Dean’s Message

Founded in 1789, Georgetown College is the oldest school at Georgetown University; with more than 3,500 students, it is the university’s largest undergraduate school. But what truly defines the College is not just its age or its size, but the central role it plays in Georgetown’s world-renowned liberal arts and sciences curricula.

Georgetown University has prided itself on a deep and abiding commitment to undergraduate liberal arts education. In keeping with Jesuit educational tradition, we endeavor to provide each student who passes through the front gates with a comprehensive education in arts, sciences, critical thinking, and the expression of complex ideas.

Beyond the core curriculum, students who choose the College as their academic home will find the broadest spectrum of academic disciplines the university has to offer. Students may explore classes in any of our 26 academic departments and 12 interdisciplinary programs. When it comes time to choose a specialty, students forge their own academic path from among our 44 majors, 48 minors and seven certificates.

Opportunities for learning beyond the classroom abound at Georgetown. Undergraduate research gives intellectually curious students a chance to conduct meaningful professional scholarship. They do so guided by professors in the College who are, themselves, leaders in their disciplines and on the forefront of creating new knowledge. Our students take pride in a robust extracurricular community, with student-led businesses, clubs, publications, advocacy groups, sports teams, music groups, and spiritual groups all thriving on the Hilltop. In keeping with the Jesuit ideal of cura personalis — care of the whole person — the university has invested immensely in students’ intellectual and personal development.

The skills developed in the College help our students find placement in a diverse range of fields after graduation. College alumni have led successful careers in government, law, finance, medicine, research, filmmaking, teaching, media, and more. Our alumni community is living proof of the idea that a liberal arts education is valuable in finding a fulfilling career and a meaningful life.

Georgetown College represents the core of both Georgetown’s oldest traditions and its most innovative projects. Should you join our family, you will meet wise mentors, loyal friends, and a community that will last a lifetime.

Hoya Saxa,

Christopher Celenza, Ph.D., Dr.phil.
Dean, Georgetown College
Professor of History and Classics

Biography of Dean Christopher Celenza
Curriculum Vitae