First-Year Options

All students have different needs and desires for their education. For that reason, the First-Year Options Program is all about choice. It gives Georgetown first-years a taste of the decision-making that goes into course selection.

Regardless of intended major or minor, every first-year student must enroll in a curriculum based in one of the three options: the Liberal Arts Seminar, the Ignatius Seminars, or the regular First-Year Academic Program. Each is a unique offering with its own objectives. Students are encouraged to learn more about all three options before choosing how to start their academic career at Georgetown. Admitted first-year students are sent information and application materials in early June.

A PDF of the First Year Options guide is available online

Liberal Arts Seminar

The Liberal Arts Seminar (LAS) is a yearlong program that connects 30 first-years to scholarship, faculty, and each other through cooperative learning. Four liberal arts professors guide students through an investigation focusing on exploring empires in history, especially Mediterranean empires such as Rome and the empires of the New World. There is particular focus on the relationship between empire and religion, along with other cultural practices such as slavery and urbanism. This shared intellectual experience of cooperative learning builds a strong sense of community for student and faculty participants. Students enrolled in the program will be expected to refine their ability to speak and write within and across disciplines.

All Georgetown first-years are eligible to apply to the LAS. Science and pre-med students who wish to participate will need to arrange for lab schedules to accommodate the seminar. Students will take two courses and receive six credits each semester. The program fulfills four core requirements: two in theology, one in writing and one in history.

Instructors for the 2015-16 Liberal Arts Seminar

  • Paul Heck, Department of Theology (Fall 2015)
  • Jonathan Ray, Department of Theology (Fall 2015)
  • Alison Games, Department of History (Spring 2016)
  • Josiah Osgood, Department of Classics (Spring 2016)