Shimer College



McHenry County College (MCC)

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 MCC 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 MCC 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: ART 151; ART 171; ART 172; ART 173.

One course from Music: MUS 140; MUS 145; MUS 151; MUS 171; MUS 172; MUS 240; MUS 245.


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 151; ENG 152. 

One course from English literature: ENG 240; ENG 251; ENG 252; ENG 253; ENG 254;  ENG 255; ENG 256; ENG 260; ENG 261.




NATURAL SCIENCES ONE: LAWS AND MODELS IN CHEMISTRY: two 3-credit courses in Chemistry. 

One 5-credit or two 3-or 4 credit courses from Chemistry: CHM 165; CHM 166; CHM 170; CHM 265: CHM 266.



Two courses from the following list: Anthropology: ANT 160; Biology: BIO 137; BIO 157; BIO 158; BIO 255; BIO 263; BIO 264.


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 151 or 170; Psychology 151; or Sociology 105.  There are three pathways to transfer to Shimer with credit for Social Sciences One.

Pathway One: Take ANT 151 or ANT 170.

THEN, choose one course from the following list: Early Childhood Education: ECE 120;  Psychology: PSY: 151; PSY 250; PSY 251; PSY 255; PSY 260; PSY 265; PSY 275; PSY 280.

Pathway Two: Take PSY 151.

THEN, choose one course from the following list: Anthropology: ANT 151; ANT170; Sociology: SOC 151; SOC 175; SOC 251; SOC 256; SOC 260; SOC 261.

Pathway Three: Take SOC 151.

THEN, choose one course from the following list: Anthropology: ANT 151; ANT170; Psychology: Early Childhood Education: ECE 120; PSY 151; PSY 250; PSY 251; PSY 255; PSY 260; PSY 265; PSY 275; PSY 280.


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:  Political Science: PLT 150; PLT 151; PLT160; History: HIS 170; HIS 172