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Transfer Guidelines for QuEST (General Education)

Transfer Guidelines for General Education

The undergraduate Registrar's Office will be open for walk-in service Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m with limited staff. Please note that email will be the preferred method of communication for fall in an effort to comply with social distancing guidelines. Our services have been modified to an electronic format via dynamic forms found on our Forms for Current Students webpage. If a face-to-face meeting is required outside of these hours, an appointment or Zoom meeting may be scheduled. Please view the Contact our Team page to confirm staff member responsibilities and contact information. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

Guide to Transfer Equivalencies for Messiah University QuEST (General Education) Requirements


Requirement Equivalency
First Year Seminar 3 credits English composition (Awarded if 2 or more full-time semesters of college have been completed after high school graduation)
Oral Communication 3 credits public speaking (e.g. speech; relational communication)
Created and Called for Community 3 credits Messiah University course
Mathematical Science 3 credits mathematical science beyond college algebra (Some majors may have specific course requirements)
Laboratory Science 3-4 credits laboratory science (e.g. biology, chemistry, physics, geology containing a lab component. Some majors may have specific course requirements)
Science, Technology & the World 3 credits science or technology studies course emphasizing ethical, social, historical, philosophical, aesthetic, or political aspects
Social Science 3 credits introductory psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, or political science
History 3 credits European or United States history
Literature 3 credits literature (e.g. American writers, British writers, Shakespeare, short stories, poetry)
Philosophy or Religion 3 credits philosophy (e.g. introduction to philosophy) or religion (e.g. introduction to world's major religious traditions)
Arts 3 credits art, music, or theatre
Languages & Culture 3 semesters of same modern language
Non-Western Studies 3 credits in non-western studies (e.g. Asian, Latin American, Native American, African studies)
Bible *3 credits focusing on the functions, formation, and genres of the Bible
Christian Beliefs *3 credits focusing on the theological thinking, writing, and interpretation, central beliefs about Christian faith
Wellness 2 one credit activity courses
Ethics in the Modern World, World Views, or Pluralism in Contemporary America Ethics: describe and apply various approaches to philosophical ethics;
Worldviews: articulate, justify, and compare/contrast differing world views;
Pluralism: contemporary issues arising from various forms of diversity, examine effects of inequality

*Case by case exceptions for appropriate equivalent courses made in light of the theological foundation of the transferring college.

NOTE: Some majors have specifically defined courses that meet both a major and a QuEST (General Education) requirement. Consult the current Messiah University catalog for more information at