Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer credit for courses taken at other institutions is based on official transcripts issued directly to Antioch University Santa Barbara from the registrars of those institutions.

Institutions must be regionally accredited by one of the regional associations recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation. If an institution is not accredited by one of the regional associations at the time of the student’s attendance, but subsequently becomes regionally accredited, the registrar may re-evaluate the transcript for consideration of transfer credits, upon a student’s request. In addition, some institutions are not accredited by one of the regional associations named above but have obtained accreditation from one of the national institutional accrediting associations recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation. The registrar may present a transcript from an institution thus accredited to the faculty for consideration of transfer credits.

Credits are accepted as quarter hours. They are translated from semester hours according to nationally accepted formulae, based on the definition of the other college’s credit unit as stated on the transcript or in the institution’s catalog. Credits from schools also using the quarter system transfer 1 to 1; credits from schools on a semester system translate as follows: 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credit.

To be accepted for transfer credit, students must have earned a minimum of a C for undergraduate credit, and a minimum of a B for graduate credit.

Prior assurances of transfer credit given verbally by faculty members or staff at Antioch University Santa Barbara must be regarded as estimates or opinions. They do not commit the University to a course of action. Transfer credits are not official until they are evaluated by the registrar (in consultation with the chair of the student’s academic program as needed) and entered into the student’s academic record.


Undergraduate Transfer Credit

In the undergraduate program, transfer credit is applied in the first quarter of enrollment. Subsequent to enrollment, consultation with the Undergraduate Academic Advisor is required for any course to be taken at another institution for which the student wants credit applied toward their Antioch University Santa Barbara degree. Upon completion of the work, official transcripts must be forwarded to the Student Services office.

All undergraduate students transfer credits into the program, therefore the following regulations apply to transfer credits (see also AU Prior Learning Policy 5.613):

  1. Grade of “C” or better (or the equivalent) must have been earned.
  2. Of the 180 quarter credits required for graduation, at least 45 credits must be completed at AUSB (our residency requirement).
  3. A maximum of 135 approved transfer quarter credits may be applied to the AUSB degree.
  4. If more than 90 quarter credits are eligible for transfer, the transfer form must be reviewed by the undergraduate program to indicate which courses are eligible for specific course substitution.
  5. Of the 135 approved transfer credits, any combination of lower division (usually numbered “100” or “200”) and upper division (usually numbered “300” and “400”) credits may be approved for transfer and applied toward the degree as long as the number of transfer credits does not exceed 135.

To insure breadth and balance in the liberal arts degree, the 135 quarter transfer credits must be distributed within the four general education areas described below. No more than 90 quarter transfer credits may be accepted in any one of the following areas unless otherwise accepted by articulation agreement with another college or university.

(Note: A minimum of 6 quarter/4 semester hours in each category must be completed for degree completion.)


Minimum 6 quarter/4 semester credits

Communication is an interdisciplinary field that integrates aspects of both social sciences and the humanities in the analysis of human communications and in the expression of ideas in writing, in discussion, and in live or recorded presentation. The study of communications ranges from interpersonal communication and small group communication to mediated personal communication and mass communications. Communication studies also examines how messages are produced and for what purposes and how they are interpreted through the political, cultural, legal, historical and social dimensions of their contexts. Communication studies prepares students for future work and study in any number of diverse fields, such as law, political organizing and public affairs, marketing, advertising, public relations, consulting and many others.

All English writing or composition classes, regardless of prefix

Communication or Media Studies Linguistics                                           
Foreign Languages Speech                                         



Minimum 6 quarter/4 semester credits

The social sciences involve studying the rapid emergence of the human sciences in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, which earlier were modeled on the physical sciences, and have since attained their own internal forms of verification and confirmation of evidence. The contemporary social sciences involve the description and analysis of peoples and cultures, ethnic groups, and social classes from the perspectives of anthropology, sociology, psychology, economics, political science, linguistics, and hybrid sciences, such as political economy, that emerged from them. Students learn the theoretical and methodological developments that have advanced our understanding of human beings, various social formations, behavioral patterns and structures, and dynamics of conflict and collaboration.

Addiction Studies Law
Administration Library Science
Anthropology Management
Business Organizational Management
Communication or Media Studies Political Science
Economics Psychology
Education Public Administration
Geography (cultural) Social Services Administration
Gerontology Social Work
Human Development Sociology
Human Services Teacher Education



Minimum 6 quarter/4 semester credits

Courses in the arts and humanities connect us to the efforts of cultures to find meaning in the human condition reaching back to the beginning of recorded history. The many disciplines that make up the arts and humanities open up horizons of understanding about who we are and where we have come from, while also exercising our imaginations and creative engagement with our human destiny. The arts and humanities cultivate critical thinking, self-reflection, imagination, and a sense of play.


Dance Anthropology (cultural)
Design Ethnic Studies
Film and Video Foreign Language Literature
Music Gender Studies
Painting and Sculpture History
Photography Humanities
Theater arts Literature



Minimum 6 quarter/4 semester credits

The science and quantitative reasoning requirement seeks to enrich students’ understanding of the physical and natural world and the scientific and mathematical concepts, theories, and principles that explain that world. Accordingly, students broaden and deepen their understanding of the diversity and interrelatedness of human knowledge through the sciences and quantitative reasoning and are better able to navigate quantitative reasoning and scientific information and frameworks.


Anatomy Accounting
Anthropology (physical)    Computer Science (intermediate & advanced)
Astronomy Finance
Biology Mathematics
Chemistry Research Methods
Environmental Studies Statistics
Geography (physical)  
Health Science  


In addition to transcript-based transfer credits, a maximum of 45 credits (the equivalent of one year) may be granted for non-classroom learning of all kinds (Prior Learning, CLEP or DANTES exams, evaluated experiential learning, etc.). CLEP and DANTES will be evaluated from original documentation only.

Because each major or concentration has a specific credit requirement, the number of credits required for graduation may occasionally exceed 180, if the student’s transfer credits approach the maximum and if the major or concentration requires more than 45 credits. For degree completion, a minimum of 6 quarter credits in each of the four general education content areas must be completed.


Fractional Credit Policy

All Undergraduate Programs at Antioch University Santa Barbara are degree completion programs, which means all students transfer credit from other institutions. Transfer credits are accepted as quarter hours. They are translated from semester hours according to nationally accepted formulae, based on the definition of the other college’s credit unit as stated on the transcript or in the institution’s catalog. Credits from schools also using the quarter system transfer 1 to 1; credits from schools on a semester system translate as follows: 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credit.

Once all transfer credit has been reviewed and applied toward a student’s degree, any remaining fractional credit > .5 credit will be rounded in favor of the student; < .5 will be rounded down and Academic Advisors will recommend the student take additional coursework.



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