Undergraduate Bulletin 2012-2013 Table of Contents
African American Studies is a vibrant and vital field of critical inquiry. The African American Studies Program is consistent with the mission of Georgetown University as it seeks also through its commitment to justice and the common good to engender serious and sustained discourse among people of different faiths, cultures, and beliefs [in order to promote] intellectual, ethical, and spiritual understanding, particularly concerning African Americans in the United States. A minor in African American Studies allows undergraduate students to examine from numerous disciplinary perspectives the experiences and contributions of people of African descent in the United States. The minor affords students the opportunity to broaden their academic experience by studying the historical, cultural, economic, political, religious, literary, and social contributions and developments of African Americans. The minors interdisciplinary methodology encourages students to make connections and think critically and creatively across traditional disciplinary boundaries. The Program is especially appropriate for students who are interested in pluralism, social justice, and diversity as well as for students preparing to work and to interact with diverse communities and cultures in the United States and abroad in such fields as education, business, government, journalism, health care, law and public policy. Through its rigorous academic offerings, the minor helps to prepare students for entry into an increasingly diverse work force and society.
Students electing the minor program in African American Studies must successfully complete six (6) courses, totaling a minimum of eighteen (18) credit hours. More specifically, the minor is comprised of one required course, one course from each of the three concentrations of study, and two electives. Eligible courses deeply and significantly examine African American culture, history and experience in the United States. Eligible courses also include courses engaging African culture, history, people, and politics as pretext and context as well as courses exploring the Black Atlantic diaspora. Students are encouraged to select at least nine hours of course work specifically related to African American experience in the United States. To minor in African American Studies, a student must successfully complete:
(For course listings for African American Studies see http://courses.georgetown.edu/)
The American Studies major seeks, through the relation and interaction of traditional disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, to develop an integrated and intensive understanding of the social, historical, material, and aesthetic aspects of American cultures.
American Studies majors are required to complete 14 courses for the major. All students take the four semester sequence of American Civilization, normally begun in the fall term of their sophomore year and completed by the spring term of their junior year. In their senior year they take the thesis seminar in the fall and spring. To supplement the American Civilization courses, each student in the major is required to take two courses in American history, preferably the two-semester sequence Studies in United States History (HIST-180181).
Each student is also expected to complete a major concentration of six upper division electives drawn from disciplines related to the program. The concentration is developed by each student in consultation with the faculty and should represent an interdisciplinary approach to an area of primary interest to the student.
Senior Thesis (AMST-304305) This is a year-long seminar which all American Studies must complete to graduate. In the context of the seminar, each student pursues a topic in depth. Students have the option of drafting an original essay of approximately 5075 pages, or completing a significant project, such as a short documentary film, website, or a digital story. The thesis is interdisciplinary in nature and relates primarily to the students area of concentration. As part of the thesis project, all students will participate in an informal instructional workshop, which will begin meeting as early as CIV I.
(For course listings for American Studies see http://courses.georgetown.edu/
Students majoring in Anthropology are required to take ten courses in the Department, including four core courses and six electives. The four core courses required are: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Doing Anthropological Fieldwork, The Ethnographic Imagination, and Anthropological Theory. The introductory course may be taken at another university. All other core courses must be taken at Georgetown.
Majors are required to take six anthropology electives, at least half of them at Georgetown (courses taught by anthropologists in other GU departments are accepted as anthropology electives). Three electives may be taken during study abroad.
Requirements for the minor are six courses--three core courses: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; Doing Anthropological Fieldwork; and The Ethnographic Imagination and three anthropology electives.
We strongly recommend that students take Introduction to Cultural Anthropology prior to enrolling in other departmental courses. Students must take an anthropology course before enrolling in Doing Anthropological Fieldwork. Only seniors may enroll in Anthropological Theory. The introductory course may be taken at another university. All other core courses must be taken at Georgetown.
(For course listings for Anthropology see http://courses.georgetown.edu/
A major in Art (Drawing/Printmaking, Painting, Sculpture, and Digital Art/Photography) consists of eleven courses; ten courses in the studio discipline and one course in art history. An Art majors specific course requirements depend on the area of concentration (See Required Courses). Art majors have the option of taking a second art history course in place of one of their studio art electives, with permission of the department. All Art majors are required to take the Senior Seminar course in the fall semester of senior year in order to produce portfolios of work reflecting their capabilities in their declared area of concentration.
A minor in Art History or Art consists of six courses in that discipline. It is possible to major in one discipline and minor in the other. Minors who are not majors in either Art or Art History may take one course in the other discipline for credit toward the minor, with approval. For both minors, at least four courses must be taken within the department.
(For course listings for Art and Art History see http://courses.georgetown.edu/
The majors in Biology are designed to educate students in the breadth of subject matter encompassed by the biological sciences, including advances in knowledge at the forefront of this discipline. The Department of Biology offers four majors: Biology, Biology of Global Health, Environmental Biology, and Neurobiology. Graduates will be well prepared for advanced study in biological sciences, medicine and public health, education, science policy or law, as well as professional careers in business and biotechnology.
Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit For students who choose any of the majors from the Department of Biology, we accept credit from one of the following: AP Biology Exam, AP Environmental Sciences Exam, or IB Biology. For an AP score of 5, students receive two credits that apply to the major and a 4-credit College elective course. For an AP score of 4, students receive one credit that applies to the major and a 3-credit College elective course. No credit is awarded for an AP score of 3. For the IB program, we accept credits from the Higher Level Biology but not the Standard Level. For a score of 6 or 7, students receive two credits that apply to the major and a 4-credit College elective course. No credit is awarded for an IB score of 5 or below.
Advising All majors are assigned a faculty member from the Department of Biology as an advisor to provide curricular and career advice. Entering first-year students with a declared major in Biology will receive their advisors contact information during the summer. Transfer students should see the Director of Undergraduate Students & Studies to obtain an advisor. After acceptance into one of the specialized majors, students will be assigned a new advisor in that discipline area. Students are encouraged to plan their curricula through regular consultations with their faculty advisors.
Students enter the program as Biology majors, and the application to the specialized majors occurs during the second year. During the first-year, in addition to courses in the liberal arts, students enroll in Foundations in Biology, the First-Year Seminar in Biology, General Chemistry, Calculus I, and either Probability and Statistics or Calculus II.
During the fall term of the second year, students can elect to remain as Biology majors or can apply to one of the three specialized majors: Biology of Global Health, Environmental Biology or Neurobiology. The application process consists of an essay and an academic plan that lays out the courses the student desires to take to fulfill the specific requirements of the major.
Second-year students who are undeclared or are considering changing majors may also apply to any of the majors offered through the Department during the fall term and are generally not at a disadvantage relative to other students. Interested transfer students or third-year students can also apply at the same time as the second-year students, but they must pay close attention to the portion of the application that addresses how the student plans to complete the coursework for the specialized major.
Learning Goals The Department of Biology has developed ten learning goals for our majors, outlined below and detailed on the Department web site. The first five learning goals are grouped as Insight into the Process and Product of Science. These have a focus on the process of science to emphasize our belief that the goal of a biology education is to enable students to make creative use of their knowledge. The second five learning goals are grouped as Fundamental Biological Concepts. Two themes arise from the fundamental biological concepts. The first theme is that all of biology operates under constraints defined by our understanding of math, physics, and chemistry. It is therefore essential that majors have a strong foundational understanding of these fields, of both their concepts and their ways of knowing. Secondly, all of biology operates under the constraints of the mechanisms of evolution. It is therefore essential that majors have a strong foundational understanding of the theories, evidence, and mechanism of evolution. The learning goals are:
Research Intensive Senior Experience (RISE) The Department of Biology encourages its majors to engage deeply in the subject of biology either by conducting research or by investigating applications through internships. Students can opt to conduct a research project through the RISE program that will earn credit towards each of the majors offered from the Department of Biology. Majors have the choice of conducting an independent laboratory, field or computational research project, integrating a critical analysis of a specific topic in biology with an internship, or teaching biology and conducting classroom research in the community in a three-semester program.
Many students begin research before the senior year, some as early as their first year. Students who start their research early can earn up to three credits that apply towards the majors (BIOL-300, Research Tutorial) and up to four additional credits that apply as College elective credits but do not count towards the major (BIOL-304, Elective Research Tutorial). With approval of the Department and obtaining a Department research advisor, research may be conducted in laboratories outside the Department of Biology, including other departments within the College, laboratories at the GU Medical Center or in the greater DC area, including the National Institutes of Health, the Smithsonian Institution, etc.
Study Abroad Majors from the Department of Biology can study abroad and transfer credits to the majors. All majors are encouraged to consider building a summer or semester abroad into their undergraduate programs. Although this is not a specific requirement, the perspective gained from the international experience is of value to all of the programs. Students should plan early and discuss their plans with their academic advisor and the Office of International Programs.
Comprehensive Exam To evaluate both individual student performance and programmatic efficacy, students are required to participate in several assessments throughout their major. All majors will take a subject exam during their sophomore year and a comprehensive exam during their senior year.
Georgetown Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Scholars Program The Department administers a research-intensive four-year program that provides advanced course work and extensive research opportunities. The program is offered through the cooperative efforts of research scientists in the College and Medical School with funding provided by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Science majors from Biology, Chemistry, and Physics with interest in careers in research are encouraged to contact Prof. Joseph Neale or Prof. Maria Donoghue for further information about the Georgetown Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Scholars Program as early as possible.
The Pre-medical Program Pre-medicine is a program of study, not a degree. Each of the majors offered through the Department of Biology provides students with a strong foundation in science and a significant overlap with the pre-med program requirements. In general, medical schools require a year of college math and a year of biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry and physics, each with laboratory. The year of biology can be Foundations in Biology I and II (BIOL-103/113, BIOL-104/114); or Foundations in Biology I with a second course such as Biochemistry (BIOL-151) Genetics (BIOL-152), or Microbiology (BIOL-364).
The Biology major provides a comprehensive perspective on all aspects of our biological world, including ecology, evolutionary biology, molecular and cell biology. This major allows students to have the greatest latitude in choosing courses of their interest across the breadth of biology or to concentrate their studies in an area of interest.
The Biology major consists of biology, mathematics, general chemistry, and additional sciences. After the first-year courses, students enroll in intermediate-level distribution courses in three areas: (1) Molecules, (2) Cells and Systems, and (3) Populations. Students must take at least one course from each distribution area and complete them by the end of the third year. Students choose elective courses from the courses offered by the Department to complete the major. Students may opt to obtain a concentration in an area of biology or to examine the interface between biology and other disciplines for credit (described below).
Concentrations within the Biology Major Students have the option to pursue a program of study within the major leading to concentrations in either of two areas: Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology or Ecology, Evolution and Behavioral Biology. A concentration requires the completion of six elective courses in the area of concentration. Courses that apply to each area of concentration can be found in a list on the Departments web site and are noted in the courses description on Explore. Each concentration should be devised during careful consultation with a faculty advisor and requires declaration to the Deans office. The area of the concentration will appear on the students transcript.
One-credit option Students may apply one credit of one non-biology elective course to the major when the course explores the interface between biology and another discipline, for example in ethics or public policy. Courses must be approved in advance by the Department; a list of previously approved courses and an application for approval for new courses can be found on the Department website.
Additional elective courses offered by the Department of Biology will be taken for a total of 44 credits. If a student takes two courses from a distribution area, the second course will count as an elective. Research tutorial and the RISE program do count as elective credits.
A minor in Biology requires a minimum of five Biology courses and eighteen credits, excluding BIOL-101. Biology courses designed for non-majors cannot be included. Foundations in Biology I and II are required. The one-credit option course credits may not be applied to the credit requirements for the minor.
An underlying motivation for the study of science is the impact that basic discoveries have on human health across the globe. This major examines the biology behind global health concerns today and includes coursework and research spanning the basic laboratory and quantitative sciences, while integrating perspectives from policy, economics, ethics, and culture. Georgetown is especially strong in infectious- and genetic-disease research and is at the forefront of interdisciplinary work in application of policy, law, and ethics to global health issues.
In spring of the second year, students take Introduction to Biology of Global Health. The other required Biology course for the major is the Senior Seminar. Required courses in departments outside of Biology include Chemistry, Calculus, and Statistics. In addition, students must take two courses from a diverse course selection that addresses issues at the intersection of global health and ethics, policy, etc. Students should plan their program in close consultation with their faculty advisor to ensure that they have taken any prerequisites necessary for desired upper level courses. Biology courses successfully completed while studying abroad may count toward the credit requirements for the major in Biology of Global Health when specifically approved by the Department in advance.
At least 1 course must be taken in each of the three sections; students may replace one of the 6 courses with Research Tutorial (BIOL-300) for up to 3 credits and may take RISE for an additional 6 credits.
Students choose two courses in interdisciplinary perspectives from courses offered across campus. Students are cautioned that not all courses are offered every year, courses offered in SNHS and STIA may have limited enrollments for Biology majors, and that some courses have additional prerequisites not explicitly listed here or require permission of the instructor. Courses may be added to these lists as new courses are offered. See the Department website for additional information.
The Environmental Biology Major is a liberal science major focused on both the science of the biological, chemical, and geological processes that operate on our planet as well as the ways that humans utilize and alter these processes in cultural, economic, agricultural, and public health systems. This major stresses foundations in biological and quantitative sciences and in scientific communication as a means to understand environmental studies and multifaceted environmental issues.
Students interested in this major typically enter the program as Biology majors; however, transfer and undeclared students are also welcome. Students opting for the Environmental Biology major will apply to the program in the fall of second year, and should enroll in Genetics (BIOL-152) and Ecology (BIOL-180) during this term.
All students in this major take a set of four core courses--Ecology, Evolutionary Processes, Ecological Analysis, and Introduction to Environmental Science--in their second and third years to establish a foundation in biological concepts. Majors also complete six upper-level courses, three from thematic categories and three selected from all upper-level electives that are approved for the major. Students in the major have a senior seminar capstone course that may be coupled with an in-depth research or internship experience that forms the basis of the RISE program.
Students should plan their program of study in consultation with their faculty advisors. Faculty advisors also help students identify summer or senior research opportunities relevant to environmental biology topics as well as sources of competitive financial support for such activities.
Students must take one course from each of Groups A, B and C, and three other courses from Groups A, B or C or Other Upper-level Electives. Students should note that not all courses are offered every year; courses offered outside of Biology may have limited enrollments for Environmental Biology majors; some courses may have prerequisites not listed here or require permission of the instructor; this list will change over time as course offerings change.
Given our rapidly evolving understanding of brain as mind, study of the nervous system is considered one of the great frontiers in science today. The Neurobiology major is designed to educate students in the foundations of biology and neurobiology while providing opportunities for advanced study on a range of disciplines ranging from cell, molecular and developmental neuroscience to cognitive science and psychology as well as the interfaces of these disciplines.
Students interested in this major typically enter the program as Biology majors. Students opting for the Neurobiology major will apply to the program in the fall of second year. In spring of the second year, students take Neurobiology and, in subsequent years, a series of four additional courses to develop depth in neurobiology.
Please contact Professor Joseph Neale, Director of Undergraduate Studies in Biology (email@example.com or 202-687-5881), with general questions and questions about the Biology major. For questions on the Biology of Global Health major, please contact Professors Heidi Elmendorf (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Anne Rosenwald (email@example.com). For questions on the Environmental Biology major, please contact Professors Peter Armbruster (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Martha Weiss (email@example.com). For questions on the Neurobiology major, please contact Professors Joseph Neale (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Maria Donoghue (mjv23@ georgetown.edu).
(For course listings for Biology see http://courses.georgetown.edu/
Beginning with the Class of 2012, the Business Administration Minor in Georgetown College offers students an opportunity to develop business knowledge and skills, in combination with their liberal arts education, to better equip them to contribute to the global economy with creativity, integrity, and a commitment to social responsibility. This minor brings College students together with MSB students in various curricular programs to examine the field of business from diverse intellectual perspectives and more thoroughly understand business in a cultural, political and social context. The minor allows College students to take business courses in the six main areas of accounting, finance, operations, management, marketing, and strategy, ethics, and public policy, as well as in selected liberal arts disciplines that build bridges between a students major, minor or other interests and the broad field of business. All students in the Business Administration Minor take a capstone course in Social Responsibility of Business that challenges students to apply their learning in an ethical manner and prepares them to contribute generously to their intellectual and professional communities.
Students accepted to the Business Administration Minor may not take more business courses than the minor requires. Students accepted to the Business Administration Minor and students interested in applying for the minor should not take ACCT-001 or FINC-150.
The program is limited to 50 students per class, selected on the basis of an application submitted in spring of their sophomore year. Junior and senior students are not eligible to apply retroactively. The application will consist of an essay outlining the students reasons for seeking a minor in Business Administration, with an emphasis on how the minor would complement the students other major or minor interests. A committee of deans in the College and MSB will review the applications.
Students are strongly advised to complete all business electives on campus at Georgetown. Students interested in receiving credit toward the Business Administration Minor for courses taken while studying abroad must receive approval from the MSB Deans Office. These courses must be taken at MSB-approved study abroad programs. For more information, please visit the Office of International Programs at http://overseasstudies.georgetown.edu.
The Catholic Studies Program at Georgetown University develops an intellectual and academic approach to Catholicism as both a religious institution and a culture. Georgetowns Jesuit heritage lends itself to the interdisciplinary approach of Catholic Studies. Catholicism is more than an institution, a set of moral or ritual practices, a body of doctrine, or an individual or even communal experience, rather it is all of these and more so that no one discipline or method of study can interpret its cultural influences and identity. Central to the Catholic Studies curriculum is the investigation of how the Catholic faith interacts historically, globally, and currently with the needs, questions, and concerns of humanity and the larger secular culture. Learning to read the signs of the times, as pronounced by Pope John XXIII, requires both a sense of history and the recognition of the contemporary world.
Thereby, an interdisciplinary approach that coordinates but integrates the findings of the many academic disciplines available at Georgetown University can offer the multiple perspectives of Catholicism as a religious institution, a historical tradition, a culture, and a social identity. The Catholic Studies Program consciously pursues the goal of offering students and faculty the opportunity to pursue an understanding of Catholicism through interdisciplinary study, merging for example theology with politics, scripture with gender studies, religion with science, and cultural history with the arts and new media.
The Catholic Studies Program at Georgetown University strives to be inclusive as it welcomes students and professors from widely divergent intellectual and religious backgrounds to study, explore, and understand the multi-leveled meaning of Catholicism in history and in the contemporary world.
Students may wish to pursue a Minor in Catholic Studies or to take courses on an elective basis which would expand and deepen their understanding of Catholicism. The Catholic Studies Program sponsors courses designed specifically to foster the interdisciplinary approach to the study of Catholic culture as it draws widely on courses which as a whole or in substantial part deal with aspects of Catholicism offered independently by various academic departments.
All students wishing to minor in Catholic Studies must complete the introductory course (CATH-111: Introduction and Explorations in Catholic Culture) plus one additional Catholic Studies core course, three approved electives, and the senior capstone (CATH-301: Catholic Studies Tutorial).
Students who have declared a minor in Catholic Studies are required to take one additional CATH course as identified and approved by the Program Director as a core course. However as course offerings vary from semester to semester, students should check the Catholic Studies Program website regularly for updated information such as course offerings, faculty research, and events.
Catholic Studies minors should work with the Catholic Studies Program Director to select elective courses either within the program proper or from other academic departments--typically with a limit of two courses of any one department--which logically connect with the issues and themes encountered in their Catholic Studies coursework. Every semester, the Catholic Studies Program compiles a list of courses that meet the qualifications of electives and can be used to meet this requirement. The most current information for cross-listed courses can be found on the Catholic Studies Program website.
During the senior year, candidates for the Minor in Catholic Studies are required to take an independent reading course identified as CATH 301: Catholic Studies Capstone Tutorial. This individualized course provides the student with the opportunity to develop an in-depth examination of a question or topic through the lens of the Catholic imagination. Students may choose to investigate the links between their academic major or their anticipated careers with Catholicism. Throughout the semester, students will meet with their faculty mentor to engage in discussion of their study.
(For course listings for Catholic Studies see http://courses.georgetown.edu/)
Majors in Biochemistry and Chemistry are designed to provide sound training in the fundamental principles and basic techniques of the science and to provide interested students with the opportunity for advanced study and research opportunities. The department offers two majors--a B.S. Biochemistry major and a B.S. Chemistry major (certified by the American Chemical Society). Honors programs in both Chemistry and Biochemistry are offered (see below). A minor in Chemistry is also available.
The rigorous undergraduate curriculum prepares students for graduate study in the chemical and/or biochemical sciences at any university, medical school, dental school, or for industrial, teaching, or research careers. Indeed, most of our graduates pursue advanced degrees in the Chemical, Biochemical or Medical Sciences.
Advanced Placement Credit An AP score of 5 or IB score of 67 earns 3-credits of General Chemistry I lecture (CHEM-001). No credit is awarded for an AP score of 4. All Chemistry and Biochemistry majors should still plan to enroll in the associated General Chemistry Laboratory I course (CHEM-009 or 057). Even with an AP score of 5 or IB score of 67, pre-med students are required to take CHEM-001. Students majoring or minoring in Chemistry or Biochemistry with an AP score of 5 or IB score of 67 may elect to take Introduction to Research Experimentation (CHEM-064) in lieu of 009 or 057.
Undergraduate Advising All declared chemistry and biochemistry majors will be assigned an academic advisor at the time the major is declared. Entering first-year students with declared majors in chemistry and biochemistry will receive their advisors contact information over the summer before their arrival on campus. The academic advisors work with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to ensure that all majors receive sufficient assistance in planning their academic programs throughout the four years. Research is strongly encouraged in our department and many undergraduate students join a research group at some point in their career. Once a research mentor has been selected, he/she will naturally assume the academic advising duties for the student.
The first year typically includes General Chemistry I & II (CHEM-001 & 002) and General Chemistry for Majors Lab (CHEM-057 & 058). CHEM-009 & 010 can also be used to fulfill the first-year lab requirement for majors with permission from the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Calculus (Math-035 and/or 036) and general education courses round out the first year (note: science majors are exempt from the social science requirement). Biochemistry majors additionally take Fundamentals of Biology (BIOL-103104) in the first year. Chemistry majors interested in pursuing future medical studies may also elect to take Fundamentals of Biology in the first year. In the second year, most students complete Organic Chemistry I & II with Lab (CHEM-115117 & 116118), as well as Physics (PHYS-101 & 102 or equivalent) and Multivariable Calculus (MATH-137). After the second year, the course requirements for the two majors diverge. Any student who has not completed the typical program described by the end of sophomore year should consult with his/her academic advisor and/or the Director of Undergraduate Studies to work out a plan to ensure an on-time graduation.
The Honors Programs in both Chemistry and Biochemistry require a significant research experience which leads to both an oral presentation of the research results and the completion of a research-based thesis deemed acceptable by the faculty. Students in the Honors Program are required to maintain an average of at least B (GPA 3.0) both in their major and overall. Juniors with a major GPA of 3.5 will be invited by the Department to participate in the program generally at the beginning of October. Others are welcome to apply during the Fall semester of their Junior Year.
For a Chemistry Honors degree, a student must complete the regular requirements of the Chemistry major, with the exception of being relieved from taking either Synthetic Methods (CHEM-228) or Chemical Instrumentation (CHEM-368). In addition, they will take two semesters of Honors Research (CHEM-364 & 365) and a final semester of Honors Thesis (CHEM-370). The Advanced Chemistry Elective must be a graduate level chemistry course, chosen in consultation with the research mentor.
For a Biochemistry Honors degree, a student must complete the regular requirements of the Biochemistry major, two semesters of Honors Research (CHEM-364 & 365) and a final semester of Honors Thesis (CHEM-370). One of the Advanced Science Electives must be a graduate level course, chosen in consultation with the research mentor.
The Chemistry minor consists of two additional courses beyond Organic Chemistry, chosen from among the following: Physical Chemistry (CHEM-219 & 220), Analytical Chemistry with lab (CHEM-211213), Synthetic Methods Laboratory (CHEM-228), Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM- 366) and Biochemistry with Lab (CHEM-419/408). One of the two courses must include laboratory component.
A minor in Chemistry, when combined with an appropriate major, qualifies a student for a variety of science-related post-graduate activities, such as graduate work in art conservancy, a career in environmental or patent law, and many jobs in industry.
The Chemistry Department is eager to accommodate the foreign study aspirations of Chemistry and Biochemistry majors. Advanced planning is advisable given the sequential nature of the curriculum. Interested students are encouraged to consult with their advisor or the Director of Undergraduate Studies at the earliest possible opportunity. Students are also encouraged to apply for summer study-abroad/research-abroad programs as a means to acquire international experiences.
(For course listings for Chemistry see http://courses.georgetown.edu/)
For Classics, see the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics section of this Bulletin.
Cognitive Science is the study of the mind, i.e., of how knowledge is acquired and used. Cognitive scientists use theories and methods drawn from many disciplines including cognitive psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, linguistics, computer science, artificial intelligence, physics, mathematics, biology, and anthropology. They ask questions such as: How do people acquire language? What are the neural bases of perceiving, learning and remembering? What is the nature of knowledge? Can machines think? How do experts differ from novices? Are there innate ideas? How did human intelligence evolve?
The Interdisciplinary Program in Cognitive Science offers a Minor in Cognitive Science, and courses open to all students. More than fifty faculty members participate in the program. They come from several departments on the Main and the Medical Center campuses. We have close ties with the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience, a Ph.D. program based in the Medical Center. We encourage undergraduate students to learn about faculty and graduate student research projects at Georgetown, and to work as partners in that research.
We foster student involvement in research in several ways. Both of our core courses, which are open to all students, are team-taught and interdisciplinary. This offers the chance to experience an unusually large range of perspectives and disciplines, all in a single course. In our spring core course ( Research Modules in Cognitive Science , ICOS-202), students spend time in several faculty laboratories, during which they read about, discuss, and experience first-hand the research projects underway at Georgetown. Students undertaking our Minor may choose to conduct a senior thesis in Cognitive Science, though a thesis is not required.
We also encourage undergraduate students to meet and learn from Georgetown graduate students on the Main and Medical Center campuses. Our home page contains a list of graduate students who have volunteered to act as advisors, mentors, or contact people for students who are thinking about careers and graduate school. Every fall we offer a course, Drugs, the Brain and Behavior (ICOS-325), which was initiated and is taught by a team of advanced Ph.D. students from Georgetowns Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience. Students taking this course learn about brain disorders from enthusiastic young scientists who are doing their dissertation research on these topics.
The Minor in Cognitive Science normally requires that you have a Major (planned or declared) in one of the following participating disciplines: Biology, Computer Science, Linguistics, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics or Psychology. Students undertaking other majors may seek permission to take the Minor by contacting the Director of the Program or the College Deans Office.
The purpose of the distribution requirement is to give the student a broad background in Cognitive Science. This is why students are required to take at least one designated course in each of two departments outside of their major field. For purposes of this distribution requirement, Cognitive Science (ICOS) counts as a department. Therefore, if the student takes a course offered (or cross listed) by Cognitive Science--other than the two core required courses (ICOS-201 and 202)--this counts as one of the two departments outside the students Major.
Students who are not writing a thesis for their Major are encouraged to exercise the Cognitive Science Senior Thesis option. They should enroll for the Senior Thesis in Cognitive Science (ICOS-391, 392), for a minimum of four credits (maximum of 6 credits) distributed across the two semesters. The number of credits and their distribution across semesters must be approved by the thesis mentor. Regardless of the number of credits, the senior thesis substitutes for one of the four distribution courses. Thus, students undertaking a thesis in Cognitive Science need take only three, instead of four, designated distribution courses.
A list of Faculty in Cognitive Science who are interested in mentoring Cognitive Science theses may be found on the Cognitive Science website (http://cognitivescience.georgetown.edu). Students considering the thesis option (ICOS-391, 392) should identify a senior thesis mentor as early as possible, preferably no later than the early spring of the junior year. They should plan to work on the thesis throughout the senior year.
Theses in some disciplines might require preparatory work during the junior year, which can be started within the context of an ICOS tutorial (ICOS-301, 302). Tutorial credits do not count toward the distribution requirement. All students undertaking ICOS-391392 should notify the Director at the beginning of the senior year, at the latest. The student must submit an abstract outlining the proposed thesis to the Director no later than October 15 of the senior year. This abstract must be signed by the faculty mentor, thereby indicating the mentors approval of the abstract, and the mentors willingness to advise and grade the thesis. The deadline for submitting the final draft of the thesis to the mentor is the final day of classes in the spring semester. Upon completion of the thesis, the student must submit the thesis title, an abstract outlining the completed work, and an electronic version of the complete thesis to the Director.
Students who are undertaking a thesis in their Major are encouraged, but not required, to conduct the thesis for their major in an area related to Cognitive Science. However, they should not enroll for any thesis credits other than those required for the major. Students completing a thesis in their major should take a total of four distribution courses approved for the ICOS Minor.
(For course listings for Cognitive Science see http://courses.georgetown.edu/)
The Computer Science Department offers three degree options: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BS), Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science (BA), and a Minor in Computer Science. The BA program is broader than the BS program and more technical than the Minor. Broadly speaking, all universities design their undergraduate computer science BS programs to be in conformance with the ACM-IEEE guidelines on undergraduate computer science education, as does Georgetown University. The BS program has 18 required courses, the BA 12, and the Minor 6. The difference in requirements between the BS and BA comes from reducing the number of required mathematics courses from five to three, and reducing the number of required computer science courses from ten to six.
Both BA and BS programs share the core sequence of Computer Science I and II, Mathematical Methods for Computer Science, Data Structures, and Advanced Programming. This sequence will prepare the BA/BS student to take almost any upper-level computer science elective. At this point the two programs diverge. The BA student now chooses from essentially three different tracks by taking one of Hardware Fundamentals, Programming Languages, or Introduction to Algorithms; while the BS student must take all these and in addition, System Fundamentals and Operating Systems. The effect is to release the BA student from the more engineering-oriented breadth required of the BS student. Students intending to do postgraduate studies or seeking employment in most traditional areas of computer science are encouraged to pursue the BS option. In addition, BS students are encouraged to do a senior thesis.
Both the BA and the BS programs require four elective courses in computer science. The list of elective courses for both programs are the same. However, students opting for the BA program can, with the approval of the departments curriculum committee, satisfy two of the elective requirements by taking courses with significant computer science content from other departments. Also, students enrolled in the BA program have the option of writing a senior thesis.
BA students who begin their computer science program with Introduction to Computer Science (COSC-010) may elect to use that course as a substitute for an external elective for the major. COSC-010 represents an alternative teaching approach to the discipline in that it covers a representative range of computer science topics, introducing the essential concepts and foundational methods in each area. Within this context, the department feels it is appropriate to allow BA students the option of beginning their program with this course, and then continuing on to Computer Science I and the rest of the usual sequence.
Accelerated BS/MS in Computer Science The Department offers an accelerated MS degree that lets qualified BS students complete an MS degree by extending their studies to a fifth year. Students should apply in the spring semester of their junior year. If accepted, students designate two courses that apply to both the BS and MS degrees.
They complete the degree requirements by taking two required core courses and six elective courses. Students can take two of these courses during their senior year. For more information about the program, see the Departments web site, or contact the Departments Director of Graduate Studies.
The senior thesis option consists of taking two semesters of the Senior Thesis Seminar (COSC-300), producing a thesis proposal, writing a substantial senior thesis, and giving an oral presentation of the thesis. While the seminar is open to all students, to be accepted to write a senior thesis the student must apply to individual faculty members. If the application is accepted, the faculty member will act as thesis advisor, determine the acceptability of the thesis proposal, and present the completed thesis to the general faculty for approval. Senior Thesis Independent Study (COSC-301) is intended to be the directed research portion of the thesis project and may substitute for an elective for BS students.
(For course listings for Computer Science see http://courses.georgetown.edu/)
Departmental degree requirements are as follows: ten courses which must include both Principles of Microeconomics (ECON-001) and Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON-002) or Principles of Economics (ECON-003), Intermediate Microeconomics (ECON-101 or 103), Intermediate Macroeconomics (ECON-102 or 104), Economic Statistics (ECON-121) and Introduction to Econometrics (ECON-122). The remaining four or five electives must include at least two 400-level courses. Most courses beyond Micro and Macro Principles require, as a prerequisite, Calculus I (MATH-035). Introduction to Econometrics must be taken before the Fall semester of senior year. First and second year students who are considering an economics major should meet with the Undergraduate Coordinator early in their careers at Georgetown to develop a plan to meet requirements and accommodate their own interests as they pursue their major. Students can, however, discuss their plans with any professor in the department. Students who have had some economics should consider taking ECON-003 instead of 001 and 002.
Preparation for a career in economics requires a strong foundation in theory and quantitative methods. Students who anticipate doing graduate work in economics should take the Calculus sequence in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics (MATH-035, 036, 137, 150), the Honors courses in Microeconomic (103) and Macroeconomic Theory (104), Mathematics for Economics (425), and Intermediate Econometrics (422).
AP Policy For a score of 5 on the Microeconomics exam, the student will receive three credits for ECON-001 (Principles of Microeconomics). For a score of 5 on the Macroeconomics exam, the student will receive three credits for ECON-002 (Principles of Macroeconomics). Students with a score of 5 on both of the AP exams may proceed to upper level courses and cannot take any of the principle courses (ECON-001, 002 and 003). Students with a score of 5 on only one of the AP exams normally take the opposite principles course. If the student takes ECON-003 (Principles of Economics: Macro and Micro), they will forfeit the AP credit in economics. COL students with a strong high school background in micro and macro economics and/or who have taken both AP economics but did not score a 5 on either of the AP exams are encouraged to take ECON- 003.
Honors Program Students can graduate with honors in economics by: (1) taking Honors Intermediate Microeconomics (ECON-103) and Honors Intermediate Macroeconomics (ECON-104), or attaining an A or A- in each of Intermediate Microeconomics (ECON-101) and Macroeconomics (ECON-102); (2) attaining a 3.67 grade average in economics courses; and (3) taking at least three 400-level courses. A thesis is not required to graduate with departmental honors.
Study Abroad Students who study abroad for a single semester may receive credit for at most two economics courses while studying abroad. Students who study abroad for two semesters may receive credit for up to three economics courses.
Courses taken abroad may be substituted for Intermediate Microeconomics (ECON-101), Intermediate Macroeconomics (ECON-102), Statistics (ECON-121), Econometrics (ECON-122), or 400-level courses, but only if the substitution has been approved by the Economics Department prior to enrollment. Students seeking approval for one of these courses need to submit a syllabus (not a course description) for the course to the Director of Undergraduate Studies. It is not necessary to submit a syllabus for approval of a non-400-level economics elective. However, to ensure credit, students should also secure approval of these courses prior to departure.
The requirements for a minor in Economics are Principles of Microeconomics (ECON-001) and Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON-002), or Principles of Micro and Macro Combined (ECON-003), Intermediate Microeconomics (ECON-101 or ECON-103) or Intermediate Macroeconomics (ECON-102 or ECON-104), Economic Statistics (ECON-121) (may be substituted with MATH-040 Probability and Statistics, MATH-140, or OPIM-172, 173 or 174 Business Statistics), and 2 or 3 Economics electives. To earn a minor in Economics, at least 50% of the courses must be taken in the Economics Department at Georgetown.
(For course listings for Economics see http://courses.georgetown.edu/)
The interdisciplinary minor in Education, Inquiry, and Justice recognizes the many ways in which the examination of education is alive and well at Georgetown, in scholarship, and in student service in the community. Students are offered a rigorous and rich program through which the complexities of urban education can be explored deeply, building on the important work of the Program in Education, Inquiry, and Justice and faculty across the curriculum who put education at the center of their research and teaching. The minor is also a collaborative effort between faculty and departments in Georgetown College and the Center for Social Justice, through which much of the important work in DC classrooms is organized. This focus on education is nourished deeply by Georgetowns Jesuit tradition, which from its very beginnings has looked to education as a critical means to promote justice and individual well-being. The minor in Education, Inquiry, and Justice offers a chance to engage students on education in collaborative and innovative ways.
The minor promotes the notion that education is not just a technical process of transmission or delivery, but a dynamic endeavor that plays an essential role in the development of the whole person--the intellectual, artistic, physical, affective moral, social, and political capacities that make us human. Grounded in this conception of education, the minor adopts an interdisciplinary approach to core questions about the nature of education and human well-being. What does it mean to know and what is worth knowing? What is the nature of the good society and what is the role of education in its development? How does one learn, and what affects the learning process? How does change take place in educational systems? What are the implications of democracy for schooling? Examination of these issues and more requires a variety of disciplinary approaches, so the minor builds on courses in philosophy, psychology, government, sociology, linguistics, and others.
The minor in Education, Inquiry, and Justice consists of six courses. The lists of courses in the Framework and Praxis categories below are not exhaustive, and not every course is taught each semester. Current lists of courses will be maintained by the Minor Director and the College Deans Office.
Students will apply as sophomores in their spring semester. Eligibility to apply will be based on overall academic performance, exploration of the field, and demonstrated commitment to relevant service and/or classroom experience. Students are encouraged to have taken at least one course within the minor requirements prior to application.
For more information on the minor, see http://college.georgetown.edu/educationminor.
The English major program begins with the sophomore year. First-year students interested in the program should consult their first-year English professors. Departmental advisors are available to all English majors.
All students should familiarize themselves with the information on the department website. The website will always contain the most current and accurate information about the major: http://english.georgetown.edu.
Beginning Fall, 2012, the English Department will inaugurate a new curriculum. New courses and new requirements will be added, with Foundational courses replacing our Gateways; our electives will be arranged and numbered differently, and some will require prerequisites; we will also be offering new capstone seminars for our majors.
This new curriculum will apply to the class of 2015 and beyond. Members of the classes of 2013 and 2014 will continue under the old curriculum requirements, and all courses already taken towards the completion of the major will continue to count towards completion. However, because of the many changes in our offerings, majors will have to be particularly attentive to how our new courses fulfill their requirements. The department has created detailed guidelines for helping students negotiate this transition from the old to the new curriculum. The guidelines are available on the departments website and from the main office and the office of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. All majors should work closely with their advisers, who will help them choose courses that will fulfill their requirements.
Beginning Fall, 2012, the English Department will inaugurate a new curriculum that will apply to members of the class of 2015 and beyond. If prior to the inauguration of the new curriculum a student of the class of 2015 has taken any Gateways or electives offered by the English Department, those courses will count toward the completion of the new major. Guidelines explaining how courses offered under the old curriculum mesh with the requirements of the new are available on the departments website and from the main office and the office of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. All majors should consult with their advisers.
ENGL-090 Methods of Literary and Cultural Studies. This course aims to give students a coherent understanding of various theoretical and critical tools used to interpret texts by introducing them to strategies of close reading and to larger discussions regarding textual analysis. Although the course will not necessarily encompass the entire history of literary and cultural criticism, it will examine a range of schools and methods. These schools and methods will be grounded historically and will be situated and contextualized within larger critical conversations that have developed over time. This course will NOT fulfill the HUMW II requirement.
ENGL-091 and ENGL-092 Literary History I and Literary History II. A two-semester survey of Anglophone literary and cultural history. Literary History I focuses on texts from the medieval period through the eighteenth century; Literary History II focuses on texts from the nineteenth century to the present. These courses will highlight a number of critical and/or representative texts, debates, developments, and crises illustrative of the time periods studied. These courses do NOT fulfill the HUMW II requirement.
Level I Electives (ENGL-100 299). Level I electives serve as the primary means of immersion into various fields of study in English. No prior knowledge of the field is expected. These courses aim to provide instruction in close reading and textual analysis, to introduce students to the field and its terminology, to models of close reading of primary texts, and to secondary sources, and to engage them in the larger critical conversations within the field. There is an emphasis on writing; students should expect several short papers (5-7 pages) and, possibly, exams. The majority of these courses count toward the HUMW II requirement.
Level II Electives (ENGL-300459). Level II electives provide a more intense understanding of a particular field of study. They assume students are proficient at close reading and are able to engage with secondary sources. These electives aim to provide an intensive focus in a particular field. Assignments and work will be more individualized, and there will be longer papers or research papers (10 15 pages).
Senior Capstone Seminar (ENGL-460499). These small seminars (capped at 18) are open to senior English majors only. They offer substantial engagement in a particular topic and assume students ability to apply critical methodology. These seminars include more freedom in terms of projects and discussions and more opportunities for independent work. They will require longer projects (20 25 pages).
English majors are encouraged to consider, in consultation with their faculty adviser, the following areas during their junior and senior years. By choosing electives from different areas, students will be able to experience further the wide diversity of texts, topics, and methodological approaches that characterize English studies today. By choosing courses from a single area, students will be able to concentrate their field of study in an area of special interest to them. Suggested areas of interest:
English majors are required to take one Gateway from ENGL-040041 and one from ENGL-042043, preferably as early in their academic career as possible. Majors are required to take at least ONE of the following four courses as a prerequisite to taking any further English courses, and they may take no more than two Gateways. Beginning Fall 2012, Foundation courses will replace Gateway courses. Consult your degree audit for equivalencies.
In addition to two Gateway courses, majors are required to take seven electives (courses numbered 100499 under the old system, 100497 under the new). Of threes seven electives, three elective courses are required for the English major: one from Field 1, one from Field 2, and 1 from either Field 3 or Field 4:
English majors are encouraged to take one or more seminars in their junior or senior year. These courses will have a limited enrollment and will give students the opportunity to do advanced work in a seminar setting. Students who are interested in applying to do a Senior Honors Thesis are especially encouraged to take seminars in their junior year.
After completing their Gateway courses, English majors are encouraged to consider, in consultation with their faculty adviser, the following areas during their junior and senior years. The department has already attempted to introduce students to such areas within its Gateway courses. By choosing electives from different areas, students will be able to experience further the wide diversity of texts, topics, and methodological approaches that characterize English studies today. By choosing courses from a single area, students will be able to concentrate their field of study in an area of special interest to them. Suggested areas of interest:
Except for extraordinary reasons and upon petition to the Director of Undergraduate Studies in English by the individual student, electives offered by other Georgetown departments will not count as electives toward the English major, unless they have already been approved for crosslisting.
AP Credit. For members of the class of the classes of 2013 and 2014: AP credit will be given towards HUMW-011, not towards Gateways or major/minor electives. COL students with a score of 4 or 5 in the AP Language and Literature exam will receive 3 credits for HUMW-011.
For members of the classes of 2015 and beyond: under the new curriculum requirements inaugurated Fall, 2012, HUMW-011 does NOT count toward the English major; however, HUMW-011 or its equivalent in AP credit is a prerequisite for any Elective course. COL students with a score of 4 or 5 in the AP Language and Literature exam will receive 3 credits for HUMW-011.
Honors in English. To graduate with honors in English, a student must earn a grade of A- or better (as determined by two members of the faculty) for a thesis project produced under the mentorship of an English Department faculty mentor. Admission to candidacy for Honors is competitive and usually occurs in the spring of the students junior year. Details and the application are on the department website. In their senior year, students take two additional upper-division courses beyond those required of all majors. One course is a thesis research tutorial; the other includes independent study with the students mentor and a colloquium in which students present their finished work to each other and to the Department.
Transfer Students. During the August orientation, transfer students meet with departmental advisers. At that time and in subsequent meetings, students have the opportunity to discuss their individual programs. Students must fulfill all requirements for the English major and take at least six courses in this department.
Junior Year Abroad. Students must fulfill all requirements and take at least six courses in this department. Their study abroad requires the approval of the departmental study abroad advisers. Students are strongly encouraged to have their program of study approved before they go abroad.
Summer School. Students taking summer courses elsewhere must fulfill all requirements and take at least six courses in this department. Their summer program requires the chairs approval or the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Accelerated BA/MA Program in English. Qualified undergraduate majors can apply to take a Masters level course each of the two semesters of their senior year. These courses will count toward the major. In their senior year, students in the AB/MA program are welcome to apply for admission to the English MA program; if they are admitted, the two courses taken in their senior year will also count toward the completion of the Masters degree. Those applying to the MA program by the January 1 deadline will be eligible for--but are not guaranteed--funding; those applying by the April 1 deadline are not eligible for funding. Students should direct questions about both the AB/MA and the MA programs to the current Academic Coordinator and/or the current Director of Graduate Studies.
The English minor consists of six courses: two Foundation course (ENGL-090 AND ENGL-091 or 092) and four electives (either Levels I or II). Four of these courses must be ENGL courses taken in this department.
(For course listings for English see http://courses.georgetown.edu/)
An undergraduate major in Environmental Biology is offered through the Department of Biology. Please refer to the Biology section in this Bulletin.
Over 7 billion Humans are increasingly challenging our fragile planet in many unprecedented ways. Consequently, we have many growing environmental problems to solve including our air and water pollution, biodiversity crisis, energy requirements, garbage, global warming, and habitat degradation.
Environmental Studies (ES) seeks to inform students about many facets of our environment and its problems. Within ES, GU offers an Environmental Studies Minor (ESM). It requires two basic science courses, one environmental government course, three elective environmental courses, and a capstone experience. Students and their mentors design capstone experiences as individual projects within, or separate from, regular courses. In addition to students academic development, the ESM seeks to educate students to be excellent Earth stewards at all levels from personal habits through wise voting and environmental leadership. The ESM helps to prepare students for careers in many environmental areas.
The ESM integrates many fields of knowledge, and fosters interdisciplinary, creative thinking, and problem solving. Students draw from areas such as biotechnology, conservation and resource management, ecology, economics, energy research, ethics, information technology, national and international law, policy, and social research in formulating their thoughts and presentations and undertaking their capstone experiences.
This minor requires two fundamental courses, Introductory Biology II (BIOL-104) and Introduction to Environmental Science (STIA-102). (Note: Students do not need to take Introductory Biology I, BIOL-103, prior to enrolling in BIOL-104.) BIOL-104 emphasizes organismal biology, in particular behavior, ecology, and evolution. These areas inform us of our place and ecological role in our biosphere. STIA-102 teaches students about biogeochemical cycles, the chemistry and physics of Earths atmosphere and hydrosphere, energy resources, and pollution. Further, because ESM students profit from understanding economic analyses of environmental issues, the ESM Progam highly recommends environmental economics courses.
For additional information about the ESM, see http://www1.georgetown.edu/centers/environment/courses/.
(For course listings for Environmental Studies see http://courses.georgetown.edu/)
To live in the 21st Century is to engage in the consumption, production, and distribution of sounds, images, and information. The Interdisciplinary Program in Film and Media Studies offers a new academic program that will enable our students to gain a sophisticated understanding of media--defined as the multiple channels, technologies, and interfaces through which information, ideas, and emotions are stored, shared, and reciprocated--and the ways that media shape our understanding of the world and our ability to act in it. Through the Minor in Film and Media Studies, students will develop media fluency: the ability to analyze, contextualize, create and use media as the exercise of citizen leadership.
The Minor in Film and Media Studies will combine three emphases: media history and theory; experiential learning in media creation; and media and social justice. Through the Minor, students may elect to combine the study of media with their other fields of interest. Georgetown Colleges Program in Film and Media Studies is distinguished by its focus on the relations between media and social justice. Our faculty understands the study of media to be inextricably linked to questions of power, rights, human development, and self-determination. Our students will investigate these questions historically and theoretically and through their own creative and collaborative work.
The Minor will consist of six required courses. Students will be introduced to the study of media through a gateway course (FMST-100). The gateway course will lay out the learning goals for the program:
The program will culminate in a capstone course (FMST-400) in which each student will propose and develop individual projects involving the study and creation of media and social justice work. The gateway and capstone courses will be taught on a rotating basis by the core faculty in Film and Media Studies, along with other faculty affiliated with the Program.
Upon approval by the Director of Film and Media Studies, students may count up to two courses taken outside of Georgetown (via study abroad, the DC Consortium, or summer study) toward the requirements of the Minor.
The Film and Media Studies Minor program will begin in spring 2011. In fall 2010, sophomore and junior students in Georgetown College may apply to the Minor program. Applications will be available in October, and a sub-committee of the Core Faculty will select the first cohort of Minors before the start of pre-registration for the spring. Students admitted to the Minor will be enrolled in FMST-100: Gateway to Film and Media Studies for the spring 2011 term. In subsequent years, application will be by College sophomores only, during the spring semester in advance of pre-registration for the fall of junior year.
(For course listings for Film and Media Studies see http://courses.georgetown.edu/)
An undergraduate major in Biology of Global Health is offered through the Department of Biology. Please refer to the Biology section in this Bulletin.
The electives are organized into four subfields: American Government, International Relations, Comparative Government, and Political Theory. Political Economy courses may exist in each of the four subfields. Students may take no more than four of the six electives in any one subfield and must include at least one in political theory. The subfield designations are listed in the Registrars course listings under the course title: Field: AG, Field: IR, Field: CG; Field PT; Field: PECO for subfields American Government, International Relations, Comparative Government, Political Theory and Political Economy, respectively.
Math-006, Math-040, or AP credits for these courses may count for one elective. The Department encourages majors to take either Math-006 or Math-040, which will count toward both the General Education requirement as well as the major or minor. During the junior or senior year, students are required to take one Department Seminar, a small class with a full-time faculty member that centers on research and writing skills. These seminars, which count as one of the six electives, will be indicated in the semester course listings as Department Seminar: or DEP SEM: on the Registrars course listings. A Department Seminar in political theory fulfills both the seminar and political theory requirement.
Students can receive credit towards their major for no more than two courses taken outside of the Government Department, unless the student is a transfer student. Transfer students who wish to major in Government may receive credit for up to five political science courses taken at another college or university. It is strongly recommended that students take the four required introductory courses (i.e., 006, 008, 117, and 121) offered by the Department rather than counting courses outside the Department toward those requirements.
The Departments Director of Undergraduate Studies assigns an advisor to students upon declaration of the major. Students are encouraged to request a specific Government professor as an advisor, and these requests will be granted when possible.
In order to declare a major in government, students must complete at least two of the four introductory courses in Government (GOVT-006, 008, 117, and 121) and obtain a grade no lower than a C+ in each. The g.p.a. in all Government courses taken prior to declaration must be a C+ or higher. Similarly, transfer students must have completed at least two courses in political science with a grade no lower than a C+ in each. Please check the schedule each semester for a list of courses and prerequisites.
The Government Honors Program is an intensive, three-semester program of closely mentored research and writing that culminates in a Senior Honors Thesis. As part of the program, students take an advanced seminar in Political Theory and a course on Scope and Methods of Political Science in the spring of the junior year. Students then prepare a thesis proposal in the fall of their senior year (as participants in the Honors Research Seminar) and complete the thesis (in consultation with their mentor) in the spring. Students defend their work in an oral examination at the conclusion of their last semester. Aside from a waiver of the elective in political theory, students are expected to meet all the normal requirements for the major. Prerequisites for the program include a declared government major and a minimum GPA of 3.5 overall and in government courses. A call for applications from interested Juniors is issued in the fall.
Students who minor in government must take the four introductory courses of the Government major and any two electives. Students can credit no more than one course taken outside of the department to the minor. Transfer students may receive credit for up to two political science courses taken at another college or university.
For information about the majors, minors and programs offered by the Department of Government see http://government.georgetown.edu/.
(For course listings for Government see http://courses.georgetown.edu/)
History majors are required to complete at least eleven, but no more than fourteen, semester courses in history: normally the two general education courses, and at least nine semester courses in history electives (courses numbered 101 and above) chosen with the approval of the department. Students exempted from the general education requirement, but without advanced standing, are still required to take eleven history courses (see the section on general education requirements for specifics).
To help insure that there is breadth and depth in a students selection of courses, History majors must take a minimum of three electives in one region in Group A and three electives in one region in Group B. Group A consists of: Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Group B consists of Europe, Russia/Eastern Europe, and North America. Several comparative or global courses can be applied to one of several regions.
In addition to geographic distribution, History majors must fulfill the following level distribution requirements: at least three history courses must be numbered 300 or above. One of the courses numbered 300 or above must be a fourth course in one of the two regions on which the student is concentrating.
Note: Students may propose to replace one of their two geographic regions of concentration with a thematic area. Interested students should present to their advisors a short definition of the rationale of the thematic area, and a list of planned courses. Examples of thematic areas may be environmental history, womens history, labor history, or economic history. The thematic area may consist of three or four courses. The thematic area must reach geographically well beyond the other region of concentration in the major. Advisors, if they approve the proposal, will take care of all necessary communication with the Deans office and the Registrars.
As students in the College, History majors are required to demonstrate foreign language proficiency through the intermediate level. The department encourages study abroad and is flexible in facilitating the transfer of credit for bona fide history courses.
Students interested in majoring in History register with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the department, normally during their sophomore year. They should bring a Declaration of Major form, which can be obtained from the College Deans Office. The Director of Undergraduate Studies will help the student select an advisor, and sign the Declaration of Major form for the College.
The Department of History encourages potentially excellent students to participate in its Honors Program. Admission to the History Honors Program is by invitation of the Department and is decided in February/March of each year. Interested junior History majors may also contact the Departments Director of Undergraduate Studies. Ordinarily, the minimum requirement for admission to the Program is a ranking in the top one-third of each Class and a GPA of 3.67 in the major. Students need to maintain the GPA of 3.67 in the major to receive History Honors at graduation. Students who are accepted into this Program take a two-semester Senior Honors Seminar, for which they produce a distinguished piece of research. This Seminar (HIST-408409) fulfills the requirements for two courses numbered 300 or above.
Students with a 3.5 average or better in their History courses may enroll in an independent study or an internship in History under the supervision of a faculty member who has some expertise in the area in which the student wants to concentrate.
All applications for independent study and internships must have the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. It is advisable that students consult with the Director early when planning for one of these options.
Accelerated BA or BSFS/Master of Arts in Global,
It is not possible for students pursue a double major in Political Economy and either Economics or Government. This is because College regulations prohibit students from taking more than fourteen courses in any one discipline and prohibit students from using any individual course to satisfy the requirements for two majors.
One or both electives in support of the Political Economy major can be taken abroad with prior approval by the department. To obtain approval please submit a syllabus for the course for which you wish to receive credit to either Profs. Michael Bailey or George Shambaugh in the Government Department or Prof. Luca Anderlini in the Economics Department.
(For course listings for Political Economy see http://courses.georgetown.edu/)
Students majoring must take no fewer than ten and no more than fourteen courses in Psychology. The requirements are General Psychology; Research Methods and Statistics; MATH-040; one core course from each of three areas of study; two of the seminar courses; and two courses from the combined offerings of core, seminar, and elective courses.
Every Psychology major should consult with one of the Co-Directors of Undergraduate Studies and choose an advisor. Together with their advisors, students are expected to work out a program of electives and cognate courses in other disciplines to provide the course sequence most appropriate to specific goals. A list of courses, with course descriptions, which satisfy the distribution requirements of the major can be found at http://explore.georgetown.edu/courses/. Students are encouraged to participate in independent research activities, particularly if they plan to attend graduate school. The Psychology Department also hosts an Honors Program.
In planning their programs, majors should keep in mind that no more than 14 courses in Psychology may be counted toward graduation. Further advice on developing a program of study is contained in the Handbook for Psychology Majors and Minors available online.
Students who wish to enroll for credit in Psychology courses on another campus must first obtain permission from their dean and from their academic advisor. Ordinarily, Research Methods and Statistics must be taken on the Georgetown campus.
In addition to the normal degree requirements, the A.B. Psychology Pre-Medical program includes: Introductory Biology, Elementary Physics, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Calculus. Professor Moghaddam is a member of the Georgetown University Pre-Medical Committee and can advise Pre-Medical students.
The requirements are General Psychology*; one core course from each of three areas of study; and two courses from the combined offerings of core, seminar, and two elective courses (a minimum of six courses).
(For course listings for Psychology see http://courses.georgetown.edu/)
The Minor in Science, Technology and International Affairs, offered by the College in connection with the Science, Technology and International Affairs (STIA) Program of the School of Foreign Service, is designed to provide policymaking training to students who already have a strong math and science background. All majors or minors in chemistry, physics, biology, biochemistry, or computer science in Georgetown College, who wish to broaden their understanding of the impact of science and technology on society, and the mutual influence of economics, politics and culture on science and technology and vice versa, are eligible for a minor in Science, Technology, and International Affairs. Interested math majors or minors may also apply, but they must plan a curriculum jointly with their math and STIA advisors. Students who complete the eight premedical courses (General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Introductory Physics, and Introductory Biology) would also be eligible, regardless of their major.
For the current list of courses, visit http://bsfs.georgetown.edu/majors/stia/courses/.
(For course listings for Science, Technology and International Affairs see http://courses.georgetown.edu/)
The College offers an interdisciplinary minor in Social and Political Thought. This program is designed as an opportunity for students in selected disciplines to have an enriched educational experience that enables them to refine their ability to read, think, write, and speak effectively. The students graded performance in the courses taken for the minor, and most particularly in the senior seminar (see below) will reflect the extent to which she/he has achieved the learning goals of the program. Classes are limited in size; a premium is placed on discussion and creative thinking; writing and research skills are actively cultivated; and the courses complement one another in a way that allows for sustained study of issues that cut across disciplinary lines.
The issues that constitute the focus of the program derive from the emergence of the way of studying human experience that is characteristic of modern social science. They are above all philosophical in character, and have to do with the effect that the rise of disciplines like anthropology, economics, political science, and psychology have had on the way people today conceive of the nature and purpose of their existence as human beings.
Requirements for the program include: 1) two integrating courses--an introductory seminar (taken in either the sophomore or the junior year) and a senior seminar; 2) four electives--two of which must be taken outside of the students major field: and 3) a senior essay. The senior essay is a revision of a paper that has already been written for a course taken in the program, and is completed as part of the requirements for the senior seminar. It is reviewed by a committee of appropriate faculty.
Students applying to major in Sociology with a grade of C+ or better in the introductory course will normally be accepted as majors in the department. At its discretion, the department may provisionally admit a student who fails to meet this requirement, and then review its decision after the student completes the required theory (SOCI-202) and methods (SOCI-201) classes.
Students majoring in Sociology without a special concentration are required to take ten courses in the Department, including five core courses and five electives. The core consists of: Introduction to Sociology, Methods of Social Research, Sociological Theory, Social Statistics, and Senior Seminar.
The Theory, Methods, and Statistics courses must be taken during the junior year. For ordinary sociology majors, the Senior Seminar is a requirement of second semester Seniors, and is designed to have a significant research and writing component. Majors should also consult with the Undergraduate Program Director in establishing a sequence for the five electives from among the areas of specialization. The Department strongly recommends that students select electives in a least two out of the five areas of specialization.
Sociology majors may opt for a concentration in Social Justice Analysis. The Social Justice Analysis (SJA) concentration is an option for Sociology majors who wish to study social justice issues through the application of sociological theories, research, and experiental learning. Courses in the SJA concentration have been selected because of their substantive focus on structural inequalities and social change, and their use of community-based learning.
Special note: For students in the class of 2013 who had expected to take the SOCI-437, 438 sequence during senior year (AY 2013), the precise course equivalents for AY 2013 are SOCI-221 (Fall) and SOCI-305 (Spring).
Requirements for the minor are Introduction to Sociology, either Methods of Sociological Research or Sociological Theory, plus four electives. It is recommended that the four electives be selected from at least two areas of specialization (see below), but this is not required.
(For course listings for Sociology see http://courses.georgetown.edu/)
Students majoring in Theology focus on one of four concentrations and must set up a program with the advisor designated for the chosen concentration. Intermediate level courses are those in the 011199 range. Advanced courses are numbered 200 and above.
Christian Theology Concentration This concentration provides a grounding in the sacred writings, history, and systematic elaboration of the Christian faith. The requirements are: three core courses (one course in Systematic Theology 272; one Scripture Seminar in the 257259 or 266268 range; one History of Christian Thought, either 281 or 282), three other advanced level courses to be selected in consultation with the designated theology advisor for this concentration, two other approved courses on either the intermediate or advanced level, and the Senior Seminar in Religious Pluralism 297.
Biblical Studies Concentration This program is designed for students who wish to study extensively the books of the Bible, the traditions contained therein, the process of their formation, as well as the methodology for uncovering their meaning. The requirements are: two core courses (one Hebrew Scripture Seminar in the 257259 range; one New Testament Seminar in the 266268 range), three other advanced level courses to be selected in consultation with the designated theology advisor for this concentration, three other approved courses on either the intermediate or advanced level, and the Senior Seminar in Religious Pluralism 297.
Ethics Concentration This concentration is designed for students who wish to be introduced to the sources, methods, and topics of ethics from a religious perspective. Students may concentrate on the Christian tradition or on religious ethics more generally, and may also focus further on areas such as social justice, comparative ethics, or social and cultural moral issues. The requirements are: three core courses (one introductory course, Ethics and Issues 076 or 100; one course in Sources for Religious Ethics: Scriptures, Theologies, and Traditions; one advanced level ethics course in the 200 range and above), two other advanced level courses, three other approved courses on either the intermediate or advanced level, and the Senior Seminar in Religious Pluralism 297. All courses are to be selected in consultation with the designated theology advisor for this concentration.
Religious Studies Concentration This concentration is available for students interested in the comparative and critical study of various religious views (e.g., Asian Religions, Religions of the Middle East, or Comparative Methodologies in the Study of Religions); or in philosophical theology; or in the relation of religious ideas to their social and historical context; or in the relation of religion to other components of culture such as science, the arts, or the structures of governance. The requirements are: three core courses (Approaches to Religion 273; one course in the Study of a Religious Community in the range of 200 or above; one course in Problems/Boundaries in Religious Studies in the range of 200 or above), five additional courses on the intermediate or advanced level to be selected in consultation with the designated theology advisor for this concentration, and the concluding seminar on Religious Pluralism (297).
It is recommended that students majoring or minoring in any area of Christian studies fulfill the general education requirements by taking both The Problem of God (THEO-001) and Introduction to Biblical Literature (THEO-011). Students majoring or minoring in other areas of religious studies are encouraged to fulfill the general education requirement by taking The Problem of God (THEO-001) and a course in their area of interest.
Requirements include two general education theology courses (001 and 011 are recommended for students interested in Christian studies, 001 and another elective for those interested in other areas of religious studies) plus four electives. Minors are encouraged to take some courses in the 200 advanced range.
(For course listings for Theology see http://courses.georgetown.edu/)
Georgetown College offers both a major and a minor in Womens and Gender Studies, and the School for Foreign Service offers a certificate in Womens and Gender Studies (equivalent to a minor). The Womens and Gender Studies Program provides an interdisciplinary, critical, feminist and cross-cultural exploration of women, gender, and power in a global context. Focusing on the interactions/intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality, Womens and Gender Studies fosters the generation of knowledge about women in all their diversity and encourages the critical interrogation of traditional academic disciplines.
The major in Womens and Gender Studies requires a total of eleven courses. In addition to the three foundational courses ( Introduction to Womens and Gender Studies , a course in feminist theory, and Womens and Gender Studies Capstone ), students must take eight additional electives. The Womens and Gender Studies Program offers four areas of concentration: Globalization and Poverty, Social Justice and Violence, Sexuality Studies, and Cultural and Media Representations of Gender. Students who major in Womens and Gender Studies Program must take at least one elective from either Globalization and Poverty or Social Justice and Violence, and one course each in Sexuality Studies and Cultural and Media Representations of Gender. The WGST program also encourages its majors, minors, and certificate students to engage in community service, either independently or through Community-Based Learning courses. Contact program faculty for more information.
The five additional electives are to be chosen by the student. We urge students to take courses that encompass issues of diversity within the U.S. context. Of the total electives required for the major, one must be outside the dominant Western European/North American context; these courses are indicated by an asterisk.
A concentration would include the completion of five courses from one of the lists below, of which a minimum of two must be core elective courses offered by the womens studies program, and as many as three may be cross-listed electives. Upon the approval of the Director of the program, students may count appropriate courses that are not listed here towards the concentration.
The minor/SFS certificate in Womens and Gender Studies requires a total of six courses. In addition to the three foundational courses ( Introduction to Womens and Gender Studies, a course in feminist theory, and Womens and Gender Studies and Gender Capstone ), students must take three additional electives of their choosing. We strongly encourage minors to participate in either fourth-credit options or Community-Based Learning (CBL) courses geared to volunteer efforts in womens organizations or one in which the student uses feminist principles and skills. We also urge minors to consider issues of diversity when constructing their curriculum.
(For course listings for Womens and Gender Studies see http://courses.georgetown.edu/)
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