Core Equivalencies

Core Equivalencies for Transfer Students

Oglethorpe’s Core curriculum is required for all traditional undergraduate students pursuing a degree at Oglethorpe University. While there are no exemptions from Core requirements, transfer students may be able to satisfy some Core requirements with previously completed coursework. Core equivalencies are determined by the specific coursework a transfer student has completed and the total number of earned semester credit hours transferred to Oglethorpe. As much as possible, we strive for our transfer students to enter the Core sequence with their new cohort, meaning that we try our best to have transfer students who have completed one year of coursework at another institution enroll in the same course of the Core sequence as our second year students.

Please note that no Core credit is awarded for Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), dual enrollment, or International Baccalaureate (IB) coursework. Other credit can be awarded for this type of coursework; please see the corresponding sections on the Admission homepage.

Below is a guide to help illustrate how we evaluate transfer credits for Core equivalency. Please remember that each student’s situation is unique and therefore there may be some variances. Each transfer student is eligible for every level of Core equivalencies below their total number of earned semester transfer credit hours:

Earned Semester Transfer Credit HoursCourse Credits from Previous CollegesCore Equivalency
14 Semester Credit Hours and BelowMusic Appreciation, Music History, Art Appreciation, Art History, or Theatre AppreciationCOR 103 Music and Culture or
COR 104 Art and Culture or
COR 105 Theatre and Culture
15 to 30 Semester Credit HoursLiterature, Philosophy, or Writing CourseCOR 101 Narratives of the Self I
15 to 30 Semester Credit HoursAnother Literature, Philosophy, or Writing CourseCOR 102 Narratives of the Self II
31 to 45 Semester Credit HoursAnthropology, Economics, History, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology CourseCOR 201 Human Nature and the Social Order I
Over 45 Semester Credit HoursAnother Anthropology, Economics, History, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology CourseCOR 202 Human Nature and the Social Order II

* Note: No single course can satisfy multiple Core requirements. As an example, a single Philosophy course cannot satisfy both the COR 101 and COR 102 requirement.

The following courses cannot be satisfied by transfer credit:

  • COR 314 Math and Human Nature
  • COR 301 Historical Perspectives on the Social Order I
  • COR 302 Historical Perspectives on the Social Order II
  • COR 400 Science and Human Nature

Once a student enrolls at Oglethorpe, Core credit may no longer be earned by completing coursework at another institution. The exception to this is through university-sanctioned study abroad programs.

Study Abroad

Every student attending a university-sanctioned semester or year abroad during their enrollment at Oglethorpe University may receive credit for either COR 301 Historical Perspectives on the Social Order I or COR 302 Historical Perspectives on the Social Order II.

Transient Student

Once a student enrolls at Oglethorpe, core credit may not be earned through study as a transient student at other institutions; for example, no summer school credit from another university.