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Recommended Prerequisites


UMBC-Shady Grove provides upper-level coursework for transfer students who have completed or are near completion of lower-level course requirements.  As such, only upper-level courses are offered at UMBC-Shady Grove specific to each of our undergraduate programs.  Most students transferring into UMBC-Shady Grove have completed at least 45-50 credits prior to transferring and many students have earned their Associate Degree.  The History Department strongly encourages you to complete the following courses prior to transfer:

  • U.S. History
  • History of Western Civilization
  • World History or East Asian History
  • English Composition

In addition to the above courses, the following courses must be completed prior to graduation from UMBC. Ideally, a student will complete as many of the courses below as possible prior to transferring to UMBC-Shady Grove. Given that these courses are lower-level, they must be taken at an institution other than UMBC-Shady Grove:

  • 3 Arts and Humanities courses (from at least two different disciplines)
  • 3 Social Science courses (from at least two different disciplines)
  • College Algebra or Statistics
  • 2 Science courses (at least one must have a lab component)
  • 2 Physical Education courses (consult advisor about exceptions)
  • World Language 201-Level (consult advisor about exceptions)

Questions about the History Program?  Please contact Dr. Andrew Nolan, Program Director, at or 301-738-6182. Watch the short video below to meet Dr. Nolan.