Undergraduate Bulletin 2012-2013 Table of Contents
In keeping with the historic mission of Georgetown University, the School educates students to become more reflective, active, purposeful citizens who strive to improve themselves and our shared world, embodying Georgetowns Catholic and Jesuit values and heritage and respecting the principles and traditions of each individual.
The School of Continuing Studies (SCS) at Georgetown was founded in 1956 as the Georgetown University Summer School. The name of the school was changed to the School for Summer and Continuing Education in 1971. Liberal Studies, the oldest degree program within the School, was launched in 1974, offering the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (BALS) and the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) to part-time and non-traditional students interested in interdisciplinary education. The Doctor of Liberal Arts (DLS) began in fall 2005.
The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) and Advanced Professional Certificate (APC) programs, emphasizing a balance of theoretical and applied learning, began in 2007 with Public Relations & Corporate Communications and Journalism. Programs in Sports Industry Management and Real Estate began in 2008, and Human Resources Management and Technology Management began in 2009.
In addition to these degree programs, the Center for Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE) offers a variety of non-credit learning options, including open enrollment courses, professional certificate programs, and customized corporate programs in communication, leadership, management, and technology. CCPE combines Georgetowns traditions of academic rigor and ethical leadership with instruction from leaders in industry, government, and academia.
For over 50 years, the School of Continuing Studies has fulfilled Georgetown Universitys mission of educational outreach and inclusivity by offering a wide range of educational options to a diverse community of students and professionals. The School offers more than 600 courses, undergraduate and graduate degrees, and advanced professional certificates.
The Semester in Washington, D.C. program is a cohort-based application program that allows students from other academic institutions to study and intern for a semester, earning undergraduate academic credit while exposing students to the expansive resources of Georgetown University and Washington, D.C. Through internships, on-site visits, and guest speakers from Capitol Hill, federal agencies, corporate firms, non-and for-profit organizations, Semester in Washington students gain theoretical insights and experience their practical applications. This exposure provides a unique perspective on current trends and challenges in areas like American politics, international relations, international commerce and trade, journalism and law.
Enrollment in summer courses is open to: (1) newly admitted or matriculated Georgetown undergraduate and graduate students in good standing with permission of their academic deans; (2) undergraduate and graduate students in good standing at other colleges and universities; (3) high school students who have been admitted through the Summer College program; (4) foreign students who can provide documentation of a TOEFL score of 550 and above or 600 for Linguistics courses; and (5) individuals whose educational background and experience qualify them for the courses they wish to take.
The School offers three distinct summer sessions: the pre-session, first session, and second session. The pre-session, which starts in mid-May, allows students to take courses during a four week period. Because of the pre-sessions compressed and intensive nature, students are permitted to take only one course. The first and second summer sessions run consecutively, the first beginning in June, the second in early July; each session lasts five weeks.
The School of Continuing Studies offers a diverse series of programs for high school students. Students can participate in non-credit programs from eight days up to three weeks, depending on the programs. The School of Continuing Studies offers the following non-credit programs: Medical Institute; American Politics; College Preparatory; Creative Writing, Entrepreneurship; Forensic Science; International Relations; Broadcast Journalism; Law Institute; Leadership; Medicine; National Security and Counterintelligence; Sports Industry Management.
The School of Continuing Studies also offers the following credit programs during the five week Summer Sessions to high school students: Summer College I; Summer College II; Fundamentals of Business, English, Economics, Law, Medicine and American Government.
All of the credit and degree programs within the School of Continuing Studies are application-based. Acceptance to one undergraduate program within the School does not guarantee or imply acceptance into another undergraduate program within the School or University. Specific student handbooks and policies have been developed to reflect the unique undergraduate populations (such as part-time, non-traditional, or visiting students) served within the School of Continuing Studies. Students in these programs should refer to their program handbook for policies that govern their study. (http://scs.georgetown.edu/academic-affairs/student-handbooks)
The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (BALS) was designed for non-traditional students interested in an ethics-based interdisciplinary education. The BALS program helps students build a multidimensional understanding of a complex world. Courses explore topics related to major themes in both academia and life in general: the human and the divine; the individual and society; individual identity; gender; exercising and challenging authority; ethics; and justice. Curricular fields are interdisciplinary in nature. Students can choose individualized study or select one of fourteen fields: American Studies, Catholic Studies, Classical Civilizations, Communications, Entrepreneurship, Humanities, International Affairs, Leadership, Literature and Society, Organizational Leadership, Religious Studies, Social/Public Policy, Theory and Practice of American Democracy, and Urban Analysis and Community Development.
The program is designed to meet the unique needs of working adults, with stimulating classes held in the evenings and on Saturdays. Students can complete their entire degree part-time and without ever setting foot in a classroom during traditional working hours. Acceptance to the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program does not guarantee or imply acceptance into another undergraduate program within the School or University. Students admitted to the Bachelor of Liberal Studies program, who wish to transfer to one of the four undergraduate schools, must apply through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
A student is officially admitted when a letter of acceptance has been received and registration has been completed. All new students must attend New Student Orientation and register online prior to the beginning of their first semester on the designated date for that term.
Many B.A.L.S. students have already completed some college study, and Georgetown is pleased to offer transfer credit for as many as 64 credits. An admitted student should have received notification of the programs transfer-credit decisions with notification of admission.
Transfer credit ordinarily is not awarded for study at other institutions after you have started study at Georgetown. In unusual circumstances--such as taking a course not available at Georgetown--an exception to this policy may be granted, but you must consult with the B.A.L.S. program in advance. In addition, students sometimes seek to take summer classes at institutions outside the Washington DC area. Consult with the B.A.L.S. program before registering for such classes, so you can be sure that they will apply to your academic program.
The B.A.L.S. program offers Georgetown credit for students who have completed certain Advanced Placement examinations and College Level-Examination Program examinations with qualifying scores. These credits count against the 64-credit maximum for transfer credits. In awarding credit for Advanced Placement, the B.A.L.S. program follows the standards outlined in the universitys Undergraduate Bulletin. Credit for CLEP examinations is offered only for scores equal to a course grade of B or higher. Please note that it is the students responsibility to arrange for the College Board to send the AP or CLEP scores directly to the B.A.L.S. program; AP or CLEP scores listed on another colleges transcript will not be evaluated.
The B.A.L.S. program follows recommendations from the American Council on Education to grant transfer credit, on a case-by-case basis, for certain military training. The student should have the AARTS or SMART transcript sent directly to the B.A.L.S. program office for evaluation. These credits count against the 64-credit maximum for transfer credits.
Inasmuch as this program is designed for adult students with existing occupational and/or family responsibilities, the normal course of studies each semester, including the summer semester, is three to six credits, or one to two courses. With special permission of the B.A.L.S. program, a student may enroll in more than 11 credits. In some cases, capacity limits may restrict the schools ability to permit students to take more than 11 credits in a semester.
The B.A.L.S. program offers extensive academic advising for students in the program. Completing the undergraduate degree can be a challenge for students who are working full-time jobs, must juggle family responsibilities, and have extensive prior college study. The advising staff of the B.A.L.S. program helps students make wise choices in their academic programs and to navigate through difficulties that they may encounter.
Advising of all B.A.L.S. students is handled by the Assistant Dean for B.A.L.S., who is located in the SCS office suite at 3307 M Street NW. Approval of student petitions for overloads, non-B.A.L.S. coursework, and leaves of absence should be submitted to the Assistant Dean as well.
Incoming students are encouraged to make an appointment to meet with the Assistant Dean as soon as possible after they receive notice of admission. During the orientation process, incoming B.A.L.S. students are administered assessments in their reading and writing skills.
Continuing students are encouraged to meet with the Assistant Dean at least once each semester prior to the start of preregistration for the following semesters courses. The Assistant Dean also is available to meet with students who are encountering difficulty in their studies. As needed, the Assistant Dean may refer individual students to support services throughout the university, including the Academic Resource Center, the Writing Center, the Career Center, and Counseling and Psychiatric Services.
Each semester, the B.A.L.S. program offers a Writing Boot Camp to help students hone their research and writing skills. Throughout the semester, the B.A.L.S. program offers a variety of other study-skills and career-development programs that can further assist students. Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of these support programs.
At least annually, each student also is encouraged to review his or her Degree Audit, a computerized analysis of the students progress toward the degree that will indicate which requirements remain to be completed. The Degree Audit is available on MyAccess.
Every B.A.L.S. student majors in liberal studies, and each must also have a concentration. An admitted B.A.L.S. student is initially enrolled in the concentration that he or she declared in the admissions application. The student can change concentrations at any time by supplying written notice to the Assistant Dean. It usually is prudent to first meet with the Assistant Dean to consider whether changing concentrations will necessitate additional coursework by the student.
The 13 core courses provide the foundations for successful undergraduate study from the liberal studies perspective. The bulk of the core courses is comprised of a set of 10 interdisciplinary courses that will acquaint you with the evolution of Western civilization from ancient times to the third millennium.
Detailed descriptions of the course are available online in the universitys course catalog at http://explore.georgetown.edu.
A students first core course should be one of the following: BLHS-100 (Introduction to Ethics), BLHS-101 (Introduction to the Social Sciences), BLHS-102 (Greeks and Romans), or BLHS-103 (Biblical Literature and the Ancient World).
A students first core course should be one of the following: BLHS-101 (Introduction to Ethics), BLHS-102 (Introduction to the Social Sciences), BLHS-103 (Greeks and Romans), or BLHS-104 (Biblical Literature and the Ancient World).
Three major dimensions of American culture are explored through American Studies: the historical origins and development of the nation; the political and philosophical ideas which brought about the United States Constitution and an evolving political system; and the religious beliefs, cultural traditions, and literary texts which, for more than three centuries, have shaped the nature and direction of American society and civilization. The goal is for students to develop a critical, balanced, and integrated view of American life and society, and in the process to answer the question posed by Hector St. John de Cecoeur in the eighteenth century, What, then, is the American, this new man?
Courses in Catholic Studies focus on both the theological and the cultural dimensions of Catholicism, showing the connections between Catholic faith and life. Students explore the theological development of Catholicism from the biblical world through major thinkers of the past to contemporary thought. They also examine the many ways in which Catholicism has shaped a view of God, world, and human experience as manifested in art, literature, ethics, and spirituality.
Classical Civilizations explores many aspects of the ancient Mediterranean cultures of Greece and Rome which present a continuous, constantly developing tradition from the earliest surviving poetry (Homer, about 800 B.C.E.) to the rise of Medieval Europe some 1500 years later. Included are history, literature, art history and archaeology, philosophy, and myth. From this variety of disciplines the goal is a synthesis leading to a more comprehensive view of culture itself, and to an understanding of how ancient Greece and Rome have so profoundly influenced Western thought, art, and politics.
Communications provides students with a broad foundation in the basic skills and knowledge required for success in a wide variety of mass communications related professions. It promotes an understanding of the complexities of the communications industry and introduces students, through interdisciplinary study, to the major roles found in the communications industry. Students take courses in general communications, journalism, media studies, and public relations.
In todays ever-changing business climate the Entrepreneurship concentration provides students a strong foundation to become leaders within their local, national and international communities. This concentration will address the human and social factors that shape innovation and entrepreneurship through courses based in leadership and social justice. At the same time, students will build a solid base of practical business knowledge from identifying business opportunities, to the application of accounting, marketing, finance and management skills.
In Humanities, students have the opportunity to shape an integrated, interdisciplinary program of study in art, philosophy, theology, literature, and history. In the course of their studies they will come to appreciate the distinct ways in which each discipline seeks to know and reflect the world in which we live. At the same time they will examine and evaluate the enduring insights of these disciplines in an effort to answer for their own lives the abiding private and public questions no person should escape or avoid.
International Affairs courses assist the student in forming a critical awareness of the complexity of issues in foreign policy and international affairs and an ethical framework for making informed decisions about these issues. Besides examining basic value conflicts in international relations such as questions about war and peace, human rights, nationalism and democracy, courses will be offered in international politics, business, economics; defense issues; the developing countries; and special geographic regions.
Leadership focuses on the analytical and practical skills necessary for effective leadership. The integration of practical skills with moral purpose is the defining characteristic. The concentration emphasizes leadership in organizations, whether business, nongovernmental, or governmental, while the educational focus is on developing the leadership capabilities of individuals. Courses are organized around theories of leadership and motivation, team and group dynamics, critical thinking, and ethical decision making.
Literature and Society offers courses on traditional historical periods, major authors, and the genres of literature. Grounded in a careful reading of texts, the courses also offer students the opportunity to explore the relationship of literature to such disciplines as art, film, theatre, photography, theology, and cultural history. These courses give particular attention to the human values implicit in literature.
The Organizational Leadership concentration provides an interdisciplinary and holistic approach to developing skills in managing and leading within an organizational context. Students develop their skills in negotiating, managing workplace diversity, resolving conflict and setting strategic goals. This concentration builds practices needed to compete in todays competitive business environment.
Through a variety of courses in the field of Religious Studies, students are invited to deepen their understanding of religion by asking such questions as, Why have humans been so habitually religious? Is religious understanding compatible with reason and science? Can one retrieve anything of significance from ancient religious texts and traditions? What is the relationship between religion and culture? What is theology? What is the status of Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and other kinds of theology in a religiously plural world?
Social/Public Policy courses analyze the political process; the role of government, private and public organizations/institutions in public policy decisions; national problems such as crime, poverty, and social inequality; and issues such as the role of the media, the intelligence community, and the impact of war. Special attention is focused on scientific discoveries and technological innovations that dramatically affect every aspect of societys choices regarding science and technology including issues such as bioethics, computerization, privacy and genetic engineering.
History, philosophy, and social science combine in this field of Theory and Practice of American Democracy to describe the origins and distinctive character of the American form of democracy; to analyze the political processes by which the consent of the governed is achieved; to confront issues which reflect the ever present struggle to make democracy work for all elements of the society; to consider the continuing influence of the Constitution on American society and movements for change or reinterpretation; and to review institutional or international influences on government such as the media and foreign relations.
This interdisciplinary concentration provides students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences to better appreciate the challenges and opportunities facing people in urban areas. One goal is to understand oneself in the context of the larger community. A second is to explore the range of communities found in postindustrial and developing countries. A third is to provide a vision of social justice to guide social change so that people work together in constructing communities to make them more just, equitable, and humane. Students learn qualitative and quantitative methods and theoretical frameworks.
In addition to completing the core and concentration, a student must complete 21 credits (7 three-credit courses) in B.A.L.S. courses outside of the students concentration. The students concentration and electives courses together must include two courses in non-Western studies.
With the approval of the B.A.L.S. program, students in the B.A.L.S. program may take a limited number of courses from other units of Georgetown University. Ordinarily these will count toward the electives requirement unless otherwise approved by the program.
A B.A.L.S. student may design an independent study project with any willing Georgetown faculty member. Instructions and forms are available at the B.A.L.S. program Web site. The completed proposal must be submitted to the B.A.L.S. program at least one week before the first day of class.
B.A.L.S. students may take a limited number of courses at other Washington DC educational institutions. The student pays the usual Liberal Studies tuition rate, to Georgetown, for such arrangements. Information is available at http://www12.georgetown.edu/undergrad/bulletin/consortium.html, and the necessary forms are available from the B.A.L.S. office.
Optionally, a student may complete a thesis, which counts toward credits required in the concentration. The student must have a minimum letter grade average of C and a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 quality points.
There is no across-the-board minimum length for a BALS thesis. The thesis should be a substantial work exceeding the length of customary term papers. The appropriate length will be determined by the faculty mentor, with the approval of the associate dean, taking into account the content of the thesis.
The students Thesis Committee is made up of the thesis mentor chosen by the student, the students Thesis Proposal Workshop professor, and the Associate Dean. Successful completion of the thesis proposal and its approval will result in a Pass (S) grade for the Workshop. Students who must Withdraw (W) from the course or Fail (U) the course may only register for the course one more time.
Before writing the thesis, the student completes the Thesis Proposal Workshop in the semester in which the student plans to prepare and submit for approval a thesis proposal (the semester before the student enrolls in the Thesis Research/Thesis Writing courses). This is a non-credit, zero-tuition course. Please note: The Thesis Proposal Workshop taken in conjunction with a three-credit course constitutes half-time status. During this Workshop the student joins with other students and the professor offering the Workshop to do the research necessary to create a statement of the nature, purpose, theme of the thesis; an outline of its parts; and a schedule of accomplishing these goals and completing the thesis.
Following the approval of the thesis proposal, a student registers in the three-credit Thesis Research/Thesis Writing courses offered during the fall or spring semesters. Enrollment in these two courses constitutes half-time status. The Thesis Writing course is the final three-credit course for Bachelors candidates who choose the three-credit thesis option. Students must also register at the same time for the Thesis Research course, which is for 0 credits, $0 tuition, and carries no grade. The Thesis Writing course is for the actual production of the thesis and carries three credits with regular semester tuition charges and is assigned a letter grade by the students mentor reflecting the work on the thesis.
All theses not completed during the first term in which the student enrolls in the Thesis Research and Thesis Writing courses MUST be submitted and accepted by the established deadlines of the following semester (fall or spring, summer not included).
Thesis final deadlines are: May 1 for students enrolled in Thesis Writing/Research in the Fall semester Dec. 1 for students enrolled in Thesis Writing/Research in the Spring semester Failure to complete the thesis by the final deadline results in the grade of F for the course and termination of degree candidacy. (If these dates fall on a weekend, the following Monday will be the deadline.)
Undergraduates who receive an N for the first semester of the thesis course may request a letter from the Program Director explaining their student status so that they may continue using the library.
Due to federal regulations, a B.A.L.S. student who does not register for class in either fall or spring semester will be involuntarily withdrawn from the program. A student can avoid withdrawal by instead requesting a leave of absence during a fall or spring semester. Contact the Assistant Dean for information on requesting a leave of absence and for deadlines for requesting return from leave. The student is well advised to consult with the Office of Financial Aid on the consequences of a leave of absence.
If a student fails one course during a semester, the student is automatically placed on probation and remains in that status until the terms of the probation are satisfied. In addition, a student will be placed on probation if his/her cumulative quality index is below 2.0 at the end of any academic semester. A student remains on academic probation until a minimal cumulative 2.0 GPA is achieved.
For students in the B.A.L.S. Program, earning one F in a semester while on probation, two Fs in any one semester regardless of previous record, or at any time an accumulation of three Fs results in academic dismissal.
When degree candidacy has been terminated, the student shall have the right of appeal to the Dean of the School of Continuing Studies, who will then refer the appeal to the Standards Committee of three faculty members. The appeal procedure is not to be used for the circumvention of standard requirements or Program policies (e.g. grade point average and thesis requirements), but is designed to deal with exceptional cases.
The student must present his or her grounds for appeal to the Dean, in writing, within 60 days of the date of the termination of degree candidacy letter. The Dean will forward the materials to the Standards Committee. The Standards Committee reserves the right to make its judgment based on the written materials alone. If the materials so warrant, a formal hearing may also be held. The decision of the committee will be forwarded to the Dean who will inform the student of the decision which is final.
A student who has been dismissed should not expect to be readmitted. In very rare cases, when in the judgment of the Dean of the School there is clear evidence of probable future academic success, a written application for readmission may be considered. This request for readmission must be submitted to the Dean six weeks before the date of intended registration. The Dean will forward the written application for readmission to the Standards Committee of three faculty members. The Standards Committee reserves the right to make its judgment based on the written materials alone. If the materials so warrant, a formal hearing may also be held. That committees decision to grant or deny the students request for readmission will be forwarded to the Dean who will inform the student of the decision which shall be final.
Liberal Studies faculty members have been chosen due to their unique experience and expertise in their respective fields. As such, SCS strongly believes in the authority of its faculty to determine the academic merit and grades of their students. While students may request a review of their final course grade in the steps outlined below, they should also keep in mind that the faculty member is considered the academic and professional expert in determining their grade. In the case of all grade appeal reviews, the student should be aware that the re-evaluation of the grade could lead to the grade being raised, sustained, or lowered.
The grade appeal procedure is not set up to address allegations of discrimination (please see the Non-Discrimination Policy under University and Program Policies in this Handbook). However, SCS takes all such allegations very seriously and advises that students who believe they have been discriminated against make a formal complaint through the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Affirmative Action (202-687-4798; firstname.lastname@example.org). The Grievance Procedure and Discrimination Complaint form can be found at http://ideaa.georgetown.edu/policies/.
A student may request a delay in imposing academic termination from the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Compliance, because of a pending grade appeal that could change the students status. An approved delay allows the student to register while on termination. This request must be submitted by the student in writing to the Senior Associate Dean at least two weeks prior to the first day of classes of the semester in which the termination has been placed. Submission of a request does not guarantee approval will be granted.
If the grade appeal is successful, the official transcript is corrected and the student continues in classes. If the grade appeal is not successful, the student is required to stop attending all classes immediately. No record of registration for the academic period appears on a transcript and the student receives the appropriate refund as of the decision date.
Earning the Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree requires a total of 120 credits, earned at Georgetown or elsewhere, with a minimum GPA of 2.0. These are divided among Core courses, concentration courses, and electives.
B.A.L.S. degrees are granted in May, August, and December. B.A.L.S. students contact the Associate Dean in their final semester to request and submit a Degree Application by Oct. 1 for December degree completion, Feb. 1 for May degree completion, and May 1 for August completion.
B.A.L.S. students must settle all financial obligations to the University--e.g., overdue tuition, library fines, and late fees--so that their account balance is $0 before submitting their thesis or completing their last course to be eligible to graduate and receive a diploma and final transcript. The financial clearance deadlines are Dec. 1 if completing the degree in December, May 1 if completing the degree in May, or August 1 if completing the degree in August.
All graduates are awarded their degrees and diplomas at Commencement Exercises scheduled in May. Students whose degrees were posted earlier are encouraged to participate in the formal graduation ceremony in May of each year.
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