Degree Programs

I. Majors
II. Minors
III. Certificates
IV. Accelerated Bachelor/Master Degree Programs
V. Special Programs
VI. Interdisciplinary Programs

I. MAJORS

In Georgetown College, the following majors lead to a Bachelor of Arts degree:

African American Studies

American Musical Culture

American Studies

Anthropology

Arabic

Art

Art History

Chinese

Classics

Comparative Literature

Computer Science

Economics

English

French

German

Government

History

Interdisciplinary Studies

Italian

Japanese

Justice and Peace Studies

Linguistics

Mathematics

Medieval Studies

Philosophy

Physics

Political Economy

Portuguese

Psychology

Russian

Sociology

Spanish

Spanish and Portuguese Studies

Theater and Performance Studies

Theology

Women’s and Gender Studies

The following majors lead to a Bachelor of Science degree:

Biochemistry

Biological Physics

Biology

Biology of Global Health

Chemistry

Computer Science

Environmental Biology

Mathematics

Neurobiology

Physics

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II. MINORS

Minors are optional and not required in the College. Several minors are by application only, typically in the spring of sophomore year. Minors that are not by application may be declared at the same time as or any time after declaring a major, but not before. The following minors are offered:

African American Studies

Anthropology

Art

Art History

Biology

Business Administration

Catholic Studies

Chemistry

Classical Studies

Cognitive Science

Computer Science

Economics

Education, Inquiry, and Justice

English

Environmental Studies

Film and Media Studies

Government

History

Jewish Civilization

Journalism

Justice and Peace Studies

Linguistics

Mathematics

Medieval Studies

Modern Languages:

Music

Performing Arts

Philosophy

Philosophy and Bioethics

Physics

Psychology

Russian Literature and Culture (in Translation)

Science, Technology, and International Affairs

Social and Political Thought

Sociology

Theater and Performance Studies

Theology

Women’s and Gender Studies

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III. CERTIFICATES

Georgetown College students may earn a certificate in one of the regional study programs below offered through the School of Foreign Service. Certificates are the functional equivalent of minors, so they count as one of the maximum three academic components that a student may complete toward the degree; note that, in keeping with SFS policy, students may not pursue two certificate programs, although they may elect to double major with a certificate or pursue a major, minor, and certificate. There can be no double counting of courses between or among programs, except in cases of 7-course certificates or minors that explicitly allow for the double counting of one course between two programs. 

See the Certificates page for the full requirements for each of the above programs.

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IV. ACCELERATED BACHELOR/MASTER DEGREE PROGRAMS

Some College Departments offer qualified undergraduate students the opportunity to earn bachelor's and master's degrees at an accelerated pace within five years by counting two graduate-level courses taken as part of the undergraduate program toward the master's degree.. Some of these programs also permit up to two additional graduate courses beyond the 38 courses and 120 credits required for the undergraduate degree to be applied towards the master's within limits set by policy and with the explicit approval of the particular master’s program, the College, and the Graduate School. Students with a minimum of a 3.5 in the major are eligible to apply for the program no later than the end of their junior year.

Currently, the following accelerated degree programs are available to qualified students with appropriate undergraduate coursework:

  • Arabic
  • Art & Museum Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Communication, Culture & Technology
  • English
  • German
  • Global, International, and Comparative History
  • Government
  • Italian
  • Latin American Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Russian and European Studies
  • Spanish
  • Statistics

Please see the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Catalog for information and requirements of specific master's programs.

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V. SPECIAL PROGRAMS

1. Liberal Arts Seminar

The College offers a special Liberal Arts Seminar to thirty first-year students. Its aim is to foster in the student an integrated approach to learning. The program is directed by four faculty members—two professors of Theology, a professor of Classical Studies, and a professor of History—and involves extensive reading, independent study, and exploration of ideas through small discussion groups. The seminar is valued at 12 credits, which fulfill core requirements in theology (two semesters), writing, and history (one semester).  All incoming first-year students are invited to apply to the Liberal Arts seminar in the summer prior to matriculation.

2. Ignatius Seminars

The Ignatius Seminars are courses offered in the fall semester for the intellectually curious student interested in an integrative and personal approach to learning. These seminars introduce Georgetown College first-year students to the depth and diversity of Georgetown’s dynamic intellectual community. Favorite topics of College faculty form the offerings for these seminars that invite small student groups to join their professors in the creative exploration of mind and spirit. The Ignatius Seminar is a free elective course. All incoming first-year students are invited to apply to participate in the Ignatius Seminar program in the summer prior to matriculation.

3. The Baker Scholars Program

The Baker Scholars Program was started in 1973 by the family of George F. Baker, who believed in cultivating good business people—intellectually inspired and socially conscious. The Program offers a unique opportunity for liberal arts and science majors to experience the world of business firsthand, enhanced by mentoring relationships with the trustees and alumni of the program and visits to various business environments in multiple cities.

The Program is a closely linked, active network that connects current Georgetown College juniors and seniors to industry leaders across the business world. Baker Scholars who demonstrate need also receive financial assistance, and all participate in various Baker-sponsored community service efforts throughout the year.

For more information on the Baker Program and the selection process, please visit our website: http://college.georgetown.edu/baker-scholars/.

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VI. INTERDISCIPLINARY PROGRAMS

Interwoven throughout Georgetown’s traditional department-based curriculum are interdisciplinary programs, majors, and minors that take advantage of the breadth as well as depth of intellectual resources on the Georgetown campus. These programs are based on themes that cross departmental boundaries and reflect the emergence of significant new perspectives on human knowledge. They are the result of collaborative efforts by faculty from several disciplines to create curricular offerings addressing complex questions coherently from a common but multidimensional standpoint. In addition to the majors in African American Studies, American Studies, Comparative Literature, Justice and Peace Studies, Medieval Studies, Political Economy, and Women’s and Gender Studies, the College offers minors in Catholic Studies, Cognitive Science, Education, Inquiry and Justice, Environmental Studies, Film and Media Studies, Jewish Civilization, Journalism, and Science, Technology and International Affairs.

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