Transfer Credit

Transfer Credit Instructions for Sociology Courses

To apply for provisional approval of a course you plan to take at another university (either during a study abroad semester or during the summer), carefully follow the instructions below:

  1. Obtain the detailed syllabus of the course you hope to receive credit for.
  2. Determine the equivalent (if any) sociology course name and number at Brown.
  3. Fill out this Transfer Credit Form.
  4. Get it signed a Dean in the Dean of the College’s office, and confirm with a dean the proper number of credits to list for each course you have listed on page 2 of the Transfer Credit Form.
  5. Fill out the Request for Provisional Approval in Sociology form <link here>.  You will need to upload the detailed syllabus, as well as, the Transfer Credit Form signed by a dean.  Once all of the requested materials are uploaded and the form is complete, submit your request.
  6. The Director of Undergraduate Studies will notify you by email when your request has been processed and whether the course has been provisionally approved.  This may take up to two weeks.
  7. If approved, pick up your signed Transfer Credit Form from the mailbox marked “Transfer Credit Forms” in room 100 of Maxcy Hall.
  8. Be sure to keep the final course syllabus and all written and graded assignments from the course (you will need to submit them in order to receive final approval).

To apply for credit for sociology courses you have completed at another university, carefully follow the instructions below: 

  1. Make sure the course appears on your Brown transcript. For transfer students, this is taken care of by the Registrar. For Study Away or Summer School students, the process is handled by the office of the Dean of the College, who must approve the educational institution and number of credits. For Study Abroad students, this process happens through the Office of International Programs (OIP) in conjunction with the office of the Dean of the College.
  2. Obtain a transcript showing your final grade in the course you hope to receive credit for from the university where you took the course
  3. Obtain the detailed syllabus of the course you hope to receive credit for.
  4. Compile all work submitted for a grade for the course.  This can include written papers, essays, exams, journal entries, problem sets, etc.
  5. Determine the equivalent (if any) sociology course name and number at Brown.
  6. Fill out this Transfer Credit Form.
  7. Get it signed a Dean in the Dean of the College’s office, and confirm with a dean the proper number of credits to list for each course you have listed on page 2 of the Transfer Credit Form.
  8. Fill out the Request for Sociology Transfer Credit form.  You will need to upload your Brown transcript, the study away university transcript, the detailed syllabus, all work for the transfer course, as well as the Transfer Credit Form signed by a dean.  Once all of the requested materials are uploaded and the form is complete, submit your request.
  9. The Director of Undergraduate Studies will notify you by email when your request has been processed and whether the course has been approved.  This may take up to two weeks.
  10. If approved, pick up your signed Transfer Credit Form from the mailbox marked “Transfer Credit Forms” in room 100 of Maxcy Hall.
  11. Bring the Transfer Credit Form to the Registrar.*

*If you intend to count this course towards your concentration requirements and you are not a Sociology or Social Analysis and Research concentrator, you will need to bring this completed form to the concentration advisor in your home department (i.e. BEO) to obtain concentration approval prior to bringing the Transfer Credit Form to the Registrar.  The approval of concentration courses for  Sociology and Social Analysis and Research concentrators will occur simultaneously during the processing of the request.