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The following are the graduation requirements for all students in Georgetown College. Each degree candidate must:
- Complete a minimum of 120 semester hours and 38 to 40 semester courses. To meet the minimum of 120 credit hours, a student may need as many as 40 courses; Bachelor of Science candidates will exceed the 120-credit minimum by meeting the 38-course minimum. In counting courses, the student should note the following definitions of a course:
- A course is a unit of three credits or more.
- An intensive language course for more than three credits counts as one course.
- A one-credit offering is not computed in the course count.*
- A science lecture with an accompanying laboratory is counted as one course, even if the lecture and laboratory are listed separately and even if they are taken in separate semesters.
- Non-credit leisure and recreation courses do not count toward graduation.
*Students majoring in one of the Performing Arts programs (i.e., American Musical Cultures or Theater and Performance Studies) are required to enroll in a series of one- and/or two-credit performance or production pieces, and those enrollments are bundled together as a course in the major that also counts toward the College's 38 course minimum. Students not majoring in a Performing Arts program who complete three separate one-credit enrollments in Theater and Performance Studies or four separate one-credit enrollments in Music or Dance may contact their dean to request that those enrollments be bundled together to count as one course toward the College's 38 course minimum. Any subsequent enrollments in one-credit performance courses must be for zero credits; additional enrollments for credit will be excluded from the degree.
- Complete the following core requirements:
Philosophy: 2 courses
Theology: 2 courses
Writing: 1 course plus an Integrated Writing requirement in the major
Humanities: Art, Literature, and Culture: 1 course
History: 2 courses
Math/Science: 2 courses
Social Science: 2 courses*
Engaging Diversity: 2 courses**
Mastery of a foreign language through the intermediate level
* Some science majors are exempt from the Social Science requirement; please consult the Core Requirements section that follows.
**Engaging Diversity is an overlay requirement; courses fulfilling other parts of the Core may also fulfill the Engaging Diversity requirement.
- Declare a major and complete all requirements for the major as specified in the Degree Programs section of this Bulletin. Students in the College may elect to double major, double major with a minor or approved certificate program, or major in one field with one or two minors (or a minor and a certificate), but only one major program is required. All students are expected to declare a major no later than spring of the sophomore year, in advance of preregistration for the following fall semester. With rare exceptions (e.g., American Studies), major programs are not by application. It is generally expected that a student's performance in major courses will be at the level of C or better; students performing consistently below this standard may be directed by the deans to pursue a different major.
- Achieve a final cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or better.
A note about the conferral of degrees:
Degrees are conferred three times a year: in May, August, and December. Seniors are prompted to file an electronic application for the degree by the Dean’s Office, and failure to do so in a timely fashion may delay the conferral of the degree.
Commencement Exercises take place once a year, in May. Students graduating in August may participate in the May Commencement exercises preceding or following the conferral of the degree. Students graduating in December may participate in the following May Commencement exercises. Note that for purposes of computing class rank and determining graduation honors, both August and December graduates are included with the following class of May graduates.
The Core is ordinarily completed in the student’s first and second years.
Students are expected to fulfill Core requirements at Georgetown but may fulfill a maximum of one half of each requirement away from Georgetown with permission from the Dean’s office. Certain specific courses, noted below, must be completed at Georgetown.
Philosophy and Theology
Georgetown, with its commitment to the Jesuit tradition, believes that modern men and women should consider reflectively their relationship to the world, their fellow humans, and God. All students take a year of Philosophy and a year of Theology.
Through the Core, the Philosophy Department is committed to providing courses that promote students’ personal growth as human beings in search of meaningful lives, foster their development as responsible citizens, and offer effective introductions to the discipline of philosophy.
All students in Georgetown College must take two courses in philosophy, one in ethics and one in an area of general philosophy. Ethics courses include PHIL-010 Intro to Ethics and all PHIL courses numbered 100-149. General philosophy courses include PHIL-020 Intro to Philosophy and all PHIL courses numbered 150-199. PHIL-098 may count for either area. The first philosophy course must be an introductory course (PHIL-010, -020, or -098). The second course should be at the 100-level, although it is possible to fulfill the requirement with two courses at the 000-level. Seniors are not permitted in the introductory courses, so seniors who have not taken any philosophy previously will be permitted to fulfill the requirement with two courses at the 100-level. Internal transfers from SFS to the College may fulfill one half of the core requirement with PHIL-099, which counts as either a course in ethics or a course in general philosophy. Thus, acceptable sequences are:
1. PHIL-010 followed by either any course PHIL 150–199 or PHIL-020 or PHIL-098.
2. PHIL-020 followed by either any course PHIL 100–149 or PHIL-010 or PHIL-098
3. PHIL-098 followed by either any course PHIL 100–199 or PHIL-010 or PHIL-020.
4. For seniors who have not taken any philosophy previously: one course from PHIL 100-149 and one course from PHIL 150-199.
5. For internal transfers from SFS only: PHIL-099, followed by either any course PHIL 100–199 or PHIL-010 or PHIL-020 or PHIL-098.
No course at the 200-level or above may be used to fulfill the core requirement in philosophy.
Through the Core, the Theology Department is committed to fostering in students a critically appreciative awareness of the religious dimension of human existence, and to assisting students in reflecting upon their own experience and understanding in that enlarged context. The first course provides this foundation while the second course allows students to develop their critical awareness by applying it to a particular area of interest in religion or theology.
Problem of God (THEO-001) and one intermediate level theology elective fulfill the theology requirement. Introduction to Biblical Literature (THEO-011) may be substituted for Problem of God or may be used as an intermediate level elective. (Transfer students are exempt from Problem of God and may select any two intermediate level courses, including Introduction to Biblical Literature, to fulfill this requirement.
Every Georgetown student will take one writing course, WRIT-015: Writing and Culture Seminar, that provides students with opportunities to connect their writing with critical reading and thinking, inquiry, and analysis. The Writing and Culture Seminar approaches writing through three interrelated frameworks: writing as a tool for inquiry, writing as a process, and practice writing in different rhetorical situations. Each section focuses on a cultural theme, with readings and assignments that engage students with compelling questions and problems. Seminar readings provide texts for analysis as well as models and motives for student writing. Students are encouraged to complete this course during their first year at Georgetown.
The second half of the Writing Core is an intensive writing experience located within the student’s chosen major, embedded within the requirements as determined by that program. The Integrated Writing requirement will prepare students to use the relevant forms, styles, and conventions of their chosen area(s) of study. Because writing reflects ways of thinking in academic practice, attention to writing in the major will enhance the student’s learning of concepts, materials, and methods in their fields. Each major’s Integrated Writing requirement is established by the department in order to express the unique conventions and practices of the discipline.
Humanities: Art, Literature, and Culture
Every student will take one course in the Humanities: Art, Literature, and Culture. Literature, and visual and performing arts deepen our understanding of many kinds of expressive media, past and present, and the realities they aim to present. Through reading, writing and creative practice, students acquire the intellectual and practical tools to interpret and critique the world. Courses fulfilling this requirement use historical, critical, and/or experiential methods.
Students explore ancient and modern civilizations, gain insight into the value of other cultures and critically examine their own. They learn to see, evaluate, interpret and communicate human experience through literary texts, artistic creations, material objects, and critical concepts. Those who create or perform works of art experience directly the discipline and revelatory impact of artistic expression. Courses fulfilling this requirement are identified in the course schedule with the HALC attribute in the Schedule of Classes.
The study of history is one of the best ways to challenge one’s ideas and assumptions about the world. The study of history leads us to question the many simplified accounts of the world and of its problems that we all encounter in our daily lives. Knowledge of history accomplishes this objective because it consists of the integrated study of all elements of the human experience as they change over time. It therefore introduces students to the interrelations between political, social, economic, cultural, religious, intellectual, artistic, and other developments, and expands their ability to engage with complex causal analysis. This holistic approach gives students a sound understanding of the complex links that characterize societies and cultures, in the past as well as in our own time. The History Core requirement thus aims for students to explore changes and continuities in all spheres of human endeavor, and to understand the human experience as a process of dynamic evolution, and at the same time to engage with the discipline of history as an evidence-based, interpretive, and analytical approach to research and knowledge.
The requirement consists of two courses. One comes from a menu of introductory surveys on the history of significant world regions over long time spans. These courses offer students access to trans-national and cross-cultural developments, raising their awareness of global themes and issues and leading them to examine the interaction of diverse cultures and groups. The vast geographic scope and long time spans covered in these courses also give students insight into the deep roots of contemporary globalization.
The other required course (for which there is a menu of choices) aims to expose students to the many components of the discipline of history through focused study of particular historical events, periods or themes. This course (HIST 099) also leads students to consider questions of historical sources, analysis, and writing, and does so less through the breadth of the covered developments, and more through focused study of specific developments and contexts.
All required History courses feature regular small-group discussion, through which students familiarize themselves with history as an analytical tool. In addition to engaged participation in discussions of primary and secondary sources, the courses also include substantive writing assignments. Altogether the courses thus help students hone their critical reading and writing skills, develop their ability to examine evidence, and improve their capacity for verbal and written argument.
History Core courses therefore both contribute to raising students into informed, thoughtful, and active modern citizens, and provide them with effective, useful skill sets for any career field.
To review: All students in the College are required to complete two one-semester courses in history:
One semester of HIST 099.
One broad survey chosen among the following: Intro Early History (HIST 007); Intro Late History (HIST 008); Atlantic World (HIST 106); Pacific World (HIST 107); Africa I or II (HIST 111-112); South Asia I or II (HIST 128-129); Latin America I or II (HIST 158-159); Middle East I or II (HIST 160-161).
Majors in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, or Russian may satisfy the history requirement for the survey course by taking either semester of the regional history survey appropriate to their major:
Arabic majors: Middle East I or II (HIST 160-161)
Chinese majors: History of China I or II (HIST 122-123)
Japanese majors: History of Japan I or II (HIST 124-125)
Russian majors: History of Russia I or II (HIST 170-171)
These majors still need to take HIST 099. Students who take a specific area history survey as part of their initial major and then change majors do not incur an additional history requirement.
Students with a score of 5 on the Advanced Placement test in European or World History will be awarded three credits; they still must take one History course of their choice, numbered 100 or above. Students with this score on both the European and the World history tests will receive six credits and have completed all History requirements. Students with a score of 4 on the Advanced Placement test in European or World History will receive no credit, but fulfill the History requirement with any two History courses, numbered 100 or above. No credits or exemptions are granted for the AP test in US History or for the SAT II tests.
Students with a score of 7 on the International Baccalaureate higher-level test in History of Europe and the Islamic World or in History of the Twentieth Century/Regional Topics will be awarded three credits; they still need to take any History course of their choice, numbered 100 or above. Students with a score of 6 on either of these two International Baccalaureate tests will receive no credit, but fulfill the History requirement with any two History courses, numbered 100 or above.
Through the Math/Science core requirement, the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics & Statistics, and Physics aim to develop an appreciation of the role of scientific knowledge in our modern culture and improve the abilities of all students to participate in the scientific decisions required of us as individuals and members of society.
The Math/Science requirement may be fulfilled by two courses in either of the following two patterns:
- any introductory foundational courses from among: BIOL 103/113, BIOL 104/114, CHEM 001/009 or CHEM 055/057, CHEM 002/010 or CHEM 056/059, COSC 051, COSC 052, MATH 035, MATH 036, MATH 040 or MATH 140 or ECON 121, PHYS 101 or 151, PHYS 102 or 152, or
- any pair of courses provided one is taken in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and the other is taken in Math or Computer Science.
In addition to examining the world through the humanities, languages and sciences, the social science core requirement introduces students to the study of human society from the perspective(s) of the disciplines of anthropology, economics, government, linguistics, psychology, and sociology. Students engage these perspectives by taking two courses in the same discipline, generally starting with one at the introductory level.
All students except those majoring in Biochemistry, Biological Physics (BS track), Biology, Biology of Global Health, Chemistry, Environmental Biology, Neurobiology, or Physics (BS track), satisfy their social science requirement by taking two courses from one of the following departments: Anthropology, Economics, Government, Linguistics, Psychology, or Sociology. In addition to courses offered by the Linguistics department, the following courses count toward the social science requirement as Linguistics courses:
- ARAB-377 Language and Identity in Egypt
- ARAB-390 Fundamentals of Language
- CHIN-391 Intro to Chinese Linguistics
- FREN-291 Making Sense of Language
- FREN-391 Fundamentals of Teaching French
- FREN-492 History of the French Language I
- FREN-494 Medieval French Language
- GERM-445 Fund of German Lang Instr
- ITAL-315 Le Altre Italie: Italy and the Culture of Contemporary Ethnic Identity
- ITAL-391 History of the Italian Language
- ITAL-393 Contemporary Italian and its Regional Varieties
- ITAL-394 Italian American Language, Literature, and Film
- JAPN-372 Readings in Language and Culture
- JAPN-391 Topics in Japanese Linguistics
- JAPN-392 Issues in the Acquisition of Japanese
- RUSS-393 Russian Phonology
- RUSS-451 Structure of Russian
- RUSS-491 History of the Russian Language
- SPAN-210 Intro to Spanish Linguistics
- SPAN-312 Morphology: From Latin to modern Spanish
- SPAN-313 Bilingualism: The mind and its context
- SPAN-315 Spanish Phonetics
- SPAN-396 SEM: Spanish Sociolinguistics
- SPAN-426 Spanish Dialectology
- SPAN-523 History of Spanish Language
All Georgetown students are required to take two Engaging Diversity courses to ensure the opportunity to engage with diversity issues in two different contexts: one domestic and one global.
The Engaging Diversity Requirement will prepare students to be responsible, reflective, self-aware and respectful global citizens through recognizing the plurality of human experience and engaging with different cultures, beliefs, and ideas. By fulfilling the requirement, students will become better able to appreciate and reflect upon how human diversity and human identities shape our experience and understanding of the world.
Many courses that meet the Diversity requirement also meet other curricular requirements (e.g., core, major, minor) in each school. Courses fulfilling this requirement are indicated with the DIVG (global) and DIVD (domestic) attribute tags in the Schedule of Classes. Note that while some courses may carry both tags (i.e., global and domestic), students are still required to take two Engaging Diversity courses in total.
The study of a language, literature, and culture other than one's own enables a better understanding of the world. Language learning broadens horizons, expands minds, and enhances professional competence and personal engagement in a globalized world.
To be an effective cross-cultural communicator requires not only foreign language proficiency, but awareness of literary and cultural traditions as well. Understanding language in all its forms, styles, and uses leads to more authentic relationships among diverse peoples.
All students in the College must achieve proficiency in a language (ancient or modern) through the intermediate level. During New Student Orientation, placement exams are offered in most languages. Students who do not place above the intermediate level of a language must fulfill the requirement by completing language coursework through the intermediate level. Please note that the number of courses required varies depending on the language family* and the intensity of instruction.
*In general, students must complete through the 12th credit of an Indo-European language or the 24th credit of other languages.
The following language courses are considered “exit courses” and complete the College’s language requirement:
- Arabic ARAB-112
- Chinese CHIN-112 or 114
- French FREN-022 or 032
- German GERM-022 or 032
- Greek (Ancient) CLSG-101
- Greek (Modern) GREE-012
- Hebrew HEBR-022
- Italian ITAL-032
- Japanese JAPN-112
- Korean KREN-112
- Latin CLSL-101
- Persian PERS-012
- Polish PLSH-102
- Portuguese PORT-032
- Russian RUSS-012
- Spanish SPAN-022 or 032
- Turkish TURK-022
Students are strongly urged to complete the language requirement no later than the end of their sophomore year.
Please note the College does not grant credit for language study repeated at the same level of instruction. Transfer students (including from within the University) should be certain to clear their choice of course level with the Dean’s Office before enrollment. Intensive language study may or may not make further language study necessary.
Any student with advanced proficiency in a language not offered at Georgetown should contact his/her dean to inquire about the possibility of arranging a placement test in that language.
Georgetown College holds its students to all of the standards set forth in the Academic Regulations section of this Bulletin, including both the Academic Standards and the Honor System described therein. The former articulates university-wide standards for satisfactory academic performance, while the latter expresses the expectations for academic integrity that govern the intellectual life of our community. Additional regulations peculiar to the College are as follows:
- Residency and Matriculation
- Students must complete a minimum of six semesters of university study, four of which must be full-time and in residence in the College. A minimum of 60 credits must be completed in residence.
- Semesters are defined as fall and spring semesters (not summer).
- Study abroad at one of Georgetown’s campuses (SFS-Qatar, Villa le Balze, or McGhee Center) counts toward the residency requirement.
- Undergraduate students are required to be full-time. Seniors who have met all residency requirements may petition to be part-time in one semester of the senior year only.
- With the exception of summer school courses listed in the usual departments of the four undergraduate schools on campus (College, SFS, MSB and NHS), College students may not enroll in courses offered through the School of Continuing Studies for its various degrees, certificates and special programs.
- No full-time student may work more than 20 hours per week without permission from the College Dean’s Office. A student electing to engage in a full-time commitment outside of academic coursework (e.g., employment, internship, or other opportunity) must request a leave of absence.
- Any student with more than one incomplete in a given term who is unable to complete his or her work by the first day of class of the next term may not begin new courses without formal review and consent of the Dean’s Office, and may be directed to take a leave of absence.
- Students must complete a minimum of six semesters of university study, four of which must be full-time and in residence in the College. A minimum of 60 credits must be completed in residence.
- Transfer Credits
- Students are required to complete at least half of the coursework for a major or minor at Georgetown. Transfer credits in excess of half of a major or minor will be counted as free electives toward the degree. Additionally, some departments may set stricter limits on transfer credit and how it may be applied.
- Once matriculated, a student may transfer no more than four summer school courses taken elsewhere to the Georgetown degree. Prior approval for such courses must be obtained from the College Dean’s Office. Students may not transfer coursework taken in a fall or spring semester at another institution, other than coursework taken in an approved study abroad program.
- Students on leaves of absence should not expect to transfer credits for courses taken elsewhere during that time. In rare circumstances and with expressed written approval of the Dean’s Office prior to the leave, students may be allowed to transfer a limited number of courses. In no instance will more than four courses be transferred to the Georgetown record, and all transfers will count against the “summer school” limit noted above (2.b.).
- Limits and Minimums
- Normally the College approves a maximum of four courses for summer school work at Georgetown per academic year.
- No more than twelve credits of Military Science may be counted toward the degree. Preference is given to courses offered at 3 credits over courses that carry less than 3 credits in applying courses to the degree. This rule holds across the ROTC programs—Army at Georgetown University, Navy at The George Washington University, Air Force at Howard University. Courses at fewer than 3 credits per course may not be combined either as half or full courses for the purpose of meeting the 38 course requirement for the degree.
- No more than six courses from the McDonough School of Business may be counted towards the degree.
- Students in their first and second years may not take two courses in the same discipline in the same semester.
- In the spirit of a liberal education, each student is required to take at least 24 courses outside of his or her primary major department.
- A single course may satisfy a core requirement and also be credited to a major or minor requirement. However, a single course may not be applied to two majors, or to a major and a minor, or to two minors or to any other combination of more than one major, minor, or certificate, unless it is identified as a corollary course in the major.
- Any course that fulfills a major, minor, certificate or core requirement must be taken for a letter grade, unless the course is only offered as pass/fail.
- The College does not recognize courses for audit.
- Students majoring in two fields that lead to different degrees (e.g., English and Biology) must choose the degree (A.B. or B.S.) they wish to receive.
For a complete overview of the study abroad application process, please see the Global Education section of this Bulletin or visit studyabroad.georgetown.edu. Study abroad is ordinarily pursued in the junior year; applications to study abroad in the spring of sophomore year or fall of senior year will be considered, but should be accompanied by a petition to the deans explaining the rationale. All students in the College are required to have their study proposal(s) reviewed and approved by both the major department(s) and their advising dean. Departments and programs set their own limits and maximums for transfer credit in major and minor programs; please refer to the program pages here in the Bulletin or department and program websites for full information about transfer credit policies. It is possible to fulfill core requirements abroad, but all courses must be approved by the advising dean (who will consult the core departments as necessary); note also that half of each core requirement must be completed in residence at Georgetown (single-course requirements such as the Writing and Culture Seminar and HALC are not eligible to be transferred from abroad). All other coursework taken abroad will be transferred as elective credit.
Upon receipt of an official final transcript, credit will be posted for all courses in which the student has earned the minimum passing mark. All transfer credit in major, minor, and certificate programs is subject to departmental review via the Transfer Credit Evaluation process. Grades from study abroad coursework are not computed in the Georgetown grade point average but are recorded on the transcript, except for students studying at a Georgetown Global Living and Learning site or at SFS-Qatar, in which case grades are both recorded on the transcript and computed in the Georgetown grade point average. In most cases, a maximum of five courses and 17 credits per semester are transferred to the Georgetown degree; for a full year abroad, a student may earn a maximum transfer award equivalent to 10 Georgetown courses. In cases in which the standard course load abroad is fewer than five courses per term, the total number of courses required for the degree is adjusted down from 38 to compensate. Finally, please note that Georgetown Global Living and Learning sites and SFS-Qatar are considered to be "in residence," but all other study abroad programs are not; thus (internal and external) transfer students should pay particular attention to residency requirements (in terms of both semesters in residence and credit minimums) when considering study abroad options.
The policies and procedures described below are consistent with and in addition to the University-wide Academic Standards described elsewhere in this Bulletin.
The Council on Studies of Georgetown College, composed of Associate Deans, Assistant Deans, and Academic Counselors, convenes at the conclusion of the fall and spring semesters to review the grades of each student in the College. In instances where a student has incurred an academic deficiency, the Council may take one of four courses of action: dismissal, suspension, probation, or warning. The Council notifies the student in writing of its decision.
Students who are either dismissed or suspended may appeal the decision of the Council on Studies before a Board of Academic Appeals.
The Board of Academic Appeals shall consist of two members of the faculty and one of the advising deans in the College. This dean will not participate in the original decision during grade review. No member of the faculty or Dean’s Office may serve on a Board if:
- He or she has at any time failed the student who is appealing.
- He or she has at any time acted as advisor to the student.
It should be emphasized that the Board of Academic Appeals is an educational hearing board and not a court of law. Its purpose is twofold:
- It considers the student’s record in the light of the decision of the Council on Studies and accepts any evidence of extenuating circumstances which would warrant the Board to recommend a change in the Council’s decision.
- It assures the student of an opportunity to appear before an impartial board.
The student should submit a written request for an appeal of the Council’s decision within the time limit specified in the notification from the Council on Studies. At that time, the student will be notified of the date, time, and location of the hearing before the Board of Academic Appeals. Students are strongly encouraged to appear in person at the hearing; however, if extraordinary circumstances prevent attendance, the student may participate by telephone or provide a written argument or summary for the Board to review.
When presenting his or her appeal to the Board, the student may appear alone or may bring a member of the University community to assist in his or her presentation. This person should not be a member of the student's family. The Board will have access to the student’s academic record and his or her written request for an appeal. At the hearing, the student may present to the Board evidence which would indicate reason for the Board to recommend to the Dean a change in the Council’s decision.
The student may be present for all stages of the hearing except for the final deliberation by the Board.
The Board may recommend upholding the Council’s decision or it may recommend a mitigation of that decision, e.g., instead of dismissal, a suspension; instead of suspension, a strict probation. It cannot recommend a harsher decision or completely abrogate the original decision.
The Board’s recommendation is sent in writing to the Dean of the College. It may give explanations or comments and is signed by the members of the board.
The Dean communicates to the student the final disposition of the matter in writing.
Academic Advising Program
The College’s advising system is designed to inform students of the many curricular options and programs available to them and to help them in making responsible choices that nurture their intellectual interests.
The academic advisement of students in the College is shared by the advising deans in the College and the College’s faculty.
Advising of all first- and second-year students is supervised by the College Dean’s Office in ICC 303. During their first year, students are encouraged to schedule a meeting with their assigned dean to discuss their intellectual interests and academic goals, and to construct a preliminary Academic Road Map (ARM). The purpose of the Academic Road Map is for the student and dean to get to know one another, to discuss how to use the degree audit advising tool, and for the student to learn how to navigate the curriculum. Although the Academic Road Map is designed to ensure the timely completion of all degree requirements, it is in no way binding, and it is expected that students will revise their plans as their intellectual interests evolve. The creation of the Academic Road Map provides an opportunity for students to explore the full range of curricular options available to them in the College, and to discuss other possibilities such as study abroad.
In addition to working with the Dean’s staff, students who enter the College with declared majors in mathematics, the sciences, a language, or linguistics are assigned a faculty advisor in their major. These departmental advisors provide their students with specific information about the proper sequencing of courses required for their majors, discuss and give formal approval to students’ proposed course selection during preregistration for each upcoming semester, and serve as intellectual mentors in the student’s chosen field of endeavor.
Students who enter the College undeclared do not formally declare their majors until their second year. The Dean’s Office staff encourages undeclared students to explore potential areas of interest by pursuing a combination of core requirements and elective courses in the first two years. At the time of major declaration, the student is assigned a faculty advisor in the major department. That advisor is responsible for assisting the student in choosing junior- and senior-year courses which will result in the timely and successful completion of all degree requirements. A faculty advisor who becomes well acquainted with a student can counsel perceptively and structure coursework to prepare for a desired career and/or postgraduate study. All transfer students are also assigned a faculty advisor in their delcared maor upon matriculation.
Overall decanal supervision of junior and senior students is provided by the advising deans in White-Gravenor 108. The junior and senior deans advise students about changes of academic program; study abroad and transfer credit; honors and thesis programs, capstone projects, and independent study or tutorial courses; degree completion and commencement; and post-graduation plans.
Preparation for graduate and professional schoolS
A number of the graduates of the College each year go on to graduate and professional schools. The College attempts, through its curricula, programs, and advising system, to give its students strong preparation for graduate work.
Students who are considering graduate study are encouraged to visit the College Dean’s Office at any time during the academic year to discuss their interests. Undergraduates should also consult with faculty advisors who can offer viable guidance regarding preparation for graduate studies.
Another university resource available to assist students with graduate school plans is the Career Education Center. Students interested in pursuing competitive fellowships should research opportunities with the Office of Fellowships, Awards, and Resources (GOFAR).
Georgetown has a long tradition of preparing students to enter the legal profession. While there is no “pre-law” curriculum, students preparing for law school should concentrate on courses which require analytic thinking and clear written expression.
Most students who plan to go to law school major in one of the humanities or social sciences. However, there is no specific major required for admission to law school. The flexibility of the College curriculum gives students in any major ample opportunity to elect a diverse array of courses which may provide an appropriate background for law. Students interested in pursuing law school should plan to meet with the pre-law advisor in the Career Education Center.
Students who have achieved high honors should consider applying to the Georgetown University Law Center through the Early Assurance Program. This program allows exceptionally well-qualified students to submit an application to the Law Center during the junior year. The advantages of the program are that students are not required to take the LSAT prior to application and admission (although beginning in 2016, students admitted through the Early Assurance Program wil be required to submit LSAT scores prior to matriculation, though no offers of admission will be subsequently revoked on the basis of the LSAT score). Students not admitted under the Early Assurance Program may apply again through regular admission during the senior year. Interested students should contact the Law Center Office of Admissions for applications and details at the beginning of their junior year.
Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental
Georgetown offers a number of programs that prepare students to enter medical or dental school. In each of these the student must take the following basic pre-medical/pre-dental courses (a full year of each):
- Mathematics (including at least a semester of Calculus)
- General Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Principles of Physics
- Foundations in Biology I and a second biology course with lab (e.g., Foundations in Biology II, Genetics, Biological Chemistry)
Students may choose to major in any B.S. or A.B. program as they complete their pre-medical/pre-dental requirements.
The B.S. programs with majors in Biochemistry, Biological Physics, Biology, Biology of Global Health, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Biology, Mathematics, Neurobiology, and Physics include all or some of the above courses. The remaining courses on the list are taken as electives to round out the pre-medical/pre-dental requirements. The B.S. programs are strong science programs, and are particularly appropriate for students who are interested in taking more than the minimum of science and math courses required for medical school admission.
Students may also choose to major in an A.B. program in one of the humanities, social sciences, languages, or linguistics and at the same time fulfill the minimum science requirements for medical or dental school. Further science courses may be taken as electives at the option of the student in consultation with his or her advisor. The proximity of the College to the Georgetown University Medical Center allows the student to be exposed to the challenges of the medical professions.
Assistant Dean Marlene Canlas is the pre-medical/pre-dental advisor for first- and second-year undergraduates. Assistant Dean Ed Meyertholen advises junior and senior pre-medical/pre-dental students.
Dean Meyertholen chairs the Georgetown Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Recommendation Committee. The committee also includes Dean Canlas, several faculty from the College, as well as one faculty member each from the NHS and Medical School. Students preparing to enter medical or dental school request the committee recommendation at the end of the spring semester in their junior or senior year.
The College has an Early Assurance Program agreement with Georgetown Medical School whereby a select number of pre-medical students, at the end of their sophomore year, may be assured of admission to the Medical School upon satisfactory completion of their junior and senior years. The program is designed to encourage exceptional students to undertake ambitious programs with a degree of security about eventual admission to medical school. Georgetown University Medical School will exempt these students from the MCAT requirement.