Liberal Studies Transfer Credit Policy
For Transfer Credit application information, please refer to the appropriate link below:
Other Frequently Asked Questions
What is General Education?
General Education is normally understood as the breadth or elective component of your program of study. General education courses provide you with the opportunity to increase the awareness of yourself, the world you live in, and the environments in which you interact with others: in the home, at work or within social and cultural settings. They also form a significant part of every Humber students’ certificate, diploma and degree experience and through the combination of designated and free electives, students are able to explore different disciplines in Arts and Literature, Social Sciences, Humanities and Science and Technology.
Where is the Department of Liberal Studies office located?
We have offices at both the North (K201) and Lakeshore (A114) campuses and coordinators in both locations.
I’ve already been to college or university in North American before coming to Humber. Can any of my credits be used towards completing the general education portion of my Humber certificate, diploma or degree?
Transfer credit for individual courses is awarded when a student is granted credit for academic work completed which is equivalent in content to work covered in the course in question and no other course needs to be substituted. In order to apply for Transfer Credit, students must provide original transcripts, course outlines and/or other documentation or proof to the Office of the Registrar. The Registrar, on the recommendation of the appropriate Dean or Associate Dean will grant students transfer credit. A student who receives transfer credit is NOT automatically withdrawn from a course; the students must officially drop the course him or herself.
I went to college or university outside of Canada before coming to Humber. Can any of my credits be used towards completing the general education portion of my Humber certificate, diploma or degree?
Yes you may be eligible for transfer credit. In order to apply for Transfer Credit, students who have completed academic work which is equivalent to work covered in the course in question outside of Canada, where English is not the primary language of instruction, must submit original transcripts and course outlines and/or other documentation or proof to the Office of the Registrar. Transcripts in other languages must be officially translated into English, and require a Canadian equivalency evaluation. To obtain a Canadian equivalency, transcripts can be sent to ICAS, or WES.
International Credential Assessment Services
100 Stone Road West, Suite 303
Guelph, ON N1G 5L3
World Education Service
45 Charles Street East, Suite 700
Toronto, ON M4Y 1S2
When is the deadline for applying for transfer credit?
The deadline varies according to whether or not you are registered in a certificate, diploma or degree. Please refer to the Academic Regulations for exact dates. However, students are encouraged apply for transfer credit no less than 4 weeks before they begin their studies and to also apply for ALL of their transfer credits at the same time, in order to be able to replace courses for which they have received transfer credit with another course. Course replacement can only occur within the first 5 days of classes.
Is there a cost associated with applying for Transfer Credit?
Yes. The cost is $25.00 per course up to a maximum of $75.00 each time you apply.
What is PLAR?
PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition) is a "process of identifying, assessing and recognizing what a person knows and can do for the purpose of awarding academic credit". (Canadian Labour Force Development Board, 1999). Candidates who demonstrate learning acquired through life and work experience that corresponds to a specific Humber College course or program may be granted PLAR credit in that course. Unlike transfer credit, PLAR recognizes learning that has been acquired outside of the classroom.
How do you apply for PLAR?
You must complete a PLAR Application in order to be considered for prior learning assessment and recognition credits. As part of the application process, you will need to analyze prior learning, compare learning to specific course requirements and provide evidence of learning.
Students may demonstrate skills and knowledge gained through experience in many ways including but not limited to a portfolio assessment, examination and / or interviews. Normally, students will write a challenge examination for General Educaiton courses.
How much does PLAR cost?
The cost is $85.00 (non-refundable) per course challenged.
How many general education courses do I need to take?
The number of required general education courses varies, and it ranges from 2-4 courses depending on length of the program. One of these courses will be a Humanities course (HUMA 024) which serves as an introduction to the general education courses all Humber certificate and diploma students are required to complete. In Humber degree programs, students are not required to take HUMA024 and will devote no less than 20% of the degree studies exploring courses that are outside of their core field of studies. For more detailed information, please review the curriculum for your specific program here.
Are there pre-requisites for the general education courses?
Generally there are no pre-requisites for general education courses except in the case of our ESL general education electives which require a pre-requisite of ESL150 or its equivalent. Humanities (HUMA024) is traditionally the first general education course that students take at Humber because it serves as an introduction to the broad range of disciplines addressed by general education.
I want to take my general education course through Continuing Education or online. Can I do so?
Students who are enrolled in a full time daytime program are encouraged to take their electives during the day. However, if you are interested in taking an elective through part time studies or online, you can refer to the Continuing Education Calendar to view our course offerings.
IT IS THE STUDENTS', RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT THE GENERAL EDUCATION COMPONENTS OF THEIR PROGRAM ARE COMPLETED. If students wish clarification or further information about these requirements as they relate to their particular program of studies, they are encouraged to see a staff member in the Department of Liberal Studies, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences.