The liberal arts curriculum at Georgetown College cultivates intellectual skills of perception, analysis, interpretation, and expression, which sustain a life of curiosity, creativity, and responsiveness to the needs of both individuals and communities.
Core requirements are a foundation for and an integral part of any student’s eventual concentration in the College. In approaching the core requirements, it is helpful to remember that the introductory courses for almost every major will fulfill one of the core requirements. This helps overcome the misimpression that core requirements are somehow a separate process from evolving major or minor interests.
The Georgetown College core requirements include:
- One course in writing
- One course in the Humanities: Arts, Literatures, and Cultures (HALC)
- Two history courses
- Two theology courses
- Two philosophy courses
- Two math/science courses (Students entering Fall 2019 or later: see math/science page for new distinctions)
- Two social science courses
- Foreign language through the intermediate level
- Two engaging diversity courses
Students typically fulfill core requirements during the first and second years. To encourage exploration and diversity, students may not take two courses in the same discipline in the same semester during the first two years.
The sections to the left offer a brief description of each core requirement as well as a non-exhaustive list of possible courses. Additionally, students can search for courses that fulfill specific core requirements by visiting the Schedule of Classes and searching by attribute type.
Students should consult their MyDegree audit for a list of their core requirements. The audit monitors progress toward completion of core requirements (as well as requirements for major and minor programs), and it also provides detailed information about which courses fulfill specific requirements. This is especially useful during preregistration when students are choosing their schedules for the next semester.
Please note that the Undergraduate Bulletin for the academic year in which the student matriculated is the ultimate authority on all degree requirements. Click here for the bulletin for the current academic year.