Transfer Approval Guidelines

Students who wish to transfer credits for a WGSS course taken at another four-year college or university should acknowledge the following critera:

Credit may transfer only for courses that are comparable to the work required for WGSS courses offered at the University of Richmond. A WGSS course should examine the social construction of gender and do one or more of the following:

  • Address the intersections of various markers of identity, including but not limited to gender, race, class, sexualities, and age.
  • Critically examine cultural assumptions about women, gender, and/or sexualities, e.g. the gender assumptions in the traditional methodologies, theories, and research of particular disciplines.
  • Explore the production of knowledge, art, literature, etc. as it reflects gendered, raced, classed, etc. experiences.
  • Equip students to identify and critically analyze systems of power and privilege.
  • Focus on providing information about women and/or sexual minorities, their influence, roles, experiences, history, and contributions.

Generally, courses that are comparable to Richmond courses must be taken at a four-year college or university.

  • Coursework may be taken only at institutions accredited by a regional accrediting agency at the time the work is taken.
  • The WGSS Program does not give credit for WGSS courses taken online.
  • You must earn a grade of C (2.0) or better.
  • No transfer credits will be officially accepted or recorded until the UR Registrar's Office has received an official transcript directly from the records office of the college or university attended.

Steps in the Approval Process

  1. Students must email the Coordinator of the WGSS Program, providing either a course syllabus or including a lengthy description with details about material to be covered and requirements, including examinations, presentations, and number and length of essays assigned.
  2. The program coordinator reviews course requests via email and responds via email whether or not the course is approved.
  3. If the course is approved, students must:
    • Obtain a transfer work approval form for courses taken in the U.S. from the Registrar's Office in Queally Hall.
    • Make an appointment with the WGSS Program Coordinator for discussion, approval of form and program coordinator signatures.
    • To complete the process, the Registrar's Office gives you the yellow copy and returns the pink copy back to the WGSS Program.
  4. If the course is not approved, students may need to communicate again with the program coordinator or make an appointment to discuss other options.
  5. Students must earn at least a grade of C (2.0) and have a copy of the official transcript sent to the University of Richmond Registrar's Office.

Policy adopted by the WGSS Advisory Board, 12/10