Transfer Credit

Students Leaving to Study Abroad

Before you leave to study in another place, we may grant preliminary approval for transfer credit work done in sociology, but the final approval for this credit can only be granted after you return. To receive preliminary approval, deliver both your form and a description of your classes to a sociology concentration advisor. When you return from abroad, a concentration advisor will need to review your transcript, syllabus, coursework, and any course notes as well as a formal discussion of what you learned before final approval can be granted. If the course does not meet Brown University sociology expectations, even after preliminary approval, concentration credit may not be provided.

Students Returning from Abroad

You will have to visit the office hours of undergraduate committee member Professor Michael Kennedy. Remember to bring your transcript with grades, syllabus, coursework, and any course notes.

Decisions about granting transfer credit are based on two criteria:

Is the course a sociology course?

Many courses in history, cultural studies, anthropology, or other departments may be similar enough to American sociology that we would consider sociology credit appropriate. At the same time, many "sociology" departments abroad cover areas that we consider more in line with other disciplines or concentrations.

Is the coursework equivalent to what you would do for a course at Brown?

Of course we recognize that you're not doing the course at Brown, but often in a foreign setting that has its own sets of challenges and delights. We still need to know that full course credit is warranted for the work you did.

Independent Studies and Field Courses

We often award course credit for these components of study abroad programs. The amount of credit depends on the amount of time and work that was involved. Many SIT programs only award 2 credits to field study methods seminars (compared to 4-8 for regular courses), even though they may last 8-10 weeks. Conversely, the "independent study" segment may only last 4 weeks but is given 4 credits because it builds on the field study seminar, home study, and other field experience. We may fold the two together, awarding credits for the 2 courses, depending in part on whether your independent study involved a sociological topic.

We do not give a field study methods course credit equivalent to SOC 1020 (Methods of Social Research).