Automatic Course Approval List

The Automatic Course Approval list contains a list of courses that are automatically approved. If you take a course on this list, you do NOT need to go to the department and ask them to sign a Course Approval Form for you. You should still submit a Course Approval Form for these automatic courses, write "yes" in the automatic approval column, and leave the faculty signature column blank. Once you submit Course Approval Forms for any additional courses taken abroad, your credits will be transferred to your GW transcript. For more information on the transfer credit process, please visit our Transferring Credit page.

Automatic approvals exist for the following departments:

  • Business Administration
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • History
  • International Business
  • Political Science
  • Public Health


If you are taking a course not listed on this chart or want to petition that your course transfer differently than the automatically approved GW course number, please bring a syllabus, coursework and a course approval form to the appropriate department.

Courses change periodically. This list is not comprehensive and may change depending on the semester.

If a course has been approved for more than one course number, you can choose which one fits better into your academic plan. For those courses listed in red, you must contact the department to arrange a language placement exam.

View the Automatic Approval List.