Transfer Credit Policies


All Art History and Studio Art majors and minors planning to study at an institution other than Wellesley for a semester, year, or summer must arrange a meeting with their major or minor advisers prior to departure to discuss how their plans will impact the completion of their majors/minors and their Wellesley degrees. We also recommend that nondepartmental students intending to take an art course elsewhere for distribution credit meet with the relevant member of our faculty regarding their plans. Without such a meeting and ongoing consultation, there is no guarantee that courses will transfer as expected.

For either departmental or distribution credit, students must follow the procedures outlined on the Registrar's website. Transfer credit for Art History classes always requires a full syllabus (translated if necessary) sent directly to Professor Heping Liu (, Transfer Credit Adviser, as an attachment, in addition to the Registrar's form.

Studio Art, Architecture, and MAS majors who have taken a Studio course elsewhere must present a portfolio of work to determine whether it may be credited toward the major. This portfolio review must be scheduled with the Director of Studio Art or relevant program director (in the case of Architecture or MAS) before completing a confirmation of major form in the fall of the senior year.

The Art Department will not act on any transfer of credit requests without all required documentation; the sooner you submit this information, the sooner we can inform you of the departmental decision. It is to your advantage to complete this process in a timely fashion. 

The Art Department grants transfer credit for 200-level Art History courses only; 100 and 300-level requirements for the major or minor must be completed on campus. Courses from two-year colleges will not be credited to the major. No more than two units of transfer credit in Art History can be applied toward the minimum requirements of a major or minor in Art History. Majors and minors must take their one required Studio class on campus. 

The Art Department grants transfer credit for 100- and 200-level Studio courses only; 300-level requirements for the major or minor must be completed on campus. No more than two units of transfer credit in Studio can be applied toward the minimum requirements of a major or minor in Studio. Studio majors may also request transfer credit for one 200-level modern or contemporary Art History course, but Art History 100 and 101 must be taken on campus.

Transfer Students

Students arriving at Wellesley as transfer students in their junior or senior years may transfer up to five classes toward a departmental major in Art History or Studio Art; these credits cannot take the place of 300-level courses. All transfer students must arrange an appointment with the department chair and/or relevant program director and Professor Heping Liu, Transfer Credit Adviser, to review transcripts and syllabi.


UPDATED 4/12/17