Dean’s Message

Over the course of its existence, Georgetown University has weathered many storms: revolutions, trans-Atlantic slavery, World Wars, the Great Depression, and, currently, a global pandemic. Founded in 1789, the College is the oldest of the University’s schools and the largest with more than 3,500 students. Over its 230 years the College’s size, shape, and constitution has shifted but the ideal of cura personalis, educating the whole person, has consistently directed learning. Together faculty, students, and staff participate in the shared project of rigorous study with the goal of expanding fields of knowledge. Another ideal, to become people for others, shapes our pursuits. Together these ideals, cura personalis and to become people for others, specify the search for knowledge as an effort to not only understand the world in which we live but to gather the tools necessary to create new worlds, drawing from our past and focusing on the future.

Shared histories, technologies, economies, and communities, connect us and the work of the College in both global and local contexts. The structure of the college’s curriculum asks students to learn from and integrate knowledge in humanities, sciences, social sciences, and fine arts classes. Through integrated and interdisciplinary studies students begin to devise strategies to address the most pressing issues of the day, from the climate crisis to racial justice to equitable and accessible health care. Georgetown’s social justice mission provides an opportunity to intertwine students’ intellectual formation with activities that reflect a student’s values and respect for humanity. The work that the University has undertaken towards racial justice in particular, is an expression of Georgetown’s social justice mission. We provide students opportunities through traditional, creative, and experimental forms of research to forge a deep understanding of academic knowledge that will prepare them for opportunities to apply what they have learned in real world contexts. 

In the College students will find a broad spectrum of classes that will offer each learner an academic home through our 26 academic departments and 13 interdisciplinary programs. Students may choose from 44 majors, 57 minors and 6 certificates to form the basis for their intellectual pursuits. In addition, students have the opportunity to pursue independent research supported through faculty mentorship. Students find vast opportunities to apply what they have learned in the classroom, engaging in independent study and co-curricular activities.

The leadership skills that students learn in and outside of the classroom prepare them for careers in government, public service, law, finance, medicine, the arts, media, technology, and more. Most importantly, a Georgetown College education enables students to pursue a life well-lived, filled with meaning and purpose.

Should you choose Georgetown College for your formation or scholarship, whether a student or a faculty scholar, know that you will join a cohort of inspired excellence with wise mentors, loyal friends, and a community that will last a lifetime.

Hoya Saxa,

Soyica Diggs Colbert, PhD
Interim Dean, Georgetown College
Idol Family Professor
Professor of African American Studies and Performing Arts