Shimer College


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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 Kankakee 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 Kankakee 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 Art: ARTS 1623; 1633.

One course from Music: MUSC 1513.


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: ENGL 1413, 1613, 1623.

One course from English literature: ENGL 1713, 1743, 1853; 2723, 2733.




two 3-credit courses in Chemistry.  CHEM 1504, 1514, 1524, 2614, 2714, 2724. 


NATURAL SCIENCES TWO: EVOLUTION, GENETICS, AND ANIMAL BEHAVIOR:  two 3-credit courses in Biology.  BIOL, 1504, 1514, 1524, 1534, 1614, 2714. 


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 1713; Psychology 1813; or Sociology 2513.  There are three pathways to transfer to Shimer with credit for Social Sciences One.

Pathway One: Take ANTH 1713.

THEN, choose one course from the following list: Childhood Development: CDEV 1513; Psychology: PSYC 1813, 2513, 2553, 2773; Sociology: SOCY 2513, 2523, 2543, 2553.

Pathway Two: Take PSYC 1813.

THEN, choose one course from the following list:  Anthropology: ANTH 1713; Sociology: SOCY 2513, 2523, 2543, 2553.

Pathway Three: Take SOCY 2513.

THEN, choose one course from the following list: Anthropology: ANTH 1713; Childhood Development: CDEV 1513; Psychology: PSYC 1813, 2513, 2543, 2553.


SOCIAL SCIENCES TWO: THE WESTERN POLITICAL TRADITION:  two 3-credit courses in classical political theory and American politics.

Two courses from the following list, one of which must be a course in Political Science: Take Political Science: PLSC 1513 and one course from the following list: PLSC 1553; History: HIST 2513, 2523.