a summer session, may not be used to satisfy proficiency, GER, minor or major requirements unless special approval has been granted by the Committee on Degrees. One exception is that modern language courses at the 101, 102 and 201 levels may count toward satisfying the language proficiency requirement even though taken at summer school elsewhere. This exception applies solely to these three language course levels.