Transferring to Marymount

About half of all politics majors who graduate from Marymount begin their studies at another college – whether another four-year institution or a community college – and then transfer to Marymount to complete their degrees. Some of those students start taking politics courses at their first college and then continue studying politics at Marymount, while others use their time at their first college meeting core requirements and then begin politics at Marymount.

Continuing politics at Marymount

Students who took politics courses at their first college

The politics faculty and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions work together to make transfers to Marymount as seamless as possible; introductory politics courses taken at an accredited college or university will meet specific requirements for the politics major at Marymount, and other politics courses will toward the elective requirements for the major. Any politics (or “government” or “political science” or “international relations”) course taken at an accredited college will count in some way towards a Marymount politics major requirement.

Sample four-year advising plans for transfer students who have taken politics courses at their first college:

Starting politics at Marymount

Students who did not take politics courses (or did not take many) at their first college

Students who complete any Associates Degree at an accredited community college are considered by Marymount to have completed the “liberal arts core” graduation requirements, and do not need to take additional general university requirements aside from TRS 100. And many students who transfer from other four-year colleges find that they are close to fulfilling core requirements. These students can complete Marymount’s politics major, from start to finish, in their remaining two years at Marymount.

This sample advising plan shows how a student who has already met Marymount’s core requirements (for example, by having completed an Associates Degree) can complete the Marymount politics degree in two years, even without having taken a previous politics course. (Note that this is only a sample; students should consult with an academic advisor to plan their specific degree.) In the following sample plan, a student would be encouraged to consider completing the third semester at Marymount (typically, the fall of the students senior year) doing a semester-long study abroad program.

Sample degree plan: students who have already met all core requirements, completing a politics major from start to finish in 2 years (4 semesters)

Semester 1

Semester 2

POL 102 International Relations POL 210 Theory of Democracy
POL 103 Comparative Politics POL 250 Research and Writing
POL 230 American Policy Process POL elective
TRS 100 Theological Inquiry POL elective
University elective University elective

Semester 3

Semester 4

POL elective POL 420 Senior Seminar
POL elective POL elective
POL elective POL elective or second internship
POL internship University elective 
University elective University elective