Students with 60 or more credits may transfer in courses toward the Shimer College Bachelor of Science degree that count for Shimer College’s lower-level (1- and 2-level) Core courses, except for Integrative Studies 2. Shimer College’s lower-level Core Courses are five-credit courses. Typically, this means that 2 3-credit Berkshire courses that count for the Core Courses designated below will be equivalent to one Shimer Core Course, and the remaining credit will be a lower-level elective credit in the Humanities, Natural Sciences, or Social Sciences as appropriate. Special Topics Courses and Independent Studies courses may be accepted for Shimer credit.
The Berkshire courses eligible to transfer in as Shimer Core Course Equivalences are listed below:
HUMANITIES ONE: ART AND MUSIC: two 3-credit courses, one in Art and one in Music.
One course from Fine Arts: FAS 171; FAS 172; FAS 173.
One course from Music: MUS 106; MUS 108; MUS 187; MUS 225; MUS 226.
HUMANITIES TWO: POETRY, DRAMA, AND FICTION: one 3-credit course in Composition and one 3-credit course in Literature. Two 3-credit literature courses may be accepted if there is a substantial writing component in at least one of them.
One composition course from English: ENG 101; ENG 102; ENG 103; ENG 104
One course from English literature: ENG 204; ENG 215; ENG 216; ENG 221; ENG 222; ENG 228; ENG 231; ENG 232; ENG 245.
INTEGRATIVE STUDIES TWO: FOUNDATIONS OF MATHEMATICS AND LOGIC: No equivalence.
NATURAL SCIENCES ONE: LAWS AND MODELS IN CHEMISTRY: two 3-credit courses in Chemistry.
Two courses from Chemistry: CHM 101; CHM 102; CHM 201; CHM 202; Honors: HON 298E.
NATURAL SCIENCES TWO: EVOLUTION, GENETICS, AND ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: two 3-credit courses in biology.
Two courses from the following list: Anthropology: ANT 102; Biology: BIO 101; BIO 102; BIO 109; BIO 110; BIO 111; BIO 112; BIO 118; BIO 150; BIO 180; BIO 201; BIO 202; BIO 207; BIO 236 (BIO236L may be included); Honors: HON 298E.
SOCIAL SCIENCES ONE: SOCIETY, CULTURE AND PERSONALITY: two 3-credit courses in the social sciences: at least one must be introductory; the other must be from a different department. You must therefore choose one of the following introductory courses: Anthropology 101; Psychology 107; or Sociology 105. There are three pathways to transfer to Shimer with credit for Social Sciences One.
Pathway One: Take ANT 101.
THEN, choose one course from the following list: Early Childhood Education: ECE 101; Psychology: PSY 107; PSY 204; PSY 207; PSY 221; PSY 226; Sociology: SOC 105; SOC 121; SOC 136; SOC 208; SOC 212; SOC 216; SOC 217; SOC 219; SOC 228.
Pathway Two: Take PSY 107.
THEN, choose one course from the following list: Anthropology: ANT 101; ANT 125; Sociology: SOC 105; SOC 121; SOC 136; SOC 208; SOC 212; SOC 216; SOC 217; SOC 219; SOC 228.
Pathway Three: Take SOC 105
THEN, choose one course from the following list: Anthropology: ANT 101; ANT 125; Early Childhood Education: ECE 101; Psychology: PSY 107; PSY 204; PSY 207; PSY 221; PSY 226.
SOCIAL SCIENCES TWO: THE WESTERN POLITICAL TRADITION: two courses in classical political theory and American politics.
Two courses from the following list, one of which must be a course in Government: GOV 105; GOV 135; History: HIS 117; HIS 118.