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Core Curriculum Guidelines for Transfer Students
The Core Curriculum program at William Jewell College ensures that each student has a common experience of learning. Research shows that colleges and universities with a common experience in their general education program increase the odds of having students with meaningful relationships who are likely to graduate. If you have at least 26 hours of college credit earned since you finished high school, please refer to the rest of this page as a guide in helping you determine which of your college courses will transfer directly into William Jewell College’s unique Core Curriculum.  Students with fewer than
26 hours of college credit earned since finishing high school normallyfollow the same rules as students coming to William Jewell straight from high school.

Any students interested in transferring to William Jewell should contact Jason Groves, Senior Admission Counselor for Transfer and International Students, in the Office of Admission for a personal advising session. She can also be reached at (816) 415-7510.

 Level I

CTI 100 - transfer equivalent: None. (This course is normally taken during the first semester at William Jewell.)
CTI 102 - transfer equivalent: An English composition course of at least three credit hours.
CTI 103 or CTI 104 - transfer equivalent: For CTI 103, at least a three credit-hour course in college algebra or pre-calculus or business calculus. For CTI 104, a standard calculus course of at least three credit-hours.
Physical activity requirement - transfer equivalent: Two credit hours of at least two different physical education activities. A wellness or fitness course may be used to satisfy up to one credit hour of the requirement for physical education activity.
Foreign Language/Cross-cultural requirement - transfer equivalent:
>for BA students: At least a three credit-hour course in foreign language at the intermediate level (as long as the elementary-level courses preceding it in the sequence totaled a minimum of 8 hours).
>for BS students: Meet the foreign-language requirement for BA students (above) or meet the Culture & Traditions requirement (below) twice or transfer to William Jewell the equivalent of one of the following Jewell courses
(that is not being used to meet a different requirement of the Core Curriculum):  COM 358, HIS 103, HIS 104, HIS 229, POL 100, POL 325, REL 115, or REL 272 .

Level II
 

Most students complete requirements of only three of the four Level II categories. Students, except those whose primary majors are mathematics or recreation, are exempt from one category, depending on the student's primary major at the time of graduation.

Culture and Traditions -- Exempt majors: Art, Communication, English, French, Music, Oxbridge History of Ideas, Oxbridge Literature and Theory, Oxbridge Music, Philosophy, Spanish, Speech/Theatre Education, and Theatre.

Transfer equivalents (one of the following):
1) Two courses from different disciplines within the humanities showing a total of at least four credit hours. (Basic skills classes, such as English composition or public speaking cannot be included. Generally, classes focusing on performance -- such as music lessons or ensembles or studio art -- cannot be used here. Foreign languages are covered in a different category.)
2) One course of at least three credit hours with an explicit and sophisticated orientation towards interdisciplinarity in the humanities.

Power and Justice -- Exempt majors: Accounting, Business, Economics, Elementary Education, History, International Relations, Nonprofit Leadership, Oxbridge History, Oxbridge Institutions & Policy, Physical Education, Political Science, Psychology.

Transfer equivalents (one of the following):
1) Two courses from different disciplines within the social sciences showing a total of at least four credit hours.
2) One course of at least three credit hours with an explicit and sophisticated orientation towards interdisciplinarity in the social sciences.

Sacred and Secular -- Exempt major: Religion & Culture.

Transfer equivalents (one of the following):
1) One course of at least three credit hours that engages the academic study of religion. Such a course must meet at least two of the four criteria listed below.
2) Two or more courses that engage the academic study of religion and that, in combination, meet at least two of the four criteria listed below. The courses must total at least four credit hours.
(Courses that study ministerial topics, such as preaching or counseling, will not satisfy this requirement.)

Criteria:
a) Course(s) engage primary religious texts (e.g., survey of world scriptures, a survey or in-depth study of the primary religious texts of a particular religious tradition, etc.)
b) Course(s) engage secondary religious texts or media appropriate for academic study (e.g., religious art, music, fictional literature, monographs, etc.)
c) Course(s) engage historical, phenomenological, and/or cultural issues that are relevant to religion (e.g., standard Introduction to Religion course, survey of world religions, history of a religious tradition, sociological and/or anthropological study of religion or a specific religious tradition, etc.).
d) Course(s) engage ethical issues from the stance of the study of religion (e.g., survey of the ethics of different religious traditions, in-depth study of the ethical traditions of a particular tradition, study of a particular ethical issue from a religious perspective [religion and nature, religion and war, religion and human rights, etc.], etc.).

Science, Technology, and the Human Experience -- Exempt majors: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Nursing, Oxbridge Molecular Biology, Physics.

Transfer equivalents (one of the following):
1) One laboratory science course and one advanced mathematics course (calculus II or above)
2) Two science courses with one being physical and the other a life science. One of the courses must be a laboratory science.
3) One course of at least four credit hours with an explicit and sophisticated orientation towards interdisciplinarity in the sciences. Such a course must have a laboratory component.
 

Level III
 
CTI 400-level course - transfer equivalent: None. (This course in normally taken during the student's last year at William Jewell.)

Evaluation of Transfer Courses
The College Registrar, who may consult with department chairs, provides the official evaluation of all courses offered in transfer. Courses from accredited institutions will be considered for credit as they apply to the curriculum of the College, provided that the student has earned course grades of C- or higher. Generally, undergraduate courses that are technical or vocational in nature, that are based upon participation in intercollegiate athletics, or that are otherwise inconsistent with the liberal arts curriculum of William Jewell College will not be accepted in transfer.  Additional regulations are listed in the college catalog.

References above to credit hours are to semester hours. Multiply by 2/3 to convert quarter hours into semester hours.

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