Majors and Certificates

I. Major Fields of Study
II. Minors
III. Certificates and Fellows Programs
IV. Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Degree Programs


The School of Foreign Service offers majors in eight fields, all of which have significant international and interdisciplinary elements.  Please note that credits awarded for Advanced Placement classes taken in high school may not under any circumstances be counted towards a major in the School of Foreign Service.

**Incoming Transfer students for 2018-2019 must complete the Major requirements listed here.**

Culture and Politics
Global Business
International Economics
International History
International Political Economy
International Politics
Regional and Comparative Studies
Science, Technology, and International Affairs

Students studying at the SFS campus in Doha, Qatar must refer to the Qatar-specific major offerings and requirements.


It is possible for students who wish to pursue a modified version of one of the eight majors to petition for permission to do so.  Usually the modifications involve substituting one or two courses for those included on the current course lists.  Students should consult the curricular dean responsible for their major for details on this process of "major substitution."  The faculty chair of the appropriate field committee must endorse the modifications.


There are rare cases in which a student has received permission to pursue an independent major that does not fall under the jurisdiction of one of the eight major field committees.  Such cases require a detailed description of the plan of study and approval by at least two faculty members and the Director of the Undergraduate Program before they may be considered by the Standards Committee, which makes the final decision on the proposal.

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BSFS students are eligible to complete a language minor offered through Georgetown College.  Administration of language minors in the School of Foreign Service will follow the same process as the College.  Students should first consult the Georgetown College minors section of this bulletin for specific information about the minor they wish to pursue.

SFS students studying at the Doha, Qatar campus should confer with the Dean's Office staff.

Guidelines for the language minor in the School of Foreign Service:

  • Courses may not double count with a student's major requirements.
  • Language courses for area certificates may double count with the minor.
  • For transfer credit within a minor (e.g. AP, study abroad, or non-GU credit) please consult the Advanced Credit section of this bulletin. In general, a student may count no more than 3 courses from outside Georgetown towards the minor and generally only 1 study abroad course.  
  • Oral proficiency courses in Spanish and French do not count towards a minor.

For all other questions please consult with your dean or the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the appropriate language department.

Minors include:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French and Francophone Studies
  • German
  • Greek (modern)
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Persian
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Turkish

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Certificate Programs mark secondary levels of concentration within the bachelor’s degree. They are strictly optional and are awarded only in conjunction with the undergraduate degree.  Certificate programs should be viewed as a means for focusing interests and structuring elective course work.  Interested students should discuss the certificate and its role within the general bachelor’s program with his or her advising dean.  Students may present themselves as candidates for no more than ONE certificate and only ONE will be listed on the transcript.

A list of certificates and programs recognized by the School is given below. Please see the Certificates Page or the links below for details.

Fellows Programs offer students an opportunity to further engage with faculty or conduct research:

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The School of Foreign Service and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences sponsor several accelerated bachelor’s/master’s programs for those qualified students who plan to continue their professional education in international affairs at the graduate level and desire to complete the two degrees in approximately five years.  Students with appropriate undergraduate course work may count graduate level courses toward the undergraduate degree.  Some of the graduate programs may permit appropriate courses beyond those required for the undergraduate degree to be applied toward the master’s degree within limits set by policy and with explicit approval of the particular master’s program, the BSFS Program, and the Graduate School.

Third year students in the School of Foreign Service who have maintained an honors average (3.500 or better) are eligible to apply to one of the below multidisciplinary master's degree programs within the university:  

  • Master of Arts in Arab Studies
  • Master of Arts in Communication, Culture, and Technology
  • Master of Arts in German and European Studies
  • Master of Arts in Global, International, and Comparative History
  • Master of Arts in Latin American Studies
  • Master of Arts in Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies
  • Master of Arts in Security Studies
  • Master of Science in Foreign Service

Admission to the accelerated degree programs is highly competitive.  Applicants must satisfy all application procedures as outlined by the Graduate Admissions Office.  Successful applicants matriculate fully into the graduate program in the fourth year and graduate with the Bachelor’s Degree upon completion of all undergraduate degree requirements.  Please see the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Graduate Bulletin for information and requirements of the master's programs.  Contact Dean Murphy in the Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service Dean’s Office for more details.

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