Transfer Credits

  1. I took some SOC courses at another university before coming to UofT where I intend to complete a degree. Which of my transfer credits count towards my SOC POSt?
  2. I intend to get my degree from UofT, but I want to take a course elsewhere. Will it count for credit here? Will it count towards my SOC POSt here?
  3. I intend to get my degree from elsewhere, but I want to take a course here at UofT. Will it count for credit at my home institution?
  4. This information was useful and answered a lot of my questions. But there's something you haven't covered. My situation is...

1. I took some SOC courses at another university before coming to U of T where I intend to complete a degree. Which of my transfer credits count towards my SOC POSt?
In general, courses that are confirmed as SOC transfer credits will be countable towards your SOC POSt. The transfer credit assessment is sent to you by the Office of Admissions and Awards shortly after you are accepted.

There is a great diversity of SOC courses that may be recognized by Admissions, and it is impossible to discuss every situation in this FAQ. If you have questions about your transfer credits, we suggest you come in for personal advising. Bring in the Admissions letter that lists the accepted credits, the outlines of the courses taken, and your grades. The Undergraduate advisor can give you further advice on your credits.

2. I intend to get my degree from U of T, but I want to take a course elsewhere. Will it count for credit here? Will it count towards my SOC POSt here?
We recommend that you take the course on a letter of permission. The content will be assessed for acceptability before you commit the time and expense. The letter will state what credit you will receive at U of T, and this will allow you to determine if it fills a required part of your SOC POSt.

There are considerations besides course content that determine if you can take the course. For example, there is a limit to the total transfer credits you can have in your degree. Furthermore, although it is called a "letter of permission," you still have to register at the other institution through normal channels. In other words, the U of T letter speaks specifically to transfer credit acceptability, and does not give you automatic entry or privileged access to courses elsewhere. See also the advice for visiting students in the next question below.

Obviously you should look into these issues well in advance. Ask at your registrar's office to take a course elsewhere on a letter of permission.

3. I intend to get my degree from elsewhere, but I want to take a course here at U of T. Will it count for credit at my home institution?
Your institution probably has a procedure much like U of T's letter of permission, described in the question above. We recommend this procedure, as the content will be assessed for acceptability before you commit the time and expense.

Note that although it may be called a "letter of permission," you still have to register at U of T through normal channels. In other words, the letter speaks specifically to transfer credit acceptability, and does not give you automatic entry or privileged access to courses elsewhere. After all, your institution did not check into your eligibility to register or take a course here when they issued the letter.

U of T SOC courses are always almost under enrolment pressure. Most are full before the classes begin for the session, and there is no guarantee that you will get the course you want. Therefore we recommend having more than one courses assessed for content so that you have some options if your first choice is full. Moreover, a few U of T courses are Restricted (see Timetable), and these are not available to visiting students.

Obviously you should look into these issues well in advance. Ask at your institution to take a course elsewhere.

4. This information was useful and answered a lot of my questions. But there's something you haven't covered. My situation is...
You may have individual concerns not covered above that need further consultation. Drop in to speak to the Sociology undergraduate advisor for personal advising. Check our office hours and location by clicking here.

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