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DEAN’S WELCOME Founded in 1789, Georgetown College is the oldest school at Georgetown University; with more than 3,500 students, it is the university’s largest undergraduate school. But what truly defines the College is not just its age or its size, but the central role it plays in Georgetown’s world-renowned liberal arts and sciences curricula. Since its founding, Georgetown University has prided itself on a deep and abiding commitment to undergraduate liberal arts education. In keeping with Jesuit educational tradition, we endeavor to provide each student who passes through the front gates with a comprehensive education in arts, sciences, critical thinking, and the expression of complex ideas. Beyond the core curriculum, students who choose the College as their academic home will find the broadest spectrum of academic disciplines the university has to offer. Students may explore classes in any of our 26 academic departments and 11 interdisciplinary programs. When it comes time to choose a specialty, students forge their own academic path from among our 44 majors, 48 minors and seven certificates. Opportunities for learning beyond the classroom abound at Georgetown. Undergraduate research gives our most intellectually curious students a chance to conduct meaningful professional scholarship. They do so guided by professors in the College who are, themselves, leaders in their disciplines and on the forefront of creating new knowledge. Our students take pride in a robust extracurricular community, with student-led businesses, clubs, publications, advocacy groups, sports teams, music groups, and spiritual groups all thriving on the Hilltop. In keeping with the Jesuit ideal of cura personalis — care of the whole person — the university has invested immensely in students’ intellectual and personal development. The skills developed in the College help our students find placement in a diverse range of fields after graduation. College alumni lead successful careers in government, finance, filmmaking, teaching, media, sports, and more. Our alumni community is living proof of the idea that a liberal arts education is every bit as valuable as a pre-professional one in finding a fulfilling career and a meaningful life. Georgetown College represents the core of both Georgetown’s oldest traditions and its most innovative projects. Should you join our family, you will meet wise mentors, loyal friends, and a community that will last a lifetime. Hoya Saxa,
Christopher Celenza, Ph.D., Dr.phil. Dean, Georgetown College Professor, History and Classics
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“Since its founding in 1789, Georgetown has embraced the Jesuit commitment to a humanistic liberal arts education, dedicated to the service of the common good. Like other research universities, we seek to discover and understand our world, in all its wonder and complexity, using the rigorous tools of the academic disciplines and sciences. At the same time, as a Jesuit university, we are equally concerned with the people we are becoming. Engaging the whole person—mind, body, and soul—we cultivate a unique form of active wisdom, one that helps students discern their truest gifts and talents, and that invites each one of them, as ‘men and women for and with others,’ to place their education and skills at the service of the world.”
Rev. Matthew Carnes, S.J., is an associate professor of government and the director of the Center for Latin American Studies.
LIBERAL ARTS IN THE JESUIT TRADITION The liberal arts curriculum of Georgetown College is animated by the freedom to explore widely and the call to think deeply. The Jesuit tradition sparks the development of personal convictions and values in a close community of scholars and learners. Students encounter a range of subjects and questions, each offering a distinctive way of approaching our world and its problems, all bound together in the search for meaning, understanding, truth, and justice. Graduates depart not only with essential knowledge and exceptional skills, but also with humane spirits, fired imaginations, and an open invitation to change the world.
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The College encourages students to take time to explore and reflect through their studies, a process that will help each student become a well-rounded, balanced, and intuitive person. Your professors will challenge you to think critically and push yourself to find answers. This is the hallmark of a liberal arts education, and one that will serve you well throughout your life. When you arrive at Georgetown, you may have ideas about the direction of your academic journey and in some cases, you may stick to these ideas. But as you explore all the Hilltop has to offer, you may discover passions and interests you didnâ€™t realize you had before. The College encourages this selfdiscovery and helps you to foster those sparks of inspiration into your studies.
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AREAS OF STUDY Georgetown College is dedicated to building a holistic scholarly community that honors its Jesuit and liberal arts traditions while also promoting pedagogical innovation and social change. The College offers a wide range of traditional and interdisciplinary major programs in the natural sciences and mathematics, social sciences, humanities, and languages and linguistics. Additional minor and certificate programs allow students to combine their interests in unique and personally meaningful ways. *African American Studies African Studies *American Musical Culture *American Studies *Anthropology Arab Studies *Arabic
*Economics Education, Inquiry, and Justice *English *Environmental Biology Environmental Studies European Studies Film and Media Studies
*French and Francophone Studies
*Biology of Global Health *Interdisciplinary Studies Business Administration Catholic Studies *Chemistry *Chinese *Classical Languages *Classical Studies Cognitive Science *Comparative Literature *Computer Science Creative Arts Disability Studies
I slam & MuslimChristian Understanding *Italian *Japanese Jewish Civilization Journalism *Justice and Peace Studies Korean Latin American Studies *Linguistics
*Neurobiology Performing Arts Persian *Philosophy Philosophy and Bioethics *Physics *Political Economy *Portuguese *Psychology eligion, Ethics, & R World Affairs *Russian Russian and East European Studies Russian Literature and Culture Science, Technology, & International Affairs *Sociology *Spanish *Spanish and Portuguese Statistics *Theater and Performance Studies *Theology Turkish
*Womenâ€™s and Gender Studies
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“I have spent the bulk of my writing career on poverty and social justice issues. I spent a lot of time reporting for prisons and courts, and I directly relate that to my time at Georgetown because I was always interested in, and believed in, the Jesuit teaching that we are how we treat the rest of us, and you’re the happiest when you’re helping others. I think this campus is brimming with possibility. College is a great time to pen your mind and do something out of the box.” Mary Jordan (C’83, Baker Scholar) is a Pulitzer-prize winning author and journalist at the Washington Post
HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
LANGUAGE AND LINGUISTICS
The study of philosophy, theology, history, literature, and the
The Faculty of Language and Linguistics (FLL) includes
arts are among the most enduring components of a university
seven modern foreign language departments, the
education, inviting us to transcend our own experiential
Department of Classics, the Department of Linguistics,
and cultural limitations. The social sciences compliment the
and the Comparative Literature Program. The College
liberal arts through the rigorous study of the human mind,
places great emphasis on the study of foreign languages
social structures, and political institutions.
and cultures, and the FLL offers courses in 18 languages
College students who major in the humanities and social sciences develop strong skills of analysis, interpretation, and expression. Trained to sustain a life of curiosity and creativity, they leave Georgetown prepared to transform the
in intensive and non-intensive tracks. Along with in-depth study of the cultures and literatures of other lands and historical periods, language studies are integrated with the various fields of linguistics.
lives of individuals, communities, and institutions in a wide variety of careers.
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SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS Georgetown College emphasizes hands-on learning in both the lab and the field to mold students into working scientists. Students can choose from more than a dozen majors and minors in the sciences, including a variety of biology, chemistry, and physics programs. In addition, the College offers programs in computer science and mathematics. Undergraduates have the unique ability to work alongside faculty and graduate students in research laboratories, both on the main campus and at the Georgetown University Medical Center. Students and faculty in the biology, chemistry, and physics departments work in the universityâ€™s state-of-the-art research and teaching center, Regents Hall.
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With Georgetown Collegeâ€™s many departments, programs, centers, and institutes at your fingertips, the number of potential paths you may take are limitless. The faculty at the College encourage students to pioneer new ideas, both through independent study and research and with guided help from mentors and peers. No matter what subject interests you, the College will help you explore it at a deeper level. The College faculty are committed to creating opportunities for our students to engage in original research that makes a real intellectual contribution to their fields of study. The Georgetown Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (GUROP) supports students who conduct research in collaboration with faculty, primarily through the funding of summer research fellowships. Georgetown College students regularly compete for and receive prestigious awards, including the Rhodes, British Marshall, Churchill, and Joseph L. Allbritton scholarships, and the Fulbright and Barry M. Goldwater fellowships.
THE POWE OF DIS
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GO ABROAD A study-abroad experience challenges students to gain a heightened awareness and understanding of the world. Approximately 57 percent of Georgetown’s undergraduates study abroad in university-supported programs during their academic career.
57% of undergraduates study abroad
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THE BAKER SCHOLARS PROGRAM The Baker Scholars Program was founded in 1973 by the family of the late George F. Baker, a leading financier and philanthropist who believed in cultivating business leaders who are both intellectually inspired and socially conscious. More than 40 years after its inception, it remains one of Georgetown’s most prestigious and sought-after undergraduate development programs. This highly selective program offers a unique opportunity for Georgetown College students to learn about the world of business. As a group, the scholars develop and lead initiatives to visit
WER SCOVERY top businesses and leaders representing diverse
industries across the country. Community service is also a fundamental element of the program,
and the scholars demonstrate this commitment by organizing impactful service events in the Washington, DC area.
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Georgetown College offers students access to the rich opportunities of the nation’s capital, one of the world’s most important and dynamic cities.
More than the global center of political power, Washington, DC is also a vibrant and diverse city where students can extend their learning in practical and professional environments. Georgetown’s proximity to the Library of Congress, the National Institutes of Health, and the Smithsonian provide professors and students access to worldclass research facilities. College students may also take courses at institutions such as the Folger Shakespeare Library or enroll in community-based learning courses through the Center for Social Justice.
DC CONNE 8
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“Georgetown’s location in Washington, DC has been so meaningful to my personal and professional growth. As an economics major and government minor, I have loved taking classes from professors who have applied their knowledge by working on policy at government agencies. I also had the opportunity to intern in the city during one of my semesters, which gave me insight into the fast-paced and influential community to which Georgetown students can contribute.” Brendan Saunders (C’18), Economics major and Government minor
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Georgetown College is dedicated to building a holistic scholarly community that honors its Jesuit and liberal arts traditions while also promoting pedagogical innovation and social change. Flagship course offerings, such as the Ignatius and Liberal Arts Seminars, allow first-year students to work closely with senior faculty members in more intimate settings on topics of personal interest to the faculty. The Baker Scholars Program brings together select liberal arts majors with a demonstrated commitment to community service and a passion for business and then pairs them with alumni mentors who are prominent corporate leaders.
The beauty of a liberal arts education is that it teaches you how to think critically and communicate clearly. These valuable skills translate to success no matter what career path. Throughout your time at Georgetownâ€”in your first year and beyondâ€”you will be connected to countless cohorts for which you will make friends that will last a lifetime.
A SCHOLA COMMUNIT
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FLL HAGER SCHOLARS The
FLL Hager Scholars program is
designed with our most ambitious students of languages and linguistics in mind, and is designed to create for them both a sense of community and opportunities for intellectual growth. Over the course of this yearlong program, Hager Scholars will gain a greater
“A well-rounded, liberal arts education provides you the tools to be the very best citizen of your community and the world. When students immerse themselves in various disciplines and learn about the broader context in which events unfold, then they grow in their capacity to be compassionate toward others and address society’s most pressing needs.” Marcia Chatelain, Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor of History and African American Studies
appreciation of the possibilities available to students and scholars of language(s), inside the classroom and in the world beyond.
FIRST-YEAR SEMINARS As a first-year student in the College, you have access to a cadre of unique courses designed exclusively for incoming students. Both series were created to enhance learning and build your personal academic community. The
Liberal Arts Seminar (LAS) is
an interdisciplinary 12-credit, four-course sequence for first-year students in the College. LAS classes are teamtaught by four faculty members in different disciplines representing areas of the core curriculum. The seminar
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allows students to learn in an intimate, intellectually challenging setting that sets an ambitious tone for future academic pursuits. Through the years, the LAS has explored signature moments in European culture, history, and thought. Its latest iteration, “The Rise and Fall of Empires” focused on the nature and development of religion within the empires of the Mediterranean and, more broadly, on the cultural expressions of empires.
Ignatius Seminars (IS) are offered only in the first semester and introduce students to the depth and diversity of Georgetown’s 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.
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Georgetown College gives students more than a traditional classroom education.
Graduates leave the Hilltop with the toolsâ€” and the desireâ€”to achieve great things for individuals and communities around the world. For many, this is a lifelong pursuit, one that is visible in the endeavors and achievements of our alumni who strive to make a difference socially, scientifically, economically, and politically.
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“The liberal arts core of the Georgetown curriculum exposed me to new disciplines that I both thrived in and enjoyed. The skills I gained in the discussion-based and group-centered classes required by the College have helped me navigate meetings for clubs, jobs, and internships with ease. Finally, I was able to employ all of these skills in my own thesis research. I would not trade my experience at Georgetown for any other!” Casey Nolan (C’17)
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