Academic Policies

Columbia Credit for Academic Work at Trinity

Dual BA Program students work with their Columbia University academic and major advisors to determine how their coursework at Trinity College Dublin will be credited toward their studies at Columbia, and will have their transcripts from Trinity evaluated for eligible transfer credit each semester. General policies regarding the transfer of academic credit can be found on the GS website. In general, three types of credit are assigned at Columbia: elective credit toward the BA degree, credit toward the major, and credit toward the core curriculum.

Credit Toward the Columbia BA Degree

Students will receive up to 60 of the 124 points required for graduation at Columbia for coursework completed at Trinity. Courses that students wish to be counted for transfer credit must satisfy certain criteria:

  • It is an academic class consistent with the General Studies curriculum. (Please note: as part of the undergraduate degree program, Columbia University does not offer online courses for credit; therefore, online courses are not eligible for transfer credit.)
  • It carries the equivalent of a grade of “C” or higher on the American grading scale (a mark of 55% or higher at Trinity) and is documented by an official transcript.
  • It is not a “mini” or intersession course (however, coursework completed during a summer session is eligible for transfer credit evaluation).

Credit Toward the Major

Credit toward the major at the point of the commencement of Columbia coursework is determined in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the academic department where the student plans to declare a major. Students should consult the academic requirements enumerated on the major page for details; majors at Columbia range in required point count from 29 to 88. Students should expect to complete the majority of the requirements for their Columbia major at Columbia; however, in some cases, students may receive credit toward the major for coursework completed at Trinity.

Common majors and course credit guidelines for the Dual BA Program may be found on the Majors and Concentrations page. Please note that this list is subject to change and expansion.

Credit Toward the Core Curriculum

The GS core requirements provide the foundation for a traditional liberal arts education, assuring that students develop critical skills in writing and quantitative reasoning while exposing them to a range of knowledge and disciplines.

  • Art Humanities: All Dual BA Program students must complete this course at Columbia.
  • Contemporary Civilization/Social Sciences (six points of coursework): Students following courses in European Studies, History, and Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures may be eligible to apply modules toward this requirement.
  • Global Core (six points of coursework): Introduction to Islamic Civilisation at Trinity may fulfill this requirement.
  • Language (four terms or the equivalent): European Studies and Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures students will likely have this requirement fulfilled by previous Trinity modules.
  • Literature/Humanities (six points of coursework—the literature component must be taken at Columbia): Any history course taken at Trinity may be applied toward the humanities portion of this requirement.
  • Music Humanities: All Dual BA Program students must complete this course at Columbia.
  • Quantitative Reasoning (one term or the equivalent): This requirement may be satisfied through the Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Level Maths Exam, French baccalauréat, SAT, or ACT.
  • Science (three terms or the equivalent): This requirement may be partially satisfied through the Irish Leaving Certificate, AP, IB, or other upper-level international leaving exams.
  • University Writing: All Dual BA Program students not majoring in English must complete this course at Columbia.