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Holy Names University Articulation Information for New and Continuing Undergraduate Students

Transfer Credit Policies

Courses From Other Institutions

In general, Holy Names University accepts transfer courses from regionally accredited institutions or international institutions recognized by the Ministry of Education in the appropriate country, provided that these courses are intended to meet degree requirements at the sending institution, are not remedial, and are passed with grades of C- or higher. California community college courses are typically transferred according to California State University guidelines. Credit for P.E. activity courses is limited to 6 semester units. Any course identified as a workshop, seminar, practicum, field experience, work experience, continuing education or weekend type coursework will be carefully evaluated by the Registrar to determine transferability. The maximum number of units that may be transferred to Holy Names University is 90 semester units, of which no more than 70 semester units may come from community college. Courses which an HNU student take at other colleges or universities will not be counted in the student's cumulative grade point average and will be posted with a grade of Credit.

In cases where a student presents transfer work from domestic institutions lacking regional accreditation or international institutions lacking recognition by the appropriate Ministry of Education, the University requires the student to present convincing documentation about the quality, comparability, and applicability of the course(s) in question. This documentation may include such items as course syllabi, credentials of the faculty member, and a portfolio of work completed for the course. In the case of online or correspondence courses, the student must also present evidence that the student who completes and receives credit for the course is the same one who registered and that the integrity of course examinations is protected. In evaluating the quality and comparability of a course applicable to a Holy Names degree, student outcomes for the course, evidence of comparable rigor, and the nature of the course experiences will be considered.

Reasonable consideration is given to comparable transfer courses in satisfying the University's General Education requirements. The faculty in each major area decide which transfer courses may be used to satisfy requirements for the major (see Substitiutions and Exemptions in the Major).

All final, official college or university transcript(s) are required to verify that credits were completed at a satisfactory level. Students may not attend classes without verification of the final transcript(s). Failure to submit all final, official transcript(s) from all colleges or universities attended may result in immediate dismissal.

Advanced Placement

The University grants elective or General Education credit for college-level courses taken by high school students in the Advanced Placement Program, administered by the College Board. Lower division credit is given for each course passed with a test score of 3 or higher. Most examinations are designed to validate study considered to represent a full academic year of college study of the subject, or 6 semester units. Students may receive credit for up to 30 units of AP work. Holy Names University Advanced Placement Guidelines, 2012-2013.

International Baccalaureate

The University recognizes the International Baccalaureate program and its examinations. Students who have been awarded the I.B. Diploma may be granted up to 38 semester units. Students who have earned an I.B. Certificate will be awarded 6 semester units for each higher examination passed with a score of 5 or higher.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

This program, administered by the College Board, is designed to evaluate undergraduate college level education not obtained through traditional means. The general tests assess comprehensive achievements in specific courses at the undergraduate level. The University grants six unspecified semester units for each general test for which the student has earned a score of 50 (50th percentile) or above. Three semester units for special subject tests for which a score of 50 (50th percentile) or above has been earned can be attributed to lower division coursework in the major, subject to departmental approval. The units earned are for credit, not for a letter grade. Students may receive credit for up to 30 units for CLEP examinations.

Credit for Extension Classes

A maximum of six approved extension semester units may be counted toward the Bachelor’s degree. Courses in the major must have the approval of the student’s faculty advisor. To be an approved extension course, the course must have sufficient hours of instruction, outside assignments, and methods of evaluation that are comparable to those of regular classes, and an instructor as professionally qualified as one for regular classes. Any such units must be in courses which would be acceptable in Holy Names’ degrees and must come from accredited institutions that would accept the units toward their own degrees.

Credit for Cooperative Education

The University accepts undergraduate credit for cooperative education earned at an accredited institution with an organized academic program in experiential learning. Validity of the study is recognized provided that:

  1. it was planned with faculty guidance and definitely related to academic coursework, and
  2. it was directed by a qualified supervisor and evaluated both by the supervisor and the responsible faculty member of the credit-granting institution. Acceptance of the transfer credit in cooperative education is limited to 12 semester units.

Credit for Military Training and USAFI

Holy Names grants credit for military training in accordance with the recommendations of the American Council on Education in the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Forces. In order to receive such credit the student must present evidence by written certification from a recognized military authority, such as papers from a military separation center, AARTS transcript, an official copy of a diploma from a service school, or USAFI transcript. Holy Names University is a Service members’ Opportunity College (SOC). As a SOC member, Holy Names University recognizes the unique nature of the military lifestyle and has committed itself to easing the transfer of relevant course credits, providing flexible academic residency requirements, and crediting learning from appropriate military training and experiences. Students may receive credit for up to 30 units of military training.

Credit for Non-collegiate Instruction

Holy Names grants undergraduate degree credit for successful completion of non-collegiate instruction, appropriate to the Baccalaureate, that has been recommended by the Commission on Educational Credit and Credentials of the American Council on Education. The courses and number of units allowed are those recommended in the National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs. Credit granted for non-collegiate instruction is not generally applied to general education or requirements for the major and is limited to 12 semester units.

Credit for Portfolio-Evaluated Experiential Learning (PEEL)

Recognizing that learning is a lifelong process that can be acquired outside of standard institutional processes, HNU will grant undergraduate credit for work that relates to a student’s overall academic program and is demonstrable at a level appropriate for college credit. The work must also be appropriate to the mission and goals of Holy Names University. The learning that can support academic credit may be based on such experiences as training acquired in professional or volunteer work; attendance at professional workshops or conferences; independent reading, travel, and scholarship; public performance or exhibition of creative work; and competencies acquired in pursuit of license or certification, among others.

Student Eligibility (PEEL)

  1. Students may apply for a maximum of thirty units in experiential learning.
  2. Students may petition for credits from experiential learning if they:
    • transfer in with a grade point average of 2.8 or higher, or
    • have completed 12 units at HNU with a grade point average of 2.8 or higher, or
    • receive permission from the Office of Academic Affairs.
  3. Petitions must be submitted at least one full term before expected graduation. Credit will be posted to the student’s transcript after completion of academic residency requirement (24 units).

Fee Structure (PEEL)

Fees are paid on an individual course-by-course basis. The initial application/counseling fee will be $125 and an evaluation fee for each course will be $325. Fees are charged for services performed, not for credit granted.


Residency Requirements

To ensure that the degree reflects actual experience at Holy Names University, students must complete at least 30 units on campus.


Minimum Total Units and Grade Point Average

All Baccalaureate degree candidates must complete at least 120 semester hours of college-level work with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 (4.0 = A), both cumulative and in the major. At least 48 of the total units must be in upper-division course work (courses numbered 100 or higher).


General Education Requirements

All students, regardless of their chosen major, will satisfy a common set of requirements called the “general education” requirements. The general education requirements at Holy Names University are designed to assure that students attain proficiency in the skills that identify an educated person as well as sufficient breadth of knowledge to appreciate and contribute to a complex and rapidly changing world. At Holy Names University, a liberal arts education includes study in the humanities, the natural sciences, mathematics, the social sciences, and the arts. The curriculum ensures that each student receives an understanding of the natural world, philosophical inquiry and traditions, literature, religion and spirituality, historical and political processes, the human person in society, technology, a language other than English, cultural diversity, and creative expression in the fine and performing arts. Each course can be used to meet only one general education requirement.

Summary of General Education Requirements

  1. Foundation in Critical Thinking and Communication:
    1. Written Communication (2 courses - 6 units)

      These courses must be completed with a minumum grade of C-.

    2. Oral Communication (1 course - 3 units)
    3. Mathematical Reasoning (1 course - 3 units)
  2. Disciplinary Courses:
    1. Religious Studies (1 course - 3 units)
    2. Literature, Philosophy (1 course - 3 units)
    3. Physical Sciences with Lab (1 course with lab - 3 units)

      BSN students who have taken at least 6 units of science have fulfilled the General Education Science Requirement. For ABD students, only one the science courses must have a laboratory component.

    4. Biological Sciences with Lab (1 course with lab - 3 units)

      BSN students who have taken at least 6 units of science have fulfilled the General Education Science Requirement. For ABD students, only one the science courses must have a laboratory component.

    5. Social Sciences (1 course - 3 units)
    6. Fine and Performing Arts (1 course - 3 units)
    7. Foreign Language/Linguistics (1 course - 3 units)
      Three or more years of one foreign language in high school (with grade of C- or better each term)as reflected on an official high school transcript).
      Students whose native language is other than English may fulfill this requirement by providing appropriate documentation of their ability to read, write, and speak their native language at a level at least equivalent to second-semester college study. This information should be submitted as part of the admission process or within the first term of study at Holy Names.
  3. Interdisciplinary Studies:
    1. All FOUR Integrative Studies Across Cultures courses
      • Students seeking the BS or the BSN choose only ONE
      • Transfer students with 60+ transferable units complete only 2 courses; with 90+ transferable units, they complete 1 course. ABD students with 50+ transferable units complete only 2 courses.
      • Concurrent enrollment in or completion of ENGL 1A or ESLG 24B is required for all students taking the courses for lower-division credit; completion of ENGL 1B is required of all students taking the courses for upper-division credit.
    2. Senior Colloquium
  4. Writing Across the Curriculum:
    Minimum 3 courses designated as (W) courses
    Transfer students with 60+ transferable units complete only 2 courses; with 90+ transferable units, they complete 1 course.

Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)

The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) is a general education program that community college transfer students can use to fulfill lower-division general education requirements at Holy Names University without the need, after transfer, to take additional lower division general education courses. These students will need to take only two upper-division ISAC courses plus the capstone course to complete their HNU General Education. All courses must be completed with the minimum grades required by the granting school/s.The IGETC is NOT an admission requirement to Holy Names University. There is no connection between completion of the IGETC and eligibility for admission. Requirements for lower-division courses for admission to particular majors also remain unchanged. All coursework applicable to the IGETC must be completed in its entirety prior to transfer and certified in order to be accepted by Holy Names University. Courses taken at several institutions may be used to fulfill the IGETC. Students should be aware, however, that placement of courses within IGETC subject areas may vary from college to college. Placement of a course will be based on the college of attendance and its IGETC pattern, at the time the course was completed.Completion of the IGETC program will be certified by the last community college that the student attends.


Holy Names University General Education Articulation Agreements (PDF)


Substitutions and Exemptions in the Majors

These items fall primarily in the purview of the advisor and can only be addressed when brought to the Associate Registrar/Registrar's attention.

  • Transfer classes substituted for major requirements
  • ABD-version classes taken by traditional students and Trad-version classes taken by adults
  • General HNU Substitutions within the major
  • Exemptions from ISAC classes based on 60 or 90 transfer units, or 50 transfer units for ABD students.

Advisors will alert the Registrar's Office of any Substitutions and Exemptions by using the Substitution/Exemption Course Petition form (PDF) and/or the ISAC Exemption form (PDF).


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