Procedure for transferring economics credits for work completed away from Swarthmore
Students must consult the department chair before taking a non-Swarthmore course for credit. In turn, when formally requesting a credit transfer, students must meet with the Department Chair, Prof. Stephen O'Connell, and should always bring evidence -- syllabus, papers, and examinations -- concerning the content of the course. Along with these materials, students should bring a completed copy of the Economics Department Validation of Transfer Credit form [pdf].
Problems transferring credit may arise in connection with courses offered in programs abroad that are labeled as Economics though they are in fact courses in law, history, or political science; the department does not accept such courses for economics credit. It is usually sufficient for partial credit transfer if the course is taught by a qualified economist and is largely analytical in content, as are nearly all courses in Economics departments in American colleges and universities.
Procedure for transferring credits for business courses
Students must consult the department chair before taking a non-Swarthmore course for business credit. Students should bring all relevant business course materials as well as a completed copy of the Economics Department Credit Transfer form [pdf] when seeking credit for business courses completed away from Swarthmore.
Students can only apply one course in Accounting toward their 8 credit requirement in Economics. Business courses taken at the University of Pennsylvania or other universities beyond this cannot be counted toward the eight credits required for an Economics major. They can be included as part of the 32 credits required for graduation but students can receive no more than two credits in total for such courses. The only exception to this rule is for students who take the equivalent of ECON 033 (Accounting) at another school; the course is not counted against the two allowed business credits, and can be counted as part of the 8 credits needed for the Economics major. No credit is given for night school classes at Wharton.
Swarthmore students can get business credit (subject to the above restrictions), but not economics credit, for finance courses taken outside of the tri-College system. If, however, a student has taken Financial Economics at Swarthmore (ECON 022 or ECON 122), or a similar course elsewhere, no credit will be granted for additional, substantially overlapping, finance courses.
Procedure for transferring credit for Introductory Economics taken away from Swarthmore
Subject to the department's approval, students may transfer credit for introductory economics taken at other colleges or universities, whether taken as a one or a two semester introductory course. A student may be granted credit for taking a one semester course in either introductory microeconomics or introductory macroeconomics but will be advised to audit at Swarthmore the other part of the introductory material before taking higher level economics courses. Students should bring all relevant course materials as well as a completed copy of the Economics Department Validation of Transfer Credit form [pdf] when seeking credit for Introductory Economics completed away from Swarthmore.