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Sociology and Criminal Justice Transfer Guide

This is a guide developed by the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice to help students understand transfer credit. For any questions, contact the chief department advisor (CDA).

Section I: Transfer for Incoming-ODU Students

What you need to know depends on what are you interested in transferring in. Find below the section that applies to you.

If you are only transferring in some credits

The Admissions Office determines what transfers in. If your transcript has already been evaluated by Admissions, refer to the ODU transcript to see what was accepted.

Once Admissions has made its decisions, the Soc/CJ department can make decisions about transfer equivalency for our classes at the student's request. See the CDA for questions.

For questions about the acceptance of classes outside our dept, students must go to the appropriate department. The student may bring course descriptions and/or syllabi for specific courses to the Office of Admission for further evaluation if it is believed that elective credits match specific courses.

If you are transferring in with an Applied Associates degree

The Applied Associates does not fill general education requirements for the University. Courses are evaluated by the Admissions Transfer Office on a case-by-case basis. If your
transcript has already been evaluated by Admissions, refer to the ODU transcript to see what transferred. Students who complete the core curriculum transfer package, under the
recently approved agreement with the VCCS, will meet the lower-division general education requirements for the University. However, specific lower-division requirements must be met with a grade of C or better and are identified by the * on the curriculum sheet.

The department cannot accept any CRJS classes other than those that have already been transferred in by Admissions. If, however, students have an Applied Criminal Justice degree, we can waive CRJS 222 on a case-by-case basis. See the CDA if there is a question.

For questions about the acceptance of classes outside our dept, students must contact the Office of Admissions.

If you are transferring in with an Associate of Arts/Science, or Associate of Arts and Sciences (AA, AS or AA and S) from the Virginia Community College System

All University general education requirements are met. However, for the College/Department, students need:

_____ Stat 130M
_____ English 111C, Hist 111C, or Phil 111C
_____ Psych 201S (CRJS majors only)
_____ Soc 201S (CRJS majors only)
_____ Extra Social Science course if BS


If you are transferring in with an Associate of Arts/Science, or Associate of Arts and Sciences (AA, AS or AA and S) from another state community college system

This is evaluated by the Admissions Office. Admissions will decide whether the degree fulfills ODU's general education requirements. If it does not, Admissions will determine the transferability of each course. If your transcript has already been evaluated by Admissions, view the results on LEOONLINE.


Section II: Transfer For Current ODU Students Interested in Taking Classes Elsewhere

Those individuals who are already taking classes at ODU may take classes elsewhere and receive transfer credit at ODU.

If you are thinking about taking a class elsewhere that you will want to transfer into ODU, there are two issues to keep in mind. The first is the limits on transfer credit. The second is how to find out what will transfer in as what. Both depend on what types of classes you want to transfer in.

If you want to transfer in lower-level general education courses

There is no limit on the number of lower-level general education courses you can transfer to meet degree requirements. However, you must earn a grade of C or better to transfer and must have an official transcript sent to the ODU Office of Admission for evaluation before the course is counted towards graduation. Also, be aware that a class at another
college or university having a similar name and/or number does not mean it will transfer to ODU. To see what classes at the institution you are planning to take a class at will transfer to Old Dominion, and as what, use Monarch Transformation. Here is how:

Go to the home page for ODU - www.odu.edu. Click on:

Current Students

Academic Advising

For Students

Transfer Equivalency Guide

Now follow instructions there to find the state and the school you are going to. You can then look up different classes and see which will transfer to ODU and as what.

If you want to transfer in classes within your major

The university requires students take at least 12 hours from their major at ODU. Because our classes are very specific, it is difficult to find equivalent courses for many of the courses at area colleges and universities. In addition, be aware that due to articulated guidelines, courses from a community college will never transfer in higher than a 200 level course. Consequently, courses from community colleges cannot be used to count for any of our 300/400 level credits.

To see what classes will transfer in you must check with the CDA. You should bring a course description and include a written statement indicating why a particular course at
another university should be judged to be equivalent to a specific course in our major. Our Capstone Research Project must be taken at Old Dominion University. Also, internships and independent studies will not be approved as transferable from other colleges.

If you want to transfer in classes within your minor

Students are required to take at least 6 credit hours from their minor at ODU. Because our classes are very specific, it is difficult to find equivalent courses for many of the courses at area colleges and universities. In addition, be aware that due to articulated guidelines, courses from a community college will never transfer in higher than a 200 level course. Consequently, courses from community colleges cannot be used to count for any of our 300/400 level credits.

To see what classes will transfer in you must check with the CDA. You should bring a course description and include a written statement indicating why a particular course at
another university should be judged to be equivalent to a specific course in our major. Our Capstone Research Project must be taken at Old Dominion University. Also, internships and independent studies will not be approved as transferable from other colleges.

This overview is meant as a guide. Information from the University catalogue outweighs the information included on this sheet if there are any discrepancies between the two sources.