Balance the Load

The student who truly thrives at Georgetown embraces depth, time, and reflection. Making room for these requires practice. The first-year experience can (and should) be noisy, crowded, exciting, characterized by options and openings, flooded with possibilities. Those academic and intellectual parts of your first year will need time to breathe. 

As such, we are encouraging first-year students to build a fall schedule that balances four courses (of 3-credits or more) over the semester’s duration. If you’ve looked ahead you will rightly note that a typical schedule comprises five 3-credit courses. But no one’s first college semester is “typical.” In this spirit, we are designing a fall semester in the spirit of the Magis, a way of achieving more. This fall we have new course and credit options that enable this balance for all students, allowing for greater depth and engagement throughout, without compromising progress toward your degree. Consider filling your “fifth” spot another way. 

We are offering two new signature ways to achieve balance this fall, creating valuable space in your first semester for reflection and a change of pace, while also confronting this historic moment as a new community of learners and persons for others: 

  1. Our “Just Communities” Curriculum: a set of new 1-credit offerings, designed to enrich your first-year experience and to help you engage some of the most pressing issues of our moment.
  2. Our Intensive August Session: a set of courses launching August 3, designed to launch your core experience early and shape a more flexible fall term.