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First Year Plan

Students in their first year take courses that meet a combination of requirements for the Politics major and the Liberal Arts Core. As a first-year student at Marymount you will be advised at the Center for Teaching and Learning, but we also encourage you to meet with politics faculty to discuss your plans.

POL 102 and POL 103 are required for the major and are prerequisites for many of the advanced courses you will take later. You do not need to take POL 102 and 103 in any particular order. You should try to take 102 in a fall semester and 103 in a spring semester. So, if your first semester at Marymount is in the...

  • ...fall semester, you should take POL 102 that fall if it is available. If 102 is full that semester, then take it the following fall. In the spring, your second semester, take POL 103.
  • ...spring semester, you should take POL 103 that spring if it is available. If 103 is full that semester, then take it the following spring. In the fall, your second semester, take POL 102.  
Other courses to take your first semester include:
  • Discover 101
  • EN 101 (or EN 090 or 100 if you are advised to take them instead)
Other courses to take during your first year include:
  • TRS 100
  • PH 100
  • EN 102
  • A course meeting the Natural Science (NS) requirement
  • A course meeting the introductory history (HI-1) 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 (SS-1) course in economics, psychology, or sociology. 
  • ...international affairs, you should consider taking SOC 203, which meets the introductory social science (SS-1) requirement while giving you the option to pursue the international studies minor.

Transitioning to the second year

Students in their second year in the politics major typically take POL 210, 211, 230, and 250, and often one or two additional elective courses in politics. 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 advisor in the politics program to determine a sequence for their second-year politics courses. The second year can also be a good time to complete a semester-long study abroad program, depending on your interests.
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