Transfer Credits

Transfer credit in Economics is frequently granted for courses taken at other select U.S. four-year colleges and universities, as well as certain foreign study programs in accordance with the guidelines laid out in the ORC.


Upon approval by the Vice Chair, a maximum of two course credits for work taken elsewhere may be counted toward the economics major, including prerequisites.  For an economics modified major or economics minor, only one economics course may be transferred, while no economics courses may be transferred for another major modified with economics.  In the case of a major, modified major, or minor, the culminating experience course and its two prerequisites are required to be taken at Dartmouth.  ECON 20 taken elsewhere may not be allowed to be transferred. It is recommended that transfer credit be sought mainly for courses not regularly offered by the Department. Transfer credit will only be accepted from respected degree-granting institutions of higher education. Only courses requiring the equivalent of ECON 1 as a prerequisite will be credited toward the fulfillment of a major, modified major, or minor. Students contemplating taking major, modified major or minor courses elsewhere should thus consult the Vice Chair well in advance, to assure that appropriate transfer credits will be accepted.

Four steps are involved in obtaining approval for transfer credits:

  1. Download the forms for transfer credit approval from the registrar's office.

  2. Fill out the forms with the courses you intend to transfer and obtain documentation on course content from the student course guide at the institution you will visit—or even better, obtain a sample syllabus.

  3. Send the completed transfer credit approval forms and the course content documentation to the Vice Chair for formal approval.

  4. Submit the signed forms to the registrar. All steps should be completed before the transfer term.