Information for Transfer Credits

The following information is provided for current BU students who are seeking to transfer one or more summer school or study abroad course(s) for credit in the History of Art & Architecture.
It is not intended for transfer students from other universities (for which see this page).

What you need to submit in order to have your course evaluated:

1. A Transfer Credit or Study Abroad Form filled out to the best of your ability.

2. A detailed syllabus that includes:

a. Descriptions of all assignments
b. A breakdown of how grades are calculated
c. A week-by-week outline of readings and coursework

– You may email these materials to or leave them with an administrator in our office.
– You will receive an email once your forms have been evaluated.
– Due to the volume of requests we receive, forms are normally reviewed within 2-3 weeks. Please keep this in mind when submitting forms.

**Our department no longer accepts online courses for transfer credit.**

In the History of Art & Architecture Department, faculty members (usually the Director of Undergraduate Studies) review applications for transfer credits; as such, the acceptance of transfers is entirely up to their discretion. In order for a course to be accepted for transfer, it must meet our academic standards and it must be similar to a course that we currently teach or have taught in the recent past.  Because of this, we do not accept online courses for transfer credit.

Once you submit your paperwork, and assuming that everything is in good order, you should expect to hear back in about 2-3 weeks. The process can take longer if your paperwork is incomplete or if you submit your application over a break (etc.).

If you have questions about specific courses, you should attend the office hours of the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Please note that questions concerning transfer credits will be answered over email only if the inquiring student is studying abroad and cannot attend office hours.

Here are a few tips for selecting courses for transfer:

· Start early. Gathering the appropriate materials and having your course evaluated takes time.

· No two students or courses are the same. We evaluate courses individually from many different colleges and universities. That is why the process takes time—and more time for some students than others. But it means you can count on a careful, thorough evaluation.

· We can only evaluate courses that are taught in the United States or have already been approved by Global Programs. See step 1 below.

· No course can be considered without a full and detailed syllabus, so do not try to start the process before you have one in hand and have looked it over to make sure it meets our basic criteria. See step 4 below.

· The topic of the course must be the history of art or the history of architecture. Courses in art appreciation, arts administration, fashion (or other) design, etc. are not eligible for transfer.

· The course must have the same number of credit hours as a BU course.

· As a general rule, the course must have required reading. The amount, difficulty, and topics of the reading will determine the course’s appropriateness for transfer and its level.

· Another general rule: the course must have substantial required writing or a substantial and comparable experiential component (such as formal presentations on sites or in museums). The amount and type of writing/experiential components will determine the course’s appropriateness for transfer and its level.

The steps for seeking transfer credits in the History of Art & Architecture are as follows:

1. Consult BU’s web page How to Transfer Credits and make sure that you understand it and have followed the directions. For courses taken abroad, consult this page from Global Programs.

2. Consult BU’s Transfer Equivalency web page to see if the course you wish to transfer has been approved in the past. Please note that past approval does not guarantee re-approval in every case. If your course has been approved in the past and appears on the TES list, note that fact on your application.

3. Students seeking transfer eligibility for courses taken in the U.S. may submit only one course at a time and cannot resubmit before receiving a response from the department. Students seeking transfer eligibility for one or more course(s) taken abroad may submit together all the courses planned for (or taken in) one term. Please plan ahead and choose your course(s) wisely. See tips above for selecting a class and visit the Director of Undergraduate Studies during office hours if you have any questions.

4. If the course you wish to transfer seems to be eligible, the next step for U.S. courses is to submit a completed transfer course equivalency form and detailed syllabus* to the History of Art Department Office via email ( or in hard copy (to CAS room 302). Or, for study abroad courses, follow the instructions on this external programs approval form.

*A complete and detailed syllabus will contain at minimum the following information: course description, course assignments and how they are weighted (with full explanation of paper length, number of quizzes or examinations, etc.), required reading (textbooks and/or articles for each class meeting), and a list of class meetings/topics.

5. Under usual circumstances (i.e., when complete and correct applications are submitted during the semester), a faculty member is able to review the application within 2-3 weeks.

6. If your course is approved for transfer it will be given a CAS AH course number. In some cases, the non-BU course has a very close equivalent and will be given an exact number, such as AH111 for an introductory survey. In other cases, the non-BU course–although it is similar to one that we offer, or have offered in the past, and meets all of our academic standards–can only transfer as an elective and will receive a course number such as AH1xx. Majors and minors should meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies or their advisers in History of Art to determine how, or if, such courses can be used toward the major or minor requirements.