The 2022-2023 AGSC/Alabama Transfers Annual Report is now available here.
Printed on 12/10/23
Demo Transfer Guide & Agreement
This Transfer Guide creates a binding agreement between you, us (the AGSC), and all of Alabama’s four-year universities offering your selected major (listed below). For four years from the date you submitted this guide, it must be honored by all Alabama public universities that offer your specified major.
You should read the entire Guide carefully, and meet with your community college counselor to ensure you have everything in order. You should also print a copy of this Guide and save the email we sent you.
Finally, you must print the Area V page for your specified major, and you must do so for each university you may be interested in transferring to. This is because the Area V (pre-professional) courses listed on this guide may not be offered at all universities, and the way they are applied for transfer credits may differ.
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:
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.
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.
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.)
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.
Mathematical Sciences (3 SH)
You must complete a 3 SH course in Mathematics from the following:
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.
Economics (3 SH)
You must complete a 3 SH course in Microeconomics:
Social Sciences (3-6 SH)
You may complete the remaining 3-6 SH in AREA IV from the approved list below:
Area V · Pre-professional, Major & Elective Courses (19–23 SH)
Mass Communications (6 SH)
You must complete 6 SH in Mass Communication:
Speech Communications (3 SH)
You must complete a 3 SH course in Speech Communication:
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:
- 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.
- When a course sequence is required, it is recommended that students complete the sequenced courses at one institution.
- This guide remains valid and is guaranteed only if the student continues in the major specified in this transfer agreement.
- 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.
- Transferability of CLEP credit and advanced placement credit is left up to the discretion of the receiving institution.
- 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.
- Any attempt to modify, change, or alter any part of this guide through electronic or other means would make this agreement null and void.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
What is the Statewide Transfer and Articulation Reporting System (STARS)?
STARS was rebranded in November of 2022 and is now know as Alabama Transfers. Over this 28 year period, over 1.6 million transfer guides were obtained through by transfer students using STARS.
From 1994 to 2022, STARS was an acronym for the "Statewide Transfer & Articulation Reporting System." STARS was a web-accessible database system which provides guidance and direction for prospective transfer students in the State of Alabama.
The STARS System allowed public two-year students in Alabama to obtain
a Transfer Guide/Agreement for the major of their choice. This
guide/agreement, if used correctly, would guide the student through their first two years of coursework and prevent the loss of credit hours upon
transfer to their chosen public four-year university in Alabama.
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.
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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.
Exception: If an accreditation body or organization requires specific academic changes for all students (both native and transfers) in their fields of study, then transfer and native students would have to be treated equally and and would be required to fall in line with the new accrediation mandates. An example of this was the passing and acceptance of the federal "No Child Left Behind" mandate years ago.
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. In any case, you may want to return to the Alabama Transfers website and obtain a new "official" guide in your major area.
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 "official" transfer guide. Most guides are fairly similar for Areas I–IV; however, you should still consult your academic advisor or counselor at your current institution.
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.
Will these course requirements ever change?
You may choose to graduate under the course requirements displayed on your official guide, or you may benefit by chosing to graduate under the most recent catalog. It is the transfer student's choice.
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 (native or transfer) at a given university.
Does it matter where I take the courses?
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 count toward the Area (I–V) in which they were set as requirements. The receiving institution makes the final determination on how the approved transfer courses will count toward their bachelor degree requirements. If the courses are approve and appear on the transfer guide then the receiving institution must give degree credit in some form for the transfer coursework.
In terms of course sequence requirements, we strongly recommend you complete the entire sequence 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 equivalency 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 the university does not have an exact equivalent course but that they will apply course credit a specified Area (I–V).
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. At this time, you can view the AP course equivalency tables by visiting a university's website and searching for "AP Credit" or "CLEP Credit".
COMING SOON! -- We are working to add more information regarding the transfer of AP/CLEP credit to the Alabama Transfers website.
Do my grades matter?
First of all, your grades will affect your eligibility for admission into your desired university and upper-level major/program.
Second, your pre-transfer GPA will follow you to the university and will be calculated into your final GPA upon graduation.
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; however, 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 under the admisison policy of the desired university/major/program.
For a link to the university’s admission requirements, visit its webpage. For quick access to these and other helpful links, please visit our participating institutions page.