Georgetown College

Chester L. Gillis Dean
Marlene Canlas Associate Dean
Thomas N. Chiarolanzio Senior Associate Dean
Jessica Ciani-Dausch Assistant Dean
Bernard J. Cook Associate Dean
Richard J. Cronin Senior Associate Dean for Administration
Maria J. Donoghue Senior Associate Dean for Strategic Planning and Faculty Development
Erin Curtin Force Assistant Dean
Hall R. (Tad) Howard, Jr. Associate Dean

Javier Jiménez

Assistant Dean
Helen E. Karn Associate Dean
Sue Lorenson Senior Associate Dean
Edward P. Meyertholen Assistant Dean
Joseph D. Napolitano Assistant Dean
Keshia Woods Associate Dean
Stefan N. Zimmers Assistant Dean


Georgetown College, the oldest Catholic College in the United States, was founded in 1789 by John Carroll, Archbishop of Baltimore. A progressive citizen of his time, he firmly believed in the principles of the United States Constitution. He made it clear that the new college was to be open to students of every religious persuasion.

On March 1, 1815, President James Madison signed the act of Congress which chartered the College of Georgetown. In 1844 it was incorporated by another Congressional act. During the years of the Civil War, Georgetown students fought for the North and South. Later the colors blue and gray were adopted by the College to signify the reunited nation and the sons of Georgetown who had served on both sides in its civil war.

From its founding to the present day the graduates of Georgetown College have taken their places in the forefront of almost every human endeavor. They serve as educators, creators, public servants, and statesmen; they work in business, arts and entertainment, law, medicine, and research.

Today, proud of its tradition and heritage, Georgetown, through all its graduates, seeks to serve the communities and the world in which it lives.

The College provides a liberal education for young women and men who will be called to intellectual, moral, and professional leadership, and fosters in them a lifelong commitment to the quest for truth.

As a Jesuit college, it draws upon a dynamic tradition of education, characterized by an optimistic Christian humanism committed to the assumption of responsibility and action. Accordingly, the College  encourages the development of critical and creative powers, respect for tradition and human reason, and an appreciation of life and all its endeavors. It promotes not only the intellectual disciplines but also the search for personal values and convictions that will enable its graduates, throughout their lives, to continue redefining and maturing their thought, and also to continue pursuing the integration of their activities, values, and relations with others.

In light of these aims, the College has developed a diversified academic program in which fundamental issues and ultimate values play an integral role. A high priority is placed on quality teaching and on developing a community of learning among its faculty, students, and administrators.

In 1995, the School of Languages and Linguistics joined the College as a degree program under the name of the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics (FLL). Students entering the FLL apply specifically to the FLL programs. The mission of the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics has evolved through the years. In the 1950s, the then-new Institute of Languages and Linguistics reflected the immediate needs of those times, emphasizing foreign language learning for students considering service positions in the diplomatic corps and other government agencies. Later, the Faculty refined the study of spoken and written languages to focus on the cultural context of languages to meet the new expectations and new goals of the world community.

The College offers the widest spectrum of courses at the undergraduate level, many of which are also integral to the curriculum of the other undergraduate schools at Georgetown. It also provides most of the faculty for the masters’ and Ph.D. programs. In recent years the College has added majors in African American Studies, Biological Physics, Biology of Global Health, Environmental Biology, Justice and Peace Studies, and Neurobiology, as well as minors in Business Administration; Education, Inquiry, and Justice; Film and Media Studies; Journalism; Korean; and Philosophy and Bioethics. 

The College has embraced pedagogical innovation, including the integration of technology in the classroom, even as it remains committed to the residential educational experience and the work of formation. Emphasizing the strengths of the liberal arts—critical thinking, writing, and creative expression—across a broad spectrum of disciplines, the College prepares students for the twenty-first century by providing grounding in tradition and the most current research methods and knowledge.

The College currently houses 27 departments and 11 interdisciplinary programs offering 46 major programs leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.), as well as 49 minor programs open to students in all four undergraduate schools.