STARS Requirements

STARS Requirements

If you are planning to transfer to the University of Alabama from a junior or community college in Alabama, you will need to know the junior or community college equivalents to University of Alabama courses. The STARS (Statewide Transfer and Articulation Reporting System) website offers detailed information about course equivalencies and requirements. For the purposes of the STARS system, courses are organized into five categories:

  • Area I: Composition
  • Area II: Humanities, Literature, and Fine Arts
  • Area III: Natural Science and Mathematics
  • Area IV: History, Social Science, and Behavioral Science
  • Area V: Pre-Professional, Major, and Elective Courses in the College

For information about Areas I-IV, visit the University of Alabama registrar’s office website or STARS website. Because Area V requirements are set at the college or departmental level, you must consult the college in which your major, program, or elective is based to determine course equivalencies. This website covers Area V requirements for majors, programs, and electives offered within the College of Arts and Sciences; for other subjects, visit the UA registrar’s transfer credit website.

Additional Requirements

In addition to the Area V requirements (linked below), students must complete the writing requirement and the computer/foreign language requirement.

Writing requirement

Six semester hours in 300- and 400-level courses, preferably in the student’s major, approved for the writing (W) designation. The (W) designation indicates that one of the conditions for a passing grade is that students write coherent, logical, carefully edited prose in a minimum of two papers, at least one of which will be graded and returned before mid-semester. All (W) designated courses are taught and graded by instructors who have at least the master’s degree and preferably are limited to an enrollment of no more than 35 students. The (W) requirement must be satisfied with courses taken on the University of Alabama campus.

Computer or foreign-language requirement

Students must complete ONE of the following options:

  • Six semester hours in courses that are approved for the computer (C) designation. Such courses assume a working knowledge of the computer.
  • Two semesters in one foreign language (FL). Students must earn grades of “C” or higher in the first course of the two-semester sequence before enrolling in the second course. Students with two or more high school units of a foreign language are assigned to foreign language courses on the basis of placement test scores. Students placed into intensive elementary review or intermediate courses satisfy the FL requirement in one semester.

STARS Area V Requirements

Major, Pre-Professional, and elective courses in the College of Arts and Sciences


African American Studies
American Studies
Art (studio)
Art History
Communicative Disorders
Criminal Justice
Environmental Science
Foreign Languages and Literature
International Studies
Marine Science (double major program)
New College
Political Science
Religious Studies