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Demo Transfer Guide & Agreement

Course requirements for Public Relations

Area I · Written Composition (6 SH)
Written Composition (6 SH)

You must complete a two-course sequence in Written Composition:

ENG 101 · Written Composition I

3 SH
ENG 102 · Written Composition II

3 SH
Area II · Humanities & Fine Arts (12 SH)

You must complete a 6 SH sequence in either literature (AREA II) or history (AREA IV).

Literature (3–9 SH)

You must complete at least a 3 SH course in literature from the approved list below:
NOTE: You may not select more than 9 SH of literature for AREA II.

ENG 251 · American Literature I

3 SH
ENG 252 · American Literature II

3 SH
ENG 261 · English Literature I

3 SH
ENG 262 · English Literature II

3 SH
ENG 271 · World Literature I

3 SH
ENG 272 · World Literature II

3 SH
Arts (3-9 SH)

You must complete a 3 SH course in the ARTS:
NOTE: You may not select more than 9 SH of ART for AREA II.

ART 100 · Art Appreciation (A)

3 SH
ART 203 · Art History I (A)

3 SH
ART 204 · Art History II (A)

3 SH
DNC 101 · Dance Appreciation (A)

3 SH
MUS 101 · Music Appreciation (A)

3 SH
THR 120 · Theatre Appreciation (A)

3 SH
THR 126 · Introduction to Theatre (A)

3 SH
Additional Humanities (0-6 SH)

You may complete any remaining hours in AREA II from the approved list below:
(Note: You may complete no more than 3 SH of PTK Honors, which can be offered as one 3 SH course or three 1 SH courses.)

FRN 101 · Introductory French I

4 SH
FRN 102 · Introductory French II

4 SH
FRN 201 · Intermediate French I

3 SH
FRN 202 · Intermediate French II

3 SH
GRN 101 · Introductory to German I

4 SH
GRN 102 · Introductory to German II

4 SH
GRN 201 · Intermediate German I

3 SH
GRN 202 · Intermediate German II

3 SH
HUM 101 · Introduction to Humanities

3 SH
HUM 102 · Introduction to Humanities

3 SH
HUM 299 · PTK Honors Course

3 SH
HUM 299-01 · PTK Honors Course I

1 SH
HUM 299-02 · PTK Honors Course II

1 SH
HUM 299-03 · PTK Honors Course III

1 SH
IDS 102 · Ethics

3 SH
JPN 101 · Introductory Japanese I

4 SH
JPN 102 · Introductory Japanese II

4 SH
PHL 106 · Introduction to Philosophy

3 SH
PHL 206 · Ethics and Society

3 SH
REL 100 · World Religions

3 SH
REL 151 · Survey of the Old Testament

3 SH
REL 152 · Survey of the New Testament

3 SH
SPA 101 · Introductory Spanish I

4 SH
SPA 102 · Introductory Spanish II

4 SH
SPA 201 · Intermediate Spanish I

3 SH
SPA 202 · Intermediate Spanish II

3 SH
SPH 106 · Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3 SH
SPH 107 · Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 SH
Area III · Natural & Mathematical Sciences (11 SH)
Natural Sciences (8 SH)

You must complete 8 SH from the following list of courses:
[NOTE: Courses must have corresponding laboratories.]

You may not take both BIO 101 and BIO 103. BIO 101 & 102 are designed for non-science majors while BIO 103 & 104 are for both science and non-science majors.

You may not take both CHM 104 and CHM 111. CHM 104 & 105 are designed for non-science majors while CHM 111 & 112 are for both science and non-science majors.

You may not take both PHY 201 and PHY 213. PHY 201 & 202 are Trig-based while PHY 213 & 214 are Calculus-based.

AST 220 · Introduction to Astronomy

4 SH
BIO 101 · Introduction to Biology I

4 SH
BIO 102 · Introduction to Biology II

4 SH
BIO 103 · Principles of Biology I

4 SH
BIO 104 · Principles of Biology II

4 SH
CHM 104 · Introduction to Chemistry I

4 SH
CHM 105 · Introduction to Chemistry II

4 SH
CHM 111 · College Chemistry I

4 SH
CHM 112 · College Chemistry II

4 SH
GEO 101 · Principles of Physical Geography I

4 SH
GEO 102 · Principles of Physical Geography II

4 SH
GLY 101 · Introduction to Geology I

4 SH
GLY 102 · Introduction to Geology II

4 SH
PHS 111 · Physical Science I

4 SH
PHS 112 · Physical Science II

4 SH
PHY 120 · Introduction to Physics

4 SH
PHY 201 · General Physics I

4 SH
PHY 202 · General Physics II

4 SH
PHY 213 · General Physics with Calculus I

4 SH
PHY 214 · General Physics with Calculus II

4 SH
Mathematical Sciences (3 SH)

You must complete a 3 SH course in Mathematics from the following:

MTH 110 · Finite Mathematics

3 SH
MTH 112 · Precalculus Algebra

3 SH
MTH 113 · Precalculus Trigonometry

3 SH
MTH 115 · Precalculus Algebra & Trigonometry

4 SH
MTH 120 · Calculus and Its Applications

3 SH
MTH 125 · Calculus I

4 SH
MTH 126 · Calculus II

4 SH
MTH 227 · Calculus III

4 SH
MTH 237 · Linear Algebra

3 SH
MTH 238 · Applied Differential Equations I

3 SH
Area IV · History, Social & Behavioral Sciences (12 SH)

You must complete a 6 SH sequence in either literature (AREA II) or history (AREA IV).

History (3–6 SH)

You must complete at least a 3 SH course in history from the approved list below:
NOTE: You may not select more than 6 SH of history for AREA IV.

HIS 101 · History of Western Civilization I

3 SH
HIS 102 · History of Western Civilization II

3 SH
HIS 121 · World History I

3 SH
HIS 122 · World History II

3 SH
HIS 201 · United States History I

3 SH
HIS 202 · United States History II

3 SH
Economics (3 SH)

You must complete a 3 SH course in Microeconomics:

ECO 232 · Principles of Microeconomics

3 SH
Social Sciences (3-6 SH)

You may complete the remaining 3-6 SH in AREA IV from the approved list below:

ANT 200 · Introduction to Anthropology

3 SH
ANT 210 · Physical Anthropology

3 SH
ANT 220 · Cultural Anthropology

3 SH
ANT 226 · Culture and Personality

3 SH
ANT 230 · Introduction to Archaeology

3 SH
ECO 231 · Principles of Macroeconomics

3 SH
GEO 100 · World Regional Geography

3 SH
GEO 201 · Principles of Human Geography

3 SH
POL 200 · Introduction to Political Science

3 SH
POL 211 · American National Government

3 SH
PSY 200 · General Psychology

3 SH
PSY 210 · Human Growth & Development

3 SH
SOC 200 · Introduction to Sociology

3 SH
SOC 210 · Social Problems

3 SH
SPH 116 · Introduction to Interpersonal Communication

3 SH
Area V · Pre-professional, Major & Elective Courses (19–23 SH)
Mass Communications (6 SH)

You must complete 6 SH in Mass Communication:

MCM 100 · Introduction to Mass Communication

3 SH
MCM 102 · Writing for Mass Media

3 SH
Speech Communications (3 SH)

You must complete a 3 SH course in Speech Communication:

SPH 106 · Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3 SH
SPH 107 · Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 SH

The remaining hours in Area V must be fulfilled by the requirements of the institution to which the student plans to transfer. Please refer to the institutional Home Page, Catalog, or Area V page for a major in Public Relations.

Alabama Articulation and General Studies Committee

Official Transfer Agreement

Adopted 8/14/1998 · Amended 7/11/2003

The Alabama Articulation and General Studies Committee (AGSC) appreciates your interest in attending public institutions of higher education in the State of Alabama. The AGSC was created in an effort to improve and monitor the transfer of coursework between public institutions in the state. If you are considering a transfer, use the attached guide when making course decisions. Failure to follow the requirements on the attached guide may result in loss of course credit upon transfer.

This agreement guarantees the transferability of the course work listed on the attached guide among institutions of higher education. The same policies must be applied to transfer students as those applied to native students. This guarantee is subject to the following recommendations and restrictions:

  1. The attached guide will be honored by all other Alabama public institutions of higher education that offer a program in the specified discipline for a period of four years from the date of printing by the student as recorded on the guide. The students will be graduated under the catalog in effect on this date at the institution to which he or she is transferring unless the student is given and accepts the opportunity to be placed under a more recent catalog or unless a change in the program is mandated by requirements of an external accrediting agency or other regulatory agency, including, but not limited to, the State Department of Education, ACHE, SACS, NCATE, or CLN. In the case of any changes resulting from new requirements of an external accrediting agency and / or other regulatory agency, the transfer student will be affected in the same manner as students native to the university. The students should keep a copy of this guide for verification purposes.
  2. When a course sequence is required, it is recommended that students complete the sequenced courses at one institution.
  3. This guide remains valid and is guaranteed only if the student continues in the major specified in this transfer agreement.
  4. Completion of coursework listed on this guide does not guarantee admission to any public institution of higher education in Alabama; nor to the major specified in this agreement; nor to any specific field of study. Students must be officially admitted according to the admission requirements as established by the receiving institution.
  5. Transferability of CLEP credit and advanced placement credit is left up to the discretion of the receiving institution.
  6. The transfer of D grades will be in accordance with the policy of the receiving institution. The same policies must be applied to transfer students as those applied to native students.
  7. Any attempt to modify, change, or alter any part of this guide through electronic or other means would make this agreement null and void.
  8. The total number of hours required of a transfer student who has complied with the requirements of the articulation guide for a degree in a particular major field at the receiving institution shall not exceed the number of hours required of a native students at the receiving institution in the same program.
  9. If only a fractional part of Areas I–V is completed at the sending institution, the receiving institution shall give full credit for those hours taken. This means that credit earned toward Areas I–V for a particular major will be applied by the receiving institution to Areas I–V in that same major.
  10. If the template / transfer guide has not mandated specific courses in Areas II–IV, students who plan to transfer will choose from among the AGSC-approved courses for those areas.
  11. All transfer courses are to fall under the statute of limitation that is in place at the receiving institution at the time the student transfers and his/her transcript is evaluated. Receiving institutions should accept older credit taken by transfer students in the same manner that they accept older credit taken by their native students.

It is the expectation of the Articulation and General Studies Committee (AGSC) that questions / issues pertaining to student transfer of academic credit will be resolved by the institution’s designated Point of Contact who was appointed by their President or Chancellor to manage transfer credit matters. If you need additional help or have other questions, please contact us.

Frequently asked questions

About us

What is the Articulation and General Studies Committee (AGSC)?

AGSC stands for the Alabama Articulation and General Studies Committee. The AGSC was created in March of 1994 by the State Legislature through ACT 94-202.

The AGSC was created to simplify the transfer of course credit between public institutions of higher education within the State of Alabama. To accomplish this task, the AGSC has developed and implemented a statewide general studies and articulation program that facilitates the transferability of coursework among all Alabama public colleges and universities. The AGSC continues to serve as a monitoring committee for the articulation program. The committee members oversee and maintain the program on an on-going basis. Finally, the AGSC works to resolve any student appeals related to transfer of coursework as it relates to the articulation program.

For more information, click here.

How were the AGSC and STARS created?

The AGSC and STARS Program was created through by the Alabama State Legislature through the passing of Act 94-202.

Term & effectiveness

For how long is my transfer guide valid?

From the date you submit this transfer guide, it must be honored by all Alabama public universities that offer the specified major for four years.

What happens after my guide lapses?

If it has been more than four years since you submitted a guide, your credits should still transfer just like older credits taken by all other students in the same degree program at a given university.

What happens if I change majors?

This guide only applies so long as you continue in your specified major. If you decide to change your major, you should get a new transfer guide. Most guides are fairly similar for Areas I–IV; however, you should still consult your academic advisor or counselor.

What happens if the university refuses to honor my Transfer Guide? What if their requirements differ from those on the Guide?

Transfer Guides are protected by the AGSC Transfer Agreement. This agreement guarantees the transferability of major-specific courses for all of the listed universities. If a university refuses to honor your Transfer Guide, please contact us

Course requirements

Will these course requirements ever change?

You may choose to graduate under the course requirements displayed on this guide, or more recent requirements.

The only exception is when a change is mandated by an external accrediting agency or other regulatory agency, such as the State Department of Education, ACHE, SACS, NCATE, or CLN. In this case, the requirements will change equally for all students at a given university.

Does it matter where I take the courses?

It depends.

If you follow your transfer guide, then your graduation requirements will be equal to all other students in the same degree program at a given university.

However, each university has a minimum threshold to be considered a “transfer student.” If your transfer credits are fewer than this threshold, then you are still considered a “first-time” student. While you will receive credit for your courses, it may only go toward the Area (I–V) in which they were a requirement — not toward the exact equivalent courses.

This is because we want to ensure you don’t end up with gaps in your education. From one college or university to another, equivalent courses might differ by a unit or two. If you switch institutions without completing the full Area requirements, you might miss out on important knowledge. But, taken together, the Area requirements at a single institution cover everything you need to know.

This is especially true when certain courses are required in sequence. We strongly recommend you complete them all at the same community college or university.

Why does the course table list more courses than are required for a given Area?

Some Areas do not require specific courses, but instead let you pick from a list of AGSC-approved courses. Just make sure you check how your chosen courses will transfer to each university, as this may vary.

What does it mean when the course table says “Area Core” or “Elective Only”?

Some courses at a community college don’t have an exact equivalent at a given university. However, we recognize that they impart valuable knowledge.

So, rather than throwing those credits away when you transfer, the universities choose to accept them as “Area Core” or “Elective” courses. This means that they’ll apply toward the Area (I–V) that the course falls under, but not toward any specific course.

How will my AP or CLEP credits transfer?

Each university may decide how to apply Advanced Placement (AP) and/or College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits.

You can view the AP course equivalency tables on each university’s page.

Admissions

Do my grades matter?

Yes.

First of all, your grades will affect your eligibility for admission into your desired university.

Second, your pre-transfer GPA will follow you to the university.

Third, if your grades fall below the university’s threshold for transfer, then you will not be awarded credit for the courses and will need to re-take them. Each university may decide how to handle the transfer of D grades. (The same policy must be applied equally to all students — native or transfer — at a given university.)

I completed all the course requirements. Does that mean I’ll be admitted to my desired university?

Congratulations on completing all the course requirements!

Unfortunately, this guide does not guarantee admission to any university; nor to any specific major at the university; nor, even, to any broader field of study. You must still be officially admitted.

For a link to the university’s admission requirements, visit its webpage.