Requirements for Transfer Students

Transfer students usually satisfy the Basic Skills and Distribution Requirements at the institutions they attended before coming to Benedictine. Many courses taken prior to attending Benedictine will also satisfy the Global and/or Sustainability requirement(s).

Once at Benedictine, major and IDS courses will satisfy the Writing Intensive, Global and Sustainability designations, the Engaged Learning requirement, and Learning Communities designed for transfer students.

Distribution Requirements for Transfer and Adult Students:

Arts and Humanities

Transfer students with more than 20 transferable semester credit hours must complete 15 semester credit hours in at least four of the required areas, one of which must be Theology/Religious Studies (QRT). Adult students must complete 15 semester credit hours in at least four of the required areas.

Natural Sciences

Transfer students with more than 20 transferable semester credit hours and adult students must complete 9 semester credit hours in this area, including at least one Life-Scientific (QLS) course and one Physical-Scientific (QPS) course.

Social Sciences

Transfer and adult students must complete 6 semester credit hours as follows: 3 semester credit hours designated Social-Scientific I: Individuals, Organizations and Societies (QIO); and 3 semester credit hours designated Social-Scientific II: Politics, Global and Economic Systems (QPE).

Writing Intensive (WI) Courses:

WI courses are designed to emphasize the writing process and writing development through a sequence of designated classes taken at different points in a student’s career at Benedictine University. All undergraduates are required to take three designated WI courses as follows:

  • IDS 201-204 WI, Catholic and Benedictine Intellectual Traditions
  • WI designated course in the major
  • One additional WI designated course

Transfer students who have completed all requirements (with the exception of the IDS courses and the LC/EL co-curricular requirements) will be exempt from the third WI course requirement but must complete IDS 201/202/203 or 204 WI and the required WI in the major.

Transfer students who have credit for the equivalent of the required WI course in the major will not be required to retake that WI course in the major but must complete IDS 201/202/203 or 204 WI and a second additional WI course of their choice.

Transfer students who have completed all requirements (with the exception of the IDS seminars and the LC/EL co-curricular requirements) AND taken the equivalent of the WI in the major must still take IDS 201/202/203 or 204 WI and one additional WI course of their choice.

General Education Curriculum
Benedictine University
Christine Fletcher
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