The University of Texas at Austin
Transfer Credit
UT Home > Transfer Students > Transfer Credit > Common Transfer Credit Issues >

English 316K Equivalents

To transfer as E 316K, a course must be an historically broad survey of American, British, or world literature covering a variety of works in at least two of the three principal literary genres (prose, poetry, & drama).

Such courses usually are sophomore level and must have freshman rhetoric & composition as a prerequisite. In a two-semester sequence both courses are potential E 316K equivalents, but when transferred together one is evaluated as 316K and the other generically as “E 3 SLIT” (Sophomore LITerature) to avoid credit duplication.

In the Texas Common Course Numbering (TCCN) system, nine courses transfer automatically as E 316K:

ENGL 2321 British Literature (single-semester course)
ENGL 2322 British Literature I
ENGL 2323 British Literature II
ENGL 2326 American Literature (single-semester course)
ENGL 2327 American Literature I
ENGL 2328 American Literature II
ENGL 2331 World Literature (single-semester course)
ENGL 2332 World Literature I
ENGL 2333 World Literature II

Courses with the TCCN designations ENGL 2341, 2342, & 2343 in some cases transfer as E 316K, depending on a community college's local implementation, but course content varies statewide and is not always comparable to 316K.

Freshman English composition courses at other institutions (comparable to the TCCN designations ENGL 1301 & 1302) sometimes use literary readings as a basis for essay writing. Such courses typically emphasize writing instruction, are not general surveys of literature, and do not transfer as E 316K.

Most universities and community colleges require two semesters of freshman rhetoric & composition as prerequisite to sophomore level literature courses. UT Austin requires only one freshman composition course, RHE 306, as a prerequisite to E 316K.

When UT students who have completed RHE 306 attempt to enroll in E 316K-equivalent courses at other institutions (during the summer, for example) they may find they do not meet the prerequisite because they lack a second freshman composition course. Unfortunately, there is not much UT can do to help students in this situation; other institutions are entitled to enforce their own requirements, though some will waive the prerequisite when they understand the differences between UT's curriculum and their own. (It may help to print this page and provide it to another institution's academic advisor.)

Other Transfer Issues

More Transfer Credit Info

  • Our Transfer Guides for Austin Community College and other Texas community colleges recommend coursework prospective transfer students should take to apply toward specific UT Austin degree plans.
  • The Automated Transfer Equivalency (ATE) system provides interactive access to our database of more than 250,000 transfer credit evaluations for current and past courses at universities and community colleges throughout Texas.
  • The Interactive Degree Audit (IDA) system enables prospective transfer students and UT students studying away from UT to estimate the degree applicability of coursework taken at other institutions.
  • UT Austin's transfer credit policies are published in the General Information catalog.
revised 17 September 2012
Office of Admissions at UT Austin
Policies & Notices • Privacy Information • Feedback • Contacts