Advising Plan

First year advising plan

Students in their first year take courses that meet a combination of requirements for the Political Science and International Relations major and the Liberal Arts Core, following a plan they make in consultation with an academic advisor. Majors should also meet regularly with Political Science and International Relations faculty members to discuss their plans. In particular, students in their first year should start planning study abroad and internship opportunities.

Students in the major beginning their college careers at Marymount begin with POL 101, offered every fall. That course provides an overview of political science and gets students immediately engaged in the opportunities of the Washington DC area.

POL 102 and POL 103 are required for the major but students do not need to take POL 102 and 103 in any particular order. Political Science and International Relations majors should, if possible, take 102 in a spring semester and 103 in a fall semester. So, if your first semester at Marymount is in the…

  • …fall semester, you should take POL 103 that fall. If POL 103 is full, please contact your academic advisor to be let in. In the spring, your second semester, take POL 102.
  • …spring semester, you should take POL 102 that spring. If 102 is full, please contact your academic advisor to be let in. In the fall, your second semester, take POL 103.

Other courses to take during your first year include:

  • TRS 100
  • PH 100
  • EN 101 and 102
  • A course meeting the Natural Science (NS) requirement
  • MA 095 for students who are advised to take it

If you are mostly interested in…

  • …American politics, you should consider taking an introductory social science course in economics, psychology, or sociology.
  • …international affairs, you should consider taking SOC 203, which meets the introductory social science requirement while giving you the option to pursue the international studies minor.

Transitioning to the second year

Students in their second year in the Political Science and International Relations major typically take POL 210, 230, and 250, and often one or two additional elective courses in the major. Those courses do not need to be taken in any particular order. EN 102 is a prerequisite for all of those. Students advancing to their second year should consult with a faculty mentor in the program to discuss their plans. The second year can also be a good time to complete a semester-long study abroad program.

Sample degree plan for the Political Science and International Relations major

All students must consult with an advisor in making course selections that meet their individual needs. We strongly encourage students to complete at least one full semester abroad; students who study abroad for a semester typically do it sometime between the spring semester of their second year and the fall semester of their senior year. A sample degree plan for Political Science and International Relations can be found here.

Year One
Fall Spring
EN 101 – Composition I EN 102 Composition II
POL 101 – Power and Society POL 102 – International Relations
POL 103 – Comparative Politics TRS 100 – Theological Inquiry
Introductory History Natural Science with a lab
PH 100 – Introduction to Philosophy University elective

 

Year Two
Fall Spring (at Marymount or study abroad)
University elective POL 210 – Theory of Democracy
POL 250 – Research and Writing Introductory Literature
POL 230 – American Policy Process Introductory Social Science
Mathematics Fine Arts, Advanced Literature, or Advanced History
Political Science elective University elective

 

Year Three
Fall (at Marymount or study abroad) Spring (at Marymount or study abroad)
Fine Arts, Advanced Literature, or Advanced History Moral Reasoning Course
University elective Introductory Social Science or Natural Science
Political Science elective Political Science elective
University elective University elective
University elective University elective

 

Year Four
Fall (at Marymount or study abroad) Spring
POL 400 – Internship POL 420 – Senior Seminar
Political Science elective Political Science elective
Political Science elective University elective
University elective University elective
University elective University elective