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Transferring Courses for Liberal Learning

Credit Hours and Units

An approved 3-credit-hour course transferred from another institution will fulfill Liberal Learning requirements, even though TCNJ courses are the equivalent of four credit hours.  Three-credit-hour courses will transfer to TCNJ as only 0.75 units, so students will need to make sure that they take sufficient units at TCNJ to meet the graduate requirement for total units for their programs.  The missing 0.25 units can be met by any course and need not be a course that meets the same Liberal Learning requirement met by the transferred 3-credit-hour course.

Students Transferring to TCNJ

Associates Degree

Students transferring to TCNJ from a New Jersey community college with an A.A. or A.S. degree are exempt from all Liberal Learning requirements including the FSP, Civic Responsibilities and Second Language requirements.  However, all students, including transfer students, must complete IDS 102/Information Literacy Proficiency.


Criteria for Exemption from the First Seminar Program (FSP)

Students who meet one of the following three criteria are exempt from the FSP requirement.

1)  Student has transferred (or will transfer) 7.5 or more course units (30 credits) from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.  In this case, student is also exempted from all Civic Responsibilities.

2)  Student has completed an entire first year at a four-year institution, even if the credits do not add to 30 (7.5 units)

In this case, the student must complete the Civic Responsibilities.

3)  Student has not completed a full year at a four-year institution but has taken a content-based, full course (at least 3 credits) that serves as a first-year seminar course at such an institution.  Please contact the Liberal Learning office to have such a course evaluated

In this case, the student must complete the Civic Responsibilities.


Completing the Second Language Requirement

Students transferring from another school who have completed one or more second language courses at that school may complete their TCNJ second language requirement at that school as long as they do NOT exceed the maximum for transferring in units (16 units/64 credits for a community college, 20 units/80 credits for a four-year institution).

All students must take the language placement exam before their language credits can be accepted.

Current TCNJ students

Before enrolling in a course at another institution, fill out the Course Authorization Form and take the form to one of the Academic Evaluators in Records and Registration.  If they are not able to determine whether the course fulfills a requested requirement, they will forward the form to the Associate Provost of Curriculum and Liberal Learning.

Laboratory Science Requirement

On-line science courses cannot be used to fulfill the laboratory component of the Liberal Learning Natural Science with Laboratory requirement.

Second Language Requirement

Students starting as freshmen at TCNJ must complete all second language requirements at TCNJ.

Transferring Courses from New Jersey Community Colleges

Check NJTransfer to see what courses will fulfill Liberal Learning requirements.  To determine the domain requirement satisfied by the course, look at the “GenEd Area(s)” indicator to see what Liberal Learning domain, if any, is satisfied by the course.  If the indicator is blank, the course does not satisfy a Liberal Learning domain.

Please note that NJTransfer does not indicate whether or not the course will satisfy a Civic Responsibility. Please see the  Academic Evaluators in Records and Registration to determine whether a course will meet any Civic Responsibilities.


Transfer Course Codes in PAWS

The following table gives the Liberal Learning requirement fulfilled for transfer course codes that appear in PAWS.


Transfer Course Code Requirement Fulfilled
LBL CB Community Based Learning
LBL GL Global Awareness
LBL GN Gender
LBL HP Social Change in Historical Perspective (SCHP)
LBL HU U.S. History (Satisfies SCHP and Education Licensure Requirements)
LBL LA Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts (LVPA)
LBL NS LL Natural Science (without a lab)
LBL QR LL Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
LBL RE Race and Ethnicity
LBL SL Natural Science with a Laboratory (NS)
LBL SS Behavioral, Social, or Cultural Perspectives (BSCP)
LBL VPA Visual/Performing Arts (Satisfies LVPA and Education Licensure Requirements)
LBL WW World Views and Ways of Knowing (WVWK)


Additional Information on Transferring Courses

Please see the Records and Registration web page on Transfers.